Martha Melissa Hale Couch was born 19 Sept 1836 in Illinois. Her mother and father had moved from Anderson, SC to Illinois
with her mother's people. Of the ten children, she was the only one born in ILL, the rest were born in South Carolina, USA.
Now here is were the controversy arises. From two sources it appears that Martha's mother was married twice, both times to
men named Hale.
Elizabeth Ann Salena Skelton was born 04 May 1813 and died 12 April 1893 and is buried at the Cord Mill. She was born in
Pendleton District, SC now Anderson, SC. From notes made by the William Couch family in the 1940s it list all of Martha's
sisters and on the one brother it list him as a half brother. On Martha's death certificate it list her father's first name
a Daniel. Only one of her sisters had a death certificate and it listed her father's name as John. South Carolina did not
keep marriage certificates
until the beginning of the twenty century, so there are not records to check.
As a result I use two husbands for Elizabeth, other Hale researchers maintain there is only 1 husband and that is a John B.
I show the children of Elizabeth and Daniel Hale who were married around
1830 in SC as:
1.Mary A. born ca 1831
2.Jannill born ca 1833
3 Molly born ca 1834
4.Martha Melissa b.1836
5.Emeline born ca 1838
6.Margaret E. born ca 1841
7.Ellen Louise born ca 1843
The next three children I think were the children of John B. and Elizabeth Hale
1.Sarah born ca 1845
2.William born ca 1846
3.Sarepta born ca 1849
The family moved to Gallentin Co., Ill. and back to SC. They remained in the Anderson Co, SC area until around 1854 when
they moved to Clarke Co., GA.
I think if Elizabeth was married to two Hale men they were probably brothers. John B. Hale it seems left his family around
1858 and moved back to live with his father in Franklin Co GA. His father was also named John.
In the 1850 census he is shown as being 80 years old and living with his father who is listed as being 118 years old. The
father's name is Daniel.
So this Hale family begins with Daniel born 1732 in SC and died after 1850 in Franklin Co., GA, John Hale born 1769 in SC
and died in Hart Co., Ga. after 1850, John B. Hale born ca 1813 in SC and died after 1854 in Hart Co Ga.