THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  LIBERTY HALL, a practical farmer and stock-raiser, resident in Smithfield, N.Y., nearly seventy years, was born December 19, 1814, in Vermont, son of Newell and Sophia (Stockwell) Hall, natives of Massachusetts, but then residents of the Green Mountain State. The name given to the child in those early days of American independence is a sufficient indication of the political principles of the family. Hence the reader will not be surprised to learn that far back in the Revolution the grandfather was a soldier of Massachusetts, his native State. After the war he was a farmer, and died there, when seventy years of age. Newell Hall, one of the five children of this patriot, was born, reared, and married in Massachusetts, and moved from there to Vermont, where he owned and cultivated a farm. In 1824 he sold that land, and, moving to Madison County, New York settled in Smithfield, where the subject of this sketch now lives. The farm was one of the finest and first cultivated in the vicinity, as a tract of timber land having been once owned by Judge Smith and cleared by Mr. Jonas Cleveland. When Newell Hall came to this part of the country, he travelled on foot, viewing the land, and, being pleased with this farm, bought it, paying for half of it in cotton and woollen goods and horses and farming implements. It consisted of one hundred and thirty acres of land; and, although some of it had been broken by the plough, bears and Indians were nearer neighbors than any white settlers. Mr. Hall moved his family to this farm, making the journey all the way from Vermont by team. O the three sons born to him, only one lives now--he whose name heads this sketch. Those who died were: Palmer, at the age of sixty-four; and Albert, aged thirty. Newell Hall was seventy-two years of age when he died, and his wife was eighty-two. He was well known and esteemed in his vicinity. In politics he was a Democrat.
  Liberty Hall came to the town of Smithfield when he was but ten years of age. He remained on his father's farm, and attended the district school in his boyhood, obtaining a fair education. After marriage he managed the old farm on shares ,for about six years, removing at the end of that period to the farm of his father-in-law, in the town of Nelson, where he stayed three years. He then bought a place of sixty acres in Smithfield, which he afterward sold. He now owns his father's old home farm and other land, making in all about two hundred and fifty-four acres. He has given special attention to the raising of sheep, horses, and cows, and has a very fine dairy. He married in 1836 Miss Lydia Cutler, who was born in the town of Nelson. Her father was Frazier Cutler, one of the early settlers of that town, who went there with his few belongings by ox-team. He was then considered an old bachelor, but shortly after arriving in Nelson was captivated by a charming young lady of the place, and married her. He died in the village of Eaton, aged eighty-two years.
There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hall; but only one is living, a daughter, Jeanette, wife of Henry Isaacs, a resident of the village of Peterboro. A son, Newell, died at the age of fourteen years; and Clark, the other son, at the age of thirty-two years. His widow and daughter, Flossie, the only grandchild in the family, reside with his father. Mrs. Hall died at the age of seventy-two, October, 1891.
    Liberty Hall is one of the progressive and influential citizens of the county, and both in farming and stock-raising has been eminently successful. He gives much attention to modern improvements, and the prime condition of his buildings and his cattle attests his good husbandry.
In his political opinions Mr. Hall takes sides with the Democratic party, and has been. elected to several offices, but never cared sufficiently about the honor to even qualify for them.

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