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Erastus Gilbert Hall

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

ERASTUS GILBERT HALL (1813-1893), Smyrna, Chenango, New York As previously mentioned, according to The History of Chenango County by James H. Smith (1880), “Luke Hall came at an early age from Somers, Conn., and settled in the north part of the town, where his son Erastus now lives, and died there, he and his wife.” […]

Hall/Tobey Family Bible w/ Family Photos!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The following entries were found inside a Bible belonging to Erastus Gilbert Hall, born 20 May 1813, who lived in Smyrna, Chenango, New York. Erastus was the son of Luke Hall and Ruby (Pease) Hall. Erastus lived 79 years, until 5 March 1893, and is buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherburne, Chenango County. These […]

Migration Pattern of My Halls of Bristol County

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Dear Readers: It has occurred to me that setting forth a basic migration pattern for my own Hall family, which begins with our earliest known ancestor, George Hall of Taunton, would be most appropriate and constructive. Allow me then to indulge in the briefest of posts to list the migration of my own individual family. […]

First settlers of Smyrna, Chenango, New York

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Early settlers of the town of Smyrna, Chenango County, New York found in James H Smith’s History of Chenango and Madison Counties (1880) are listed below. Smyrna was formed from Sherburne first as Stafford, March 25, 1808, and its name was changed to Smyrna on April 6, 1808. It is noteworthy that one of the […]

Mystery or Blind Spot? Who is in this grave?

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Photos courtesy of Brady E. Fitts The above simple, very old gravestone has in the past been the subject of much debate between various researchers of the families descended from Edward Hall of Rehoboth and from George Hall of Taunton. Why this has been debated is a mystery when the facts are set forth, but […]