Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cabinet Photo of Mrs. Isabell Hall, Owls Head, Maine

Cabinet photo taken by the Chamberlain at the Vine Studio, Medfield, Massachusetts, of Mrs. Isabell Hall, Owls, Head, Maine.

Researching online to ferret out the identify of Mrs. Isabell Hall, I found the 1870 Census for Rockland, Maine, with an Isabel Hall living with husband John F. Hall, a carriage maker.  This Isabel was born in Maine about 1843.  Whether she is the lady in the photograph, I have no idea, but Rockland is near Owls Head. 

 There was a 2 year old Benjamin living with them, possibly their child, and 18 year old Gilbert Hall, who worked in a carriage shop.  In other sources, I found that John Frederick and his wife Isabell had a son named Benjamin C. and that John Frederick Hall had a younger brother named Isaac Gilbert Hall, born about 1850.

Assuming I have the correct Isabel/Isabell/Isabella - and hopefully someone will come to my rescue if I am wrong - Isabelle (Burton) Hall was born about 1843, possibly in Union, Maine, the daughter of Church Burton and possibly his wife Ann (Lewis?) Burton.  Isabell's paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Lowly or Lola (Jameson) Burton.  I'd like to know more about Isabell's mother Ann and her grandparents.

Isabell Burton married John Frederick Hall, or Frederick John Hall, as I also found his name, a carriage maker in Rockland.  He was born 21 September 1840 in either Waldoboro or Rockland, Maine, the son of Isaac and Sarah (Hahn) Hall.   His paternal grandparents were John and Olive (Tolman) Hall.  I'd like to know more about his mother Sarah and her parents.

Isabell had two children, Benjamin C. and Addie E., with her husband John Frederick Hall, before her untimely death in February of 1876.   

If this is the Isabell in the photograph, then the photograph would have to predate February 1876, and she would have had to make a trip to the Boston area at some point, for the photograph to be taken in Medfield, Massachusetts.  Coastal travel between Rockland and Boston in those days was nothing out of the ordinary.

John Frederick Hall went on to marry two more times.  He and his second wife, Rosa Augusta Peterson had a son, Clarence F., born in 1881.  Rosa Augusta also died an untimely death, in 1883, of typhoid pneumonia.  John then married Mary C. Smith and had a daughter Edna Porter Hall in 1889.  

On 1 November 1897 in Rockland, John suffered a fatal injury in an accident.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented here, or if you feel that the woman pictured is another Isabell Hall entirely, please leave a comment or contact me directly.   Thanks!

For more information on Isabell Burton and John Frederick Hall, see their page at Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy.

A map of Rockland, Maine:

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