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Henry Hall, Sr.

Also Known As: "Henery Hall", "possible wife Elizabeth Learned"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Misquamicut, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Death: November 5, 1705 (64-72)
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hall, III and Elizabeth Hall
Husband of Mary Hall and Honor (Content) Hall
Father of Henry Hall, Jr.; Edward Hall; James Hall; Honor Adams; Elizabeth Larkin and 4 others

Occupation: Weaver
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About Henry Hall, of Misquamicutt

Henry Hall was  born about 1637 in Misquamicutt, Kings Co., Rhode Island and died 5 Nov 1705 Westerly, RI 


  • parents:  John Hall III b abt 1605 in England   & Elizabeth Rogers ?


  1. abt 1657 to Honor or Content, although Mary is mentioned. Maiden names of Rogers or Randall.


  1. Henry Hall m. Constant Maxson
  2.  Edward Hall m. Mary Ball
  3. James Hall m. Sarah Babcock
  4.  John Hall m. Elizabeth Ball
  5.  Mary Hall m. Thomas Stevens
  6.  Honor Hall m. James Adams
  7.  Elizabeth Hall m. Edward Larkin 

Seventh Day Baptist Church

Names known as mbrs of 7th-Day Baptist Church, & associated w/Hall family were: Crandall, Babcock, Hiscox, Hubbard, Langworthy, Burdick, Cottrell, Lamphear, Ross, Worden, Maxson, Wilbur, Mumford, Brown, Wilcox, Tanner, Reynolds, Fuller, Thornton, Rogers, Beebe, Jewell, Larkin, Adams, Shelley & Foster, among others. Many of their children intermarried as result of their solemn covenant w/each other, & due to their forced separation from Baptist Church. 

Henry Hall Biography

Early records show Henry Hall was a member of early 7th-Day Baptist Church in America, as were his descendants. 

  17 Sep 1679, Henry took oath of allegiance in Newport, in 1687 he served on grand jury, & in 1691 he was deputy. He was weaver by trade, as was his son Henry.  It is speculated that his wife’s 1st name was Honor, as his son James named his 1st dtr Sarah aft his wife, his 2nd dtr Jane aft his wife’s mother, & his 3rd dtr Honor, presumably aft his mother. Jan 19 1664 Richard Knight made in partnership w/Henry Hall (most likely w/assistance of Job Babcock who was Indian interpreter), great purchase from Indians of lands at Chippachog, in Westerly, which they called Westerly Manor. This area was known as Misquamicut, & Kingston, which was afterwards known as Hall & Knight Purchase. Job was new son-in-law, as of 1662, of Elder John Crandall & Mary Opp, & would be 30 yrs later f-in-law of Henry's son, James. 

Abstracts from vol 1 of RI Land Evidences, in State Archives, p 3, “Narragansetts in Colony of Rhod-Island ... have for. Tenn pownds in peage 8 the peny in hand by me the aforesaid Cogamaquoant Received from Richard Knight & Henry Hall both of the Towne of Newport wherwith I the sayd Cogamaqucant doe discharg the said Richard Knight & Henry Halls of all debts. I doe. . .sell. . unto the said Richard Knight & Henry Halls their heires.... a certain percell of Land Scittuate and lyinge in the aforesaid Narraganse-tts Cuntry neere or adjoininge unto the Land Formerly Sould by me unto Mr. John Porter & Mr Samll Wilbore &c at pettacomscutt & is by Esteemation 2 Miles Square be it more or less being butted & bounded as Followeth Vizt. on the Eastside from a place called in Indian Qumatumpick, southward to a place called chippachuat & soe westerly to a place called Quowachauck & from thence northward to place called Winatompick & so to extand from thence upon a straight line unto the 1st boundery to be Houlden of our Royall Soverraigne lord Charles the Second not in Capett nor by Knights service but in comon Soccage after the manner of East Greenwich in the County of Kent. Further I the said Cogamoquant doe bind myself in the sum or Bond of 500 pounds Starl of good and lawfnl mony of England or to the vallew therofthat the land mentioned in this deed is a good Reall & firme Estate unto the said Richard Knight & Henry Halls & that the said land is ceere & free from all intailments deeds of sale leases mortgages & all other alienation of what nature or kinds whatsoever & to deere & remove or cause to be removed at or before the 1st of March next after the date hereof Every Indian or Indians Inhabiting there on & not to suffer or the future any Indian to dwell or plant upon the aforesaid Tract. . .this 19th day of Jan & in the yeare of our Iord god 1664... in pressence of John Archer, The marke of Alse Archer, Richard Bulgar, the marke of Cogamagooant, the marke of Wotomer, an Indian Cobsounk, his mark, an Indian.” 

In 1676, Henry Hall & John Knight rendered svc to Colony in King Philip's War, & Oct 31 1677, they were granted land in East Greenwich for svc in that war. Each grantee recd 100 acres. Henry was abt 38 during King Philip's War & John Knight was most likely abt age 58, which is based on fact he had been married prior to his arrival in MA c1637. In "Halls of New England", by David Brainard Hall, Henry Hall is mentioned as son of John Hall of Newport, RI. He states, “Henry Hall Sr weaver & Henry Hall Jr took oath of fidelity Sep 17 1679 & also James Hall was free inhabitant of Westerly, 1680.” Henry Hall & 4 others, purchased 2 May 1710, 3200 acres of land north of Pawtucket Riv & west by Wood Riv. Amg grantees of land near last purchase in 1710-11, were John Hall, Edward Hall, Henry Hall, & Joseph Hall in 1709. 

Henry Hall Jr m Constant. He made his will Nov 1 1716 in which he mentioned sons William, Elisha, Henry, James, John, Edward, & dtrs Susannah, Lydia, Elizabeth Button, Cherry (or Mercy) Cottrel stating Mary & Martha were not of age. (See New Eng Historical Genealogy Register, vol 15). 28 Sep 1705, Henry Hall's will, proved 5 Nov 1705, executor not named, so Town Council appointed his son Edward to that office. To wife, 1/3 all estate real & personal, at her disposal, & son Edward to take care of her. To son Edward, 1/3 all land & movables. To all children, 1/3 estate divided equally. To eldest son Henry, 5 shillings. Children all to take care of my wife, their aged mother. Codicil gives son Henry, 1/2 certain tract of land. Inventory 204 Lbs, 4 shillings, viz. 15 sheep 10 lambs, 2 oxen, 10 pigs, 7 swine, 2 mares, 35 loads hay, 1 loom, 2 guns, a cutlass, 5 cows, 2 calves, 6 horses, 4 mares, also 12 mares & horses, 4 colts, pair of oxen, bull, 13 steers, 2 heifers, warming pan, &c. Appointment of son Edward as executor was asked for by following bros & bros-in-law, viz: Henry, James & John Hall, Thomas Stevens, & James Adams. In 1706, in this & following yr receipts were given to executor by bros & bros-in-law as follows, viz: Henry, John, & James Hall, Thomas Stevens, James Adams, & Edward Larkin. Oath was also made by John Hall & William Wilkinson, that widow had recd her portion.

Historical Background


It was during this time New World became a lively scene, w/execution of Quakers in MA Bay Colony, exile of Roger Williams, & such lesser-known proceedings as trial & imprisonment of John Rogers in CT because "he reviled tenets, clergymen, & sacraments of the prevailing religion." In 1695, he "was taken from prison, tied to a cannon, & flogged 76 times with a whip that had knots at its end as large as walnuts. He was then thrown in his cell without bed or bedding, not even straw, & chained to the wall." Altogether, Rogers spent 18 yrs locked up. Rogerene's lasted until World War I.


In 1664, Mr Stephen Mumford, mbr of Bell Lane 7th-Day Baptist Church in London, came to RI & finding no church of his faith, he affiliated w/Baptist Church in Newport. During next few yrs, number of mbrs of that church embraced his views on Sabbath & perpetuity of 10 Commandments. It was not their intention to sever their connection w/Baptist Church, for they thought surely people who had suffered as Baptists had done for Bible baptism would fellowship those who observed & defended Bible Sabbath. They soon discovered, however, even in church of Roger Williams, liberty of conscience meant liberty to believe & practice according to established dogmas & decrees. Elder John Clark, Mark Luker, & Obadiah Holmes, leaders in church, began to preach against practice of Sabbath-keepers & to denounce them as heretics & schismatic. They were eventually brought to open trial. They were cited to appear bef church & show cause why they had denied Christ not only in going to Moses for law, but denying him by refusing emblems of his body & blood. They soon discovered the purpose of mtg was to point out to them their “error” & compel them to abandon it. When they proposed that William Hiscox speak for company, in which they were all agreed, church persistently refused to hear him. Aft long controversy in which feelings, on both sides, grew more intense, accused came to consider themselves same way in which they, together w/those who are now opposing them, had defended cause of Baptists in Puritan controversy. They also bore grateful testimony to joy they found in keeping God’s Holy Sabbath. Failing to obtain any relief from strain of situation, & becoming convinced they could not keep Sabbath & walk in fellowship w/church, faithful 5 formally w/drew Dec 7 1671 & grp entered into solemn covenant w/each other as 1st 7th-Day Baptist Church of Newport.  

King Philip's War

Roger Williams & his diplomatic skill kept powerful Narragansett Indians on friendly terms w/settlers; they were even persuaded to assist colonists during their fight against CT warlike Pequots Indians. For 50 yrs while Massasoit was chief, peace prevailed, but his sons did not trust English. Massasoit was so fond of English, he ask Genl Crt in Plymouth to give his sons Eng names. His son Wamsutta was named Alexander, & son Metacom was named Philip, after ancient kings of Greece. Aft Massasoit's death, things soon got out of hand. Troops captured new chief, Wamsutta-Alexander, & forced him to Plymouth, threatened him in show of superiority, & upon his return home he became ill & died. Matacom Philip, new chief, blamed white man & wanted revenge for death of his bro. From 1675-1676 King Philip's War was fought, & during Great Swamp Fight, over 700 Indian men, women & children perished. Following spring, Providence was burned to ground, while Rogers Williams watched in disbelief. Both sides were incredibly brutal, 600 colonist died & over 3000 Indians. Metacom was finally captured & beheaded, which effectively ended war. His head was displayed on fort at Plymouth for 25 yrs


Henry Hall b 1637 d 1705 s/o John Hall and Elizabeth Learned. Henry Hall m. Content Randall or Honor Rogers. 13 children.


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Henry Hall, of Misquamicutt's Timeline

Misquamicut, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Age 21
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 28
Age 31
April 29, 1670
Age 33
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
March 4, 1673
Age 36
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 39
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 42
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
November 5, 1705
Age 68
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States