William Hall's Petition to Become a Citizen of the United States, he
arrived in this county in June of 1838. A passenger list has not been
found to confirm his arrival. According to the ship passenger lists on
file with the National Archives, a William Hall arrived in America on
6-11-1838 aboard the Brig P.A. Gambia. This is not the correct William
Hall. His wife, Mary, and some of their children arrived at Philadelphia
on the Bark Bradshaw from Liverpool on August 1, 1839. The information
is recorded in the following manner.
I believe the first John should be Joshua and the age of Sally should be 3. If, however, the above information is correct, then I don't know who Sally is and I don't know who the older John is.
The following petition and associated sworn statements were received from the Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. They indicate that he was born in Donegal County, Ireland, migrated from Londonderry and arrived in the United States in June of 1838. This is the only document I have discovered that reveals his birthplace or date of immigration.
Declaration of Intention of William Hall
The Declaration of William Hall upon his solemn oath represents that he was born in Donegal County Ireland that it is bonafide his intention to become a Citizen of the United States and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate sovereignty whatsoever and particularly to Queen Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland of whom he was heretofore a subject.
And the said William Hall makes report and registry as follows-Name William Hall Birth Place Donegal County, Ireland. Native allegiance-Queen Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Place whence he migrated Londonderry.
Petition of William Hall to become Citizen of U.S.
Filed 19 June 1848
No will was found for William Hall in the Armstrong County records.
William Hall died on 3 Jul 1871 and is buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Rural Valley, Armstrong County, PA.
Contributed for use by Ken Tessendorff
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