Joshua Hall: Birth: (Mid) 1739 in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut. Death: ABT 5 Feb 1781 in Inventory taken, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Burgess Hall: Birth: 4 Nov 1741 in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut. Death: 29 Aug 1806 in Southern Acres in Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Chittenden, Vermont
Joseph Hall: Birth: 1745 (76-1821) in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut. Death: 25 Aug 1821 in Old Turnpike Cemetery, Cambridge, Washington, New York
Mabel Hall: Death: AFT 1830 in Finne Cemetery (Destroyed), Pittstown, Rensselaer, New York
Note: orth of the 4 way intersection of Cross and Hwy and Church Hill Rd.
1708: Joshua Hall (son of Isaac) - Nov 21
1750: At the opening of the General Assembly at Hartford, May 10th, Judge Ebenezer Silliman and Colonel Andrew Burr were present as Assistants, and Captain John Read and Mr. David Rowland as deputies from Fairfield. Mr. Joshua Hall was commissioned ensign of the train-band of Reading, and Mr. Daniel Sherwood lieutenant, Daniel Burrit cornet, and Ezra Hawley quartermaster of the Fourth Regiment of the colony.*
1754: By May, 1754, there were two separate companies of militia in Redding - One (West militia) commanded by members of the Congregational society at Redding Center, the other (East militia) commanded by members of the Anglican society at Redding Ridge. West Militia Officers, 1754: Samuel Sanford, Captain; Daniel Hull, Lieutenant; John Read, Ensign. East Militia Officers, 1754: Joshua Hall, Captain; James Morgan, Lieutenant; Daniel Lyon, Ensign.
1754: The General Assembly met at Hartford, May 9th. Judge Ebenezer Silliman and Colonel Andrew Burr were present as Assistants, and Captain John Read and Captain Samuel Burr as deputies from Fairfield. Ebenezer Silliman was appointed one of the Judges of the Superior Court of the colony, and Colonel Andrew Burr Judge of the County and Probate Court of Fairfield. Mr. Joshua Hall was commissioned captain, Mr. James Morgan lieutenant, and Mr. Daniel Lyon ensign in the eastern train-band of the parish of Reading.*
Members of both companies served with British troops in the French and Indian War (Seven Year War). Redding and the War, 1775-1777 After the battles in Lexington and Concord, members of both militia's (East & West) again served together with The 10th Company, 5th Connecticut Regiment which joined other colonial militias for the Invasion of Canada in June/July 1775.
Early Christ Episcopalian Church records of Redding are missing...I believe the Hall records are/were in this church record after they disappeared from Congregational Records.
Records of marriages, baptisms and deaths of the Congregational Church close with 1780, and do not begin again until 1809, in the pastorate of the Rev. Daniel Crocker. The early parish records of Christ Episcopal Church are missing. The town record of vital statistics begins 1767, and ends in 1804. These records were kept in a fragmentary manner, the town clerk seemingly having invited the heads of families at various times to bring in for record a list of their children.
Read Stephen P McGrath...Connecticut Tory Towns: The loyalty struggle in Newtown ,Redding, Ridgefield
1775: Member of County Board-Committee of Safety-Disproven...made up for SAR app-by Henry Hall.
There were many who were not in sympathy with the American cause, but gave aid and allegiance to England. They were called Loyalists or Tories. Redding in the early years of the war was a hotbed of Toryism, and scattered through the town were many families who gave aid to British spies and plotters against the young republic. As a rule the Loyalists were persons of wealth and culture. Many were leaders in the communities where they lived. At the outbreak of the war, a Loyalist Association was formed in Redding, pledging allegiance to King George and Great Britain, drawing up a set of resolutions to that effect. Of the signers, 73 in number, 42 were freeholders (taxpayers) in the town. The names of these sympathizers and Loyalists were published by the Committee of Safety. Many were imprisoned and fined.
History of Redding Connecticut
Chapter VIII. The Redding Loyalist Association and the Loyalists.
For many years after the Revolution the term "Tory" was one of reproach, of approbrium; it conveyed not only reprobation, but detestation and contempt. Within the past few years, however, since the close of our own civil war, a kindlier feeling toward the men who were loyal to their king and country and did their duty as they saw it has obtained. As a rule the loyalists were men of culture, wealth, refinement, and leaders in their respective communities. In Redding at the outbreak of the struggle, they were very numerous, so many indeed, and of so much ability that they formed a "Reading Loyalist Association," and drew up a series of "Resolutions," which they sent to James Rivington's Gazetteer, the government organ in New York City, with a preamble as follows:
"Mr. Rivington: In the present critical situation of publick affairs, we, the subscribers, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the town of Reading and the adjoining parts in the County of Fairfield, and Colony of Connecticut, think it necessary (through the columns of your paper) to assure the publick that we are open enemies to any change in the present happy Constitution, and highly disapprove of all measures in any degree calculated to promote confusion and disorder; for which purpose and in order to avoid the general censure, incurred by a great part of this colony from the mode of conduct here adopted for the purpose of opposing the British Government, we have entered into the following resolves and agreements, viz:
First. Resolved, That while we enjoy the privileges and immunities of the British Constitution we will render all due obedience to his most Gracious Majesty King George the Third, and that a firm dependence on the Mother Country is essential to our political safety and happiness.
Second. Resolved, That the privileges and immunities of this Constitution are yet (in a good degree) continued to all his Majesty's American subjects, except those who, we conceive, have justly forfeited their right thereto.
Third. Resolved, That we supposed the Continental Congress was constituted for the purpose of restoring harmony between Great Britain and her colonies and removing the displeasure of his Majesty toward his American subjects, whereas on the contrary some of their resolutions appear to us immediately calculated to widen the present unhappy breach, counteract the first principles of civil society, and in a great degree abridge the privileges of their constituents.
Fourth. Resolved, That notwithstanding we will in all circumstances conduct with prudence and moderation we consider it an indispensable duty we owe to our King and Constitution, our Country and posterity, to defend, maintain and preserve at the risk of our lives and properties the prerogatives of the Crown, and the privileges of the subject from all attacks by any rebellious body of men, any Committees of Inspection, Correspondence, &c.
("Signed by one hundred and forty-one Inhabitants whose names are to be seen at the Printer's."--adds Rivington.)
The effect of this document on the patriots of Redding was like that of a red flag on a bull. They at once set to work to discover its signers and presently made public in a circular the entire list so far as they belonged in Redding. It was given out by the committee of Observation under this preamble:
"Whereas, There was a certain number of resolves published--and whereas said Resolves are injurious to the rights of this Colony, and breathe a spirit of enmity and opposition to the rights and liberties of all America and are in direct opposition to the Association of the Continental Congress: and notwithstanding said resolutions were come into with a (seeming) view to secure the said signers some extraordinary privileges and immunities, yet either through negligence in the printer or upon design of the subscribers, said signed names are not made publick--and now if there be any advantage in adopting those principles we are willing they should be entitled there to; and for which end and for the more effectual carrying into execution said Association we have taken some pains and by the assistance of him who carried said resolves to said Printer we have obtained the whole of said names. But as we mean not to publish the names of any except those who belong to said Reading, their names are as follows:
David Knap, Andrew Knap, Daniel Lyon, Nehemiah Seelye, Jr. Stephen Lacy, James Adams, Zaccheus Morehouse, Ephraim Whitlock, Jabez Lyon, Prince Hawse, Andrew Patchen, Ezekiel Hill, David Manrow, Obed Hendrix, Isaac Platt, Enos Lee, John Lee, Nathaniel Barlow, Asael Patchen, Benjamin Sturgis, Ebenezer Sturgis, William Lee, Seth Banks, David Turney, John Sanford, Daniel Morehouse, Ephraim Deforest, Lazarus Beach, Seth Hull, Hezekiah Platt, Zebulon Platt, Timothy Platt, Lazarus Wheeler, Joshua Hall, Jonathan Knap, James Gray, Peter Lyon, John Drew, John Lyon, John Mallery, John Raymond, Eli Lyon, Enos Wheeler, David Crowfoot, Thomas Munson, Nehemiah Seely, Charles McNeil, Stephen Betts, Ephraim Meeker, John Layne, Jonathan Meeker, Samuel Hawley, Jonathan Mallery, Jr. John Seymour, Jesse Bearsele, Darling Gyer, Ebenezer Williams, Paul Bartram, John Gyer, Abel Burr, Shubael Bennett, John Picket, John Picket, Jr., James Morgan, Nathaniel Gyer, Asa Norton, Eleazur Olmstead, Isaac Bunnell, Thaddeus Manrow, Joseph Gyer, John Sherwood, Simeon Munger, Joseph Burr.
Betts. (Neighbor of Joshua) Lieutenant Stephen Betts, a prominent character in the Revolution, lived on Redding Ridge, in a house that stood on the corner, nearly opposite the former residence of Francis A. Sanford. He was an active Whig, and was taken prisoner by the British on their march to Danbury in 1777. He had a son Daniel, and two or three daughters, of whom I have no record. His son Daniel was a merchant for a while on Redding Ridge and then removed to New Haven, where some of his children are now living.
Opposite Christ Episcopal Church is a weathered, twin-chimneyed Colonial, now owned by the Dysons, circa 1746, and built by Stephen Betts as a tavern for coach stops. During the American Revolution, Captain Betts with William Heron, a neighbor, and General Parsons, who lived there during the troops' stay at Putnam Park, together formed a unique spy ring for General George Washington. This spy ring proved so successful that General Tryon of the British army tried to capture Captain Betts, who escaped by a concealed staircase to the cellar of his home and on horseback sped through the "Hollow" to Newtown. Later he was captured and imprisoned in New York.
Disproved connection...prob Hull...At an early day, nearly the entire district of Couch's Hill was purchased by Mr. Simon Couch, of Fairfield, who gave his name to the district purchased. His wife was Abigail Hall, a member of a notable Fairfield family. His will, dated March 2d, 1712-13, is still in the possession of the heirs of Mr. Nash Couch, of Couch's Hill, who was a lineal descendant. In this will he gives his "Negro man Jack" and "negro maid Jinne" to his wife, in addition to other bequests. His children mentioned in the will were: Simon, Jr., Thomas, Abigail, Hannah, Sarah, Isabel, and Deborah. Thomas was lost at sea while on a voyage to England. Simon settled on his father's estate in Redding; married, January 27th, 1753, Rebecca, daughter of Captain Thomas Nash, of Fairfield. Their children, as given in the genealogy of the Nash family, were: Abigail, baptized February 10th, 1754, died young; Simon, born May 18th, 1755, settled at Green's Farms; Thomas Nash born April 18th, 1758, settled in Redding; Rebecca, born January 31st, 1761; Abigail, baptized January 27th, 1765; Lydia, born October 20th, 1767. Deacon Simon Couch died April 25th, 1809.
Note: Based on land deeds, Joshua lived on the west side of what is now Black Rock Turnpike, just n
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