Biography of Andrew J. Hall of Byron, NY





Andrew J. Hall was born in Sodus, N. Y., about 1826. His father, Joseph Hall, settled in Rochester about 1828, and there invented the first cylinder threshing machine, the first one being a cylinder of hard wood, with hickory teeth. The concave was only a four-inch scantling, with teeth of the same kind, and driven by a rope that passed over a grooved pully attached to the cylinder. He continued improvements until he perfected his machines, and erected the Joseph Hall works in Rochester, and for 50 years his machine was the standard model for all implements of this kind built in the United States and Canada. Andrew J. Hall learned the trade of machinist in his father's manufactory, and remained there until the latter's death in 1865. In the spring of 1866 he removed to the farm, about a mile and a-half east of South Byron, where he now resides. In 1842 Mr. Hall married Mary A. Fitzpatrick, a native of Ennismon, Ontario, Canada, and they have three children, viz.: Minnie, (Mrs. Newman Culross), a widow, whose husband was of the firm of J. R. Culross & Co., manufacturers of the celebrated Cilross cracker; William T. a farmer with his father; and Joseph E., who also resides with his father.


FROM:
Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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