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A Genealogical Wheel

My dad and my uncle have done quite a bit of research on the Hall family history.  We know that they came to the US from the UK on board the ship Griffin back in the 1600's.  Eventually they settled in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This past weekend we were staying with friends from the Wallingford area.  They knew we had done this research and that my ancestors were from the area, so on Sunday afternoon they offered to take us to the Wallingford Historical Society, which is open only on Sundays.

When we walked in our host, Al, asked those at the Historical Society if they had any information on the Hall family who were founding settlers.  The man  rubbed his hands together in delight and said, "Just wait until you see what we have upstairs!"

Upstairs was this genealogical chart, laid out in a circular shape.  It reminded me of a tree trunk cut away to reveal the growth rings of the tree.  Starting in the center was our ancestor who had come from England.  It said, "John Hall was born in England in 1605.  He came to Charleston in 1630. (note, my dad said it must be Charles Town near Boston, not Charleston, SC.) To Hartford with Thomas Hooker in 1634. Was granted 6 acres of land.  Fought in the Pequot War in 1637. Settled in New Haven about that time.  Was probably a trader in furs. He married Jean Wollen an English girl of good education and fine ancestry.  They had seven children:  John, Samuel, David, Sarah, Jonathan, Thomas, and Mary. The family moved to Wallingford and were prominent members of its founders.  John Jr. and Samuel signed the first Plantation Covenant in 1670. But John Sr. did not sign until 1672 when he signed the 2nd Plantation Covenant having probably been detained by business in New Haven where he had much property.  They were all active in business and religious affairs, assisted in building the first church, and took leading parts in establishing good government. As a result of a conference of all members of the town John Hall Sr. was one of thirteen elected to a church of Christ in Wallingford.  The foundation was laid February 16th 1675.  John Hall died a year later."

Lyman Hall who signed the Declaration of Independence descended from Samuel Hall and our side of the family descended from John Jr.  Of John Jr., it says, "John Jr. was born in 1644 in New Haven. He came to Wallingford 1670 when he signed the first Plantation Covenant.  He was the first deacon of the Congregational Church 1675, deputy to the General Court in 1687. He married Mary Parker.  They had nine children. John was a leader in both civic and religious affairs."

From there I couldn't remember who came next, so we need to go for another visit and follow the chart further out.  

The Wallingford Historical Society also has a nice display of historical dress, children's toys, military weapons, furniture, etc.  
The house itself is one of the original houses of Wallingford.


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