Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Haile Family of Jackson County, Tennessee

My great-great grandmother, Missouri Elizabeth Haile (she was known as Lizzie) was born in Jackson County, Tennessee in 1843. She came to Grayson County, Texas in 1867 and married James Coleman Watson (son of Cary and Emily Watson) in 1869. She was the third of twelve children born into a close-knit family of Southern Confederates. The Haile family (some branches spell it Hale, and many of the old records show that spelling) were settled in the community of Flynn’s Lick in Jackson County, Tennessee by the 1830s. Lizzie Watson’s father was Thomas Haile, who married Nancy Elizabeth Gibson of Kentucky.

Grandpa Haile, who was born in 1816, was a little old to serve in the army, but he was a leading Confederate sympathizer and organizer in his area. He did go on the military rolls, but I understand he played more of an administrative role. Several of his sons were also in the Confederate army, including Joshua, Elvis, and Thomas. He and his son Thomas were taken prisoners of war and ended up at Camp Chase, Ohio, an infamous Northern POW camp for Confederate soldiers. His son, Thomas, survived the ordeal and later migrated to Eastland County, Texas where he was a prominent citizen. Grandpa Haile died at Camp Chase and is buried there. According to family legend, Thomas was with him when he died and carved the inscription on his coffin. His grave is marked. Here’s an interesting link with lots of information about Camp Chase:

© 2008, copyright Stephen Mills


Anonymous said...

I'm from the Flynn's lick line as well.

pj hale said...

my grandfathers family is from flynn lick, he was irvin fulton. we have not been able to trace family roots furthur than thomas and john thomas. my great grandmother was winnie young after her husband died she came to the bemis, tn area to work in the cotton mill. i went to flynn's lick a couple of years ago and went to nannie hale jones ole home place and took pictures of the family cemetary. col. fulton hale is buried there. flynn's lick is etween granville, tn and gainesboro. i recently found some of nannie's relatives that are goolesby's that still live in the area. please let me know if you have info that goes furthur back than the early 1800's. thank you, phyllis hale dancer