John Hall, of Yarmouth

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John Hall

Also Known As: "Deacon John Elisha Hall"
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Probably London, Middlesex, England
Death: July 23, 1696 (86)
Yarmouth Port, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father of John Hall and Unknown Mother of John Hall
Husband of Bethiah Hall
Father of John Hall; Joseph Hall; Nathaniel Hall; Rev. Gershom Hall; Benjamin Hall and 2 others

Occupation: per, from Eng. to Boston in 1630 at 21 yrs. old, lived in Barnstable in 1640, was a constable, 12 sons, 5 by 1st wife
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About John Hall, of Yarmouth

Savage and Wyman suggest that this John Hall came from Coventry in England, but there is no evidence for this whatsoever. Banks offers St. Mary Whitechapel, London, as an origin for this man, but cites only "Banks Mss.," so not much weight should be put on this claim either, without further exploration [Topo Dict 102].

John Hall was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown in April 1633 [CHTR 91. He appeared in the lists of Charlestown inhabitants dated 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [CHTR 10, 15]. He signed his name to the town agreement which established the office of selectman, IO February 1634/5 [CHTR 13], and on I May 1637 he was warned about making encroachments on the common CHTR 281.

Both Savage and Pope muddled this John Hall and one or two others. Savage combined the records of this John Hall with those of a second man of the same name at Charlestown, whereas Pope distributed the records of two John Halts and one Samuel Hall across two entries under the name of John Hall. Jacobus sorted out the confusion in a long note published in 1948 Brainerd Anc 142-431; the critical point is to watch the name Bethia as wife of John.

The gap of six years between the first record of Bethia as wife of John Hall (2 November 1632) and the first record of a baptism for a child (I 3 May 1638) is puzzling. The eldest son, Samuel, was very likely born during this period, say in 1636, but this still leaves a sizable gap; and if John and Bethia Hall were residing in Charlestown throughout this period, why wasn't a baptism for Samuel recorded? One possible solution derives from the problematic nature of the early Charlestown church records, which were recopied some years after the date of the events recorded. Savage demonstrated that the Charlestown church records have RICHARD KETTLE married to his wife ESTHER WARD some time before the marriage actually took place. The same may have happened with John and Bethia. If that is true John and Bethia may not have married until about 1636, and if she were from some place other than Charlestown, perhaps Samuel was baptized there, in a church whose records no longer exist. This proposed solution may also explain the gap of four years between John Hall's admission to Boston church and his admission as a freeman, for he may not yet have been twenty-one in 1630.

On 8 June 1655 concerning a "complaint made by John Hall, of Yarmouth, against Francis Baker, of the same town, for abusing Samuel Hall, his son, and servant to the said Baker, by kicking of him and otherwise unreasonably striking of him, the Court have ordered, that the[ said Samuel Hall shall be and continue with his father until the next Court of elections" [PCR 3:83]; the controversy was ended when on 7 August 1655 the court ordered John Hall to pay Francis Baker ;E8 for the remainder of Samuel Hall's time [PCR 3:88].

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: Amos Otis treated his family in his survey of Barnstable families, in the course of which he described some of the lands held by John Hall at Barnstable and Yarmouth [Otis 1:450-56].

He joined the First Church of Charlestown at its organization, July 30, 1630. In 1632 a majority of the members being on that side of the Charles river organized the First Church of Boston, among the number being John Hall and his wife Bethia. He had Lot No. 48 in 1633, and was admitted a freeman May 14, 1634. About 1640 he became a resident of Barnstable, and was on the list of those able to bear arms in 1643. In 1653 he was a resident of Yarmouth, in that part of the town later set off as Dennis. Also in 1653 he was listed as a Surveyor. His will is dated 15 July 1694, and proved 29 August 1696. He is buried on his farm."


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  1. Immigration: JUL 1630 Charlestown, MA
  2. PROP: 1641 Barnstable, MA
  3. Event: Freeman 14 MAY 1634 Charlestown, MA
  4. Note:
   JOHN HALL, the immigrant ancestor of this family, was likely among the English who arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1630 in Gov. John Winthrop's fleet, in which 12 ships (other info I've seen says 11 ships) brought over about 1500 people (other info I've read says just over 1,000). His name is No. 19 on the list of church members of the Church of Charlestown, MA, organized July 1630. In 1632, a majority of its members being on the Boston side of the Charles River, caused its removal and it became the First Church of Boston. On 2 Nov 1632 the members remaining organized a church in Charlestown, consisting of sixteen men and their wives. Among this number were John Hall and his wife Bethia. John and his family moved to Barnstable, Mass. in 1641, and later, about 1651, moved to Yarmouth, now called North Dennis, MA and resided on a farm of 147 acres in Conny Furlong, at Nobscusset. John took the freeman's oath on May 14, 1634. Besides farming, he also held a few offices: He was chosen a Surveyor of the Highways for Charlestown in 1639; Constable for Barnstable in 1647; Surveyor of Highways for Yarmouth in 1653; Selectman for Yarmouth, 1685. John died 23 July 1696 and was buried on his farm, in what is now commonly called Hall's Burying Ground. BETHIA, wife of John Hall, died at Yarmouth on 1 Feb 1683.
   JOHN, Charlestown, came 1630, it is thot. from Coventry, prob. in the fleet with Winth. being No. 19
   on the list of mem. of Boston ch. and one of the found. of that in Charlestown, with w. Bethia, in 1632; freem. 14 May 1691, had beside Samuel, Pollard, but d. perhaps late in 1694, at Yarmouth, without issue (as the wid. m. 27 Apr. 1699, Jeremiah Jones of the same, and his will of 7 Oct. 1693, names only w. Eliz. and brs. John, Joseph, Nathaniel, Gershom, William, Benjamin, and Elisha), John, bapt. 13 May 1638; Shebar, 9 Jan. 1640, both d. young; by w. Eliz. Larned had John, 21 Sept. 1645; Eliz. 4 Sept. 1647, d. soon; Eliz. again, 21 Nov. 1648; and he rem. to Barnstable and Yarmouth, where more ch. were b. No little confusion, after large scrutiny, exists as to the men of this name, so that it may be there was one John at Barnstable at the same time there was one at Charlestown, but it is not prob.; at least it is certain, that the ch. rec. of B. proves, that s. of John, there bapt. were Joseph, 3 July 1642; Benjamin, 14 July 1644, d. in few days; Nathaniel, 8 Feb. 1646; Gershom, 5 Mar. 1648; William, 8 June 1651; Benjamin, again, 29 May 1653; and Elisha. His will, of 15 July 1694, pro. 29 Aug. 1696, names the eight liv. s

Immigrated from England

Passenger on Winthrops Fleet

Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

Original Member Charlestown Church

Created will July 16, 1694 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA

Children of John and Bethia Hall:

01 (M): Samuel Hall

  Born: about 1636
  Died: 20 Jan 1694/95


02 (M): John Hall

  Christened: 13 May 1638
  Died: 14 Oct 1710


03 (M): Shebar Hall

  Christened: 09 Jan 1640/41
  Died: before 1650

04 (M): Joseph Hall

  Christened: 03 Jul 1642
  Died: 31 May 1716


05 (M): Benjamin Hall

  Born: 14 Jul 1644
  Died: 23 Jul 1644


06 (M): Nathaniel Hall

  Christened: 08 Feb 1646/47
  Died: Unknown


07 (M): Gershom Hall

  Christened: 05 Mar 1648/49
  Died: 31 Oct 1732


08 (M): William Hall

  Born: 05 Jun 1651               in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., MA 5
  Died: 11 Jun 1727               in Mansfield, Tolland Co., CT

Spouses: Hester Mathews

09 (M): Benjamin Hall

  Born: 1653
  Died: 07 Aug 1737


10 (M): Elisha Hall

  Born: 1655
  Died: Unknown


John Hall's will is dated 15 July 1694, and proved 29 August 1696 . He is buried on his farm.

<b>He is often confused with another John Hall who married Eliz Larned. He is also not the one who was from Whitechapel, London, son of Christopher Hall, and he was not the son of Pease Farmer & John Hall, as some have wrongfully stated.</b>


  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995) Vol II p 840 - 844
  • Anderson's Migration Begins (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2015).
  • See also The Great Migration 2 Vol2 p 1164 - 1166 "William Learned" dau Elizabeth m the other John Hall of Charlestown. This is a different family!!!
  • Jacobus, Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd


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John Hall, of Yarmouth's Timeline

June 27, 1610
Probably London, Middlesex, England
Age 19
Boston, MA
March 13, 1635
Age 24
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 12, 1638
Age 27
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 3, 1642
Age 32
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
February 8, 1646
Age 35
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
March 5, 1647
Age 36
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
May 29, 1653
Age 42
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
Age 44
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony