I was on the Fulton
History website (over 51 million old newspapers are scanned and available
on this free site) trying to locate information about my husband’s 2nd
great grandfather. I came up empty on
Then I thought, why not see if there is anything for my
husband’s great grandfather, Thomas C. Hall.
This is a record I have looked for in the past, but never
located. Perhaps I never looked on this
website or maybe it wasn’t yet available.
Either way, I have it now and here it is.
(Please click on any image to enlarge it)
|Obituary published in the Albany Evening Journal, 20 Jan 1897, page 6
This particular obituary is a bonanza of genealogical information.
Here is my transcription. The words I had difficulty reading are
indicated with an underline.
Cornelius Hall whose sudden illness from apoplexy was reported yesterday,
succumbed to the stroke ten hours later.
Mr. Hall never rallied. He was born in Elisabeth, N.J. and was 52 years
of age. His father was the Rev. George Hall, a Congregational divine, whose
parents were among the first settlers of Keene, N.H. Mr. Hall went to Saratoga
in 1870 and has since resided there. He married Miss Cora E. Brown February 5,
1877, and is survived by her and one son, Charles S. Hall. He also leaves two
sisters, Mrs. A. A. Smith of Irvington, Iowa and Miss Emma Griffing of Hampton,
Miss. Mr. Hall was a veteran of the late war having served with Company C One
Hundred and Second New York Volunteers. When he entered the service he was not
old enough to enlist. Mr. Hall was employed by W.H. Granger as baggage express
messenger. He was at the time connected with the _____Journal. He was a
communicant of Bethesda Episcopal
church and a member of it's choir.
Most of the information
in this obituary are things I already knew about Thomas’ family. However, this can be added as yet another
source. And, there were things I didn’t
know such as which company he worked for and his church affiliation and singing
in the church choir.
I have sent the church
an email asking what records they might have pertaining to Thomas & Cora
Obituaries are such
incredible sources of information for us as family historians. I’m saddened to think of future genealogists,
as the tradition of families having obituaries published is fading from our
obituaries have you located that have given you treasures of information. I’d love to hear about them.
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