AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 362
F. HALL. The Hall family in
Plainfield, Windham county, of which William F. and Henry Hall are the oldest
surviving members, is one of the early settled and representative families of
that town. The name is found among
the earliest Colonial annals, and tradition has it that several Hall brothers
came from England, three settling in Massachusetts, and the others in
Connecticut. The Hall family in
Plainfield is counted among the descendants of the Massachusetts settlers.
Hall, the first of the family to locate here according to the Plainfield
records, on Jan. 5, 1719, bought land in Connecticut bordering on Moosup pond,
for which he paid his uncle, John Hall, the sum of 90 pounds.
Soon after he bought other tracts in that neighborhood, made while he was
still a resident of Middlesex county, Mass.
Subsequently he moved to Plainfield.
There are on record two children that were born to him, John and Stephen.
Samuel Hall and members of other
branches of the family owned at one time the greater part of the land lying
between Snake Meadow brook and the Quinebaug river, in Plainfield.
Samuel Hall, the first of the family in Plainfield, was married in
Middlesex county, Mass., to Elizabeth, who died in Plainfield Nov. 18, 1776,
aged eighty-two years. He died Nov.
5, 1770, at the age of seventy-eight years.
Both are buried in the old cemetery in Plainfield.
Hall, son of Samuel, was born in Massachusetts, and died in Plainfield in 1808.
He married Hannah Williams, of Sterling, Conn., and had three sons:
(1) John (2) who was born in July, 1761, and died in 1826, was twice
married. His first wife was a
Kennedy, of Plainfield, by whom he had three children, Jeremiah, Fannie and
Selina. By his second wife he had
Celia, Ruth, John W., Mary Ann, James A., Julia Ann, James A. (2), George W.,
Caleb S., Abby, Betsy and Emily. (2)
Squire married a Peck of Rhode Island, and had three children, Peleg, Hannah and
Israel. (3) William was born in
Plainfield, and lived for a time in Sterling.
Later in life he removed to East Killingly, where he resided until his
death, which occurred in 1839, while he was making a trip to mill in a wagon,
and was caused by a shock. All his
life he was a farmer. Nabby Hyde,
his wife, was born in Sterling, Conn., and their children were Joseph, Clarissa,
Harry, Noah, Ebenezer (mentioned elsewhere as the father of Esek Hall), Lucina,
Susanna, Betsy, Lydia and Martha. The
youngest of these was the mother of Moses A. Linnell, of Moosup.
Hall was a life-time resident of Plainfield, where he was engaged in farming,
and owned a number of slaves, many of whom were liberated through his own and
his wife’s benevolence. They never
sold one, and some of the descendants of these slaves are still residents of
Windham county. Mrs. Hall possessed
natural healing gifts and was a doctor of ability for her time.
In the fall of the year it was her custom to send slaves to search the
country for all kinds of herbs, and the enormous stock which was to carry her
through the winter, and bring relief to hundreds of sufferers, was truly
Hall, son of Samuel, was born in Massachusetts in 1719, and came with his
parents to Plainfield, Conn. Here he
married Hester (or Esther, as it is engraved on her tombstone) Lennard, in
March, 1748. She died July 13, 1797,
at the age of sixty-seven. He died
April 1, 1818, at the age of ninety-nine. Both
were interred in the old Plainfield cemetery.
To them were born, according to the town records:
Stephen, Jr., the grandfather of William F. Hall, July 6, 1749;
Lucy, Nov. 18, 1750; Sarah,
Jan. 8, 1756; Hester, Nov. 3, 1757.
Hall, Jr., was a lifetime resident of Plainfield, and had his home in the
eastern part of the town, where he was engaged in farming.
For a time he served in the war of the Revolution, holding commission as
a captain. His death occurred Feb.
6, 1814, in his sixty-fifth year. His
first wife died May 24, 1790, at the age of forty-three, and his second wife,
Fannie, passed away July 10, 1849, at the age of eighty-three.
William Hall and his sister, Sally, who married Douglas Parks, and moved
to the town of Picher, Oneida Co., N.Y., were the only children born to the
first marriage of Stephen Hall, Jr. To
his second marriage were born: Abby,
who married John Gordon; Esther, who
married James Wilson; Lydia, who
married Joseph Lathrop; Olive, who
married Hezekiah French; Eliza, who
died unmarried; Polly, who married
James Spencer; Otis, who lived in
Sterling, and later moved to Jewett City; Leonard,
who died in Voluntown, Conn., leaving a family; and Calvin, who moved West.
Hall was born in Plainfield in 1776, and when a young man taught the local
school for a year or more, and was for a time a teacher in the Plainfield
Academy. Well known throughout the
county, he took an active part in political affairs, and for sixteen years
served as deputy sheriff, a part of that time being during the war of 1812.
He collected the war taxes of 1812-14, covering the eastern portion of
the State, and carrying the specie with him on horseback in saddle-bags.
In politics he was a Democrat of the old type.
A small property in Stone Hill belonged to him, and when not engaged in
public life he followed farming. He
died in Plainfield June 16, 1861. Ruth
Davis, his wife, was a daughter of David Davis, of Plainfield, and died Nov. 27,
1848, at the age of seventy years. To
William and Ruth came the following named children:
(1) George, born July 30, 1811, died Jan. 15, 1813.
(2) Edward Perry, born Oct. 28, 1812, died Nov. 18, 1891.
He married Elizabeth R. Comstock, who was born July 27, 1827, and died
April 9, 1900. They lived in
Plainfield. (3) Catherine Lucretia,
born Aug. 28, 1814, married Joseph Dean. (4)
Stephen, born Feb. 23, 1816, died in 1887, in Moosup, where for a number of
years he had been a teacher in a district school, and had later presided over a
private school of more than local reputation.
He married Mary Westcott, by whom he had eight children, several of whom
are still residents of Moosup. (5)
Henry, who is mentioned elsewhere, was born April 19, 1818.
(6) William F., whose name introduces this article, was born March 13,
1820. (7) Philip Davis, born June 8,
1822, lives at North Smithfield, R.I., and is unmarried.
He served in the war of the Rebellion.
William F. Hall was born in Plainfield, and, like many boys of his generation,
his schooling was confined to a few winter months’ attendance at the Green
Hollow and Stone Hill District schools. His
boyhood and youth were spent on the parental estate, and he became a practical
farmer. At the age of twenty-eight
he went to Jewett City, where he had charge of a farm.
At Slatersville, R.I., he had charge of an extensive farm belonging to J.
and W. Slater, where he had twenty men under his direction, and as outside agent
for the firm was very faithful and efficient.
After ten years he had his first release from the onerous cares of this
position, and returning to Plainfield, purchased the Judge Eaton place, which
was his home for five years. At the
end of that time he returned to Slatersville to resume his position as agent for
Slater Brothers, and for nine years acted as their capable and trusted
representative. In 1874 he bought
the Andrews farm, which was his home for ten years, when he removed to his
present home on Plainfield street.
he was a young man Mr. Hall was a Whig, sided for a time with the “Know
Nothings,” and in 1856 became a Republican, though largely taking an
independent stand in all political matters.
He has served his town in various offices, and has been selectman,
constable, and member of the school committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Hall are both members of the Plainfield Congregational
Church, and he belongs to the Society Committee.
Hall was married, March 28, 1851, to Abby T. Shepherd, and to this union came:
(1) William H., born Feb. 13, 1852, married Frances Mason; for
twenty-five years has been in the jewelry business at Attleboro, Mass.
(2) Ruth A., born Dec. 28, 1860, lives at home.
(3) Edward, born Nov. 29, 1867, is a farmer on Bradford Hill, in
Plainfield; he married Evalyn Harvey, by whom he has had four children:
Ruth Harvey, Henrietta Catherine, William Francis, and Evalyn Abby.
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