created a baronet 25 Aug. 1660. This branch of the
family being, as I believe, quite extinct; and having, moreover, no
particular connection with Kent, I here leave, and go on to the
Woodchurch and Bekesbourne branches.
Sir John Hales, great-grandson of the original builder of
Hales Place, was a baron of the Exchequer, and lived at the Dungeon—now
the Dane John—Canterbury.
His second son, Thomas Hale, of Thanington, and his third
son, Edward Hales, of Tenterden, were the ancestors of the Bekesbourne
and Woodchurch branches respectively.
Sir Robert Hales, great-grandson of Thomas Hales of
Thanington, was created a baronet 12 July 1660. His descendants are all
extinct, so I will leave this branch also; although there were several
persons of note among this family, one of whom was Stephen Hales, well
his researches and experiments on plants. Liebig
says, "They remain to this day as a pattern of an excellent method,
and are unsurpassed in the domain of vegetable physiology."
I proceed, then, with the ancestry of the first Sir Edward
Hales, of Woodchurch.
Edward Hales, the third son of Baron Hales, was married to
Margaret, daughter of John Honeywood, of Seen, by whom he had a numerous
family. His two eldest sons (namely, John Hales, who married Mary,
daughter of Robert Horne, Bishop of Winchester; and Edward Hales, of
Chilham, who married Mary, daughter of Stephen Ford, of Tenterden)
having both died issueless, his third son, William Hales, of Tenterden,
who married Elizabeth, daughter of Paul Johnson, of Fordwich, became his