Notes on Corporal David Hall

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Sheri J. West swestfamily@juno.com 2002-10-30 10:27:50
I have a letter from the State of Connecticut Adjataut(?) Generals Office: This is to certify that David Hall served in the war of the Revolution and the following is said service according to the records of this office. On page 422 "Conn Men in the Reveolution" appears the following - Corporal David Hall probably belonged to Captain Beebee's Company in Colonel Bradley's regiment taken prisoner. Died Dec 11th 1776. In the list of men taken prisoners in Colonel Bradleys regiment. In testimony whereof we have affixed here to the seal of this office. By E.J. Lunders

Here is a letter that I found containing information on David Hall ()is other info I have that is not in the letter:
David Hall, Revolutionary ancestor, married Mehitable Tichnor. He died in a British prison near New York. Left two children, Hannah and John. Hannah (B:12-27-1770 D:5-4-1847) married William Parks (B:3-6-1765 D:7-19-1846). Sally (B: 3-31-1793 D: 9-24-1855), Joseph, David (D:1846 married Martha B:10-7-1820 D:4-4-1908) and others were their children (22 in all). Sally married Daniel Krum (B: 9-15-1796 D: 2-17-1875 M:10-20-1816). Jane (B:9-12-1831), Hannah (B:7-28-1819 D:6-18-1900), Delia (B:2-17-1822 D:10-12-1891), Herman (B:2-23-1833) and others were their children (Mary B:7-19-1817 D: 2-18-1900, Benjamin (B:10-20-1824 D:8-18-1848, Billings (B:7-20-1827 D:9-23-1829, and Eunice (B:11-29-1829 D:12-12-1891. Jane married Samuel S. Purvis. They had four children (Florence B:12-1-1858 D:1-20-1950, Estella, Alwelda, and May). Arthur Parks was senator of the middle district from 1777 to 1788. William Parks was member of the assembly for Sullivan and Ulster Counties in 1816.
Parksville is named after William and David Parks. They gave a plot of ground for the Babtist Church and cemetery.
In his old age William moved to Harwarsing, Ulster County, although he was still strongly attached to the village which bore his name. In 1845, when he was four score, he made a visit to K. Parksville and , feeling unwell on reaching his old home, he remarked that he had come back to die and be buried where he had lived so long. His words were prophetic for he lived only about a week after he uttered them.
The father of Samuel Purvis, James Purvis was brought to this country when an infant by his parents who migrated from England.
Some of the family settled in the south, some in New York City and others in Sullivan County, New York, where they remained thru life.
Their place was called Purvis for many years until the Ontario and Western RR was built across the property of Dr. Livingston, when the name was changed to Livingston Manor.
James Purvis, so 'tis said, was a handsome man, six feet in height. His son, Samuel, was also very tall.
James married Abagail Jackson from Litchfield, Conn. Samuel, James, Thomas and others were their children.
Samuel and James paid the mortgage on their parents' farm before going into business for themselves. Samuel used to go on rafts of logs down the river to Philadelphia. He accepted a position with Hammond Bros. who owned one of the largest tannies in the state at DeBruce as outside overseer, remained eight years and them became a partner of Peter Millspaugh in the lumber business at Woolseyville. A few years later he formed a partnership with H.J. Barles in the mercantile business at Liberty, NY, where he remained until 1886 when he sold out, retired and moved to Middletown, NY.
James Purvis was notified a number of times that there was money in the Bank of England for the Purvis family but in those days few people made the voyage and he never made any effort to get it.

I found this letter from David dated October 7, 1776:
Dear wife. I now having an opportunity to write a few lines to you. i would inform you that through the goodness of God I am still in a good state of health. I should be glad to hear such news from you but it is what I don't expect. I should be glad to hear that you and the children is got better than you was when I heard from you but I tremble for fear that I shall hear you are worse - I sent you a letter a few days ago by Mr. Smith but I can't be contented without writing every opportunity that I have. I hope you would do the same by me. I want to hear from you now more than common - Lent Mason and Mr. Mackneel is here now they came by our house last Thursday but they could not give any account about you - we moved out of Bergen night before last. I suppose the enemy are in position of Bergen town now. We are in the same place now where we was before we went to Bergen when we shall go next or where I know not - tell Neighbour Swan I received his letter day before yesterday dated September 17 it did not get to me til then. I understand he remains unwell yet I return him many thanks for taking the pains to write to me. I hear it remains very sickly and sorowful times in Litchfield. We very often hear bad news from there - God's judgements in the land seems to call alound for a universal repentence and amendment. Please to give my regards to father and mother and all friends. I send my love to you and my poor children if they are living. No more at present but remain your affectinate companion. David Hall. I did hear mr. Higins was sick but I don't know how that is. I want to hear more about it.

Another letter from David dated October 15, 1776:
Dear wife and loving children, My kind regards to you. I would inform you that through the goodness of god I am in good health and am as well as ever I was in my life. I have been very uneasy about you. I heard you have all been very sick, but Mr. Dickason tells me that you are got to be comfortable which news I rejoice to hear. I hope you may be favored with health. I understand it has been very sickly in Litchfield this summer and a great many died. I hear John Landon has lost three of his children. I hope it will please the Lord to preserve our lives and health that we may see one another again. The time begins to grow short that we have to stay here. I had a very fine cheese sent to me by Mr. Higins, it is worth more than a dollar here. I sent Mr. Higins a letter but I still remember him in this letter and return him many thanks for his kindness - I send some fish hooks by David Dickason to john and Hannah which their little cousin Jehial James sent them from Newark. You must let the boy have two of them for carring. You must not expect letters from me so often as you have had for paper and ink is very scarce. No more at present but still remain you afectinate husband. David Hall. I would have you send to me once in while if you can I want hear about afairs at home. The post comes once a fort night. He is obliged to carry leters for me both ways. I have paid him he takes Litchfield letters at Mr. Stantons