Sep. 23, 1743 Hampstead Rockingham County New Hampshire, USA
Sep. 23, 1780 New Utrecht Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA
Revolutionary War officer. As a young man, he moved with his parents (Moses and Elizabeth (Wheeler)) from Hampstead, NH to Rindge, New Hampshire to seek land grants with his brothers Enoch and Moses and they worked together as farmers and merchants and town officials. During the Revolution Nathan Hale formed his own company of 50 men in Rindge in order to receive officer status as Captain, and was then called to the battle of Lexington to begin his military campaign in the Revolution. He was promoted on the battle field after Bunker/Breeds Hill and Winter Hill and later served the Colonel and Commander of the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment. He then was tasked under the command of General St. Clair to aid and fortify Fort Ticonderoga, New York. General St. Clair discovered that the British had installed cannon on nearby Mt. Defiance overlooking Ticonderoga and could, at any moment rain cannon fire into the fort. In hast Gen St Clair evacuated Ticonderoga giving the job of caring for many wounded and sick to Colonel Hale, thus making the exodus of sick and wounded an easy target for British and German hires. He was captured by the British at the Battle of Hubbardton in July, 1777 and returned home on parole, but in 1779 was ordered by the British to return to captivity. He did, and died while he was still a prisoner of war. Nathan's brother Enoch followed the same military path and became Colonel. The earliest grandfather here in Massachusetts was Thomas Hale who arrived here in 1637 from Watton-At-Stone, Hertfordshire, England and documented by the book "Descendants of Thomas Hale" by Robert Safford Hale and can be seen on the Web. Further that Patriot Colonel Nathan Hale's life in the Revolution and his dedication to family, country and of his belief in God and the Revolution to set us free is captured in military journals and can be found in Wikipedia under Nathan Hale (Col) - including the letter to his wife from the Battle of Breeds and Winter Hill and the death toll of the British.