Eleven years ago a tablet to the memory of Medford
's captain of Minute Men was erected at the historic spot where Revere
aroused him on the original Patriots' Day. In a later issue of the Register (Vol.
VIII, page 100) appeared the address of Mr. Hall Gleason
before the Historical Society prior to the erection of this memorial by the Sons of the Revolution, and also a copy of the inscription thereon.
In that address, 1789 is named as the year in which Captain Hall
died, once directly and [p. 61]
The accuracy of this remained unquestioned for several years, till early in 1911 a communication from Kansas
, addressed to the Historical Society, came into our hands, which we now present:—
On page 100, Vol VIII, of the Historical Register
, appears an article by Mr. Hall Gleason
By some inexplicable means this communication was mislaid and forgotten and has but recently come to light.
It conflicts with Mr. Gleason
's statement in but one particular, that of the date of Captain Hall
's death, but adds interesting facts of the later days of both CaptainHall
and Mrs. Hall
We find in ‘Halls of New England
,’ by ‘Rev. David B. Hall, A. M.
, Duanesburg, N. Y.
, 1883,’ the date of death November 24, 1789.
The above work was shown us by Mrs. Annie
and is doubtless the basis of Mr. Hall Gleason
By the courtesy, also, of Mrs. Gleason
, we have examined the old family Bible in which are recorded the marriage of Andrew Hall and Abigail Walker
, and the births and deaths of their large family.
This Bible record is, ‘Isaac Hall born January 24, 1739 died November 24, 1805.’
Just what reason Mr. Stimpson
may have had for assigning the 13th as the day of death, when that diary record he quotes from is 24th, we fail to know.
Perhaps he made an error in copying, as it is evident that Rev. Mr. Hall
did. As both diary and Bible records agree it would appear that the correct date is November 24, 1805.
We have written to our correspondent a note of apology, and insert this as tardy justice to him, and of interest to the Register
In the thirty years that Captain Hall
lived after his march to Lexington
he saw the beginnings of national life, but the one hundred and eleven since his passing we will not try to compare.