4 Hall Cousins... reflecting on the past

Lydia Leonard (1721/22-1763), Hannah Keith (1721-1796), wives of Jonathan4 Hall, Jr.

by C Hall ~ June 25th, 2013

Jonathan’s4 first wife, Lydia Leonard, died 26 June 1763 in Raynham, Bristol, Massachusetts, at the age of 42 years. She is buried in the Hall plot in what is now known as the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Raynham Center. Based on her age at death, her birth year would have been 1721-22. Lydia would have been about 17 years old when she married Jonathan on 28 December 1738 (Raynham Town Records).

Photo Courtesy of Brady Fitts

Photo Courtesy of Brady Fitts

Early female ancestors are difficult enough to trace when primary sources are available, and are made much more difficult to find when the original records have been destroyed. In 1838 the original records of Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts were destroyed by a fire and town officials set about to restore those records to the best of their ability using sources such as family bibles, church records and headstone inscriptions. Because the original records were destroyed, there is no record of Lydia’s birth identifying her parents or when she was born.

In researching Lydia over the years, some genealogies gave her parents as Ensign Seth Leonard and his wife, Dorcas White, while other documents presumed that she must have been of another Leonard family. While most of those genealogies contained no sources at all, some did use secondary sources as their evidence. In the reconstruction of the birth records of the children of Seth and Dorcas White Leonard, Lydia was not mentioned. Anyone who has researched the early Taunton, Massachusetts records, while the town officials did a commendable job in attempting to reconstruct the early records the best that they could, knows that many gaps were left never to be filled in. It takes finding other types of primary documents to take the place of vital records.

Without the benefit of primary vital records, we initially looked to the naming patterns of the first few male children to try to help identify Lydia’s parents. The first son born to Jonathan and Lydia was named Jonathan, which would fit in naming the first born son after Jonathan Hall, Sr. The second born son was named Seth. It also fits the naming pattern of the 1700’s that the second born son might be named after the wife’s father. There were no Seth’s in Jonathan’s ancestry. The third born son was named Silas. No one in Jonathan’s family was named Silas, so we looked deeper into the Leonard family and found that Lydia had a first cousin born in 1708, the Reverend Silas Leonard. It is therefore conceivable that Jonathan and Lydia named their third born son after Lydia’s cousin. And even though the recorded birth in the Raynham Town Records shows him listed merely as Silas Hall, in various documents and records of later years he is identified as either Silas L. Hall or more often as Silas Leonard Hall. Since it was highly unusual for a child to be given a middle name in the early- to mid-1700’s, this extended name provided us with valuable information.

During email conversations with a Leonard researcher in the continued attempt to document Lydia’s birth date and parents, it was learned that a document existed in the Seth Leonard Estate papers whereby “children and near relations” signed a petition to have Seth Leonard declared incompetent and placed under guardianship. Learning about these sorts of documents is like finding a huge nugget of gold, estate papers being wonderful primary sources. I ordered the estate papers from Bristol County and the packet did indeed contain the Petition to have Seth Leonard declared Non Compos Mentis and in need of a guardian, dated Raynham, September 15, 1761. The Petition was signed by those described in the document as “children and near relations”. Jonathan4 Hall, Jr. was one of the 18 signers of the Petition. Jonathan Hall also signed the obligation bond, dated October 3, 1761. In addition, the Petition was signed by Seth Hall, probably the grandson of Seth Leonard and son of Jonathan and Lydia Leonard Hall, and by Amariah Hall, a first cousin of Jonathan Hall. This document, coupled with the naming patterns of Jonathan and Lydia’s first three sons gave us both the primary and strong circumstantial evidence we needed to declare Lydia the daughter of Ensign Seth Leonard and his wife, Dorcas White, when no vital records were available.

In addition, although Seth Leonard’s headstone has never been found, the headstone of his wife, Dorcas White Leonard, is found in the row next to the Jonathan Hall family in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Raynham Center, Massachusetts.

Dorcas White, wife of Ensign Seth Leonard

Dorcas White, wife of Ensign Seth Leonard

Not quite a year after Lydia’s death, Jonathan married Hannah Keith Leach Hall on 25 April 1764 (Raynham Town Records). At the time of Lydia’s death, Jonathan was left with 7 children under the age of 20 years in his home. Jonathan was Hannah’s third husband. She was born 7 April 1721 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts to John Keith and his wife, Hannah Washburn. Hannah married first Benjamin Leach, 10 January 1739/40, second to Philip Hall (a great-grandson of George Hall of Taunton [not related to the subject Hall family]), and third to Jonathan Hall. After Jonathan died on 25 February 1789, she married Israel Washburn on 14 June 1790. Hannah died 4 January 1796 and is buried in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Raynham Center, Bristol, Massachusetts.

Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Hall, Jr.

by C Hall ~ June 18th, 2011

In the Name of God Amen!

I Jonathan Hall, the Eldest of that name in Raynham in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being advanced in age, but thro’ devine goodness of a sound and disposing mind, do in the first place give my soul to that God who gave it, and my body to the grave, decently to be interr’d by my Executor, In a firm belief a Resurrection to come, and in regard to my worldly interest, I give and dispose of it in the manner following ~ viz

1. I give to my beloved Wife Hannah Hall, after the payment of my just debts and funeral charges — the best room in my dwelling house with a privilege in the Buttery, Oven and Cellar, as much as may be necessary for her own use; Also the easterly half of my Barn with a right of passing to and from it, at all times; To have, use and enjoy all the above privileges during her natural life — Also I give to my said wife the improvement of all my land lying on the south easterly side of the Brook which comes thro’ the land of Samuel Jones, below his barn, and on said Brook as it now runs, to the bridge below my house — Together with one half of my orchard, adjoining to ye house, during her natural life; also I give unto my sd wife, ye use of my half of the pew in the Meeting House during her life and after her, I give it to my Son Seth Hall, to him and his Heirs forever.

2. I give to my Son Linus Hall, the remainder of my dwelling house together with a strip of land from the Brook below the house to the road before the door, to be two rods wide from the line which passes between my Son Seth Hall’s house and mine, a straight line from the Brook to the road — To him, his Heirs and assigns forever, together with the whole of my dwelling house after the death of my said wife.

3. I give to my Son Seth Hall, half an acre of land where his barn now stands, to him and his Heirs, immediately after my decease, together with the westerly part of my barn, one half my orchard, with all the remainder of my lands lying on the westerly side of the above mentioned Brook, immediately after my decease, with all the lands on ye other side of the Brook, after my wife’s decease, to him and his Heirs and assigns forever on condition that he the said Seth Hall pay out the following Legacies ~ viz,

Unto my Son Silas Hall five pounds, in one year after my decease, — To my Son Hezekiah Hall, ten pounds, in two years after my decease, provided he brings no account against my Estates, which if he does, Tis my will that the amount be deducted from the above named sum — also, that he pay unto my Son Jonathan Hall in three years after my death the sum of twelve pounds. And in four years after my decease that my Son Seth Hall pay unto my Son Obed Hall, the sum of twelve pounds — and that he also pay unto my Son Ebenezer Hall the same sum within five years after my decease — also I order my Son Seth Hall to pay to my Daughter Lydia Richmond two pounds in six years after my decease — and to my Daughter Jemima Williams one pound ten shillings in seven years after my death; all the above Legacies I order to be paid out in farm produce at the Common Market Price — I also give to my Wife Hannah Hall, all the household goods she bro’t with her upon marriage, with all the household goods that she and I have procured since we lived together, with two of my best cows and one swine to be at her own disposal — The remainder of my stock, cattle, swine and moveables not disposed of before, I give them all unto my Son Seth Hall and to his Heirs forever — and I do Constitute and appoint my Son Seth Hall to be the Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

In Witness Whereof I do here unto set my Hand and Seal, Signed, Sealed and Delivered this 21st Day of Feby, 1788.

Jonathan Hall

In Presence of Us:

Perez Fobes
Anonyma Fobes
Molly Wales Fobes

The Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Hall was filed March 12, 1789; Proved May 2, 1789. On March 17, 1791 Seth Hall, Administrator of his father’s estate, filed a petition with the court to have his father’s estate declared insolvent and requested that the court appoint a commission to examine into the claims of debtors against his father’s estate. What these debtors claims were, we do not know, as no further Administration papers have been found. Neither do we know what happened to the extensive land holdings that Jonathan had inherited from his father. We are trying to secure and sort out all of the various deeds for Jonathan Hall. What we do know is that the Legacies that Jonathan had requested in his Will, to be distributed to his children over a seven year period after his death, did not happen. An inventory of his Estate was conducted by Major Shaw, Samuel Hall, and Daniel White on March 16, 1792; it amounted to 21 Pounds, 2 Shillings and 3 Pence. The inventory was allowed April 2, 1792.

Jonathan4 Hall, Jr. (1716-1789)

by C Hall ~ May 28th, 2011

Edward1 Hall of Rehoboth, Massachusetts

Samuel2 Hall married Abigail Pratt

Jonathan3 Hall married 1st Sarah Ockington, 2nd Sarah Smith

Jonathan4 Hall, Jr.

Jonathan4 Hall, Jr., the second of that name, was born May 3, 1716 to Jonathan Hall and his first wife, Sarah Ockington (First Book of Raynham Records), in that part of Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts that became Raynham in 1731.

Jonathan lived his entire life in Raynham, more particularly in that area known as Raynham Center. He was a prominent member and deacon of the Raynham Congregational Church, and he served in numerous town positions. As the eldest son of Jonathan and Sarah, he inherited extensive acreage as stipulated in his father’s will. He appeared on the Raynham Tax Records for 1746, assessed for both real and personal property (Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, MA).

Many of the town records are missing, but of those surviving Jonathan’s name appeared in all of the accounts, with his town positions having ranged from selectman to constable, treasurer and moderator.

  • March 22, 1762, chosen surveyor of highways
  • March 17, 1763, chosen surveyor of wheat and flour
  • March 19, 1764, named constable
  • November 27, 1771, chosen moderator
  • November 30, 1772, Deacon Jonathan Hall contributed to support of the town hall
  • October 4, 1773, name drawn to serve as a juror for Superior Court
  • May 2, 1775, signed a town document
  • March 4, 1775, elected selectman
  • June 24, 1779, chosen moderator
  • January 6, 1785, signed a town document
  • March 7, 1785, chosen treasurer
  • October 12, 1786, chosen moderator
  • October 15, 1787, chosen moderator

Jonathan and Lydia Leonard, daughter of Seth and Dorcas (White) Leonard, were married by the Rev. Mr. Wales on December 28, 1738 (Raynham Congregational Church Records). Jonathan was 22 years of age and Lydia would have been about 17 years old when they married. Jonathan and Lydia had 11 known children (First Book of Raynham Records) with their youngest child, Abigail, born June 6, 1762, being just a few days over one year old when Lydia died at the age of 42 years on June 26, 1763. Jonathan and Lydia had been married for 25 years at the time of her death.  Lydia is buried in the Hall Plot in the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center, now known as the Pleasant Street Cemetery.

Children of Jonathan and Lydia (Leonard) Hall (all births recorded in Raynham and children baptized at the Raynham Congregational Church):

  1. Jonathan5 Hall, born September 26, 1739, died November 22, 1739.
  2. Seth5 Hall, born October 4, 1740, baptized November 7, 1740, married March 23, 1769 to Diadamia Leach, daughter of Benjamin Leach, Jr. and Hannah Keith, died February 12, 1824, age 83 years, at Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire. Diadamia died April 30, 1842 at Westmoreland.
  3. Silas5 Hall, born February 4, 1743, baptized March 20, 1743, married the widow Eunice Titus on April 4, 1774 in Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, died after 1820 at Danby, Tompkins County, New York.  Silas will be addressed fully in Generation 5.
  4. Prudence5 Hall, born March 20, 1745, baptized April 21, 1745, died June 21, 1752, age 7 years, buried in the town cemetery at Raynham Center.
  5. Lydia5 Hall, born October 21, 1747. She was called Lydia Richmond in her father’s Will, written in 1788. Nothing further is known about Lydia or her husband.
  6. Jemima5 Hall, born August 14, 1750, baptized September 23, 1750, married Nathaniel Williams, son of Nathaniel and Mary (Atherton) Williams, on August 24, 1769 and removed to Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, where she died on May 20, 1824, age 73 years.
  7. Jonathan5 Hall, born June 10, 1753, baptized July 29, 1753, died January 3, 1792, age 38 years.  A deed identifies Jonathan’s wife as being named Sarah.  He is probably the Jonathan Hall on the 1790 census for Raynham with seven family members, including himself and his wife.  Nothing further is known about Jonathan.
  8. Hezekiah5 Hall, born November 12, 1755, baptized January 18, 1756, married Sarah Carver, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Holmes) Carver, about 1776.  Sarah died February 18, 1800 at Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts and she is buried in the Old Grave Yard at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  A death date and place has not yet been identified for Hezekiah.
  9. Obed5 Hall, born December 23, 1757, baptized February 26, 1758, married first Abigail Dean, probably the daughter of Josiah and Jane (Washburn) Dean, whose first born daughter was Abigail, born September 21, 1740 (First Book of Raynham Records). They had no children. Obed and Abigail removed to Bartlett, New Hampshire where Abigail died November 10, 1804, aged 64 years, at Bartlett, Carroll (then Coos) County, New Hampshire. Abigail is buried in the Garland Ridge Cemetery in Bartlett.  Obed married second Eliza Fox, June 11, 1805 in Lee, Strafford County, New Hampshire.  Obed died on April 25, 1828 at Bartlett, New Hampshire and was buried in the Garland Ridge Cemetery; reinterment in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Maine.  After Obed’s death, Eliza married Richard Odell, in November 1832,  and removed to Portland, Cumberland, Maine.
  10. Ebenezer5 Hall, born December 25, 1759, baptized May(?) 25, 1760, removed to New Hampshire where he married Lydia Dinsmore, daughter of Elijah and Sarah Glazier (Willey) Dinsmore, on October 23, 1793 at Conway, Carroll (then Grafton) County, New Hampshire. They resided in Bartlett, New Hampshire where Ebenezer died on November 18, 1834.  He is buried in the Garland Ridge Cemetery in Bartlett, Carroll County, New Hampshire.  The death date of Lydia is unknown but believed to have been sometime after November 1850.  Her headstone has not been found.
  11. Abigail5 Hall, born June 6, 1762, died April 8, 1765, at the age of 3 years. She is buried in the town cemetery at Raynham Center.

Not quite a year after Lydia’s death, Jonathan married Hannah (Keith) Hall, the widow of Philip Hall (of the George Hall of Taunton Halls) on April 26, 1764 (First Book of Raynham Records, Congregational Church Records).  At that time, Jonathan had seven children under the age of 20 years.  Jonathan and Hannah had one child:

  1. Linus5 Hall, born May 17, 1765, baptized September 15, 1765, married Celia Shaw, daughter of Joseph and Mary Shaw, on March 23, 1786 (Raynham Congregational Church Records).  At some point they removed to Bartlett, New Hampshire where brothers Obed and Ebenezer resided.  Linus died some time after the 1850 census was taken in November 1850 and although his headstone has not been found, there is room for a burial next to his wife, Celia, in the Garland Ridge Cemetery.  Celia died at Bartlett, New Hampshire on September 15, 1840.

Jonathan4 wrote his Last Will and Testament on February 21, 1788 and he died on February 25, 1789, age 72 years. Burial was in the Hall Plot at the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center, now Pleasant Street Cemetery.

Photo courtesy of Brady Fitts

After Jonathan’s death, Hannah Hall married as her 4th husband, Israel Washburn, son of Israel and Waitstill (Sumner) Washburn.  She died on January 4, 1796 and is buried in the Pleasant Street Cemetery, Raynham Center, Massachusetts.

Sarah Ockington (1691-1726), Sarah Smith (1691-1753), wives of Jonathan3 Hall, Sr.

by C Hall ~ January 23rd, 2011

As with the previous posts on Esther Hall, wife of Edward Hall of Rehoboth, and Abigail Pratt, wife of Samuel Hall, there is, again,  very little to tell about Sarah Ockington and Sarah Smith, wives of Jonathan Hall, Sr.  It is truly regrettable that so little can be discovered about our early female ancestors. It would so enrich our ancestral history to know something about them but the lack of written documentation on the wives is, well, just history.

Jonathan’s first wife, Sarah Ockington, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony, on August 28, 1691 (Vital Records of Dedham, Mass. 1635-1845, Revised and Expanded Edition, compiled by Robert Brand Hanson, Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1997), to Thomas Ockington and Rebecca Mason. The original Dedham Vital Records have her as having been born in 1690 but I prefer to use the revised edition of the Dedham vital records as my primary source.

There is no record of the marriage date, or place, of Jonathan and Sarah, so an approximate year of 1714 is used. It is likely that they were married in Dedham. According to the First Book of Raynham Records, their first child, Jonathan Jr. was born in May of 1716 and their sixth child, Mason, in January of 1725/26. If Mason’s birth year was actually 1726, perhaps there were medical issues with the birth that caused Sarah to die three months later on March 28, 1726, at the age of 35 years, five months short of her 36th birthday. Sarah is buried next to her husband, Jonathan, in one of the several Hall plots in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Raynham Center, MA.

Headstone photo courtesy of Brady Fitts

A year after the death of his first wife, Sarah Ockington, Jonathan married second, Sarah Smith, born August 7, 1691 in Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Asahel and Elizabeth Smith. Their April 11, 1727 marriage in Dedham, MA is recorded in the revised Dedham Vital Records (see cite above). Sarah was the mother of two children, Elizabeth Hall, born 1728 and Hannah Hall, born in 1734.

Sarah (Smith) Hall was one of the original members of the First Congregational Church in Raynham, and her death is recorded in the Raynham Church Records as having occurred on July 15, 1753. Her headstone has not yet been located, though it is likely that she is buried in the Hall plot in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Raynham Center, Massachusetts.

A Brief History of Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts and its First Congregational Church

by C Hall ~ January 10th, 2011

Raynham, Massachusetts was incorporated April 2, 1731, having been taken from the eastern precinct of Taunton, Massachusetts in Bristol County.  Taunton was first settled by English emigrants in about 1637-39.  Settlements in the area that was to become Raynham were made about 1652 by James and Henry Leonard and Ralph Russell, who had come from Wales, and established in Raynham the first iron forge on the continent.  By a free town vote they were given the liberty to “build and set up this work, and that they shall have the woods on the other side of the Two-Mile river, wheresoever it is common on that side of the river, to cut for their cord-wood to make coals; and also to dig and take mine or ore at Two-Mile Meadows, or in any of the commons appertaining to the town where it is not proprietary.”  The iron forge was held by the Leonard family and their descendants for a century, during which time the iron works were enlarged by adding more furnaces and eventually being converted into an anchor forge, and providing a livelihood for the inhabitants of the area for about 200 years.

Abraham Jones, who was born about 1659 in Hull, Massachusetts and died March 18, 1734/35 in Raynham, appears to have been the major voice in petitioning for separation from Taunton; his name appears first on each of the petition’s. The separation does not seem to have been from any political difference but rather from a convenience of the people as most of the inhabitants were too far from Taunton to attend public worship.  Three petitions to separate were presented to the Massachusetts General Court before the Court declared that it was “competently filled with inhabitants” to be set off into a distinct township.  The first petition, dated December 8, 1726, sought exemption from charges for the new meeting house in Taunton, and to be set off as a separate town from Taunton; the second petition dated October 17, 1728 asked that Taunton be erected into three separate and distinct districts; the third petition dated April 16, 1729 made the request to be set into a separate precinct from Taunton. The General Court, on the third petition, set off Raynham as a distinct township.  There were 30 families living in Raynham at the time that it was incorporated on April 2, 1731.

The inhabitants of Raynham, in anticipation of separation from Taunton had already erected and partially finished a meeting house two years before incorporation.  This first meeting house, according to “The History of Raynham, Mass.” stood a fourth of a mile east of the forge, on the north side of the road leading to Squawbetty.  On the website for the First Congregational Church of Raynham UCC, it is more clearly defined that the first meeting house was located along Richmond Street, not far from the Iron Forge.

The first town meeting for selecting officers was held April 22, 1731.  Samuel Leonard, Jr., was chosen town clerk, and John Staples, Samuel Leonard and Ebenezer Robinson, selectman.  In 1732 John White was chosen as clerk of the market and Elijah Dean and Thomas Baker were elected tithing-men. At a meeting on May 10, 1731, Mr. John Wales, who had already been preaching in Raynham for a year and a half, was chosen minister. The church was officially established on October 19, 1731 and the Rev. Mr. Wales was ordained as the pastor the following day. Mr. Wales continued as the minster of the Raynham church for another 34 years. He died February 23, 1765.  About two years after the death of Mr. Wales, Perez Fobes, of Bridgewater. was chosen pastor of the church, and served for 45 years.

On October 7, 1731 at a church meeting at the public meeting house in Taunton, 15 men and 17 women, all living in Raynham, and all brethren and sisters in full communion with the Taunton church, requested to be dismissed from the church in order to enter into a church state by themselves, and have the ordinances of the gospel administered among them. The church voted that they be dismissed accordingly.

It is every family historian’s desire to obtain primary source documents.  The following is the list of original members of the Church in Raynham, taken from page 129 of the Raynham Church Records, Vol. 1 (Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, Massachusetts).

The Original Members of the Church in Raynham
Men (15) Women (17)
Abraham Jones Hannah White
John Staple Mary Hacket
John Leonard Kathrine Leonard
Samuel Hacket Hannah Campbell
Joseph Jones Susannah White
Samuel Leonard Hannah Staple
Seth Leonard Mehetable White
Samuel White Ruth Crane
Ebenezer Campbell Elizabeth Shaw
John White Mary Jones
Gabriel Crossman Joanna Leonard
Jonathan Hall Abigail Hall
Thomas Baker Lydia Brettun
Samuel Hacket 2d Patience Hacket
Henry Crane Sarah Hall
Rebecca Leonard
Abigail Baker

Three Halls appear on the list of original members of the church: Jonathan, Abigail and Sarah Hall. Abigail Hall was the widow of Samuel Hall, he being the first of this family to settle in this area; Jonathan was the son of Abigail [and Samuel], and Sarah was Jonathan’s second wife, Sarah Smith.

The second meeting house was built sometime during the 1760’s to early 1770’s by Israel Washburn, on the present lot of the church today, in Raynham Center. The land upon which it was erected belonged to Amariah Hall (nephew of Jonathan Hall).    A steeple was added later as a tower attached to the side of the house. When the church decided to replace this building, the town expressed an interest in it as they had been using it for town meetings and had no place else to meet.  Some of the church people were not fond of this idea and one night the tower was severed from the building.  In the morning the tower lay upon the ground, extending across the street with the spire projecting into the orchard of Amos Hall (son of Jonathan Hall).   Subsequently, no serious objection was made by the town to remove the dismembered building.

The third meeting house was built on the corner in Raynham Center.  It stood until July 22, 1913 when a fire in a shed belonging to a nearby blacksmith spread and the church was completely destroyed.  When the church members rebuilt their house of worship, they decided to use a stone exterior for better fire protection.  The Stone Church, as it is commonly known, was dedicated on April 1, 1915 and remains active today.

Sources
1. Raynham Church Records, Vol. 1, Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, Massachusetts.
2. History of Raynham, Mass. From its First Settlement to the Present time, by Rev. Enoch Sanford, A.M., Providence, 1870.
3. First Congregational Church of Raynham UCC, (web site).
4. A Brief History of Raynham, Massachusetts, Town of Raynham (web site).
5. Descendants of Thomas Jones of Hingham, Hull, and Manchester, Mass., compiled by Claude W. Barlow, NEHGR, vol. 113, 47-48, 1959.

The Children of Jonathan3 Hall, Sr. and His Wives, Sarah Ockington (1691-1726), Sarah Smith (1691-1753)

by C Hall ~ January 3rd, 2011

Edward1 Hall of Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Samuel2 Hall
Jonathan3 Hall, Sr.
Jonathan4 Hall, Jr., Sarah4 Hall, Amos4 Hall, Rebecca4 Hall, John4 Hall, Mason4 Hall, Elizabeth4 Hall, Hannah4 Hall

Jonathan3 Hall, Sr. married Sarah Ockington, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Mason) Ockington, about 1714 probably in either Dedham or Taunton, Massachusetts. No primary record of their marriage has been found to date. Jonathan and Sarah lived in that part of Taunton, Massachusetts that became Raynham in 1731, where Jonathan was a farmer, a large land owner, and a Deacon of the First Congregational church. Jonathan and Sarah had six children.

For the sake of historical “correctness” all births, marriages or deaths prior to Raynham’s incorporation in 1731 will be written as occurring in Taunton even though this family had always lived in that section of Taunton that became Raynham, and more specifically Raynham Center.

1. Jonathan4 Hall, Jr., born May 3, 1716 in Taunton, died February 25, 1789 in Raynham. He married Lydia Leonard, daughter of Seth and Dorcas (White) Leonard. Lydia was born about 1721/22 and died in Raynham on June 26, 1763. Jonathan married second, Hannah (Keith) Leach Hall, daughter of John and Hannah (Washburn) Keith. Jonathan and Lydia are buried in the Cemetery at Raynham Center, now known as the Pleasant Street Cemetery. This family will be treated fully in a future post. After Jonathan’s death, Hannah married her fourth husband, Israel Washburn.

2. Sarah4 Hall was born July 16, 1718 in Taunton, and died February 11, 1725/26.

3. Amos4 Hall was born April 5, 1720 in Taunton and died February 29, 1816 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married Abigail Blake on December 20, 1744 (First Book of Raynham Records). Abigail died November 23, 1804 and she and Amos are both buried in Raynham Center. They had three known children:

  • John5 Hall, born November 15, 1745 in Raynham, died February 8, 1830 in Wilton, Franklin, Maine. He married Huldah Williams on January 1, 1770.
  • Lewis5 Hall, baptized November 15, 1747 (Raynham Church Records) in Raynham, died September 23, 1812 in Raynham.  He married his second cousin, Fear Alden, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Hall) Alden on February 23, 1775 in Middleborough (MA marriages before 1800). Fear died March 29, 1841 in Raynham and they are both buried in the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center.
  • Amos5 Hall, baptized August 26, 1750, died July 4, 1752 and is buried in Raynham Center.

4. Rebecca4 Hall born May 21, 1722, died May 15, 1723 in Taunton.

5. John4 Hall, born May 15, 1724 in Taunton died May 26, 1745 during the siege of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

6. Mason4 Hall, born January 28, 1725/26 in Taunton, died April 6, 1795. He married his first cousin, Mercy Hall, daughter of Samuel and Mercy (Willis) Hall, January 16, 1748/49 in Raynham (Raynham Church Records). Mason and Mercy had four children.

  • Patience5 Hall, baptized October 28, 1750 in Raynham.
  • Sarah5 Hall, born about 1753 in Raynham, died May 11, 1816 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  She married on March 18, 1783, Philip Ellis, son of Philip and Mary (Staples) Ellis.
  • Mercy5 Hall, baptized August 13, 1758 in Raynham.
  • Mason5 Hall, Jr., born about 1769, died June 1821 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He married on July 29, 1789, Hannah Willis, daughter of Beriah and Abigail (Hayward) Willis.

Sarah (Ockington) Hall died on March 28, 1726 in that part of Taunton that became Raynham, and was buried in the Town Cemetery in Raynham Cemter.

Jonathan Hall married on April 11, 1727 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts as his second wife, Sarah Smith, daughter of Asahel and Elizabeth Smith. She was born August 7, 1691 in Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony and died in Raynham on July 15, 1753. Jonathan and Sarah had two children.

1. Elizabeth4 Hall, born May 29, 1728 in Taunton, died January 19, 1784 in Raynham. She married on December 10, 1745, Deacon Nathaniel Shaw, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hodges) Shaw. Nathaniel was born August 4, 1723 in Taunton and died May 4, 1804 in Raynham. Elizabeth and Nathaniel are buried in the cemetery in back of the school house in South Raynham. They had six known children shown below, names and birth dates taken from Mayflower Families through Five Generations, volume 16, part 3, John Alden, p. 213; no primary sources have been found to date.

  • Nathaniel5 Shaw, Jr., born August 6, 1746 in Raynham.
  • John5 Shaw, born February 25, 1748/49 in Raynham.
  • Betsey5 Shaw, born September 28, 1753 in Raynham, died June 1820.  Married Sergeant George King, son of Benjamin and Abiah (Leonard) King.  He was born November 27, 1744 in Raynham and died January 16, 1827.
  • Asel5 Shaw, born November 25, 1754 in Raynham.
  • Jairus5 Shaw, born September 28, 1755 in Raynham.
  • Sarah5 Shaw, born November 21, 1758 in Raynham.

2.  Hannah4 Hall, born March 25, 1734 in Raynham. No further information as to whether Hannah ever married, or when she died, has been found.

Informal listing of some sources used for this post:
1. Vital Statistics and Early Town Records, 1699-1807, Town of Raynham, Vol. 1 (Raynham Town Clerk).
2. Raynham Church Records, Vol. 1 (Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, MA).
3. Mayflower Source Records (First Book of Raynham Records).
4. Massachusetts Vital Records for Taunton, Bridgewater, Dedham, Middleborough.
5. Mayflower Families through Five Generations, volume 16, part 3, John Alden, p. 213.
6. Massachusetts marriages before 1800.
7. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire.
8. Maine: A History, Maine Historical Society, 1919.
9. US Federal Census, 1790, Raynham, Bristol, MA.
10. The Diary of Isaac Backus (3 volumes).
11. Headstone Inscriptions, Town Cemetery at Raynham Center (Pleasant Street Cemetery).

Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Hall, Sr.

by C Hall ~ January 2nd, 2011

Note: The original will becomes difficult to read toward the end. Therefore, at some point in the transcription below, the language will change to a summary of what can be read. In addition, I have placed in italic type the interesting and/or unusual names that identify specific tracts of land such as Old Coleing, Mount Misery, Hammer Beam, Great Tearall, etc.

Bristol County Massachusetts Probate, Book 12

In the name of God Amen, I Jonathan Hall, the Eldest of that name in Raynham in Bristol County in New England being in the Sixtieth year of my age and at this time in reasonable good health and of sound mind and memory, Blessed be God for it, I do make this my Last Will and Testament as followeth,

First I give and bequeath my Soul to God that gave me it and Redeemed it by the blood of his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly I give and bequeath my body to the grave to be Decently buried by my Executor herein after named in hopes of a Joyfull Resurrection, and as to my outward and worldly Estate I give and dispose of it as followeth:

Firstly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Hall after my Honest Debts and funeral charges are paid the life use and benefit of my now dwelling house and barn as also the use and Improvement of all my land Adjoining to my said house and barn, as also the use and Improvement of my New Lot Joyning to the way that Leads from the Country Rhode to Elnathan Joneses land and also one third part of my orchard together with four acres of Improved Land that ___ there to Adjoining, as also all my Land at a place Called the Hammer Beam Except what I have already given to my Son Jonathan Hall by Deed and one acre more at the westward end of my Land there at the Corner in Joseph Joneses Line Adjoining to Deacon Shaw’s Land where my Son Jonathan Hall has lately set some apple trees. Excepting also one acre of land in the Hammer Beam Neck next to the Land of Timothy Jones, being all that is in said neck which my Son Jonathan Hall now Improves there. I also give him the Improvement of five acres of Land at the old Coleing ___ be it more or less, Bounded Adjoining on the north by Land of my son Jonathan Hall and westward and Southward to the Highway that Lyeth between My Land and the Land of Samuel Leonard Esqr. And it is also bounded on the East from a stake which stands in the Line of my Son Jonathan Hall’s Land by two white oak trees marked with the Surveyor’s mark south thirty five degrees and an half West to a stake in the aforesaid Highway for a Corner(?) with the privilege of all the wood and Timber upon this last mentioned Land and also ___ fire wood for her own fire on any of my Lands if she Doth Stand in need of it and also ___ fencing ___ to fence these above Described Lands if she doth stand in need of it, and also Liberty to pasture one horse and three cows and one young beef if she ___ Cause in that which is now my pasture at Great Tareall. The sd particulars I do give to My said wife during her Natural Life and the Continuing my Widow. And I do give and bequeath to my Said wife and her heirs and Assigns forever all the goods and Household stuff which she brought with her when I married her together with three good cows and a horse and one young Beef out of My stock such as She shall Chuse to be to her disposing as above said, if any remain thereof after her Decease my will is that it Descend to my two daughters, Namely Elizabeth the Wife of Nathaniel Shaw and Hannah Hall or to their Legal Representatives. Also my ___ in Raynham __ing house I give that to my said wife and to my two daughters above named.

Secondly, I give and Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Hall and to his heirs and Assigns forever a tract of Land at the old Coleing Bounded on the North by the land of Timothy Jones partly and partly by his own land, westerly by the line of land there which I have here in given the Improvements of to my wife, which is a dividing line between what I have given to my said wife as aforesaid, and what I give to him, and southerly by the highway that Lyeth betwixt this tract of land and the Land of Samuel Leonard Esqr and Easterly by a Dividing Betwixt this tract and what I shall give to my Son Amos Hall hereafter mentioned which begineth at a red oak tree in the line of Timothy Jones & land Ranging __ thence south one degree Eastward to a Horn Pine tree marked. Ranging ___ south ten degrees Eastward to a stake by the above mentioned tree(?), it being a ___. I also give to my son Jonathan Hall two pieces of land at the Hammer Beam, one is one acre of Land at the westward corner of my land there Joyning to the land of Joseph Jones and the land of Deacon Shaw where my Son Jonathan has already set some apple trees. The other is in the Hammer Beam Neck Joyning to the land of Timothy Jones Containing one acre be it more or less. And also the northwardly.

I give and Bequeath to my Son Amos Hall my tract of land at Mount Misery Containing Sixty Acres, be it more or Less, Except the Improvement of my new field which I have herein before given the Improvement to my wife During her Natural Life ___ Continuing my widow. And also a tract of Land at the Eastwardly of my ___ at the Old Coleing Containing Nine Acres be it more or less Bounded on the __ by a Line of Land before mentioned which I have given to my Son Jonathan Hall and northwardly partly by the Land of Timothy Jones & partly by the Land ___ Jones and Eastwardly by the Land of Samuel Leonard Esqr and Southerly by the way that Lyeth between this Land and the Land of said Samuel Leonard. I do give unto my Son Amos Hall my Home Lott Lying Southerly from the new burying place Bounded Norther by a Line before mentioned of the northerly part of the Lot given to my Son Jonathan Hall & to all my land southerly…

continuing in summary form….

Improvement to Lot given to his wife after her death or marriage, the dwelling house and the land adjoined thereto, as well as his new field and one-sixth of his right in the undivided lands in Taunton Old Township are given to his Son, Amos Hall.

To his Son Mason Hall, his pasture land at Great Tearall so called and also the tract of Land in Raynham near Bridgewater line at Titticut plain and all land adjoining thereto called Fifty acres more or less, also one quarter part of his right to the undivided Land in Taunton Old Township. Mason Hall to pay to Jonathan’s daughter Hannah Hall, within two years of his death, the sum of Five Pounds.

To his daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel Shaw and Hannah Hall, all money that he might have and all his moveables both within doors and out not already disposed of except his wearing apparel that he gives to his Sons Jonathan Hall, Amos Hall and Mason Hall.

Nominated and appointed his Son Jonathan Hall and his son in-law, Nathaniel Shaw to be joint executors.

In witness that this is my Last Will and Testament I do here unto set my hand and seal this tenth day of February in the year of our Lord Christ 1745/6.

Signed Jonathan Hall

Witnessed by
Nathaniel Shaw
George Leonard
Nathan Leonard
Samuel Leonard

Jonathan3 Hall, 1686-1750

by C Hall ~ March 14th, 2010

Edward1 Hall of Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Samuel2 Hall married Abigail Pratt
Jonathan3 Hall

Jonathan3 Hall, the first of that name, was born August 22, 1686 to Samuel Hall and his wife, Abigail Pratt (Taunton Proprietors’ Records) in that part of Taunton, Massachusetts that became Raynham, Massachusetts in 1731. Jonathan was probably named after his maternal grandfather, Jonathan Pratt.

Jonathan3 was a Freeman, although it is unknown in what year he took the Oath of Fidelity; a farmer, a large land owner through his own acquisitions in addition to lands he inherited from his father. Jonathan’s family was one of the 15 founding families of Raynham when it was incorporated as a town on April 2, 1731. Jonathan was prominent in the town government and affairs as well as an original member, and deacon, of the first church in Raynham, Massachusetts.

  • 1728/29 Jonathan Hall was assessed for a town meeting hall (Taunton records).
  • 1731 he was named fence viewer by the Selectmen in the newly organized town of Raynham, and again in 1732/33.
  • 1734/35 Jonathan was named surveyor of the highways, and again in 1744.
  • 1735/36 he was named constable and again in 1746.
  • 1747 he was named “hog reeve”.
  • February 1748 Jonathan’s name was drawn to serve on the jury at the March court.

A couple of other items of interest have been found on Jonathan Hall:

Jonathan Hall (Raynham Yeoman) v. Solomon Leach (Bridgewater Husbandman) by atty. James Hovey, Gent. Case, on 5-month note dated 10 January 1744/45 for “Seven Loads of Cole Delivered at the old Iron Workes in Raynham…being of Value Fourteen pounds old tenour,” to pltf.’s damage of L10. Default by deft. Judgment for L3.10s (n.t.) and L1.8s. (n.t.) costs. Appealed by deft., with Joseph Haskall, Gent. (Rochester) and George Holmes (Plimouth Cordwainer) sureties. [No further record] PCR 7:50 (Court of Common Pleas, December 1745).

The above record is of interest because the “old coaling/coling place” is mentioned in deeds of Samuel Hall as lands passed down to his sons, Jonathan and Samuel.  Perhaps the Halls owned land where coal was obtained to support the Iron Works in Raynham. This needs additional research.

Another item of interest was found in The Diary of Isaac Backus, 3 volumes edited by William G. McLoughlin, Brown University Press, Providence, 1979; vol 1, p. 53, mentions a letter that Elder Backus received from Jonathan Hall, dated June 17, 1749, in which Jonathan warned Elder Backus of an itinerant preacher named Blanchard who was coming his way “Be ware of him for I Dout not But he is a woulf in sheeps Clothing.”

Jonathan3 married Sarah Ockington about 1714.  Sarah was born August 28, 1691 in Dedham, Massachusetts to Thomas Ockington and his wife, Rebecca Mason (Vital Records of Dedham, Revised 1997).  Sarah was the sister to Hopestill Ockington who married John Hall of Newton, Massachusetts (son of Andrew Hall), Jonathan’s first cousin.  Sarah died March 28, 1726 and is buried in the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center, now called the Pleasant Street Cemetery.

Headstone photo courtesy of Brady Fitts

On July 4, 1737, just 39 years before that date would become known as Independence Day, Jonathan3 Hall deeded to the Town of Raynham one acre and eight rods of land for a Burying Ground for the inhabitants of that town (Bristol County Deeds Book 25, Page 389).

Know all men by these Presents that I Jonathan Hall in the county of Bristol, Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, yeoman, for the love and respect that I have and bear unto the Town of Raynham aforesaid…do fully freely and absolutely give grant and confirm unto the Town of Raynham forever one acre and eight rods of land situate lying and being within the same town of Raynham to be for the use of a Burying place for the inhabitants of the said town…. Signed by Jonathan Hall on the 4th day of July 1737 and witnessed by Stephen Wood and Solomon White.

Pleasant Street Cemetery, formerly known as the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center

By 1737 several deaths had already occurred in the Hall family and it is likely that Jonathan donated this particular tract of land to the town of Raynham for a burying ground in order to preserve the family burials on the Hall property. His parents, Samuel2 and Abigail had died in 1716 and 1734 respectively; his wife, Sarah in 1726, and his daughters, Rebecca4 and Sarah4 in 1723 and 1725/26. Although his headstone has not been found, it is possible that his brother, Samuel3, who died in 1736/37 is also buried here.

Jonathan and his first wife, Sarah Ockington had six children.

    1. Jonathan4 born May 3, 1716 in Taunton, Massachusetts, died February 25, 1789 in Raynham Center, Massachusetts. There will be a full post on Jonathan Jr. in the near future.
    2. Sarah4 Hall, born July 16, 1718 and died February 11, 1725/26 in Taunton.
    3. Amos4 Hall, born April 5, 1720 in Taunton, married Abigail Blake on December 20, 1744, died February 29, 1816, buried in the town cemetery at Raynham Center. Their children were John5 Hall (1745-1830) married Huldah Williams and died in Wilton Maine; Lewis5 Hall (1747-1812) married Fear Alden. Both Lewis and Fear are buried in the town cemetery at Raynham Center; Amos5 Hall (1750-1752), buried Raynham Center.
    4. Rebecca4 Hall, born May 21, 1722 and died May 15, 1723 in Taunton.
    5. John4 Hall, born May 15, 1724 in Taunton and died at the age of 21 years, May 26, 1745 in the battle of Cape Breton (now Nova Scotia, Canada).
    6. Mason4 Hall, born January 28, 1725/26, married his first cousin, Mercy Hall (daughter of Samuel and Mercy Willis Hall) on January 16, 1748/49 and died April 6, 1795.  Their children were Patience5 Hall born 1750; Sarah5 (1753-1816) married Philip Ellis; Mercy born 1758; and Mason5 Jr. who married Hannah Willis.

Children by Jonathan3 Hall and his second wife, Sarah Smith:

  1. Elizabeth4 Hall, born May 29, 1828 in Taunton, married Nathaniel Shaw on December 10, 1745. She died January 19, 1784 in Raynham.  Their children were: Nathaniel5, John5, Betsey5, Asel5, Jarius5, and Sarah5 Shaw.
  2. Hannah4 Hall was born March 29, 1734 in Raynham.  Nothing further is known about Hannah.

Jonathan3 Hall wrote his will on February 10, 1745/46 and he died April 19, 1750 in Raynham Center.  Although we cannot know, it is possible that Jonathan died from “Quick Fever” that was epidemic in the area for about one year from the fall of 1749 through the fall of 1750.

In his will Jonathan mentioned his wife, Sarah, sons Jonathan4, Amos4 and Mason4, and daughters, Elizabeth4 Shaw, wife of Nathaniel Shaw, and Hannah4 Hall.  His eldest son Jonathan and his son-in-law, Nathaniel Shaw were designated as joint executors of his estate.

Jonathan3 is buried in the town cemetery at Raynham Center, now Pleasant Street cemetery.

Headstone photo courtesy of Brady Fitts

Children of Samuel2 and Abigail (Pratt) Hall

by C Hall ~ February 7th, 2010

Edward1 Hall of Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Samuel2 Hall
Jonathan3 Hall, Samuel3 Hall, Esther3 Hall, Hannah3 Hall

As previously written, Samuel and Abigail (Pratt) Hall had four known children with Jonathan Hall, born August 22, 1686 being the eldest son and Samuel Hall, born 1688, being the youngest son. Jonathan’s birth is documented in the Taunton Proprietor’s Records, while Samuel’s birth year is taken from David B. Hall’s 1883 publication, The Halls of New England, p. 578, in which no documentation is offered; and, I have yet to find any actual documentation of his birth. So unless or until that documentation can be found, I use 1688 as the tentative birth year for Samuel. Esther Hall was the eldest daughter, date of birth unknown, while Hannah is the younger daughter, as confirmed by the Last Will and Testament of Samuel Hall. Hannah was born circa 1700.

Before treating the children of Samuel and Abigail Hall, I think it would be beneficial to give you some background for further understanding of this Hall family. I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about a few published genealogy books (secondary sources) that had been the source of, or continued to contribute to, the confusion of the Samuel Halls in Taunton and Raynham, and their wives and children.

While The Halls of New England is a large, and for the most part, impressive effort to bring together the genealogies of multiple Hall families in early New England, it is not without mistakes and some are just outright huge glaring errors. This book has a fair amount of good information on Abigail (Pratt) Hall and her children, however, David B. Hall makes a huge mistake when he attaches Abigail and her children to the wrong Hall family! He places Abigail and her children, as well as their descendants into the chapter on the “Halls of Taunton” with Abigail as the wife of Samuel Hall, son of Samuel Hall, son of George Hall. This is wrong. Probate documents along with deeds have proven it so, not to mention the new ultimate tool of documentation that goes along with a good paper trail…DNA testing. A descendant of George Hall of Taunton through his son Samuel and his son Samuel, who married Elizabeth Bourne has recently perfectly matched another proven descendant of George Hall of Taunton. See George Hall and Edward Hall DNA.

Abigail and her children instead should have been placed into the chapter on the “Halls of Rehoboth”, with Abigail as the wife of Samuel Hall, son of Edward Hall, where she and her children and their descendants properly belong. This error has been perpetuated time after time in other published genealogies, The Nicholas White Family 1643-1900, compiled by Thomas J. Lothrop, 1902, for one, and unfortunately, has much more recently been reaffirmed in the 1998 publication by Robert Leo Hall, George Hall and His Descendants (1603-1669), when the author cites the work of David B. Hall in his presentation of the Samuel and Abigail (Pratt) Hall line. This will all be discussed a bit more in-depth in a future post.

In addition to the huge error mentioned above, David B. Hall, in his The Halls of New England made other errors in his narrative about the children when he stated that Samuel Hall (1688) left a will (p. 578) and that Hannah Hall married Silas King (p. 572). Samuel Hall (1688) actually died intestate and Hannah Hall married Barnabas Crossman. Unfortunately these errors have also carried over into other publications and genealogies.

Continuing with the children….

Jonathan3 Hall married first Sarah Ockington and second, Sarah Smith. Jonathan Hall and his family will be treated fully in a future post.

Samuel3 Hall, born 1688, married Mercy Willis, born circa 1690, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, April 15, 1718 (Bridgewater Vital Records). It has been speculated that her parents were Comfort and Hannah Willis, however, absolutely no documentation has been found to prove this. Samuel inherited his father’s homestead in that part of Taunton that became Raynham on the road leading to Taunton from Bridgewater.

Samuel3 and Mercy (Willis) Hall had four children:

  1. Hannah4 Hall, born abt. 1718/19, married Joseph Alden, son of John Alden and Hannah White. She died July 1, 1766 and is buried in the Purchade Cemetery, Middleboro, Massachusetts. Their children were Ebenezer5, Amariah5, Moses5, Phebe5, Hannah5, Joseph5, Fear5, Eunice5, Lois5, Abner5, and Eliab5 Alden. Note: Fear5 Alden married her second cousin, Lewis Hall5, son of Amos4 and Abigail (Blake) Hall; Lois5 Alden married first Samuel Padelford, and second Reuben Hall5, son of Amariah4 and Hannah (White) Hall.
  2. Amariah4 Hall, born 1723/24, married November 27, 1747, Hannah White, dau. of Samuel White and Susanna Goodspeed. He died April 22, 1775 and is buried in the Town Cemetery at Raynham Center, Massachusetts. Their children were Reuben5, Susannah5, Prudence5, Samuel5, Amariah Jr.5, Hannah5, Zilpah5, Philena5, Pamelia5, and Asa5 Hall.
  3. Mercy4 Hall, born 1728/29, married her first cousin, Mason4 Hall (son of Jonathan3 Hall, Sr. and Sarah Ockington), in Raynham, January 16, 1748/49. She died July 9, 1792. Their children were Patience5, Sarah5, Mercy5 and Mason Jr.5 Hall.
  4. Patience4 Hall, born abt. 1731, married Abraham Jones February 6, 1755 in either Raynham or East Bridgewater (marriage is recorded in both the Raynham Church Records and the East Bridgewater VRs). She died September 13, 1775. Their children were Sarah5, Abraham5, Israel5, Eliakim5, and Joel5 Jones. It is possible that it is this Abraham Jones who *might* have married second, Waitstill Lee of Bridgewater on May 28, 1777, however this has not been documented.

Samuel3 Hall died 1736/37 and he did not leave a will. His estate was administered in 1741 and an order issued for the division of his property in 1743. The division names his widow, Mercy Hall, Amariah Hall, his only son, Hannah Hall his eldest daughter, Mercy Hall his second daughter, and Patience Hall, the youngest daughter. The burial location of Samuel Hall has not been determined.

Samuel’s sisters, Esther3 Hall and Hannah3 Hall are further identified in the above mentioned administration papers by their husbands’ names, when a legacy is paid from Samuel’s estate: “To said Blake [Samuel] and wife and to Barnabas Crossman and wife of Middleborough (by ye last will of said deceased’s father see Will), a Legacy – one of them from the share of the deceased. Paid Ten Pounds”.

Nothing further has been found on Esther3 Hall and her husband, Samuel Blake.

Hannah3 Hall married Barnabas Crossman about 1728. Their children were Elisha4, Hannah4, Barnabas4, Elkanah4, Abigail4, Samuel4, and Theophilus4 Crossman. Barnabas died October 1, 1744, in Middleborough, Massachusetts. It is possible that it was the widow Hannah Crossman who married Thomas Baker in Raynham on June 27, 1751, however, this information comes from the Mahurin Genealogy (Hugh Mahurin of Taunton, Massachusetts, NEHGR 136:20) and is not documented, and no further research has been done. If this is correct in the Mahurin Genealogy, Hannah, died December 14, 1754 in Raynham, Massachusetts. However, the Mahurin Genealogy became of interest to me because it has that Hannah Mahurin, not Hannah Hall, married Barnabas Crossman so in-depth research and documentation would need to be done to determine if the widow Hannah Crossman remarried and her death date. The fact that it was Hannah Hall and not Hannah Mahurin that married Barnabas Crossman is documented by probate records.

Addendum to Post, February 13, 2010. A review of the Mahurin Genealogy finds that the author stated that his information that Barnabas Crossman married Hannah Mahurin came from the Bassett Genealogy as well as private correspondence and that he, unfortunately, had yet to find a primary reference source to fully confirm this identity. We now know that he could not find the primary reference source because it was Hannah Hall, not Hannah Mahurin who married Barnabas Crossman, as identified by Bristol County Probate records.

Sources for the marriage (2 records) and death of Hannah (Hall) Crossman Baker are:

June 1, 1751, Thomas Baker of Rainham and the Widdo Hannah Crossman of Middleborough (Middleborough, Massachusetts Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 46).

June 27, 1751, Thomas Baker and Hannah Crossman (First Book of Raynham Records).

December 14, 1754, Hannah Baker died in Raynham (Raynham Congregational Church Records, vol. 1).

Abigail Pratt, 1665-1734

by C Hall ~ February 6th, 2010

Abigail Pratt, wife of Samuel2 Hall, was born June 16, 1665 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts to Jonathan Pratt and Abigail Wood. Abigail was the eldest of seven children, having four younger sisters, Bathsheba, Hannah, Meletiah, and Bethiah, and two brothers, Jonathan and Jabez (Plymouth Colony Records 8:32,35).

Jonathan Pratt was the son of Joshua Pratt, the immigrant ancestor, who came to the Colony on either the Ann(e) or the Little James in 1623. In 1667 Jonathan was in Eastham, and in 1673 in Plymouth. After his wife, Abigail’s death in Plymouth in 1684, he removed to Taunton where he married abt. 1690, Elizabeth (White) Hall, daughter of Nicholas White, and the widow of Samuel Hall, son of George Hall of Taunton (the other, unrelated, Hall family); for those interested in the George Hall of Taunton family, please see Kathryn Hall’s Halls of Bristol County).

Abigail married Samuel Hall on January 3, 1683, a few months short of her eighteenth birthday and had her first known child, Jonathan3 Hall, in 1686, when she was 21 years of age. Abigail was 51 years old when her husband, Samuel, died in 1716. She is found on an Assessment List for Raynham, circa 1731/2 (Raynham Town Records), assessed 15 shillings. She was listed as Abigail Hall, Widow.

Ebenezer Pratt and Elizabeth Pratt, both minors at the time, were named in her husband, Samuel Hall’s Will. There is no documentation as to who the Pratt children were, but it is believed that they were the children of Abigail’s brother, Jabez (a witness to Samuel Hall’s will) and his wife, Elizabeth Cobb, thereby being Abigail’s nephew and niece. Ebenezer was to receive 20 acres of land if he were to live with Abigail until he reached 21 years of age. A deed written March 11, 1726/27 shows that Ebenezer Pratt was deceased by that date as in the deed, Samuel Hall, son of Samuel Hall, deeds to his daughter, Hannah Hall, “all my part in the twenty acres of land that my Honoured father did in his last will give to Ebenezer Pratt deceased…”.

Elizabeth Pratt is thought to have married Joseph Jones, son of Joseph Jones and Lydia Neale (Jones Genealogy) abt. 1723. Her first born son was named Ebenezer, possibly being named after her deceased brother. In 1729/30 Samuel Hall, son of Samuel, sells his portion of land that had been willed jointly to him and his brother Jonathan, by their father, to his brother Jonathan and Joseph Jones Second, possibly documenting a familial relationship of the Halls to the Jones family through Elizabeth Pratt.

Abigail lived for 18 years after her husband’s death. She remained a widow and died in Raynham on July 6, 1734 (First Book of Raynham Records). She must certainly be buried next to her husband, however, her headstone has not been found in the Town Cemetery in Raynham Center, Massachusetts (Pleasant Street Cemetery).