Saturday, July 2, 2016


This photo is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and is considered public domain

A letter from my husband’s 4th great granduncle to George Washington! 
What a fantastic find this was on the weekend that we celebrate the independence of our country and remember our founding fathers.

Let me give full credit to the Facebook group Hall Families of New England.  And to Cheryl Hall who shared this find with all of us in the group.

Dr. Jeremiah Hall is my husband’s 4th great granduncle.  He is the son of Capt. Jeremiah Hall & Dorothy Hill.
Dr. Hall was born 11 Jun 1722 in Wrentham, Colonial Massachusetts.  He married Elizabeth Bailey in 1748.  My husband Ron is a direct descendant of Dr. Jeremiah Hall’s brother, Jesse Hall.

I wrote about Dr. Jeremiah Hall & his wife Elizabeth Bailey Hall on October 27th, last year.  You can read that post here Tombstone Tuesday - Dr. Jeremiah Hall – Massachusetts

Apparently, Dr. Jeremiah Hall was a member of the Provincial Congress and General Court and became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Plymouth County militia in 1776.

Force, American Archives, 4th ser., 3:1378.
Jeremiah Hall (1722–1807), a physician from Pembroke, Mass., served in the provincial congress and general court and became a lieutenant colonel in the Plymouth County militia in 1776.
Here is a screen shot of the page from the National Archives site, with partial redaction for copyright purposes.  You may read the entire letter by going to this site To George Washington from Jeremiah Hall, 6 November 1775
jeremiah hall ltr_redacted
Here’s a little bit about the Massachusetts Provincial Congress from Wikipedia.

Dr. Hall & his wife Elizabeth had 7 known children: Dorothy, Lawrentia, Lucretia, Jeremiah Jr., Bailey, Sarah and Lucinda.

Could you be descended from any of them?  If so, please contact me, I’d love to hear from you.

More references to our Dr. Jeremiah Hall can be found as follows:

A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover, Mass with Family Genealogies by John Stetson Barry, published 1853

North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

What connections do you have to our founding fathers?  I’m still searching for any ancestral connections to them, and will let you know when I find one.

Enjoy celebrating our countries independence this weekend.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall


  1. According to my records, Dr. Jeremiah Hall was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, as were his siblings with the possible exception of the youngest.

    1. Lorraine - Thank you for your comment. I checked my database and it looks like the last time I worked on this family was Dec 2011. I have the birth place for Dr. Jeremiah and all his siblings, except Jesse, born in Medfield. I will be looking at records today to see what I can find. I always appreciate any input and welcome new information that is different than my own. If I find that I'm incorrect, I will change this post to reflect the new information.
      Again, thank you for your comment.

    2. Lorraine - I have located the Wrentham birth records and have made the changes to both this post and the previous one about Dr. Jeremiah Hall. Thank you so much for letting me know.

  2. Fascinating post, thank you for sharing it.

    1. Thanks Bernita. These are always fun finds for us as genealogists.

  3. Diane,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!


I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.