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Alma Helaman Hale

Male 1836 - 1908  (71 years)

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  • Name Alma Helaman Hale 
    Born 24 Apr 1836  Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [6

    • Alma Hale, 24, farmer, born in Massachusetts, property $300, real estate $300. Elizabeth Hale, 23, born in Mississippi. Alma Hale, 3, born in Utah. Olive Hale, 1, born in Utah.
    Property 30 Sep 1871  , Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [7

    • Names
      Patentee:ALMA H HALE
      Survey
      State: UTAH
      Acres: 140.61
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date:9/30/1871
      Land Office: Utah
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 607
      Accession/Serial Nr.: UTUTAA 008180
      BLM Serial Nr.: UTUTAA 008180
      NWSW 1/4, Section 30, Township 2 S, R 5 W, SLM, Tooele Co., Utah.
      SWSW 1/4, Section 30, Township 2 S, R 5 W, SLM, Tooele Co., Utah
      NWNW 1/4 Section 31, Township 2 S, R 5 W, SLM, Tooele Co., Utah
      SWNW 1/4 Section 31, Township 2 S, R 5 W, SLM, Tooele Co., Utah
    Census 1880  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [8

    • Alma HALE Self M Male W 44 MA Farmer NH NH
      Ellen HALE Wife M Female W 32 ENG At Home ENG ENG
      Edgar HALE Son S Male W 12 UT At Home MA ENG
      Aroet HALE Son S Male W 11 UT At Home MA ENG
      Arthur HALE Son S Male W 9 UT At Home MA ENG
      Frank HALE Son S Male W 6 UT At Home MA ENG
      Rosa HALE Dau S Female W 3 UT At Home MA ENG
      Oliver HALE Son S Male W 1 UT At Home MA ENG
      Sarah HALE Wife M Female W 38 ENG At Home ENG ENG
      Ernest HALE Son S Male W 16 UT At Home MA ENG
      Albert HALE Son S Male W 15 UT At Home MA ENG
      Rachel HALE Dau S Female W 10 UT At Home MA ENG
      Katie HALE Dau S Female W 8 UT At Home MA ENG
      Gracie HALE Dau S Female W 7 UT At Home MA ENG
      Jonatleas HALE Son S Male W 4 UT At Home MA ENG
      Aroetta HALE Dau S Female W 1 UT At Home MA ENG
      Annie HALE Other S Female W 13 SWE At Home SWE SWE
      Maria LARSEN Other S Female W 70 SWE House Keeping SWE SWE
      Annie STROMBERG Other S Female W 45 SWE Housekeeping SWE SWE
    _UID E9366B37AB7E40DCAF49BBC2FBC2E4D3EF79 
    Died 30 Mar 1908  Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    • Name: Alma H. Hale
      Birth Date: 24 April 1836
      Birth Place: Mass.
      Death Date: 30 March 1908
      Burial Date: 0 0 0
      Cemetery: Smithfield City Cemetery
      Source: Sexton / Grant Grave Location: B_70_1
    • Name: «b»Alma H. Hale «/b»
      Birth Date: 24 April 1836
      Birth Place: Mass.
      Death Date: 30 March 1908
      Burial Date: 0 0 0
      Cemetery: Smithfield City Cemetery
      Source: Sexton / Grant Grave Location: B_70_1
    Buried 2 Apr 1908  Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10
    • Burial Information: Hale, Alma H.
      Birth: 4/24/1836
      Death: 3/30/1908
      Burial: 0/0/0
      Place of Birth: Mass.
      Place of Death:«tab»
      Cause of Death: Heart Failure
      Grave Location: Smithfield Cemetery, B_70_1
      Source:«tab»Sexton / Grant
    Notes 
    • Hale, Alma Helaman, a member of the High Council of the Benson Stake of Zion, is the son of Jonathan H. Hale and Olive Boynton, and was born April 24, 1836, in Groveland, Essex county, Mass. When six weeks old hestarted for Kirtland, Ohio, with his parents, and came to Utah in 1848,where he lived six years. At the age of eighteen years he moved to Grantsville, Tooele county, and was married in 1857. He participated in the Echo canyon expedition in 1857, and did considerable service as a guard during "the move" of 1858. In 1862 he made a trip to the Missouri river after the poor, serving as captain of the night guard in Capt. Joseph Horne's company. On the return trip he also acted as wagon master and commissary.

      During the reformation he officiated in nearly all the baptismal ordinances, and continued to do so until 1888. In 1871, he filled a mission to the Eastern States, chiefly in search of genealogy.He assisted in organizing the first Sunday school in Grantsville and acted as teacher in the same; later he acted as Stake superintendent of Sunday schools, which office he held until he removed to Cache valley. In a secular capacity he was superintendent of the Tooele County Co-op Grist Mill, and served as constable and city marshal. In an early day he was commissioned by Gov. Durkee as a captain's adjutant in the Territorial militia.

      He was ordained a Seventy, and acted for several years as a president of the 31st quorum of Seventy. Afterwards he was chosen as a president of the 17th quorum, which office he held till Aug. 4, 1901,when he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as a High Councilor. In 1888 he removed to Smithfield, Cache county, in order to be near the Temple, where he was engaged in working for the dead. (Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City pg. 402.)

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      Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.907

      HALE, ALMA HELAMAN (son of Jonathan Harriman Hale and Olive Boyington, both of whom died at Council Bluffs, Iowa). Came to Utah 1848.

      Married Elizabeth Walker. Their eldest child, Alma Helaman, m. Elizabeth Percinda Hendricks.

      Married Sarah Ann Clark. Their eldest child, Ernest Frederick, m. Drucilla Harris.

      Married Ellen V. Clark Aug. 19, 1865, Salt Lake City (daughter of Daniel Clark and Elizabeth Gower—the latter came to Utah Oct. 26, 1864, with William Hyde company, the former died crossing the plains to Utah). She was born Jan. 6, 1848, Colchester, Essex, Eng. Their children: Edgar Daniel b. Jan. 3, 1868, m. Emma Louisa Seamons Oct. 1, 1890; Aroet Clinton b. Aug. 17, 1869, m. Elizabeth A. Seamons Nov. 15, 1893; Arthur Willard b. July 3, 1871, m. Alice Jacobson Dec. 24, 1903; Franklin George b. July 10, 1874, m. Cora Hammond Nov. 17, 1897; Rosa Ellen b. Dec. 28, 1876, d. Aug. 13, 1897; Alvin Wilford b. Feb. 19, 1879, m. Julia Dean Oct. 9, 1907; Eugene Clark b. March 26, 1886, m. Sylvia L. Jensen June 2, 1909; Zina Emeline b. June 11, 1888, m. Melvin Barrus Dec. 22, 1909.

      President of 31st quorum seventies, and later of 17th quorum; high priest; high Councilor in Benson stake; missionary to eastern states; assisted in organizing first Sunday school in Grantsville, of which he served as teacher; stake superintendent of Sunday schools.

      Settled at Grantsville 1854. Participated in Echo Canyon war 1857, and also did considerable service as guard during the "Move" in 1858. In 1862 went to the Missouri river in Capt. Horne's company to assist the poor immigrants; on the return trip acted as wagonmaster and commissary. Moved to Cache Valley where he served as superintendent of Tooele County Co-op. Grist Mill. Constable and city marshal. Commissioned by Governor Durkee as captain's adjutant in territorial militia. Moved to Smithfield in 1888. Died March 30, 1908, Logan, Utah.

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

      Hale, Alma Helaman

      Birth Date: Unknown
      Death Date: Unknown
      Gender: Male
      Age: 12
      Company: Brigham Young Company (1848)

      Sources:
      Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1848, p. 5

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

      Hale, Alma Helaman

      Birth Date: Unknown
      Death Date: Unknown
      Gender: Male
      Age: 12
      Company: Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)

      Pioneer Information:
      orphan

      Sources:
      Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1848, p. 14

      Source Locations

      N.H. Gardner, Alma Helaman Hale: History and Genealogy, vol. 1, p. 60

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

      Hale, Alma Helaman

      Birth Date: Unknown
      Death Date: Unknown
      Gender: Male
      Age: 26
      Company: Joseph Horne Company (1862)

      Pioneer Information:
      Commissary of company/Captain of Guard; out-and-back teamster


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      lma Helaman Hale

      Born: 24 April 1836, Bradford Massachusetts
      Married: 24 December 1861, Grantsville, Utah
      Died: 30 March 1908, Logan, Utah
      Parents: Jonathan Harriman Hale & Olive Boynton
      Wife: Sarah Annie Clark



      Items extracted from "Bishop Jonathan H. Hale of Nauvoo - His Life and Ministry

      Acquisition of Hale Genealogical Record

      It was imputed by Alma and his brothers as providential the way by which the Hale Genealogical Record came into their possession.

      It appears that United States Senator Robert S. Hale of Vermont approached Congressman George Q. Cannon of Utah in 1874, In Wash­ington, D. C., and made inquiry about the family of Jonathan H. Hale, who migrated with the Mormons to the Rocky Mountains, inform­ation concerning whom the Senator needed to complete a Hale Family Genealogical Record, which he was compiling.

      Congressman Cannon knew all the Hale boys very well and he so informed Senator Hale, adding that he had married Elizabeth Hoag­land, whose brother, Lucas, had married Rachel Hale, the only sur­viving daughter of Jonathan H. Hale. Through information given the Senator by Brother Cannon, the Hale boys in Utah were commun­icated with and the desired data secured for the completion of the Record. However, the book was actually published by Senator Eugene Hale, and George Hale of Maine, as the author died before this accomplishment had been realized.

      As strange as it would appear to an outsider, but readily perceived by members of the Church, Senator Eugene and George Hale had no appreciable interest in the record after it had been finally com­pleted and published. Even though it had required many years of toil­some research and an expenditure of thousands of dollars. Senator Eugene Hale at once sent to the Hale brothers in Utah a copy of the Record, which to them was a providential blessing, as it made immed­iately available an authentic record of their ancestry back for hun­dreds of years, for whom they could perform, vicariously, the saving ordinances of' the Gospel of Christ in the Temples of God.

      A Faith Promoting Experience

      In regard to the recording of Hale family records, Jonathan H. Hale, son of Alma H. Hale and Sarah A. Clark, recorded the following experience in his journal:

      When the Hale family worked in the Logan Temple in the winter of 1888-89, they arranged with Brother Samuel Roskelley to prepare the sheets for temple work. A great deal of temple work was done during the following years .... [Some time later] Brother Roskelley's health began to fail, and he decided to give up all his record work. He brought the Hale records to sacrament meeting one Sunday and gave them to Father [Alma H. Hale] and told him it would be necessary to get someone else to take over the books.

      During the following week, Father was very depressed and worried all the time, and was hardly able to work or eat. He could not decide what to do, for neither he nor any of the Hale family knew how to proceed with the work. A great deal of information had been gathered, and the family made it a matter of prayer, morning and evening, for a whole week.

      The next Sunday at meeting, Brother Roskelley came to Father and said,
      Bring the records back to me. I have to finish them.' Then he told Father and me this story:

      "Friday evening as I was returning from the Temple, near Hyde Park, a messenger on a white horse appeared by the side of my buggy and said he wanted me to finish the Hale record. He assured me that the work was done right and that it was all being accepted. He said thousands of members of the Hale family were anxious that the work go on. I explained that I was too busy to do any more record work, and that my health would not permit it. Then the messenger made me this promise: that if I would continue, the Lord would bless me with health and strength, and the way would be opened so I would have the necessary time to do the work. He stayed by my side until I finally promised to do it, and then he blessed me and disappeared."

      When Brother Roskelley described his messenger to Father, he answered, "Why, that was my own father, Jonathan Harriman Hale, the first of the Hales to join the Church in 1834. He died in 1847 at Winter Quarters."

      When Brother Roskelley finally finished the record, he said that the greatest load he had ever carried was lifted off his shoulders. He had made a promise to a heavenly being and couldn't rest until the work was completed. He enjoyed much better health and found more time for the work than he had ever hoped for.

      A strange Phenomenon

      It was Authoritatively recognized that up to the time Aroet, Alma and Solomon had completed their personal ministrations in the Logan Temple, their labors in behalf of their progenitors had far exceeded that performed by any other family in the Church, at least in that Temple. It was at this juncture, upon the completion of their record of sealings of husbands to wives and children to parents, following a Hale program in the Logan Temple one evening in February, 1896, that a strange phenomenon was reported; the sacred structure, it is said, became suddenly illuminated - flooded from dome to found­ation with a blaze of light. Apostle Marriner W, Merrill, who was then president of the Temple, observed the phenomenon as he was traveling on the highway that night from Logan to Richmond. It was likewise observed by many residents of Logan.

      "President Merrill viewed the occurrence with some concern" the account in the Deseret News read, "and he made anxious inquiry the following morning to determine the cause. There were no electric lights in Logan at that time and no means were provided for illuminating the Temple in any such manner. Furthermore, he had closed the Temple for the night and was on his way home. He could find no physical means by which to answer his interrogations. The following night, however, the Temple was again flooded with illumination, the same as the previous night." President Merrill finally concluded and announced to the general assembly in the Temple that this beautiful and glorious manifestation was a spiritual phenomenon. "The matter was subsequently called to the attention of President Wilford Woodruff," the account continued, "who declared it to be an assembly of the great Hale family from the spirit world, who had gathered within those sacred walls in exultation over their liberation through the beneficent ministrations in their behalf."

      Message from Alma

      [From the handwritten journal of Alma Helaman Hale, son of Jonathan and Olive]-

      My brother Aroet and I had talked and counseled together a number of times concerning the work for our dead which needed to be done. First we talked of going to the St. George Temple to do the work but found it would be too far and as a result so expensive that we were compelled to abandon the idea. So we decided that we would remove to a place near the Logan Temple and do our work there when that structure was completed.

      Accordingly, in the spring of 1887,1 moved my wife Ellen and her family to Gentile Valley, Idaho, and in April 1888 my wife Sarah and her family moved to Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, thus placing us in close communion with the Logan Temple ....

      Regarding my work for the dead, I will say for the benefit of the readers of this biography that from the time I came to Smithfield until the present, I have spent 5 weeks each year for a period of 13 years working for the dead, making in all 65 weeks work, performing baptisms for 700, obtaining the endowments for nearly 200, and performing the sealing and adopting ordinances for over 300 souls of our kindred.

      I am now 65 years of age on the declining side of life. As I approach my goal and crown which is waiting for me, I do it with these words on my lips to all my sons and daughters and their posterity

      "Keep the faith, for it is worth the fight of life and every sacrifice that can be made for it. It will unite us in eternity and cause a mighty rejoicing at the glad reunion. Let not one of my children be missing from it, is my constant prayer."

      From January 1889 to 28 February 1896, there were ordinances performed as follows: 1,075 endowments, 1,202 sealings of couples, 2,055 baptisms, and 319 children sealed to 55 sets of parents. These children sealings were the first done by the Hale family and were all done in the preceding two weeks prior to the early evening closing on 28 February 1896. The Logan Temple records clearly indicate that all eligible names were done for seven generations of Hale ancestors by this date. No other date in the whole one hundred years of Hale temple activity was as important as this one.

      During the Hale family meeting held 16 February 1898 in Logan, Utah, Solomon Hale bore testimony to the truth of the work and that the Lord had provided for the genealogies which were handed to us that we might continue. He spoke of what President Woodruff said in regard to the illumination of the temple ....

      No matter what else may have interceded, the joy and happiness which pervaded the whole Hale family upon the completion of this part of their holy work in behalf of their deceased loved ones was glorious to behold. The lighting of the temple on that particular day became a beacon to the Hale family forever afterward. The work for their mother's Boynton ancestors now became paramount till its completion some years later.
    • «b»Hale, Alma Helaman«/b», a member of the High Council of the Benson Stake of Zion, is the son of Jonathan H. Hale and Olive Boynton, and was born April 24, 1836, in Groveland, Essex county, Mass. When six weeks old hestarted for Kirtland, Ohio, with his parents, and came to Utah in 1848,where he lived six years. At the age of eighteen years he moved to Grantsville, Tooele county, and was married in 1857. He participated in the Echo canyon expedition in 1857, and did considerable service as a guard during "the move" of 1858. In 1862 he made a trip to the Missouri river after the poor, serving as captain of the night guard in Capt. Joseph Horne's company. On the return trip he also acted as wagon master and commissary.

      During the reformation he officiated in nearly all the baptismal ordinances, and continued to do so until 1888. In 1871, he filled a mission to the Eastern States, chiefly in search of genealogy.He assisted in organizing the first Sunday school in Grantsville and acted as teacher in the same; later he acted as Stake superintendent of Sunday schools, which office he held until he removed to Cache valley. In a secular capacity he was superintendent of the Tooele County Co-op Grist Mill, and served as constable and city marshal. In an early day he was commissioned by Gov. Durkee as a captain's adjutant in the Territorial militia.

      He was ordained a Seventy, and acted for several years as a president of the 31st quorum of Seventy. Afterwards he was chosen as a president of the 17th quorum, which office he held till Aug. 4, 1901,when he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as a High Councilor. In 1888 he removed to Smithfield, Cache county, in order to be near the Temple, where he was engaged in working for the dead. (Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City pg. 402.)

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      Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.907

      «b»HALE, ALMA HELAMAN«/b» (son of Jonathan Harriman Hale and Olive Boyington, both of whom died at Council Bluffs, Iowa). Came to Utah 1848.

      Married Elizabeth Walker. Their eldest child, Alma Helaman, m. Elizabeth Percinda Hendricks.

      Married Sarah Ann Clark. Their eldest child, Ernest Frederick, m. Drucilla Harris.

      Married Ellen V. Clark Aug. 19, 1865, Salt Lake City (daughter of Daniel Clark and Elizabeth Gower-the latter came to Utah Oct. 26, 1864, with William Hyde company, the former died crossing the plains to Utah). She was born Jan. 6, 1848, Colchester, Essex, Eng. Their children: Edgar Daniel b. Jan. 3, 1868, m. Emma Louisa Seamons Oct. 1, 1890; Aroet Clinton b. Aug. 17, 1869, m. Elizabeth A. Seamons Nov. 15, 1893; Arthur Willard b. July 3, 1871, m. Alice Jacobson Dec. 24, 1903; Franklin George b. July 10, 1874, m. Cora Hammond Nov. 17, 1897; Rosa Ellen b. Dec. 28, 1876, d. Aug. 13, 1897; Alvin Wilford b. Feb. 19, 1879, m. Julia Dean Oct. 9, 1907; Eugene Clark b. March 26, 1886, m. Sylvia L. Jensen June 2, 1909; Zina Emeline b. June 11, 1888, m. Melvin Barrus Dec. 22, 1909.

      President of 31st quorum seventies, and later of 17th quorum; high priest; high Councilor in Benson stake; missionary to eastern states; assisted in organizing first Sunday school in Grantsville, of which he served as teacher; stake superintendent of Sunday schools.

      Settled at Grantsville 1854. Participated in Echo Canyon war 1857, and also did considerable service as guard during the "Move" in 1858. In 1862 went to the Missouri river in Capt. Horne's company to assist the poor immigrants; on the return trip acted as wagonmaster and commissary. Moved to Cache Valley where he served as superintendent of Tooele County Co-op. Grist Mill. Constable and city marshal. Commissioned by Governor Durkee as captain's adjutant in territorial militia. Moved to Smithfield in 1888. Died March 30, 1908, Logan, Utah.

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868 «tab»
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      «b»Hale, Alma Helaman«/b»«tab»«tab»«tab»

      Birth Date: Unknown«tab»
      Death Date: Unknown«tab»
      Gender: Male«tab»
      Age: 12«tab»
      Company: Brigham Young Company (1848)«tab»

      Sources:«tab»
      Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1848, p. 5«tab»

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868 «tab»
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      «b»Hale, Alma Helaman«/b»«tab»«tab»

      Birth Date: Unknown«tab»
      Death Date: Unknown«tab»
      Gender: Male«tab»
      Age: 12«tab»
      Company: Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)«tab»

      Pioneer Information: «tab»
      orphan«tab»

      Sources:«tab»
      Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1848, p. 14«tab»«tab»

      Source Locations«tab»
      «tab»«tab»«tab»
      N.H. Gardner, Alma Helaman Hale: History and Genealogy, vol. 1, p. 60«tab»

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868 «tab»
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      «b»Hale, Alma Helaman«tab»«/b»«tab»«tab»

      Birth Date: Unknown«tab»
      Death Date: Unknown«tab»
      Gender: Male«tab»
      Age: 26«tab»
      Company: Joseph Horne Company (1862)«tab»

      Pioneer Information: «tab»
      Commissary of company/Captain of Guard; out-and-back teamster


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      lma Helaman Hale

      Born: 24 April 1836, Bradford Massachusetts
      Married: 24 December 1861, Grantsville, Utah
      Died: 30 March 1908, Logan, Utah
      Parents: Jonathan Harriman Hale & Olive Boynton
      Wife: Sarah Annie Clark



      Items extracted from "Bishop Jonathan H. Hale of Nauvoo - His Life and Ministry

      Acquisition of Hale Genealogical Record

      It was imputed by Alma and his brothers as providential the way by which the Hale Genealogical Record came into their possession.

      It appears that United States Senator Robert S. Hale of Vermont approached Congressman George Q. Cannon of Utah in 1874, In Wash-ington, D. C., and made inquiry about the family of Jonathan H. Hale, who migrated with the Mormons to the Rocky Mountains, inform-ation concerning whom the Senator needed to complete a Hale Family Genealogical Record, which he was compiling.

      Congressman Cannon knew all the Hale boys very well and he so informed Senator Hale, adding that he had married Elizabeth Hoag-land, whose brother, Lucas, had married Rachel Hale, the only sur-viving daughter of Jonathan H. Hale. Through information given the Senator by Brother Cannon, the Hale boys in Utah were commun-icated with and the desired data secured for the completion of the Record. However, the book was actually published by Senator Eugene Hale, and George Hale of Maine, as the author died before this accomplishment had been realized.

      As strange as it would appear to an outsider, but readily perceived by members of the Church, Senator Eugene and George Hale had no appreciable interest in the record after it had been finally com-pleted and published. Even though it had required many years of toil-some research and an expenditure of thousands of dollars. Senator Eugene Hale at once sent to the Hale brothers in Utah a copy of the Record, which to them was a providential blessing, as it made immed-iately available an authentic record of their ancestry back for hun-dreds of years, for whom they could perform, vicariously, the saving ordinances of' the Gospel of Christ in the Temples of God.

      A Faith Promoting Experience

      In regard to the recording of Hale family records, Jonathan H. Hale, son of Alma H. Hale and Sarah A. Clark, recorded the following experience in his journal:

      When the Hale family worked in the Logan Temple in the winter of 1888-89, they arranged with Brother Samuel Roskelley to prepare the sheets for temple work. A great deal of temple work was done during the following years .... [Some time later] Brother Roskelley's health began to fail, and he decided to give up all his record work. He brought the Hale records to sacrament meeting one Sunday and gave them to Father [Alma H. Hale] and told him it would be necessary to get someone else to take over the books.

      During the following week, Father was very depressed and worried all the time, and was hardly able to work or eat. He could not decide what to do, for neither he nor any of the Hale family knew how to proceed with the work. A great deal of information had been gathered, and the family made it a matter of prayer, morning and evening, for a whole week.

      The next Sunday at meeting, Brother Roskelley came to Father and said, `Bring the records back to me. I have to finish them.' Then he told Father and me this story:

      "Friday evening as I was returning from the Temple, near Hyde Park, a messenger on a white horse appeared by the side of my buggy and said he wanted me to finish the Hale record. He assured me that the work was done right and that it was all being accepted. He said thousands of members of the Hale family were anxious that the work go on. I explained that I was too busy to do any more record work, and that my health would not permit it. Then the messenger made me this promise: that if I would continue, the Lord would bless me with health and strength, and the way would be opened so I would have the necessary time to do the work. He stayed by my side until I finally promised to do it, and then he blessed me and disappeared."

      When Brother Roskelley described his messenger to Father, he answered, "Why, that was my own father, Jonathan Harriman Hale, the first of the Hales to join the Church in 1834. He died in 1847 at Winter Quarters."

      When Brother Roskelley finally finished the record, he said that the greatest load he had ever carried was lifted off his shoulders. He had made a promise to a heavenly being and couldn't rest until the work was completed. He enjoyed much better health and found more time for the work than he had ever hoped for.

      A strange Phenomenon

      It was Authoritatively recognized that up to the time Aroet, Alma and Solomon had completed their personal ministrations in the Logan Temple, their labors in behalf of their progenitors had far exceeded that performed by any other family in the Church, at least in that Temple. It was at this juncture, upon the completion of their record of sealings of husbands to wives and children to parents, following a Hale program in the Logan Temple one evening in February, 1896, that a strange phenomenon was reported; the sacred structure, it is said, became suddenly illuminated - flooded from dome to found-ation with a blaze of light. Apostle Marriner W, Merrill, who was then president of the Temple, observed the phenomenon as he was traveling on the highway that night from Logan to Richmond. It was likewise observed by many residents of Logan.

      "President Merrill viewed the occurrence with some concern" the account in the Deseret News read, "and he made anxious inquiry the following morning to determine the cause. There were no electric lights in Logan at that time and no means were provided for illuminating the Temple in any such manner. Furthermore, he had closed the Temple for the night and was on his way home. He could find no physical means by which to answer his interrogations. The following night, however, the Temple was again flooded with illumination, the same as the previous night." President Merrill finally concluded and announced to the general assembly in the Temple that this beautiful and glorious manifestation was a spiritual phenomenon. "The matter was subsequently called to the attention of President Wilford Woodruff," the account continued, "who declared it to be an assembly of the great Hale family from the spirit world, who had gathered within those sacred walls in exultation over their liberation through the beneficent ministrations in their behalf."

      Message from Alma

      [From the handwritten journal of Alma Helaman Hale, son of Jonathan and Olive]-

      My brother Aroet and I had talked and counseled together a number of times concerning the work for our dead which needed to be done. First we talked of going to the St. George Temple to do the work but found it would be too far and as a result so expensive that we were compelled to abandon the idea. So we decided that we would remove to a place near the Logan Temple and do our work there when that structure was completed.

      Accordingly, in the spring of 1887,1 moved my wife Ellen and her family to Gentile Valley, Idaho, and in April 1888 my wife Sarah and her family moved to Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, thus placing us in close communion with the Logan Temple ....

      Regarding my work for the dead, I will say for the benefit of the readers of this biography that from the time I came to Smithfield until the present, I have spent 5 weeks each year for a period of 13 years working for the dead, making in all 65 weeks work, performing baptisms for 700, obtaining the endowments for nearly 200, and performing the sealing and adopting ordinances for over 300 souls of our kindred.

      I am now 65 years of age on the declining side of life. As I approach my goal and crown which is waiting for me, I do it with these words on my lips to all my sons and daughters and their posterity

      "Keep the faith, for it is worth the fight of life and every sacrifice that can be made for it. It will unite us in eternity and cause a mighty rejoicing at the glad reunion. Let not one of my children be missing from it, is my constant prayer."

      From January 1889 to 28 February 1896, there were ordinances performed as follows: 1,075 endowments, 1,202 sealings of couples, 2,055 baptisms, and 319 children sealed to 55 sets of parents. These children sealings were the first done by the Hale family and were all done in the preceding two weeks prior to the early evening closing on 28 February 1896. The Logan Temple records clearly indicate that all eligible names were done for seven generations of Hale ancestors by this date. No other date in the whole one hundred years of Hale temple activity was as important as this one.

      During the Hale family meeting held 16 February 1898 in Logan, Utah, Solomon Hale bore testimony to the truth of the work and that the Lord had provided for the genealogies which were handed to us that we might continue. He spoke of what President Woodruff said in regard to the illumination of the temple ....

      No matter what else may have interceded, the joy and happiness which pervaded the whole Hale family upon the completion of this part of their holy work in behalf of their deceased loved ones was glorious to behold. The lighting of the temple on that particular day became a beacon to the Hale family forever afterward. The work for their mother's Boynton ancestors now became paramount till its completion some years later.
    Person ID I6166340  7_families
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 

    Father Jonathan Harriman Hale,   b. 1 Feb 1800, Groveland, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1846, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Olive Boynton,   b. 30 Jul 1805, Groveland, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1846, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1825  Groveland, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1908415  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah Elizabeth Walker,   b. 14 Jun 1837, Tishomingo, Tishomingo, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1861, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1856  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Alma Helaman Hale,   b. 11 Jun 1857, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1938, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. Olive Elizabeth Hale,   b. 6 Apr 1859, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1932, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Enos Eliphalet Hale,   b. 8 May 1861, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1861, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1908413  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Annie Clark,   b. 27 Mar 1842, Colchester, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1918, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1861  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ernest Frederick Hale,   b. 4 Sep 1863, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1922, Groveland, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Albert Henry Hale,   b. 16 Apr 1865, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1949, Oakley, Cassia, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Almana Sarah Hale,   b. 20 Sep 1866, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1869  (Age 2 years)
     4. Rachel Clarrissa Hale,   b. 10 Oct 1868, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1888  (Age 20 years)
    +5. Katie Eliza Hale,   b. 10 Dec 1871, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1891, Fagalii Island, , Samoa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    +6. Grace Emma Hale,   b. 16 Mar 1873, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1958, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. Jonathan Harriman Hale,   b. 10 Aug 1875, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1957, Groveland, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     8. Solomon William Hale,   b. 25 Aug 1877, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1877  (Age 0 years)
     9. Aroetta Louisa Hale,   b. 16 Nov 1878, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1964, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     10. Rebecca Viola Hale,   b. 15 Sep 1882, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1978, Pullman, Whitman, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1907934  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Ellen Victoria Clark,   b. 6 Jan 1848, Colchester, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1940, Groveland, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1865  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Edgar Daniel Hale,   b. 3 Jan 1868, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1956, Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Aroet Clinton Hale,   b. 17 Aug 1869, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1952, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +3. Arthur Willard Hale,   b. 3 Jul 1871, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1955, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +4. Franklin George Hale,   b. 10 Jul 1874, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1947, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Rosa Ellen Hale,   b. 28 Dec 1876, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1897  (Age 20 years)
    +6. Alvin Wilford Hale,   b. 19 Feb 1879, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1960, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +7. Eugene Clark Hale,   b. 26 Mar 1886, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1947, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +8. Zina Emeline Hale,   b. 11 Jun 1888, Mound Valley, Franklin, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1981  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1908414  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Apr 1836 - Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Apr 1856 - Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1861 - Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Aug 1865 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Grantsville, Tooele, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Mar 1908 - Logan, Cache, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Apr 1908 - Smithfield, Cache, Utah Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alma Helaman Hale
    Alma Helaman Hale
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    Alma Helaman Hale
    Alma Helaman Hale and Sarah Annie Clark
    Alma Helaman Hale and Sarah Annie Clark

    Documents
    Alma Helaman Hale death note
    Alma Helaman Hale death note
    Davis County Clipper
    Alma Helaman Hale - Death Certificate
    Alma Helaman Hale - Death Certificate

    Headstones
    Alma and Sarah Clark Hale Headstone
    Alma and Sarah Clark Hale Headstone
    Alma and Sarah Clark Hale Headstone
    Alma and Sarah Clark Hale Headstone

  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Utah Cemetery Inventory, Utah State Historical Society, ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000).

    2. [S1780134] Utah, Cache, Logan - 1908 - Alma H. Hale Death Certificate, State of Utah. Department of Health, (1908, certificate in possession of Lee R. Drew).

    3. [S1778677] Utah Cemetery Inventory, Utah State Historical Society, ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000).

    4. [S1782164] Utah, Cache, Logan - 1908 - Alma H. Hale Death Certificate, State of Utah. Department of Health, (1908, certificate in possession of Lee R. Drew).

    5. [S1780707] Utah Cemetery Inventory, Utah State Historical Society, ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000).

    6. [S110079] Utah, Tooele, Grantsville - 1860 - Federal Census, Utah, Tooele, Grantsville, (www.ancestry.com).

    7. [S1778714] BLM Land Patents, United States Government. Bureau of Land Management, ( http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/).

    8. [S110077] Utah, Tooele, Grantsville - 1880 - Federal Census, Utah, Tooele, Grantsville, (www.familysearch.org).

    9. [S1778724] Utah History Research Center - Burials, State of Utah, (http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials).

    10. [S1780754] Utah History Research Center - Burials, State of Utah, (http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/searchburials).