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Rev Abraham Bale
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1801
Green County
Kentucky, USA
Death: 1853

A preacher and twin to John Bale, No stone found.
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"In 1842, Abraham Bale came from Kentucky [to Menard County, Illinois] and created a commotion. He was considered a great preacher. Tall, well formed, with a powerful constitution and a voice like a horn, he could wake the natives for half mile 'round. He held wonderful revivals all over the country and baptized converts in the River Sangamon, even as John the Baptist did in the River Jordan. I have seen him administer baptism to fifty at a time, just below Salem mill. A couple of men or women would get the converts ready and pass them to Bale, who would soon have them put under the water in good style, while the rowdies above would throw in dogs and logs and otherwise disturb the proceedings, and when going to and from the river would run their horses and whoop and yell like Indians. At one of his baptizings, just as he was about to lead a sister out into the water, her husband, who was watching the ceremonies, cried out: "Hold on, Bale! Hold on, Bale! Don't you 'dround' her! I wouldn't take the best cow and calf in Menard County for her!" [Pioneers of Menard and Mason Counties. T G Onstot. Page 122] 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Jacob Bale (1761 - 1822)
  Sapphia Snook Bale (1768 - 1846)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Lewis Bale (1805 - 1842)*
  Clarissa Jane Elmore Hofing (1828 - 1903)*
 
 Children:
  Edward Lewis Bale (1824 - 1871)*
  Jacob Bale (1831 - 1864)*
  Sarah C Bale Clare (1851 - 1935)*
 
 Siblings:
  Abraham Bale (1801 - 1853)
  John S. Bale (1801 - 1843)*
  Solomon Bale (1806 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Salem Cemetery
Petersburg
Menard County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Jul 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28061773
 


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 Added: Nov. 29, 2009
 
 
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