Posted By:Cheryl Hall
Subject:Jonathan Hall, Jr. of Raynham, Bristol County, MA
Post Date:March 27, 2007 at 18:03:59
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Jonathan Hall, Jr. of Raynham, Bristol Co., MA

Seeking descendants of Jonathan Hall, Jr., born 3 May 1716 in Taunton, Bristol, MA, married Lydia Leonard, born c1720, on 28 Dec 1738 in Raynham, died 25 Feb 1789, buried Central Burying Grounds in Raynham.

Jonathan and Lydia had a son, Silas, born 4 Feb 1742/1743 in Raynham. Nothing further has been found on Silas in any records to date. We are looking to prove or disprove that Silas is the Silas Leonard Hall first found in Salisbury, Litchfield, CT where he marries the widow Eunice Titus on 4 Apr 1774. Silas, Eunice and their children relocated to Danby (then Tioga), Tompkins Co., NY about 1807/08; they had 4 known children:

Lydia, b. 25 Oct 1776 in Salisbury, CT, m. Joshua Durfey; removed to Sunderland, Bennington, VT to Salem, Washington, NY to Danby, Tompkins, NY where she d. on 24 May 1859.

Amos, b. 28 Oct 1778, Salisbury, CT; nothing further is known about Amos.

Leonard, b. 5 Mar 1781, Salisbury, CT, m. Sally Landon, 1 Sep 1805 in Salisbury, CT; d. 14 Feb 1848 in Danby, Tompkins, NY.

Silas L., b. 20 Apr 1783, Salisbury, CT, m. Esther Salyer, 22 Dec 1816 in Tioga Co., NY, d. 11 Jan 1864, possibly in Indiana or Michigan.

Recent DNA test results place Silas Leonard Hall in the Halls of Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. Documentation has yet to be discovered, however, we are now actively looking for a connection of our Silas Leonard Hall to the Silas, b. 1742/43, son of Jonathan Hall, Jr. and Lydia Leonard. The naming patterns fit into this family; however, that does not make it so.

In addition to DNA testing pointing us to the Rehoboth Hall family, recent articles using probate papers and land deeds among other documentation, “A Maze of Halls in Taunton, Massachusetts: Correlating Land Descriptions to Prove Identity”, by Marsha Hoffman Rising, pub. 1993, in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly; and, “Samuel Hall (1664-1733) of Taunton and Middleborough, Massachusetts and Connecticut” by Jane Belcher, pub. January 2007, volume 161, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, have documented that the Samuel Hall b. 24 Oct 1656 in Rehoboth, MA, m. Abigail Pratt, is the son of Edward Hall of Rehoboth, MA, and that Samuel and Abigail (Pratt) Hall had a son, Jonathan, as confirmed by an inventory of his [Samuel’s] estate after he died testate in Taunton, MA on 30 Aug 1716, and called his “eldest son, Jonathan” in the documents.

Jonathan Hall’s will was dated 10 Feb 1745/46, and he was called “the Eldest of the name in Raynham”; he was 60 years old at the time he wrote his will. Jonathan died 19 April 1750 at age 64; Probate was 22 May 1750. His will named his wife, Sarah [note: this would have been his second wife, Sarah Smith; his first wife and mother of Jonathan Hall, Jr., was Sarah Ockington]; Sons, Jonathan, Amos, and Mason Hall; Daughters Elisabeth, wife of Nathaniel Shaw and Hannah Hall. Son Jonathan and son-in-law Nathaniel Shaw were the Executors.

In light of the above, Edward Hall of Rehoboth, b. 1611, was the father of Samuel, b. 1656 in Taunton, who was the father of Jonathan, b. 1686 in Taunton, who was the father of Jonathan Hall, Jr. b. 1716 and married Lydia Leonard. Would love to be able to document that Silas, b. 1742/43 to Jonathan Jr. and Lydia Hall is the Silas Hall who appears in Salisbury, Litchfield, CT in 1774, and in Danby, Tompkins, NY about 1807.

Would like to hear from anyone researching this family to exchange information and to better identify the descendants.

Thanks very much for any and all help with this family.