JESSE WILSON HALL, a prominent resident and leading jeweller of Cazenovia, where he has been engaged in business for the last twenty-three years, was born in New Berlin, Chenango County, N.Y.,
November 5, 1850. His father, also named Jesse W., was born in the town of Brookfield, Madison County, in 1810, and died in Cazenovia in 1874.
He was the son of Stephen Russell Hall of the town of Dracut, Middlesex County, Mass., who was born in 1766, and married Hannah Wilson, of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She was born in 1768, and was the daughter of Jesse Wilson, a son of Nathaniel. Stephen Russell Hall was converted to the Methodist faith about 1792; and his father, Ephraim Hall, a devout Baptist, was so displeased with his son's apostasy that he discarded him. The latter removed to New Hampshire, and in 1803 to Brookfield, Madison County, N.Y., removing by team, and bringing with him his wife and family, which at the time he left Massachusetts consisted of six children. Three other children were afterward born to them. Four sons and three daughters attained maturity, of whom Jesse W., the father of our subject, was the youngest.
Soon after reaching his majority, Jesse W. Hall married Barbara T. Clarke, of Brookfield, a daughter of James and Sarah (Boone) Clarke, both of New Hampshire, and the former of whom was a farmer by occupation, and came to Brookfield with his wife about 1808, settling on Clarke Hill. The father of
James Clarke was also named James, and the maiden name of his wife was Barbara Tillinghast. The marriage of Jesse W. Hall and Barbara T. Clarke occurred in Brookfield in 1832, where he followed his trade of carpenter and millwright for some years, and then moved to New Berlin, where Mrs. Hall died
in 1854. Mr. Hall was again married, to Hannah (Brightman) Woodward, widow of Asa Woodward of Brookfield; and in 1858 they removed to Cazenovia, where for eight years, he was steward of the Cazenovia Seminary. Her death occurred September 3, 1893, at her home in Cazenovia, when in her seventy-third year. She had resided in Cazenovia thirty-five years, and for two years before her death had been an invalid. She left many friends, and was much esteemed as an earnest and sincere Christian woman.
Jesse W. Hall is one of three surviving children, a brother, Ephraim Hall, having met his death by drowning at Fitch's Dam, when nineteen years of age. The other two children are: Lovisa, wife of William Ross,
of Broome County; and Sarah Jane, wife of Rev. L. C. Queal, D.D., a prominent minister of the Methodist Episcopal church. Our subject received a good education at the Cazenovia Seminary, and in 1869, when in his nineteenth year, began to learn the jeweller's trade with John Greenland, for whom he worked one year, and then six years for W. H. Cruttenden. He resided in Sherburne one year, and in 1878 bought out the estate of John Greenland, then deceased. In his store, which he purchased in 1882, he has done a large and increasing business; for, although crippled in body since a child, he is possessed of intellectual abilities of a high order, is sagacious and enterprising in business matters, and an expert workman at his trade. In fraternal matters he is an Odd Fellow in high standing, and in politics a Republican. That he enjoys the confidence and respect of his fellow-townsmen is attested by the fact that he has served as Town Clerk for fifteen consecutive years.
In 1880 Mr. Hall was married to Miss Lucy Nichols Bailey, daughter of Lewis and Mariette (Nichols) Bailey, both of Onondaga County. Lewis Bailey was born in Albany County, and died in Syracuse in 1860, when in the prime of life. His widow still survives, at the age of sixty-nine, and is active and strong for her years. She resides with Mr. and Mrs. Hall. Mr. Hall is one of the successful and representative business men of Cazenovia; and both he and his estimable wife deservedly hold a high place in the regard of their fellow-citizens, and have the good will of all in the community in which their lot is cast.
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