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1888 Engraving Ezekial James Madison Hale Essex County Haverhill Ma. Genealogy

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Antique 1888 steel engraving bookplate!

E. J. M. Hale

Born:  March 30, 1813  (Haverhill)

Father: Ezekiel Hale
Mother: Hannah Church Crookson
Spouse1: Lucy Lapham Parker m. 3 Feb 1837
Spouse2: Ruth C Parker m. 5 Feb 1862

Portrait with signature facsimile.

Ezekiel Hale, his grandfather, born at Newbury, 1762, married in 1785, Phoebe Coburn, of Dracut. From Dracut, he removed to Derry, N. H., and thence to Haverhill. He was a pioneer in the manufacture of textiles. He made cotton goods very early. In 1804, he established a Woolen factory at Little Kiver. His son, Ezekiel, born at Dracut in 1788, succeeded his father as a manufacturer. He married Hannah Church, daughter of Samuel Crookson, a retired merchant of Boston.

Ezekiel James Madison Hale connected himself with his father's mills after graduating Dartmouth in 1835. Purchasing the mill privileges and factory at South Groveland, in 1859 and up to 1875, he constantly increased his buildings and enlarged his operations till the mills gave employment to 400-500 operatives, and a village of about 1,000 inhabitants grew up. Mr. Hale erected many blocks and single dwellings, occupied by the operatives. He did much to foster the growth of the village. He gave a lot for a Catholic church and helped to build it. The site and structure with the furnishing of the St. James Episcopal Church, were entirely provided by him. Mr. Hale left by will $50,000 for a hospital fund to erect and maintain the Haverhill City Hospital.

Mr. Hale was the largest private manufacturer in the United States at that time.

Feb. 3, 1837, Mr. Hale wed Lucy Lapham, daughter of Benjamin Parker, a merchant of East Bradford, now Groveland. They had 7 children — six sons and one daughter. Mrs Hale died in March, 1856, and Mr. Hale, Feb. 5, 1862, married her sister, Ruth C. Parker. Their only issue was, Edward, born May 29, 1863.

Portrait with signature facsimile.

This is from a collection of bookplates rescued from a badly damaged two volume 1888 first edition set entitled "History Of Essex County Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers And Prominent Men." By D. Hamilton Hurd.

For provenance, you will receive a copy of the title page. We also leave the edge untrimmed, which provides origin provenance.

The approximate entire bookplate size is 7.5 x 10.5 inches or 19 x 27 cm. The backside, or verso, is blank.

Very good. See images for condition, some have spots, foxing, tears, etc.