James Hall's parents and siblings?

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James Hall first appeared in a record when he bought government land in Grant County, Indiana, in 1831. He was married to Rachel Moorman in 1833 in Grant County. According the the 1850 census of Grant Co., he was born about 1800 in North Carolina. He does not appear to be related to any other Hall who lived in Grant County or surrounding counties. I've checked land records and probate records with negative results. It is possible that he was related to Hiatt individual's who owned land near James' land in Grant County, but no document indicates a relationship. From the migration pattern of others who lived in Grant County, I would assume that he came from Guilford or surrounding counties, but I have found scant evidence that he is related to any Hall who lived in those counties. Please see James Hall's biography in WikiTree for the information I have found and the details of my research. My brother has taken the Y-DNA test but he and his closest match had a common ancestor 8 to 12 generations back and this match did not have much information on his own ancestry. I have worked on this problem for many years and am beginning to think that there are no answers. I will never know for certain, who his parents were. Common names are difficult.
WikiTree profile: James Hall
in Genealogy Help by Lorraine Keith G2G Crew (790 points)
edited by Lorraine Keith
Lorraine, since James might be from Guilford Co, might he also have a Quaker background? I have a branch of one of my families with Quaker connections that moved from that area to Indiana.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I have considered the possibility that James Hall may have been a member of one of the Quaker families in Guilford County, NC, but I have not been able to find any evidence of a connection.

Hi Lorraine. I'm with Pip on pursuing the Quaker connection. Overman, Lamb, Hiatt are all Quaker names in Guilford and central NC (which earlier were in Pasquotank and Perquimans). I think also Hoggatt (later Hockett) was as well but I am uncertain on that.

NC county boundaries moved a lot, new counties were created, some consolidated, etc. What records went where when these changes were made has no consistent pattern (that I know of) between these counties and it makes record searches difficult. Randolph is one of the counties were boundaries moved. Also, not all of these particular Quaker meeting records are indexed in Hinshaw (nor are all the meetings they moved to in Indiana and Ohio). Worth looking in his unpublished indexes most of which can be found at Ancestry. Some of the other records it it may help to look at this site https://www.quakermeetings.com/Plone/front-page if you have narrowed down some potentials. This site will tell you where the records for each meeting are archived and some of them are searchable online (or at least the indexes to them).

Third idea. There are a number of books that might have a hit for the names. On the profile of Levi Coffin (b Guilford County in 1798) is a link to his wonderfully descriptive autobiography which contains many names of residents in that part of NC in this time period. That and similar books may provide some leads. If some other titles come to mind I will add them here in an edit.

I found that Deep River Monthly Meeting disowned Mary Hiatt for marrying contrary to discipline and I found the marriage Bond for William Hall and Mary Hiatt in Guilford County, NC. I have reason to believe that they may be James Hall's parents. A "William Hall" was on Stokes County, NC, tax lists with land on Muddy Creek. Unfortunately I could not locate a probate record for him. Neither could I find record of the sale of the land. In 1820-1822, a "James Hall" paid taxes on what appears to be the same land. I think this James may have been William's son but I don't have enough evidence at this point. But I don't have any evidence that he was my "James Hall." Some of the Overman's, Hiatt's and Hoggot/Hocket's moved to Grant County, Indiana, so I am very familiar with their names.
I'll do some more looking tomorrow. Have you tried any of the county historical societies for record location advice or help?

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