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John Hall

Male Abt 1584 - 1673  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name John Hall  [1
    Born Abt 1584  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 May 1673  Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I21280  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of BAM, Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2019 

    Children 
    +1. Sarah Hall,   d. 7 Dec 1664, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F13122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Much contradictory material has been published about the John Hall who was the father of Sarah, wife of Thomas Wetmore. To our knowledge the best overview, sorting through various misconceptions, is the treatment of him in Moore and Allied Families (citation details below).

      It is frequently claimed that his will of May 1673 said that he had been in New England for forty years, but no such statement actually appears in his will. He does describe himself as about 89 years old, thus 1584 serves as an approximate year of his birth. There is no evidence that he was, as claimed by Savage, the John Hall who was a freeman of the Bay Colony on 6 May 1635. Our John Hall definitely does appear in Hartford around 1639/40, at which time another, younger John Hall was already established there; subsequent records refer to our John Hall as "Sr." His wife is frequently given as Ann, daughter of John Wilcox/Willcocke, but it is probable that, as argued by William Henry Whitmore in the NEHGR, the younger John Hall, not our John Hall, was this Ann's husband. At any rate, this Ann, born around 1617, could not have been the mother of our John Hall's children, who were born between approximately 1619 and 1626. It is said, without proof, that our John Hall's wife was an Esther who died before he left England.

  • Sources 
    1. [S648] New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, ed. William Richard Cutter. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913.

    2. [S1589] The Wetmore Family of America and Its Collateral Branches, by James Carnahan Wetmore. Albany, New York: Munsell & Rowland, 1861.

    3. [S1528] Moore and Allied Families: The Ancestry of William Henry Moore, by L. Effingham de Forest and Anne Lawrence de Forest. The de Forest Publishing Company: New York, 1938.