Facts and Events
Came to New England in the 1630s and settled at Cambridge, MA, then moved to Roxbury, later to Hartford, CT about 1640, the same time as his future son-in-law Thomas Wetmore and his family. He may have been a carpenter by trade, and in 1643 contracted with William Bloomfield for the erection of a building in town.
In Sep 1653, he explored the Connecticut River area with two other men. Their report (dated Jan 1654) led to migrations from Dorchester to Wethersfield and from Cambridge to Hartford. [This exploration occurred in 1634/35, not 1653/54. Since, at least according to The Great Migration, John Hall was not yet in New England, he would not have been a participant]. In 1650, he moved to Middletown, an original settler.
John and all four of his children are listed among the original settlers of Middletown. The Middletown site puts his migration at Boston in 1635, Hartford in 1636 and Middletown in 1654. It also gives his birthdate as June 15, 1584 in Kent.
John Hall, born in the Co. of Kent, 1584 ;
freeman, Boston, 1635 ; went with John Oldham to view the lands in Connecticut, in 1631 ; [Anderson's Great Migration sketch of the 1635 freeman does not connect that man with this John Hall or any other; he certainly was not in New England in 1631] Hartford, 1639, was a proprietor “by courtesie of the town;” his home-lot was on the brow of “the Hill,” about where the Catlin place now is; this lot he sold to William Spencer; removed to Middletown, where his land is recorded, June 10, 1654; collector of customs there, 1659; m. (1) Esther, who prob. died bef. he left England; (2) Ann, dau. of John Willcock, of Hartford; he d. May 26, 1673, “in the 89th year of his age, and the 40 of his being in N. E.” His widow, Ann, d. July 20, 1673, aged ab. 57. [This man's son John married, as his first wife, Ann, daughter of John Wilcox. There is no evidence that this John Hall had a second wife.] 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hall, David Brainerd. The Halls of New England, Genealogical and Biographical. (Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1883), 1-2.
- ↑ Middletown Vital Records [NEHGS], in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 203.
Hall, John, Sr., d. May 26, 1673, in the 89th y. of his age and the 40th y. of life in New England [LR1:49].
- ↑ John Hall, in Find A Grave.
- John Wilcox, in Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley. (Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1952), 805.
Ann Wilcox has often been assigned to John1 Hall, Sr., as a second wife, in former accounts. L. Effingham de Forest in Moore and Allied Families (1938), 289, gives reasons for rejecting this view, though he leaves the question open. The will of John1 Hall names no wife, though he survived Ann; she was called wife (not widow) of John (not described as senior) in the record of her death. She was more suitable in age for John,2 and presumably John2 was married before his marriage to a widow when he was about 55 years old.