John Hall

John Hall (abt. 1605 - bef. 1676)

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John Hall
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Husband of — married in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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Died before in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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John Hall of Wallingford, Connecticut, was born in England about 1605. At a New Haven Court 9 Oct 1665, he declared himself to be above sixty years and requested to be freed from training, which request was granted.[1] John died at Wallingford before 3 May 1676, when an inventory of his estate was made.[2] His origins have not been determined. It is not logical to assume he was son of John Hall Sr of Hartford and Middletown, since he has another son John.

Pequot War

John Hall served in the Pequot War 1636/37. -- Oct 1698: "This court grants to Thomas Hall of Wallingford fiftie acrs of land in consideration of his fathers service in the Pequott warre, to be taken up where it may not preiudice any former grant."[3]


John Hall was in Hartford, early enough to be a founder. Feb 1639/40. "belonging to John Biddell ... One parcell on the East side of the Great River containinge by Estimation foure acr (more or less) ... which parcell was given to John Halls and sold by John Halls to Willm Spenser & sold by Willm Spenser unto the Sayd John Biddell.[4]

This brings a question. If this John Hall was early in Hartford. Is it this John or the other on the Founders Monument?


Jeanne Woolen was his spouse. William Wilkes was in Boston in 1633, then in New Haven by 1639. He returned to England by 1644.[5] Mr. Wilkes paid for the passage of Jeanne Woolen hiring her as a maid servant for a certain passage of time. He promised to pay her £10 if she served out the time. He never paid her. 6 July 1647, John Hall, husband of Jean Hall, informed the court of the fact and produced witness, including Bridget Wilkes, William's niece, to testify such, and asked for payment from Wilkes' estate. John returned to court a year later, 4 July 1648, with more witnesses. The court wanted to see the indenture and Goodwife Hall. The next month the indenture was read showing she was to serve five years and be paid £3 a year and her passage. The executor of Wilkes estate was ordered to pay Goodey Hall £10.[6] Jane Woolen, the widow of John Hall, married John Cooper.[7] John Hall died in 1676, so the marriage to John Cooper must have been after that.

New Haven

1640/1 (about): John signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement after the original 1639 signers.[8]

1641: John Hall was present at a meeting where lots were cast for the East Meadows land." -- 17 1st month John Hall's Lot was on the bankeside and by west creek[9]

1644: July 1st, 1644, Governor Eaton took the oath of 'fidelitie' and then gave it to others, among them John Hall."[10]Also that year he executor of the will of John Owens.[11]

"In 1648, John Hall was complained of for absence from a General Court. 'He said he had no warning, and went out in the morning, before the drum beate, and knew of no Court. William Holt was complained of for the like, and gave the same answer, for he was with John Hall. For both the Court passed it without fine.' "[12]

In 1648 John Hall was one of the tenants of "oyster shell field." He and four others "desired to have their land on ye east side, betwixt the red rocke and Mr. Davenport's farm, and the Court ordered that it should be laid out together that they may plant."[13]

2 March 1651/2 Christopher Todd passed over 4 acres of meadow on the great island in the east river to John Hall[14]

May 1654 Henry Boutle entered an action of slander against John Hall who spoke of his as if he were a thief. John admitted to having said so having heard it from a third party. An additional issue caused the court to table the whole thing until the next court unless John and Boutle end their differences in the meantime.[15]

22 May 1654 Francis Brown, John Hall and Thomas Morris appointed to view "Cannowes"[16] This was revived and confirmed by the town 13 Jun 1667/8 [17] as sealing canooes

1655/6 In the meeting house they had seats row 6 in ye seats on ye stile on both sides the door for him and she was in the 9th row (last) long seates.[18] They were recorded again in feb 1661/2 He sat before Mr Rudderfords seat (on the side but right up front) and sister Hall sat in the long seate next the wall.[19]

6 Mar 1659/60John and several others were owed money from the estate of Mr. Goodyeare and were given by the court whatever of left of the estate had not been sold [20]

1660s John served as fence viewer in the 1660's and appears in court in this capacity. [21] He would also become a land viewer, before someone took possession, to see if the parcel was suitable. [22]

1662, May 23. "John Hall was appointed to looke to the boyes that sitt neare him in ye meeting house to prvent disorders among them."[23]

20 Dec 1665 John served on a Coroners Jury[24]

1655 Oct 9. John Hall was freed from training (militia duty), being then upwards of 60 years.[25]

1 Oct 1666 Dissatisfied with the way corne was being ground and the waste this caused, John made a complaint and the town promised to look into it.[26]


"In 1670, three of his sons, John, Samuel and Thomas, joined the company that settled Wallingford,[27] and the father went also, at that time or soon after. His home lot, in the new town, was on the southeast corner of Main and Center Streets, opposite the site of the present Congregational Church."

1672: His name is on the Covenant of 1672[27]

In 1673 He was chosen constable (New Haven) but refused the office [28]

15 April 1675 Among those appointed to lay the grounds of the town's new Congregational church were John Hall Sr. and John Hall Jr.[27]

"In 1675, John Hall Sr. was elected deacon of the church and selectman of the town -- the year before his death. It appears by the dates that he was one of the first deacons, elected the year it was decided to form a church.[29]

Death and Probate

An inventory of John Hall's estate, was taken 3 May 1676 and ws valued at £189.5.5.[29]

WILL "John Hall Senr. of Wallingford, his last will nucupative. Testimony of Mr. Samll Street, Samll Hall & Mary Hall saith, that about ye time Goodm Hall fell sick, they heard him say, and he said it to them, that he, doubted not of his wives love and care of his children & therefore would leave ye dispose of his whole estate to his wife not questioning but his children would be Satisffyed therewith." (recorded 14 June 1676. [29]


  1. John Hall, baptized August 9, 1646, died September 2, 1721. He married December 6, 1666 to Mary Parker, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Potter) Parker.
  2. Sarah (Hall) Johnson, baptised August 9, 1646, married December 11, 1664 to William Johnson
  3. Samuel Hall, baptized May 21, 1648, died March 5, 1725. He married Hannah Walker, the daughter of John and Grace Walker of New Haven, in May 1668.
  4. Thomas Hall, baptized in New Haven March 25, 1649, died in Wallingford September 17, 1711. He married on June 5, 1673, to Grace Watson, the daughter of Edward and Grace (Walker) Watson.
  5. Jonathan Hall, born in New Haven on April 5, 1651; bpt 15 Apr 1651 at the New Haven first church; rem. to New London and married Hannah
  6. David Hall, born March 18, 1652, died July 7, 1727. He married Sarah Rockwell on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1676.
  7. Mary Hall, b. about 1654, d. 31 May 1718; who married Henry Cook Jr., Sep 1678 in Salem Massachusetts

The folllowing are sometimes named as children of this couple,[31] but despite the similarity of surnames are independant New Haven families.[30]

  • Daniel Hall, born about 1654, who married Mary Rutherford, daughter of Henry Rutherford, in New Haven in 1670, and died at Barbadoes, W.I., in 1675.[31] Daniel was Irish.[30]
  • Richard Hall, b. about 1655, who married Hannah Miles, daughter of John and Mary (Alsop) Miles, in 1699 and died in New Haven in 1726.[31] Richard was the son of John & Elizabeth (Cornwall ) of Middletown.[30]


  1. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) [Ancient Town Records Vol II. New Haven Town Records 1662-1684. (New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1919.) Index beginning at page 445. p. 155
  2. [ pp 30, 31 citing New Haven Probate Vol 1 pt 2 pg 58.
  3. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut Vol. 4 Aug. 1689 - May 1706(Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1868)
  4. Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society (The Connecticut Historical Society and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, Hartford 1860-1928) Vol. 14 Original Distribution of The Lands in Hartford Among the Settlers 1639 p. 116
  5. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).
  6. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. (Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.) p. 321, p. 391-2, p.397
  7. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol III, page 693 (Hall Family).
  8. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. (Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.) : fundamental agreement p. 18
  9. Hoadley1. p 50
  10. Hoadley1, p 138
  11. Hoadley1 p. 135
  12. Hoadley1 p. 390
  13. Hoadley1 p. 415
  14. Dexter1 p 111
  15. Dexter 1 p. 211
  16. Dexter1 p. 213
  17. Dexter 1 p. 216
  18. Dexter1 pp 271, 272
  19. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut Meriden, Connecticut: 1902 pp 552, 553.
  20. Dexter1 p. 442
  21. Dexter 2 p. 35, p. 137, p. 141 p. 202 (1667)
  22. Dexter 2 p. 236, p. 302
  23. Dexter1 p. 522
  24. Dexter 2 p. 162
  25. Dexter 2 p. 155 9 Oct 1665
  26. Dexter2 p. 188
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. History of Wallingford, Conn., from its Settlement in 1670 to the Present Time. (Meriden, Conn.: 1870). link at Archive p 78, 98; mainbio p. 751
  28. Dexter 2 pp 314, 315
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Shepard, James. John Hall of Wallingford, Conn. p. 28; will 30-32 (Record Press, 1902)
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. (Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932). [pp 693-65]
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 *Coe, S.F. Hall. Memoranda relating to the ancestry and family of Sophia Fidelia Hall. (Meriden, Conn.: Curtis Way Co., 1902). See Ch. 1 Hall Family of Wallingford, John and Jeanne Woollen Hall, p. 17
  • Distinguishing the John Halls
  • Coe, S.F. Hall. Memoranda relating to the ancestry and family of Sophia Fidelia Hall. (Meriden, Conn.: Curtis Way Co., 1902). See Ch. 1 Hall Family of Wallingford, John and Jeanne Woollen Hall, p. 17
  • Orcutt, Samuel. History of the Town of Wolcott (American Printing Co., Waterbury, Conn, 1874) Page 485
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven ([CD]Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981[originally]Rome, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn., 1922-1932), vol 5, p 1038. (Family of daughter Sarah m. William Johnson)
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, vol 2, p 436. (Family of daughter Mary m. Henry Cook)
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, vol 3, p 693. (Main Hall article)
  • Hall, David Brainard. The Halls of New England: Genealogical and Biographical. (Albany, New York: J. Munsell's Sons, 1883). See "Halls of Wallingford, Conn." p. 87.
  • Hall, Roderick A. A Slice of History: The Story of A Hall Family of America (Roderick Hall: Lulu Books, 2001).
  • John Hall (1605 - 1676) Find A Grave: Memorial #156303602 NO Image, NO burial, no sources, no value
  • John Hall (1605 - 1676), Johnson and Howe Database, RootsWeb World Connect Project
  • Tucker, Joyce H. John "the Elder" Hall (1584 - 1673), Hall Family Tree, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project
  • Tucker, Joyce H. John Hall (1605 - 1694), Hall Family Tree, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 about John Hall
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about John Hall
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about John Hall
  • Millennium File about John Hall
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 This Ancestry conglomerate is actually Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee). The Baldwin genealogy from 1500 to 1881. (1881) at archive p. 843 Image attached.
  • Family Data Collection - Deaths about John Hall
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Hall

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Hartford in 1640 prepared from the original records by vote of the town and drawn by William S. Porter. Image by The Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford in 1640 prepared from the original records by vote of the town and drawn by William S. Porter. Image by The Connecticut Historical Society

Founders of Hartford Monument : North Face
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John Hall & Jane Woolen
John Hall & Jane Woolen


On 4 May 2018 at 23:04 GMT Anne B wrote:

John and Jane Hall did not have the following children according to Jacobus' Fam of Anc New Haven, : Richard, Daniel and Caleb.

On 18 May 2017 at 19:43 GMT Rick Pierpont wrote:

Hall-20177 and Hall-11933 appear to represent the same person because: Correct birth location is England.

On 2 Apr 2015 at 01:32 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

John Hall-572 is not a potential merge.

On 2 Apr 2015 at 01:02 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Hall-11933 and Hall-15408 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse , same death year. this John Hall should not be confused with John Hall born in 1619

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