Penland, Ida “Belle”

Attended Class of 1897

Birth: Jan. 20, 1876, Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1899, Hamblen County, Tennessee, USA

James Turner White Penland (1845 – 1892)
Manerva Adella Bayless Penland (1845 – 1936)

William Taylor Hale (1871 – 1960)
Marriage: 17 Nov 1897, Morriston, Hamblen, Tennessee

John White Moore Penland (1872 – 1951)
William Asa Penland (1873 – 1911)

Paul Gustave Hale, (1899-2000)

Saint Paul Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee, USA

Source:, # 66741990.


Salisbury Evening Sun (Salisbury, NC), January 5 1901, p. 1

Couple Married at China Grove the Day After They Met

The Newberry, S. C., Observer prints a story of a romantic marriage which was solemnized recently at China Grove, this county.

Several years ago Mr. Wm. T. Hale, of Morristown, Tenn., married Miss Belle Penland, of White Pine, Tenn. The lady had been a student at Mont Amoena seminary, Mt. Pleasant where a strong attachment had been formed between her and several of her classmates.

Mrs. Hale died some time after her marriage. With a feeling of respect and the knowledge of the deep attachment which had existed between the several young ladies  and his wife, the husband informed them of her death about three months after it occurred. Her friends duly expressed their condolences and a mutual and friendly correspondence from that time forward was maintained between the gentleman and each of the young ladies.

The correspondence ripened into a deeper attachment in regard to one of the young ladies, Miss Cornelia Beatrice Hentz, and resulted in the marriage of Mr. Hale and Miss Hentz at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. J. Q. Wertz at China Crove, on December 26th.

Mr. William Taylor Hale the expecant bridegroom, arrived at China Grove on Christmas day and met his bride for the first time that evening at the parsonage. Miss Julia Hentz, a sister of the bride, being present, and both being introduced to him as the Misses Hentz, he at once pointed out the woman of his choice. He had never met either of the young ladies.

The marriage of the romantic couple followed the next afternoon at 5 o’clock as the happy sequel to the plighting of their troth. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Jos. Q. Wertz.

The couple left China Grove that evening for the groom’s home in Tennessee.