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. 526
HALL, who now lives a life of
retirement on his well cultivated and improved farm, in Moosup, Windham Co.,
Conn., is one of the highly respected citizens of that town.
The Hall family is one of the old and well established ones of New
England, and extended mention of it is made in another part of this volume.
Hall, the father of Esek Hall, of Plainfield, was born in 1802, in Sterling,
Conn., where he went to school and grew up on his father’s farm.
While still a young man he was employed as a teamster at the Almyville
mill, in Moosup, Conn., and it was during this time that he was married.
As his family increased he made other arrangements, leaving the work at
the Almyville mill and moving to Plainfield, where he rented the Medbury farm.
Here he resided for one year and then removed to the Bailey farm, also in
Plainfield, remaining for one year operating this farm and then purchasing the
Dorrance farm. Here Mr. Hall spent
the busiest years of his life and became one of the largest and most prosperous
farmers of his locality. At a
comparatively early age his career was cut short by death a cold caught at
camp-meeting resulting in diphtheria and causing his sudden decease.
That was long before the discovery of antitoxin and few cases occurred of
recovery from this dread disease. His
burial was in Moosup, Conn., his death having occurred Aug. 27, 1853.
political belief Ebenezer Hall adhered to the principles of the Democratic
party, which at that time was in a minority in Plainfield, but he was elected to
a number of local offices on account of the esteem in which he was held by his
fellow citizens. In the Baptist
Church he was known and appreciated. Mr.
Hall was married in Plainfield, Conn., to Thankful R. Casey, who was born in
Sterling, Conn., and at that time was employed in the Almyville mill.
Her death took place July 11, 1839, in the thirty-seventh year of her
age, and she was laid to rest in Moosup. Her
children were: (1) Esek.
(2) Jared, born in 1834, married Susan S. Benson, and previous to 1874
was engaged in the woolen manufacturing business, but after that time until his
death, in 1901, was occupied with farming in Plainfield.
(3) Alva, who became the boss spinner in a woolen mill in Rockville,
where he died unmarried, a well-known and popular member of the Masonic
second marriage of Ebenezer Hall was to Hannah Shippee, of Killingly, who lived
until March 4, 1888, dying at the age of seventy-seven.
Her children were: Alfred,
who is a resident of Worcester, Mass.; Freeman,
who is a farmer in Sterling, Conn.; Thankful,
who died unmarried; Harriet, who
married John Pike, and lives in Killingly, and Jane, who died in Killingly,
having married twice, her second husband being George Pierce.
birth of Esek Hall, of Plainfield, occurred June 12, 1829, on the old Medbury
farm, in Plainfield. His education
was received in the district schools of his locality, and later he entered the
Plainfield High School, which was then under the able management of Stephen
Hall. The summers were occupied with
farm work and milling, but during the winter seasons Esek applied himself
closely to his books, and so well did he satisfy his teachers that he was
recommended by them to the school board at Nooseneck, R.I., as a competent
teacher for their school of fifty pupils, which offered a salary of $40 per
month, then considered excellent pay. For
one year Mr. Hall continued at Nooseneck and was then employed in the Plainfield
mill, which was then operated by Hill & Mathewson.
Mr. Hall remained connected with this mill for several years, and during
this period in company with another employee, did the carding and spinning of
the mill, by contract.
the Plainfield mill, Mr. Hall went to Almyville, Conn., where he remained for
several years, having charge of a spinning room.
Growing tired of this life, he rented a farm in Plainfield, upon which he
experimented for a short time, and then purchased a small farm in the same town,
continuing there for some time, but finally entered the employ of the old
Hartford & Providence Railroad, as assistant in the depot at Moosup.
His duties were manifold, and he did the bookkeeping in connection with
other business, remaining for six years at this point.
He was then promoted to the position of agent of the same road at
Andover, where he was also agent for two express companies and in addition
served for many years as postmaster.
closing up his business connections at Andover, Mr. Hall returned to Moosup,
where he acted as agent during the illness of the regular agent for about a
year, and after this Mr. Hall, still in the employ of the same road, became the
agent at River Point, Conn. After
remaining there for some six months he was appointed agent at Moosup, succeeding
John Spaulding. Here Mr. Hall
remained, efficiently performing the duties for a period of fifteen years, until
he sent in his resignation because of failing health, Feb. 10, 1897.
It was with expressed regret that the railroad parted with this faithful
and efficient employee of thirty-five years, one of the superintendents
lamenting the necessity of parting with “the best agent I ever had.”
Those who know Mr. Hall will realize how true those words are, for in all
relations in life, every post of trust and responsibility placed in his care has
been guarded with a fidelity that has won him the highest esteem.
pleasant home of Mr. Hall is a small farm of twenty acres which he farms for
pastime, enjoying the exercise after so many years of office life.
In politics he is a Republican but has never sought office, performing
the duties of a good citizen at the polls. For
many years he and his estimable wife have been consistent members of the Baptist
Church of Plainfield.
Hall married March 7, 1853, Miss Amy C. Cole, who was born Oct. 8, 1833.
She was a native of Moosup, a daughter of Caleb and Hannah (Crandall)
Cole, and a granddaughter of Rev. Nathaniel and Ann (Cole) Cole, both of whom
were natives of Swansea, Mass. The
former came from Swansea to the Union Plainfield Baptist Church, Nov. 9, 1792,
the society having been organized in the previous month, and Dec. 5, 1792, he
was installed pastor. He continued
with this congregation until he retired, in 1833, at the age of seventy-seven
years, after a ministry of forty-one years.
His death occurred in Plainfield, and his homestead is now owned by Mrs.
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hall are: Judson
E., who was born Sept. 30, 1855, graduated at the Willimantic High School,
learned telegraphy in his father’s office and was operator and agent in the
employ of the Consolidated Railroad for several years holding several positions
on the line of that road. Later he
became a bookkeeper in the office of the Waterbury American
for several years, and now holds a responsible position with the Chase Clock
Co., at Waterbury. His fraternal
connection is with the order of Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum.
He married Miss Carried Bailey, of Boston, and they have one child, Elmer
Louis, born Nov. 14, 1887.
second child born to Mr. and Mrs. Hall is Adeline A., who was born May 28, 1859,
a graduate of the Willimantic High school and also of a select school in
Providence, R.I. She also learned
telegraphy with her father and put her knowledge to practical use, entering into
the employ of the railroad company as a skilled operator at the office in
Danielson. Later she married William
Badger Williams, who was a native of Bolton, Conn., but who now is connected
with E.S. Kibbe & Co., of Hartford, and resides in Manchester.
During his residence in Bolton Mr. Williams was a leading merchant and
one of the prominent political factors. For
a long period he was the efficient town clerk, was also postmaster, and during
one year served as the member from Bolton in the State Legislature.
Hall enjoys the esteem of his neighbors and is most kindly remembered by the
railroad which he faithfully served through so long a period.
He was known as a man who always possessed the ability to meet the
demands of any situation and never shirked an opportunity to bring his faculties
into play for the benefit of his employers.
He takes great pleasure in the regularity of a rural life, and that he
may long enjoy every comfort is the wish of his hosts of friends.
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