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Mathew Dale

  • Birth 17 Oct 1745 Worcester County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 25 Jul 1814 Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 103334799

Children of Mathew and Catherine
1. Isaac Dale 1788 – 1869
2. Mary Polly Dale 1790 – 1818
3. James Dale 1794 – 1823
4. Mathew Dale 1797 – 1800
5. William Dale 1800 – 1850
6. John Dale 1804 – 1875
7. Purnell Dale 1806 – 1855
8. Joshua W. Dale #18065158
9. Elizabeth Dale 1812 – 1880
10. Azariah Dale 1814 – 1882

Mathew was the youngest son of John and Hannah (Stevenson) Dale. A family bible in the possession of Mr. Otis E. Dale records the birth of Isaac Dale, the first son, as 9 August 1788. From this it is deduced that Mathew was married about 1786/87. He married Catharine Purnell the daughter of Mathew and Elizabeth (Avery) Purnell of Worcester Co., Md. The 1850 census of Ray County Mo. records Catherine (Purnell) Dale's age as 77 which would have made her about 15 years old at the time of her marriage.

Family tradition indicates that in his younger days Mathew was a sea captain aboard vessels trading with the West Indies. It has not been able to verify this but it is possible and could account for the fact that Mathew did not marry until he was about 40 years of age.

Revolutionary War records show that Mathew served as a private in that war and received a grant of 100 acres for his service.

The first tract of land which Mathew purchased was a 100 acre tract called End of Dispute deeded to him by Bayle Fisher of Accomack Co., Va. on 4 Nov 1766. On 25 June 1770, Mathew had this land resurveyed and additional land included - renaming it Dale's Contrivance. It consisted of 101 acres. Further purchases included Portland containing 62 acres, Slim Chance and finally a 42 acre tract called French Tract was patented to Mathew by the State of Maryland. The first tracts purchased - Dale's Contrivance and Portland located on the Westernmost side of the Pocomoke River near John Davis's Mill and adjoining each other were undoubtedly the home plantation of Mathew and Catherine.

Some of the richest land in the U.S. was to be found in the "blue grass" country of Kentucky. This was one of the features of this country which attracted the ambitious and far seeing American of the late 18th century and early 19th. It enticed him into leaving his established home in comparatively civilized country and move his family into this land abounding in game, grazing land forests and rich soil.

Such a man was Mathew Dale. In 1795 and 1796 he sold off all his lands in Worcester Co., Md. in preparation for his move to Kentucky. it is not known what route he took but it seems likely that it was by the Ohio River - judging from the area which is located only about 8 - 10 miles from the present town of Carlisle, in Nichols County Ky. Transportation by this route would have been by wagon and flatboat. It is very likely that the party poled down the Licking River from the Ohio River to the area in which they settled. The Licking River was one of the main points of departure from the Ohio. It would have been only about 50 to 60 miles further to go from the Ohio.

Catherine and her children remained in Kentucky until the mid 30's when the pioneer spirit inherent in Mathew asserted itself in them and they scattered. Some moved into Indiana and some to Missouri. Catherine moved with her son Isaac and his family to Ray County Mo. Her sons John and Joshua followed soon after. Purnell Dale moved to Rush Co. Indiana. Azariah, the youngest son remained in Kentucky - in Nicholas and Lewis Counties. It is not known what happened to her sons William and Mathew.

All of Mathew and Catharine's sons were named in Mathew's will except Azariah who was born after the writing of the will. No daughters were mentioned although census show that there were two - Polly who married John Delaney in 1812 and Elizabeth who was referred to in her brother John's will as "my sister Elizabeth Clinton".

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  • Created by: Rita Osborne
  • Added: 9 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103334799
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mathew Dale (17 Oct 1745–25 Jul 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103334799, citing Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Rita Osborne (contributor 47817349) .