Biography of Giles Jackson Hall
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Hall, Giles Jackson, Potsdam, was born in the town of Louisville, now Norfolk, March 7, 1811. The father of our subject, Erastus, was a native of Berkshire county, Mass., born April 7, 1786. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth Jackson, was the daughter of Giles Jackson, who while on General Gates' staff as chief drew up the articles of capitulation of General Burgoyne to General Gates at Saratoga, October 16, 1777. Erastus Hall was the father of seven children, four of whon, are living: Hezekiah B., of Norwood; Anson S., a fanner of Norfolk; Thomas S., a ranchman of Los Angeles, Cal., and Giles J. Erastus emigrated to St. Lawrence county in 1808, and took up a tract of land in the town of Norfolk, where he reared his family and spent his whole life, At the time of his death, March 28, 1869, he was the owner of 600 or 700 acres of land. He held the agency for the wild lands of Louisville and Norfolk from 1824 up to within a short time of his death. Mrs. Jill died in March, 1859. The early life of our subject was spent on the farm of his birth, He was educated in the common schools and old St. Lawrence Academy, and assisted on the farm until 1829, when he went to Massena and was engaged in the store of Benjamin Phillips and Phillips & Andrews until the spring of 1833, when he returned to Norfolk and engaged in mercantile business and the manufacturing of lumber until 1872. During these years in his native town, Mr. Hall was interested in the erection of many of the principal buildings of the village of Raymondville. Among them is the grist mill, store and dwelling house and saw-mill, which are still standing. A portion of the other buildings have been carried away by flood. Mr. Hall was and is now a Democrat, and has held the office of supervisor three years. In 1872 Mr. Hall moved to the village of Norwood, where he lives retired. He married in 1842 Wealthy P., daughter of H. G. Munson, of Potsdam, and they had one son, Charles E., a farmer of Potsdam. Mrs. Hall died July 9, 1886. October 10, 1861 Thomas S. Hall, brother of our subject, enrolled in Co. K, 92d Regt., New York State Inf., Vols. In January, 1862, he was commissioned captain of said company, subsequently promoted major of said regiment, serving as such through the Peninsular campaign under Gen. Geo. B. MeClelland, participating in many engagements that occurred from Newport News in April to Harrison's Landing, where they arrived in August, 1862, at which time the regiment was transferred to Southern Virginia, and afterwards to North Carolina. Subsequently, and in August, 1863, Major Hall was commissioned colonel of said regiment, holding the office to the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge therefrom. The losses of the Ninety second regiment, then under the command of Major Hall, at the battle of Fair Oaks, was nearly one half of the number engaged.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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