Note: According to a family Bible in possession of Rev. Harold Hight, gr-gr-grandson of Parsons and Olive, Parsons was born on 2 Oct 1801 and died 19 Dec 1877, and his wife, Olive Williams Hall, was born 5 Nov 1803 and died 30 Sept 1892. In addition to listing their children the Bible also refers to Parson's parents: "Thomas Hall" who died in "1831" and "Lucy Hall" who died on "25 Aug 1843." All of the above information is consistent with information in a book, "The Halls of New England: Genealogical and Biographical" by David Brainard Hall, Albany, N.Y., Joell Munsell's Sons, 1883, except that it refers to Parsons as "Percival" Hall. On pp 431-432 it states Percival Hall, "b. in Cornish [Sullivan Co., N.H.], Oct 2, 1801; m., 1822, Olive Williams, b. Nov. 5, 1803; resides in Salina, twelve miles from Kankakee, Ill., formerly lived in Barry, Mich., where his mother d. in 1843; she lived with him. It was at this place probably where his house was burned one Sunday when the family were away attending meeting, and the family Bible with the family record was consumed; this gave an account of the landing of the 'three brothers' from Hampshire, Eng. It is uncertain whether this record means by the 'three brothers' the three sons of widow Mary Hall, or three brothers, one of whom was her husband; it is no doubt traditionary. Children were: 1. Moses W., b. Aug. 8, 1823; d. Sept. 6, 1863; he was a soldier in the war for the Union. 2. David D., b. May 19, 1825; d. July, 1863, was a soldier in the war for the Union. 3. Olive, b. June 11, 1827. 4. Mary Jane, b. Jan. 22, 1830. 5. Nancy, b. July 16, 1832. 6. George, b. Sept. 22, 1835; d. Aug. 22, 1855. 7. William, b. June 29, 1838. 8. Thomas J., b. Aug. 8, 1841; d. Feb. 21, 1863; was a soldier in the war for the Union. 9 and 10. Francis B. and Edwin, b. Aug. 22, 1844."
Parsons, Olive, and some of their youngest children are listed in the 1850 census of Woodland Twp., Barry County, Mich. as follows: Parsons Hall, 50, farmer, born in New Hampshire; Olive Hall, 45, born in New York; Mary Hall, 20, born in New York; Nancy Hall, 18, born in New York; George Hall, 14, born in Mich.; William Hall, 12, born in Mich.; Thomas Hall, 9, born in Mich.; Franklin Hall, 5, born in Mich.; and Edwin Hall, 5, born in Mich. Parsons Hall was listed as a voter in 1849 Odessa Twp., Ionia Co., which is on the Barry County/Ionia County line ("History of Ionia and Montcalm Co., Mich.," by Schenk, 1881, pg 317). In 1853 Parsons and family moved to Bushnell Twp., Montcalm Co., Mich., where they owned 80 acres on the northeast side of Snows Lake. They are listed in the 1860 census of Bushnell as follows: Parsons Hall, 58, farmer, born in Mass.; Olive Hall, 56, born in N.Y.; Thomas Hall, 18, born in Mich.; Franklin Hall, 16, born in Mich.; and Edwin Hall, 16, born in Mich. Note that Olive Williams Hall on a veteran's pension application based on the military service of her son, Thomas, stated that "I removed from there [Bushnell] in 1867 and located in Kankakee City in the State of Illinois... in 1875 I removed from Kankakee to Lincoln Co., Kansas. My Post Office at that time was Cedron, Kansas. I resided there until the year 1882, then I removed from there to Fenwick, Montcalm Co., Mich. My husband and the father of said soldier died Dec 19th 1877 at Cedron, Kansas...[another place on the pension application indicates Parsons died on "19 Dec 1876"]. The 1870 census of the town of Salina, Kankakee Co., Ill., lists the following household: Edwin Hall, 25, farmer, born in Mich.; Parsons Hall, 69, born in Vt.; Olive Hall, 65, born in N.Y. Note that Olive's brother, Job Williams, also lived in Salina, Kankakee Co., Illinois. In 1880 William and family were living in Cedron Twp., Lincoln Co., Kansas, and in the adjacent household was George H. Williams family (George was son of Olive's brother, Job Williams Jr.), and a "visitor" with them was Olive Hall, age 76. Olive Williams Hall was apparently buried in Clear Lake Cemetery in Fairplains Twp., Montcalm Co., Mich., near her daughter, Mary (however, the grave stone for Olive was placed many years after her death - see the notes for her grandson, Herbert Ferguson).
The 1840 census for Shelby Twp., Macomb Co., Mich., lists a household for Parsons Hall. The 1840 census does not list names of family members other than the Head of Household, but age ranges listed for members of the household are consistent with Parsons and Olive's family, including that for a female between the age of 80 and 90 (Lucy Dustin, the mother of Parsons Hall, would have been 82 in 1840). Also, there is a Parson/Parsons Hall in the 1830 census of Portage, Allegany Co., N.Y., who could be our Parsons. Again, there are no names other than Head of Household but there are 2 males that are 5 to 10 years old; one male 30 to 40; one male 80 to 90 [this could be Parsons' father who died in 1831]; 2 females under 5 years old; one female 20 to 30; and one female over 100 (this may be an error and should be 80 to 90? - the age of Parsons' mother, Lucy). Note that Allegany Co. and Ontario Co. are both in western New York. Also note that Parsons' wife, Olive, was born in Richmond, Ontario Co., according to her obituary.
Parson's mother, Lucy, died 25 Aug 1843. She likely died in Odessa Twp., Ionia Co. (the above book by Schenk reports "Granny Hall as the first death in Odessa, Ionia, the mother-in-law of John Hight." Because John's mother-in-law, Olive Williams Hall, lived until 1892, the "Granny Hall" mentioned was probably the grandmother of John's wife (Lucy Dustin Hall) rather than his "mother-in-law." Reportedly the original tombstone of "Granny Hall" is in the Lake Odessa Historical Society museum. - t.adams
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