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The Family of Jeremiah W. and Mary (Crysler) Hall

Submitted by Jeffrey Alan Franks

     In 1891 my Great Grandmother, Grace May Hall of Akron, Ohio received a beautiful, hand tooled leather photo album from her Uncle Charles Hall of Syracuse.  The album contained numerous photographs and tintypes of Grace's grandparents, Jeremiah and Mary Hall, as well as images of aunts, uncles, and extended family of Cryslers and Johnsons, who mostly lived in Onondaga County.  The significance of this gift is punctuated by the apparent death of Grace's father sometime immediately prior to the gift.  In 1891, Charles Hall was likely the only surviving child of Jeremiah and Mary Hall.  The completeness of the album would seem to reveal an attempt by Charles to instill in Grace a lasting memory of a wonderful family, whose numbers were quickly diminishing.  It is through Grace’s and subsequently my Aunt Agnes' preservation of this album that our family has come to know our Hall and Crysler ancestry, as well as our Onondaga County roots.

Jeremiah and Mary (Crysler) Hall

     Jeremiah Hall, whose parents we do not know of, was born about 1815 in Madison County, NY.  Mary Crysler was born August 30, 1819 in Onondaga County, to George and Rebecca (Sullivan) Crysler.  Jeremiah and Mary were married in February of 1841.  At the time of the 1870 Census for the Town of Marcellus, Jeremiah or Jerry as he was known to friends, was a farmer, with real estate valued at $16,000 and personal property valued at $4,000.  According to Sweet's Atlas, dated 1874, and the 1868 and 1878 Onondaga County Directories, Jeremiah's farm consisted of 150 acres on lot 56, near Navarino and Marietta.  From The Personal Diary of James Hicks Redway, Volume III, 1881-1890, we know that Jerry Hall held an auction in February 1881, possibly to liquidate his farm.  Sometime after that, Jeremiah and Mary retired to the Jordan area.  Mary died on December 19, 1893 and Jeremiah died in late December 1896.

The Children of Jeremiah and Mary Hall

    It is not known exactly how many children were born to Jeremiah and Mary, although three—Edward, Charles, and Emma--survived to adulthood.  Two others died within a week of each other during the summer of 1848, possibly from Cholera, which was epidemic in North America that year.  George W., age 4 years and 6 months and Joel Albert, age 8 months and 13 days, are buried in Oswego Bitters Cemetery.

Edwin (Edward) A. Hall

    This oldest son of Jeremiah and Mary was my Great, Great Grandfather, referred to alternately as Edwin and Edward in Census records, directories, and photographs.  On the 1865 Census for Marcellus, he is listed as Edwin, age 19.  It is not known whether or not he served in the Civil War.  He came to Akron, Summit County, Ohio, sometime after 1865.  There he married Susie M. Evans in November 1869.  My Great Grandmother Grace, born in 1870, was their only surviving child; two other children—Mary and Bertie (Harry Bertram)—died as infants.  Edward was a carpenter and pattern maker.  Although the couple lived primarily in Akron, Ohio, they appear on the 1880 Federal Census of Syracuse and records indicate that they may have lived there for a few years before returning to Akron about 1883. Though no record of his death, funeral, or internment is recorded in Summit County, he is last listed in the Akron City Directory in the 1889-90 edition.  His wife, Susie and daughter Grace are listed without him in the 1890-91 Akron City Directory and Susie remarried in March 1891.  What became of Edward?

Mary Emma Hall Case

    Very little is known of Emma.  She was born about 1857, married George Monroe Case on Tuesday, November 25, 1879, and died at a young age in late February 1882.  To the best of our knowledge the couple had no children, however George had several children with his second wife, Jennie Norton.  George married Jennie in February 1883 and lived until 1933.  What did Emma die from that cold February 1882?

Charles J. Hall

     Charles was born about 1850.  From the annotations in the photograph album we know that his wife's name was Alice.  Little else is known of the couple.  Did they have any children?  What became of Alice?  We do know that Charles died in Jordan in March 1912.  Charles' death notice from the Marcellus Observer, March 29, 1912 reads:

“Charles Hall was stricken ill at his home in Jordan, on Friday with rheumatic symptoms, and died a week from the following Monday, March 18.  Noah Crysler went to see him that Monday, and was there when he died.  He did not attend the funeral Wednesday, but among the other cousins who attended were Isaac of B’ville, Corydon, Squire and Arthur of the city.  Jonathan and Loyal are also cousins.  Mr. Hall is cousin of the Cryslers, and formerly lived with his father, Jeremiah, on the place which Isaac sold to Wm. Mears, Maple Avenue.”


Selections from the Album and Grace’s Photos

Grace's annotation inside the album reads "Jordan, New York, 1891, sent by Uncle Charles J. Hall, Syracuse, New York".  The photographs have been identified to the best of our knowledge per the annotations in the album.  Photographers, if known, are listed in parenthesis.  Hopefully the names of some of the unidentified individuals will come to light, as we gradually discover more about this extended family.

1 The Album

2 Jeremiah Hall (circa 1865)

3 Jeremiah Hall (circa 1875)

4 Jeremiah Hall (circa 1885)

5 Jeremiah Hall (circa 1890)

6 Ann Mary (Crysler) Hall (circa 1875)

7 Ann Mary (Crysler) Hall (circa 1885)

8 Ann Mary (Crysler) Hall (circa 1890)

9 Jeremiah and Ann Mary Hall (circa 1885)

10 Edwin A. Hall as a youth

11 Edwin A. Hall as a young man

12 Edwin A. Hall in his thirties, tintype

13 Edwin A. Hall in his forties, tintype

14 Susie M. (Evans) Hall, wife of Edwin, tintype

15 Grace May (Hall) Koonce, daughter of Edwin and Susie

16 Charles J. Hall

17 Alice C. Hall, wife of Charles (D. Garber, 747 Broadway, NY)

18 Mary Emma Hall, dated 1/1/1880 (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

19 George Monroe Case, husband of Mary Emma, dated 1/1/1880 (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

20 George Crysler

21 George Crysler (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

22 Wife of George Crysler (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

23 George Crysler (G.J. Wood, Syracuse, NY)

24 Wife of George Crysler (W. V. Ranger, Syracuse)

25 George Crysler and son Isaac (Clement Bros., Syracuse)

26 Aunt Rebecca (Crysler) Johnson (G. J. Wood, Syracuse)

27 Charles Johnson, husband of Rebecca Crysler (G. J. Wood, Syracuse)

28 Catherine Crysler (Stewart Photo, Oneida)

29 Unidentified Husband (Packer or Halstead) of Catherine Crysler (Bacon and Co. Oneida)

30 Ed Crysler

31 Carrie or Corrie Crysler (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

32 Ella (Louella?) Crysler (W. V. Ranger, Syracuse)

33 Fredric and John Crysler (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

34 Edna Holway, friend of Grace May Hall (Dygert’s Portrait Studio, Jordan)

35 Unidentified Farm Laborer and Family, Employed by Jeremiah Hall

36 Unidentified Farm Laborer (possibly Henry Wright), Employed by Jeremiah Hall

37 Unidentified Woman

38 Unidentified Couple, tintype

39 Unidentified Man in Civil War Uniform (Knapp and Markle, Syracuse)

40 Unidentified Man

41 Unidentified Man (G.J Wood, Syracuse)

42 Unidentified Couple, tintype

43 Unidentified Man (G.J. Wood, Syracuse)

44 Unidentified Man (FC Langhorne, Plainfield, NJ)

45 Unidentified Man (D. V. Dourt, Syracuse)

46 Unidentified Man (G. J. Wood, Syracuse, NY)

47 Unidentified Woman (Squires Ferrotype)

48 Unidentified Man (C. B. Squire, Photographer)

49 Unidentified Woman (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

50 Unidentified Man (University Art Gallery, Syracuse)

I would like to express my gratitude to my Aunt Agnes Barnett, teacher and family historian, for preserving these photographs and instilling in me an appreciation of my heritage.  I would also like to thank John Curtin, Helen Newell, and Patrick Tabatcher for their much-appreciated assistance with this project.  If you would like to comment or contribute to this ongoing project, you may contact me at

Submitted 1 April 2000