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Hall family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hall family.
Creator: Hall, Philander, 1789-1823.
Creator: Hall, Stephen.
Title: Hall family papers
Dates: 1796-1820
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1405

Biographical/Historical Note

Stephen and Lucy Cook Hall lived in Lebanon, New York. In 1811, Stephen, a doctor, left for Savannah, Georgia, hoping to start a lucrative business. In 1812 he returned to New York, sold his business and property there, and moved his wife back to Savannah with him. Their son, Philander Hall (1789-1823) married Harriet Betts (1785-1817) on September 26, 1811. He moved to Savannah in 1813, joining his father's business (he was also a doctor). Philander continued to travel between New York and Savannah throughout the 1810s and 1820s. He created a new form of the water wheel. In 1817, Stephen Hall traveled to Liverpool, England, where he continued his business practice, while keeping his practice in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of the personal papers of Stephen, Lucy, Philander, and Harriet Hall. Included are correspondence, a recipe, deeds, indentures, Stephen Hall's passport of 1817 declaring him a citizen of the United States and allowing him to travel to Liverpool (England), and Stephen Hall's travel journal entries from this time. Also included is Philander Hall's patent on his version of the water wheel. Most of the correspondence was written to and from these four members of the Hall family as they traveled between New York and Savannah. Subjects include Stephen Hall's homesickness after first arriving in Savannah, family news, and the passing of Philander's wife, Harriet, in New York. The majority of the papers date to the 1810s and 1820s.

This collection was microfilmed for Everest D. Haight of New York by Yale University in 1959.

Index Terms

England--Description and travel.
Hall family.
Hall, Philander, 1789-1823.
Hall, Stephen.
Letters (correspondence)

Location of Originals

Originals in the possession of Everest D. Haight of New York in 1959.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Hall family papers, MS 1405, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-1405-01. Hall family papers, 1796-1820