History of Bureau County - Biographical Sketches 1885
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois
H.C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publishing Company 1885
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
THOMAS DALE, Fairfield, was born October 11, 1821, in East Kent, England. He is a son of John and Elizabeth Dale, natives of the above place, where they died. They were the parents of eighteen children, of whom half reached maturity; of these only one sister and our subject ever lived in Bureau County. Thomas Dale came to the United States in March, 1850. He landed in New York, and for some time roamed in Arkansas and other Southern States. In January. 1852, he came to Bureau County, Ill., where he bought eighty acres of land, which he sold, and after renting three years bought 180 acres, where he now resides and at present owns 420 acres. Mr. Dale was married here October 25, 1855, to Eliza Spargel, a native of Cornwall, England, and a daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Richards) Spargel. She is the mother of eleven children, viz.: Elizabeth, Thomas H., John R., William C., King J., Emeline, James H., Eliza J., Carrie L., Mary C., and Priscilla S. Dale. Of these Elizabeth married James Nicholas, and Thomas H. married Laura Chapman.
Politically Mr. Dale is identified with the Democratic party.