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Philip Smith Hale Collection

Identifier: MSC 0986

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, tintypes, a carte de visite album, a hand-stitched, woven alphabetical organizer, and various financial records including receipts, promissory notes, court judgements, and ledger scraps. Some of the photographs are identified, including a photograph of Rogersville Female Academy’s faculty and student body, and one of students and their instructor holding musical instruments. Another photograph depicts the Shenandoah Normal College baseball team. Most of the tintypes are unidentified portraits, while one shows three men sitting in a horse-drawn wagon. Col. J. S. Hale purchased a self-portrait souvenir tintype at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Two portraits in the album are identified as John Shelton “Uncle Shel” Hale, while one is denoted as Mrs. P. S. Hale (Margaret Smith Hale).

Financial records make up a large portion of the collection. One promissory note documents money owed to Hale from the Odd Fellows Female Institute in Hawkins County for an unidentified purpose. While promissory notes comprise the majority of the financial records, many receipts account for goods and services bought and sold by the Hale family. Two receipts record monies paid to attorney William Valentine Sevier from estates. A number of others document county taxes paid by Philip S. Hale. One receipt, issued by Cowan, McClung and Co., conveys the price of a barrel of sugar, purchased by Alexander Hale in 1870. A receipt reveals the price of dental work performed by Dr. Shotwell in Rogersville.

Circuit court records include primarily travel and witness reimbursements, however there is one warrant of judgement issued for $32.36 against John Templeton.


  • 1838 - 1893

Conditions Governing Use

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at

Biographical / Historical

Philip Smith Hale Jr. was born in Hawkins County on December 10, 1830, to Philip Smith Hale, Sr., and Harriet Sommerville Hale. He operated a large farm and worked for his father’s mercantile business in Rogersville. The 1860 census indicates Hale enslaved 16 men, women, and children on his farm in the 6th civil district of Hawkins County. On September 26, 1862, Philip enlisted as 1st lieut., Co. L, 60th mounted infantry, in the Confederate Army. He farmed and worked for his father’s mercantile business in Rogersville. He married Margaret Smith on July 23, 1857, in Hawkins County and the pair had eight children, Samuel Hale, Flora Hale Phipps, Elizabeth Hale Cox, Philip Smith Hale III, Sarah Hale Brunner, William Douglas Hale, Mary Hale Hunt, and Charles Wesley Hale. Hale died on May 16, 1911, and is buried in McPheeters Bend Baptist Church Cemetery in Hawkins County.


2 boxes

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Zachary Keith
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States