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John Hall, Sr. (1650)

Name: John Hall, Sr.

Birth: June 15, 1584, Kent County, England. (The Halls of New England/Hall, 1883)

Emigration: To Boston/Roxbury before 1635; to Hartford 1636; to Middletown in 1652.(FFS)

Death: May 26, 1673, Middletown, Conn.(MVR, BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: House-builder, ship-builder (GFSC); townsman, constable, grand levy man.(FFS) "A town meeting was held at his house in February 1652, when it was voted to build a meeting house."(FFS)

Marriage: m.(1) Esther (unknown surname)(possibly Willicke), before 1618, Kent County, England (b. 1590, Sussex, England; d. before 1633, Sussex, England).(The Halls of New England/Hall, 1883)

Children: 4 children between 1619-1626. (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).