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Name: Joshua Hall Determine relationship to...
Birth: 1750 Golcar, West Yorkshire Father: Abraham Hall Mother:Elizabeth (Hall)
Christening:
Married: Elizabeth Ingham 17 APR 1799 Elland, St Mary
Children Born Died
Married: Mary Ramsden 20 JAN 1777 Saint Peter, Huddersfield, York
Children Born Died
Joseph Hall ABT 1784
James Hall ABT 1787 26 DEC 1850 Golcar
Mary Hall ABT 1783
Martha Hall 1782 7 DEC 1822
Elizabeth Hall 14 OCT 1781 15 JAN 1864
William Hall 26 OCT 1779 Golcar Old Hall, Huddersfield 4 JUL 1854
Sarah Hall 1778 1838
John Hall ABT 1777 1798 Age 26
Death: 1802
Burial: Congregational Church, Halifax
Remarks: Buried at Golcar church.

Following is a transcription of a letter relating to the posset pot of Joshua and Mary Hall 1781 and also some notes relating to the people mentioned in the letter and the meaning of a posset pot:
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Spoutfield Terrace, Golcar
Dec 17th 1879
My dear William,
I write a few lines hoping they will find you, your dear wife & family all in good health; also knowing you are fond of family relics & curiosities, I wish to say I have a posset pot, will hold about 2 qts cups, with 2 handles with my grand-parents names upon it, Joshua and Mary Hall 1781. It is blue & white, a curious pattern, the name is on the side and underneath.
I had it from Aunt Walker, she would have had it from her parents, they would have it sent from Mr Lackets manufactory of Burslem, a relative.
I remember him also visiting at his house with father & mother, a rich old Gent, but his property got dispersed other ways, not thought right, at that time.
He also sent mother some china. I have the sugar pot with handles, the only thing left of the whole lot, in china pattern.
The person, who gave them the Indian priest, you have, neither of them broken or cracked. I thought you would like to have them being the only one in the family to continue the name.
I also have a curious ancient piece of embroidery, that my dear mother gave me, would do for the museum – now what can or would you give for them.
I would with great pleasure give them to you, they are doing me no good, but my expenses are more here than they were in Huddersfield, and my income very small as you know, but I beg to make myself as comfortable as I can, surrounded with kind neighbours and friends, and I have the greatest respect, by all the best families. Mr Baker the Minister at church often calls to see me.
I am alone, quiet, and happy, hoping you all may have a pleasant Xmas and a happy new year.
With much love to you all,
From your affectionate aunt,
Mrs Woodhouse
I shall be glad to hear from you when at leisure after considering the matter over.
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Aunt Woodhouse was Mary Anne Hall (1805 - 1892) who married Joseph Woodhouse and had two children, George and Martha.
William who the letter was written to, was William Hall the surgeon who married Louisa Platt.
Aunt Walker was Elizabeth Hall (1879 - 1851) who married Benjamin Walker. Her parents were Joshua Hall and Mary (nee Ramsden) who the posset pot was made for.
A posset pot was a traditional gift used for containing posset, which according to Wikipedia, was a soothing and medicinal drink used for treating colds and consisted of boiled milk, eggs and spiced wine. There is a posset pot on display in the Victoria & Albert museum.
Burslem where the posset pot came from was a village now forming part of Stoke on Trent.
Mr Lacket whose factory made the posset pot in Burslem is described as a relative, but I am not sure how he is related.
Posset pot with Joshua and Mary Hall 1781 written on it


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