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Marsha Hoffman Rising on Halls of Taunton

By Kathryn Hall | May 17, 2008

Well-known and highly respected certified genealogist Marsha Hoffman Rising is current president of the American Society of Genealogists and a contributing editor for The American Genealogist. She is the author of The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall. The following article, “A Maze of Halls in Taunton, Massachusetts: Correlating Land Description to Prove Identity” was written by Marsha Hoffman Rising, and was originally published in National Geneological Society Quarterly in 1993. It is here reprinted in its entirety with the permission of the editor of NGSQ and Mrs. Rising. This article has proven to be an invaluable document for all researchers tracing the roots of the descendants of George and Mary Hall of Taunton as well as those tracing the descendants of Edward Hall of Rehoboth.

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Topics: Massachusetts | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Marsha Hoffman Rising on Halls of Taunton”

  1. Loma Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you for publishing this amazing article to the website. This is the work that allowed me at last to sigh with relief and say that I am descended from George Hall! I can’t thank Marsha enough for the work that went into it, and for allowing it to be republished on this site.

  2. admin Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    It is my honor to make this available, Loma. As you know this was a tipping point for many of us in our research of the George Hall family, and, yes, we are deeply indebted to Marsha for her fine work. Thank you. KH

  3. Samuel & Abigail Hall 1686 Deed, Taunton, Bristol, MA | Halls Of Bristol County Says:
    September 6th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    […] Hall and the descendants of George Hall who were both named Samuel. We have been indebted to the research of Marsha Hoffman Rising, who turned to land deeds, deepening her research and shedding light on […]

  4. Generations 1-3 | Halls Of Bristol County Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    […] Marsha Hoffman Rising’s article in National Genealogical Society […]

  5. Linda Hall Little Says:
    February 27th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Sadly, Marsha Hoffman Rising passed away last week.

  6. admin Says:
    February 27th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi, Linda, Welcome! Yes, it was sad to read her obit this week. I had sent her the DNA results last month. It is my fondest hope she saw the DNA proof of her research.
    Thank you again for your major contribution to that resolution. KH

  7. DNA Match of Ichabod Hall to George Hall of Taunton | Halls Of Bristol County Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    […] family. There was no evidence linking Ichabod to Edward Hall, either, once the wives and Samuels were disentangled. In fact, to date no records have yet been found to link Ichabod of Somers to any other Hall […]

  8. Michael Coy Says:
    August 25th, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I have followed another descendant of the Hall line back to George Hall through Samuel Hall via Samuel Sr.’s son George, born in 1680.

    The information I have seen lists the following as children of Samuel Hall and Elizabeth Bourne(White) m. 1662 as
    Samuel Hall
    1664 – 1733
    John Hall
    1666 – 1738
    Nicholas Hall
    1668 – 1690
    Esther Hall
    1669 –
    Elizabeth Hall
    1670 – 1739
    Mary Hall
    1672 – 1725
    Ebenezer Hall
    1676 – 1748
    Sarah Hall
    1679 – 1769
    George Hall
    1680 – 1726
    Hannah Hall
    1680 – 1768
    Jonathan Hall
    1686 – 1750
    Will Hall
    1689 –

    This information could tie up several loose ends and discrepancies in the information the articles you have posted. In one note you have mentioned that there was a Samuel Sr. and Jr. The listing of Samuel as the first born of Samuel Sr. and Elizabeth in 1664 makes sense chronologically. In the record I have seen, though it lists no wife or descendant, it does place his death in Enfield Conn. in 1733. His brothers are John and Nicholas according to the listing above. Is it possible that Samuel Jr. had a wife and child(ren) that I do not see listed in my line that produced your ancestor Ichabod?

    Though I may be overstepping here regarding the work of Ms. Rising you’ve posted, there may be an answer for the confusion about Samuel Sr. and Jr. in her interpretation. The chronology makes sense and would seem to verify the text she was commenting on regarding inherited land sales if you consider that I believe that she may have not interpreted the word Dower correctly. Dower is defined as—”the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased husband given by law to his widow during her life”.
    Given this, Ms. Rising’s conclusion that Samuel Jr. and Elizabeth were married in 1686 makes no sense. It would make a great deal more sense that Samuel Sr.’s Dower and his heir, her eldest son, Samuel Jr. worked together to sell family assets.

    The listing in my ancestry line shows Elizabeth marrying Samuel Sr. in 1662 and Samuel Jr. being born in 1664.

    As I said above, I hope I am not crossing a line by questioning a respected genealogist.

    I look forward to any comments you may have.


  9. Michael Coy Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 am


    Just as a curiosity, I’m interested in where a dna sample of the oldest in the lineage came from and how one might find it.