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HALL: Samuel > Ira > Ira Jr. > Zellon > Ira

Hiram Hall
son of Samuel and Anna (Ives) Hall

Born June 27, 1802[/03], Brookfield, Chenango (Madison) County, New York1
Died April 26, 1835, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York2
Burial: Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York

Marriage - Emeline Foote3 4

Married circa 1825-1832, probably in Madison County
She died December 2, 1858, Jefferson County, New York5
Burial: Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York
After Hiram's death, Emeline married Cornelius Inglehart6 (a neighbor of Ira and Hiram Hall at Stowell's Corners in Hounsfield). She was his third wife, and they had three children together: Hiram, Sophia, and Rufus. Cornelius was married four times and had a total of eight children.

Hiram moved with or following his brother Ira to Jefferson County around 1827-1830, and they made some land purchases together (see Ira Hall land deeds). I believe his wife Emeline may have been the sister of Ira's first wife Sophia Foote and possibly Rufus Foote (husband of Ira and Hiram's niece Emily Hall). It seems that Hiram and Ira were very close. Hiram died young, at 32 years of age. The following year, Ira named a son after Hiram.

Child of Hiram and Emeline

Reuben Hall, born January 19, 1833, Jefferson County, New York7
Died 1911, Jefferson County, New York8
Burial: Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York

Hiram and Emeline's only child, Reuben, was born just before his first cousin Ira (son of Ira Hall and Mandana Swift). He was left fatherless by age 5 and was presumably raised by his mother and stepfather, Cornelius Inglehart. Note that Cornelius Inglehart was a neighbor of Ira Hall. In 1850 at age 18, Reuben was living with Benjamin Maxson, Ira Hall's neighbor, as a "laborer" and attending school.9 In 1859, Reuben Hall bought land from J.J. Witter in Jefferson County.10 1855 and 1864 maps of Hounsfield show "I. Hall" and "R. Hall" living near each other at Stowell's Corners. Reuben seems to have had his own farm by 1855.

A letter written from Ira Hall to his son Ira Jr. in 1863 indicates that Reuben and Ira Jr. were on a fishing trip together near Gloucester, Massachusetts.11 Reuben was often mentioned in the Hall family letters, and seems to have been treated as a member of the immediate family. In 1865, Reuben was living in Hounsfield, unmarried and farming, with $500 of property.12 Living with him was Elijah E. Cobb, "partner" and Cobb's family. A letter from Ira Sr. to Ira Jr. in 1869 said Reuben's health was poor and that he had gone to Bridgewater for a time.13 The letter mentions that "Reuben will need to look out and get another good tenant on his place..." because his current tenant was leaving. A few months later, Ira wrote that Reuben was with them for a visit to Ella's new house near Adams Center, and that he planned to visit Ira Jr. and Edwin soon, out west. He expected to start "for the west" on December 18, 1869.14 In 1875, Reuben was still in Hounsfield, age 43, farming, now boarding with Amos Stoodley and family.15 In 1881, Mandana Hall wrote to Ira Jr. that Reuben had been on a trip to Ogdensburg, Potsdam, and Renssalear Falls, and had not been feeling well since his return. She expected that he would "go west" in the fall of 1881, but that in the meantime he was unwell and had talked of "rusticating awhile in hopes that he might feel better."16

In 1885, Reuben Hall was listed in the Watertown City Directory as a boarder at 37 Arsenal Street in Watertown.17 He lived to the age of 78, and is buried right next to Hiram and Emeline in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery. It seems he never married or had children.


Sources:

  1. Arthur Coon Ives, Genealogy of the Ives Family: Including a History of the Early Settlements and the Movement from Quinnipiac to the Black River Country (Watertown, NY: Hungerford-Holbrook Co., 1931). No specific source was provided for this information. Note: The Hall bible record (D.A.R.) gives his birthdate as January 17, 1803.
  2. Hiram Hall tombstone, Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, NY; photographed and transcribed by Kelly Hokkanen, 1994. The Hall bible record (D.A.R.) lists the same death date.
  3. Emeline Hall tombstone, Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, NY; photographed and transcribed by Kelly Hokkanen, 1994.
  4. Edgar C. Emerson, Our County and Its People: A Descriptive Work on Jefferson County, New York (Boston History Co. Publishers, 1898), 153. Profile of Hiram F. Inglehart, "son of Cornelius W. and Emmeline (Foote) Inglehart."
  5. Emeline Hall tombstone.
  6. Edgar C. Emerson, Our County and Its People. Profile of Hiram F. Inglehart.
  7. Reuben Hall tombstone, Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, NY; transcribed by Kelly Hokkanen, 1994.
  8. Reuben Hall tombstone.
  9. Ira Hall household, 1850 U.S. census, Jefferson County, New York, Hounsfield township; county-level copy, Jefferson County Courthouse, Watertown, New York.
  10. Jefferson County land records, Grantees Book 139, 504; Jefferson County Courthouse, Watertown, New York.
  11. Letter from Ira Hall to Ira Hall Jr., 30 June 1863; now owned by Raldon Hall, Covina, CA.
  12. Reuben Hall household, 1865 New York State census, Jefferson County, Hounsfield township; Jefferson County Courthouse, Watertown, New York.
  13. Letter from Ira Hall to Ira Hall Jr., 11 February 1869; now owned by Raldon Hall, Covina, CA.
  14. Letter from Ira Hall to Ira Hall Jr., 17 December 1869; now owned by Raldon Hall, Covina, CA.
  15. Amos Stoodley household, 1875 New York State census, Jefferson County, Hounsfield township; Jefferson County Courthouse, Watertown, New York.
  16. Letter from Mandana (Swift) Hall to Ira Hall Jr., 30 June 1881; now owned by Raldon Hall, Covina, CA.
  17. 1885 Watertown City Directory. Located at Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.

   
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