OWNER OF THE BIBLE PAGES
The following pages from two Hall bibles were kindly provided to me by
Charlotte Ruffner of VA, a descendant of Wm Henry Hall (1846-1931), on
Feb. 20, 2005. The original pages are in her scrapbook and have been
removed from two family bibles. The information in the first three
categories listed -Births, Marriages, and Deaths-is from one bible. The
2nd Deaths listing and the Memoranda section are both from a 2nd bible.
We don't know when the information was recorded or by whom. I suspect
the maiden Hall sisters, Carrie and Hattie, did the recording and
perhaps Wm. Henry Hall’s daughter, Carrie Melissa, or his wife Annie
was the third recorder. I have a sample of William Henry Hall's
signature and it does not match any of the recorders.
NOTES on BIRTHS: The handwriting for Rosaline (daughter of William and
Margaret T Caswell), and the following children - George Washington,,
Harriett Ann, Henry Clay, William Henry, John Harvey and Sarah
Lucretia is the same (recorder #1). The record for Caroline Wearing and
Benjamin Franklin is by a 2nd recorder. The record for Harriet M.
Caswell is by a third recorder - added later - who obviously made a
mistake, as the incomplete date of 185_ makes clear.
I also note that the original Christ Church, New Bern baptism record
clearly has Rosaline T. Caswell rather than Rosaline M. Caswell. My
final observation is that Harriet M. Caswell died June 10, 1862 and her
three nieces had her will from her death until 1886 when it was
probated. Harriet A., and Caroline Hall, and Sarah Hall Miller appeared
for probate and Harriet declared that the will had been in her
possession. Recorder # 3, who made the Harriet M. error, was obviously
not aware of Harriet M. Caswell's birth date.
NOTES on DEATHS: The record for Henry C. and John Harvey is done by
The record for Benjamin Franklin is done by recorder #2.
NOTES on Marriages: Purnell and Rosaline's parents and marriage date is
written by recorder #1.
Sarah and Richard Miller's marriage is done in blue ink by a fourth
BIBLE # 1
Rosaline M. Caswell daughter of William L. & Margaret T. Caswell was
born 25th day of December A.D. 1817.
Geo. Washington Hall son of Purnell & Rosaline M. Hall was born April
Harriet Ann Edwards Hall daughter of Purnell and Rosaline M. Hall was
born May 25th A.D. 1842
Henry C. Hall son of Purnell and Rosaline M. Hall was born January 11th
William Henry Clay Hall son of Purnell & Rosaline M. Hall was born
August 11th A.D. 1846
Caroline Wearing Hall daughter of Purnell and Rosaline M. Hall was born
Nov.17 A.D. 1848
Benjamin Franklin Hall Son of Purnell & rosaline M. Hall was born 9th
day of September A.D. 1850
John Harvey Hall son of Purnell & Rosaline M. Hall was born Monday
April 16th at 8 O Clock A.M.
Sarah Lucretia Hall daughter of Purnell & Rosaline M. Hall was born
Monday april 16th at 8 O clock A.M.
Harriet M. Caswell was born Friday September 20th 185 *
Purnell Hall and Rosaline M. Caswell were married by Geo. W. Dixon,
Esq. July 13th A.D. 1839.
Richard A. Miller and Sarah L. Hall were joined together in holly
wedlock on the 19 of November 1873 by the Rev. William T. Speake
*holy is misspelled in the record.
Henry C. Hall son of Purnell & Rosaline M. Hall departed this life
January 19th A.D. 1844 Age 8 days
Benjamin Franklin Hall Son of Purnell & Rosaline Hall departed this
life September 14.A.D. 1850 Aged 5 Days.
John Harvey Hall son of Purnell & Rosaline Hall died Saturday June 30
1854 at 7 O' clock P.M. & was buried nest day at 5 O'clock P.M.
DEATHS (The decorative border on this page and the Memoranda page is
different from the border on the other pages)
Sarah Lucretia Hall, departed this life at twenty minutes past seven
Sunday morning the seventh day of January in the year of our lord one
thousand eight hundred and eighty five.
Hattie A. Hall died Wed. May 18 at 5 minutes past three p.m. Born May
25, 1842 died May 18, 1910.
Wm. H. Hall died Friday, December 11, 1931 at 1:15 p.m. Age 85 years.
Wm. Purnell Hall died Friday Aug.9, 1940 at 6:10 p.m. Age 62 years
Carrie M. Hall died Monday, July 15, 1942 at 8:15 a.m. age 62 years.
William H. Hall born Aug. 4th, 1846, married October 25th 1876 to Annie
Adams Born January 9th, 1850
Carrie M. Hall was baptized Sunday, May 3rd 1903 at Grace Baptist
Church by Rev. W.H. Baylor