Samuel R. Hall, Sr (1821 - 1901)

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Place of Burial: Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
Birthplace: Checkley, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
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About Samuel R. Hall, Sr

Samuel, son of William Hall and Lydia French, was born 6 April 1821 in Checkley, Staffordshire, England. He married Catherine Foden at Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England on 27 September 1847.

In Liverpool on 30 June 1868, Samuel Hall boarded the British steamship Minnesota headed for a new life in America. With him were his wife, Catherine, his twenty-one year old daughter, Keziah, and his four-year-old son, Samuel Richard. They carried only memories of seven other children who had died at early ages. Seventeen years earlier, the Halls had become converts to the LDS Church. Catherine was baptized 6 March 1851 and Samuel followed a month later on April 8. Those years in England were undoubtedly filled with heartache as they lost one child after another.

While there is no known personal account of Samuel and Catherine's journey to America and Utah, some of the other people in the same party recorded many details. The 12-day voyage from Liverpool to New York was described by leaders as pleasant and comfortable. Of the 1100 passengers aboard the ship, 534 were LDS members under the leadership of John Parry. They stayed in bunks on a lower level, but were allowed to go to the upper middle deck where they could get fresh air. The captain treated them with kindness and allowed them to hold meetings. On the 4th of July, those on the ship celebrated by singing, playing fiddles and shooting cannons into the water. However, the conditions became very difficult as the journey progressed.

There was a considerable amount of seasickness and illness and some passengers described the food as coarse and poorly served. As the summer heat increased, some suffered from sunstroke. The ship arrived in New York on a Sunday with the immigration office closed. The passengers were forced to stay on the hot ship until Monday when they could be processed at Castle Garden. After having their luggage searched and money exchanged, they were transferred to trains. Some people were loaded on boxcars and others on cattle cars where many had to stand. During the difficult 10-day train ride, a number of deaths resulted from the heat and scarcity of water. When they arrived at Laramie, the group was met by mule teams and wagons from Salt Lake. They finished the rest of the journey with 10 to 12 people crowded into each wagon. As part of the Chester Loveland Company, they arrived in Salt Lake in August of 1868.

Samuel and Catherine stayed in Utah for a short time where a son, William, was born. He died at age four. It is uncertain when the Halls went to Bennington, Idaho, where they settled. Samuel and Catherine were endowed in Salt Lake on 13 October 1873. Five years later, Samuel was sealed to Rosina Wäffler, a 34-year-old convert from Switzerland. The 1880 Census listed Samuel and Catherine living in Bennington with their 14-year-old son, Samuel R. It listed Rosina in Montpelier with her infant daughter, Mary Ann.

Over the next ten years, four other children were born to Rosina. It was a difficult time for polygamous families. The Idaho legislature had taken the right of citizenship away from church members. They were trying to convict any man that provided any type of support to a second family. Not long after church President Wilford Woodruff issued the Manifesto, Catherine died. To make sure their marriage was legal and binding in the eyes of the law, Samuel and Rosina were remarried in a civil ceremony in Montpelier on November 24, 1890.

According to the 1900 Census, Samuel, Rosina, and three children were living in Bennington where their home and farm were free of mortgage. Samuel died on 1 October 1901 at age eighty. --Colleen Helquist

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Samuel R. Hall's Timeline

1821
April 6, 1821
Checkley, Staffordshire, England
1847
September 27, 1847
Age 26
Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England
November 26, 1847
Age 26
1879
July 12, 1879
Age 58
Bennington, Bear Lake, Idaho
1888
September 13, 1888
Age 67
1890
November 24, 1890
Age 69
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho
1901
August 1, 1901
Age 80
Bennington, Bear Lake County, Idaho
October 1, 1901
Age 80
Bear Lake, Idaho, United States