Biography of John O. Hall
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Hall, John O., was born in Nashua, N. H., in 1836, and his ancestors were all natives of New Hampshire. His father's name was Benjamin P. Hall, born in New Hampshire in 1813, and in 1840 moved to Utica, where he held a number of offices and served one term as sheriff of Oneida county. He was instrumental in bringing to justice two noted incendiaries, Conklin and Orcutt, both of whom he arrested, and saw one hung, (Conklin), and Orcutt sent to Auburn prison. Mr. Hall died about 1853. Caroline (Linscott) Hall, mother of John, was born in New Hampshire in 1814, and died in 1856. Benjamin P. and Caroline Hall had four children: Charles, who lived but two years; Georgiana, born in 1840, died about 1846; John O., and Arabelle, who was born in 1846. John O. Hall was educated in Utica and came to Somerset in 1855, where he wárked on a farm until the breaking out of the rebellion. He enlisted in Company D, 8th N. Y. Artillery Volunteers at Lockport, and was there mustered into the United States service. He was in six engagements as follows: Aqula Creek, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Hanover. At Petersburg he was struck in the ankle joint by a Minnie ball, and the leg was afterward amputated three inches below the knee joint. He is a member of Veteran Post No. 5, G. A. R, Department of Ohio. John O. Hall was married at Somerset, in 1857, to Elizabeth Joyce, who was born in Genesee county in 1852, and died in Ridgeway, in 1877. They were the parents of two children: Cora A., born in 1859, in Leroy, Genesee county, married Eugene Howland, of Somerset, and they have two children (Lena and Addie who reside in Somerset); Emma E., born in 1861, married Elbert D. Barlow, of Ridgeway, reside in Gaines, and have two children, (Ada E. and Eunice B.). Mr. Hall entered the Soldiers' Home at Dayton, Ohio, in 1878, and was assistant postmaster two years, and was then promoted to chief of police of the Home for nearly two years. In 1881 he returned to Ridgeway, where he married Lurinda Chase of that town. In 1883 he and wife removed to the town of Gaines, where they now reside. Mr. Hall was five times elected to the office of town clerk of Gaines and was postmaster four years under the administration of President Harrison.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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