A small handful of people have been doing research on our William and Sarah Hall for over fifty years. My mother, who passed away last year, was a diligent digger in courthouses and libraries all over the country. These Halls have been a family obsession for a long time.
Now, I'm trying to re-assess the assumed information we have on this family, and I've found that almost no documentation exists for many "facts" that reside on websites all over the Internet. Much of the information on the Internet about this family has come verbatim from my files, which were freely shared to many people during the earliest days of the Internet and Prodigy as being anecdotal or conjectural -- and I requested that they not be published. We're concerned that information on this line has not been well-documented, that our first generation of active researchers is now elderly, and that some documents and references will perish with us. It always has been our personal policy to share information and discoveries as much as possible, in the belief that multiple heads are better than one, but we want future researchers to have good information. Is there any interest in a separate Rootsweb mailing list devoted to William's genealogy? If so, I'd be happy to create such a list and serve as Administrator. Please email me.
William was unquestionably a Veteran of the Revolution and served in a goodly number of well-known battles. His service record and his pension applications provide adequate information about his military period. Although we cannot document exactly where he lived when he entered the Pennsylvania Line, he was mustered out of his last service at Fort Pitt. William's pension file indicates that certain information was taken from a family bible -- does anyone have any idea what might have happened to that bible? Can anyone confirmed that the birthdays for William's children were noted in family bible, or are they anecdotal?
Although there are several mentions of a William Hall in Kentucky during the last two decades of the 1700s, it's difficult to document that it's specifically our William Hall in Mercer, Franklin, or Shelby counties. Certainly, the 1850 census indicates that William and Sarah's eldest son, John, was born in 1781 in Kentucky, as do his children who survived until the 1880 census, but we've seen many instances of errors in such enumerations. For example, several of Squire Hall's (b.1789) children report that he was born in Indiana -- not likely, since the earliest that these Halls might possibly have been in Indiana would have been 1803. Does anyone have any more solid information concerning when William and Sarah came to Kentucky? Is there any document other than the census to indicate where John, Ellender, and Squire Hall were born?
We'd like to generate some new discourse about William and Sarah Hall's line.
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