John Hall

Born: 05-Apr-1803, married Hannah Greaves on 28-Jun-1824, died: 05-Jan-1861, father: William Hall Golcar, mother: Jane Stevenson Family Tree

  Letter from Hannah Greaves Austerlands to J Hall Redivales 12-Jan-1824
Austerlands, January 12th 1824
Mr John Hall
Your kind favor of the 3rd instant
I duly received but can scarcely tell how to reply as it
is a subject that requires deliberate consideration.
I am very much obliged to you for your kind
sentiments but cannot give a decided opinion without
a personal interview. Perhaps your friends
might have objections in that case you
are aware it would not be very pleasant. You will
think me very precise but really I cannot write
on this subject as it is my first attempt. You
must excuse errors. I shall always respect you and
all your family, let the affair end as it may
but cannot give you a possible answer without
further reflection. I thank you sincerely for your
kind proposals. I cannot send my respects
as I hope no person will see this scrawl but
I remain,
very respectfully,
Hannah Greaves



  Letter from Hannah Greaves Austerlands to J Hall Redivales 11-Mar-1824
Austerlands March 11th 1824
Dear Sir,
Yours of the 8th instant came duly to hand
in which you still mention the most sincere marks
of esteem. I make no doubt, allow me to be candid,
but the conjugal state is the most happy in the world
if the love between the parties be mutual and their
study be to contribute to each other's welfare and
happiness, and I certainly would not address you on this
topic if I was not convinced in my own mind that
this would be the case; allow me my dear Sir once more
to say that it is a serious thing to trifle with a female's
affections and character but I feel confidence from
our family acquaintance and the opinion I have
formed of yourself that I shall not see an instance
of this kind in the present affair. If upon mature
affection on the subject you still give me the
preferance I shall esteem a visit from you an
honor; if you can make it convenient to visit
_ on Sunday the 21st instant I will be at home
and we can have a little conversation on the affair
if you think proper. I am glad to say that Mr Last
paid the bill. I certainly was disappointed at not
seeing you on the Saturday evening, but excuse you as
I thought you perhaps expected being in Manchester
or that you were late in your business. I enquired
of my cousin Cooper on the Sunday. He said you were
very late at Hale hill and that your father said he
would call upon us in a short time. I said
indeed! but thought to myself this is poor satisfaction
for me seeing his son. I will conclude this
scrawl as I think you will scarcely have patience
to read it. I really am quite awkward when I write
to you, but I hope to get the better of it if ever
I shall make a third attempt.
I am
yours respectfully
Hannah Greaves


  Letter from Hannah Greaves Austerlands to J Hall Redivales 5-Apr-1824
Austerlands 5th April 1824
My dear Sir,
Agreeable to promise I now sit down
to write to you but do confess I now felt so much at a
loss to collect my scattered ideas as I do on the
present occasion. However as we ought to meet an
important question with due consideration and
proper firmness. I will treat the subject with
candor and sincerity. I have given your offer my most
serious consideration and certainly feel much
obliged to you for the preferance you have shown
me. I think it advisable for your friends to have
a knowledge notwithstanding you shall act as you
think best on this head. It is a serious subject and
one in which your happiness might be materially
concerned and if you do repeat your visit it will
be thoroughly known to my friends (there are no
secrets in our country). I will be firm in saying that
I see no objections to receive your address providing
your intentions are strictly honorable and I beg

leave to add I have a very different opinion of you
than to suppose for a moment that you have
acted in disguise. The respect I have for you will
not admit of such an idea. I was at Middleton
on Saturday with a friend. I own I stole many
a glance towards Bury but als could not
see my friend Hall. Robert and myself are
removing to our new cottage and if you condescend
to honor me with a visit I will send our girl to
Peter Hoult's Swann Inn Greenacres Moor at any
hour or time you may appoint. Robert looks as
sly as a fox, he says he has found us out and
I should not be surprised if he has not mentioned
it to James as he said in a joke yesterday
he did not expect me staying long with Robert.
I smiled but made no reply. You are a favourite
with Robert. He speaks very highly of you. Indeed
my father has not made a remark that I have
heard. From this I conclude that like me has
not many objections. Excuse this remark as
a joke as it is a suggestion of my own.

I want your father and mother to know and yet
I am afraid when I think of it. My opinion is that
a person ought to act sentimentally in this case
more than any other that occurs in their life.
Waiting your answer with impatience,
I am
very sincerely and truly,
Hannah Greaves


  Letter from Hannah Greaves Greenacres Moor to J Hall Redivales 10-May-1824
Greenacres Moor May 10th 1824
Ever dear Sir,
You will I make no doubt be impressed
to see a letter having seen me so recently but beg
you will excuse me writing as I cannot make
myself comfortable without addressing a line to you.
My mind was really very much perplexed last
night in seeing so many eyes upon us. Your wish for
me to walk I know was from the strict motive
of respect. As my brother was with me there could
be no great demand to censure; my flattering
expectations tell me that the period will some
time arrive when I can spend months instead
of moments with you without either scandal or
remark. My dear sir should that time were to come
my happiness will be exquisite but alas! We are
never entirely certain of any thing in this transitory
world until we attain it. Your welfare, I can assure
you your happiness is very near my heart and
my constant study shall be to retain your
good opinion. What kind of sentiments am I
writing. My heart speaks language scarcely becoming
my sex but the pleasure I have in writing
to you is unspeakable therefore you must not

dwell with censure on the remarks of a silly
girl who in every respect considers you as her
confidential friend. I have much pleasure
in saying that no remark was made respecting
my walk with you. Sister James told me one of the
ladies asked her if she knew you. She replied
you was a friend of Robert's and I rather
think it will settle there but however I will
have a walk with you whenever you & myself
think proper whether Robert is with us or not but
must confess it does not look very well for me
to go towards your house and return alone.
Brother & sister James and Robert Cooper spent
the evening with me. James was very friendly but
never mentioned your name. Suppose he did
not see any thing improper in me being seen
with you. If you have an opportunity to send
me a few lines I shall receive them with very
great pleasure but I do not fully request it
without it be your wish. I suppose a fortnight will
be over sometime but it seems like a year to me.
I wish you did live at Oldham. You must
excuse this scribble as I have been called off each
two or three lines and it is post time or I would
have scribbled this half over. Hoping to see you
at the appointed time.
I am
with much respect
yours affectionately
Hannah Greaves


  Letter from Hannah Greaves Greenacres Moor to J Hall Redivales 22-Jun-1824
Greenacres Moor June 22nd 1824
My very dear Sir,
You will perhaps excuse
me in addressing you as I thought it
necessary to acquaint you with the particulars
that have occurred since I had the
pleasure of seeing you. My sister came
according to promise on Monday morning.
She was uncommonly kind and began
to arrange matters in the first place.
She wrote to my father & mother acquainting
them with the affair requested. Mother
to come and assist us in making arrangement
for dress etc. She likewise informed
brother, & sister, James and Robert. They all seem
to have a desire to see us united and of
course I could not say they should not.
I have learned since they are ordering fine

blue cloth etc and I expect we shall
have a smart attire respecting gloves. I
think the ladies should have white and
the gentlemen buff. You will have no access
to arrange gloves for our family. If we
all go we are to have 2 chaises from Oldham.
My sister says the chaise, boys ought to have
buff gloves from the church. I should like
you to write per return of post your
arrangements and when I may expect to
see you. Brother James says he will gladly
give up the shop to us and he is sure
it will answer very well indeed and
will do everything that lies in his power
for our welfare. Excuse me enlarging
as my time is rather engaged. Hoping
to see you at your earliest convenience.
I am
yours affectionately
Hannah Greaves


  Letter from Hannah Greaves Greenacres Moor to J Hall Redivales 24-Jun-1824
Greenacres Moor June 24th 1824
My dear Hall,
Your kind favor came safe
to hand this morning in which yourself &
sisters do me much honor in addressing me
so kindly. My strictest reverence & love is
directed to your kind mother for her marked
attention. Your father likewise has
behaved in a very kind respectful manner
to me, but hope to repay them by filial love
and duty. Please remember me very kindly
to your sister and say my dress to church
will be pale straw coloured thence trimmed
with white tatter which dress further
particulars respecting dress we can talk
once on Sunday as I am fearful this will
not come to your hands until Saturday.
I beg leave to say I shall feel myself
very much honored by your sister being my

companion as bridesmaid whether Miss
Haigh be there or not. We have this day
come to some arrangement respecting the
marriage from what brothers & myself have
concluded you may expect if agreeable.
Miss H, myself and 4 of my brothers & sisters.
Brother James will get a 6 inside conveyance.
(he thinks it the most advisable plan)
on Saturday. It is a circumstance
that will only occur once in our life and
we will endeavour to make it as pleasant
as we possibly can. I am impatiently expecting
to see you before the great day. My sisters
are as well as may be expected . I have
every respect paid me by our family and
they appear to give a united consent.
My dear Sir, I am very anxious to
see you on Sunday. My greatest concern
is however I must have fortitude

to see Redivals. Please mention me
kindly to your father & mother and sister.
I still remain
unchangeably yours
Hannah Greaves

PS. I never saw such a scrawl before.
I would write to you over again,
have not time, therefore dear please
excuse it.

{ Forget me not }


  Letter from James Greaves to Cousin John Hall Irwell Mills 4-Jan-1845
Dirkar mill
January 4th 1845
My dear Cousin,
Mr Bowman tells me that you
called at the anchorhouse on Thursday to see after
my promised letter. I had given him a message to
deliver to you on Tuesday which he would have done
punctually if he had time. However he says that
he gave you the substance of it. I had begun to
write a letter the same day as that you received
one from grand mother but she said that what
she had said in it was enough & would not let me
write. You would be surprised to know that Mary
& Daniel stayed until Wednesday to have their
child (John Stalkin Haigh) christened. Old Mr Hague,
father & mother were the sponsors. After the
christening we all had an invitation to
Mr Stalkin's to an excellent dinner, tea & supper.
Mary returned to Shaw on Thursday morning last.
But I am in a hurry. I have not
to spare between therefore

my letter must be as short as possible.
We shall expect you (Miss Hall & you) as grandmother
said as soon as you can make it.
You must fix your own time.
I send word. I can say nothing more
at present. Mark is gone off. I must
send this after him to Oldham.
I am
my dear cousin
James Greaves
We are all well.
Excuse this scrawl.


  Will of John Hall 1861
This is the last will and testament of me John hall of preston
in the country of lancaster, contractor. I revoke all other
will & codicils by me heretofore made. I direct all my given
debts funeral and testamentor expenses to be paid out of the
property and effects given and bequeathed by this my will to
my dear wife Jane Hall and I do give and bequeath
to my said wife for her own absolute use and benefit all
my ready money with the bank, debts of every description,
working plant machinery in and about the business.
I now carry in household furniture chattels and all
my domestic effects at Preston aforesaid. I also give
desire & bequeath unto and to the use of my said wife
Jane Hall her heirs executors administrators and assigners
according to the nature and quality through to & for her
and their own absolute use and benefit. All those my
fifty-two shares and all other my shares estate
and interest of and in the Ramsden Mill Company near
Huddersfield or other mill or company commonly called and
known by the name of the Ramsden Mill Company and
as to for and concerning all my other estate and interest
of and in property in Manchester or elsewhere (except in
Yorkshire hereinafter bequeathed) which I shall be entitled
to from the death of my mother I give devise and bequeath
the same unto and equally amongst and between my
three sisters following that is to say Mary Ann Woodhouse
of Huddersfield widow, Sarah Evans of Manchester widow,
and Jane hall of Manchester spinster and theit respective
heirs executors administrators and assign to be a gift and
bequest in the nature of a tenancy in common and not in
joint tenancies and as .... estate and

relative and not hreinfore disposed I do give desire
and bequeth the same unto and utter use of my said
sister Mary Ann Woodhouse her heirs executors
administrators and assigns according to the nature and
qualirt thereof to and for her and their own use and benefit
I give and devise all the freehold and Copyhold tenemants
rested in me upon and trust or mortgage unto the said Jane
Hall my wife and John Heywood the younger of Walton le
dale in the county of Lancaster Cotton Manufacturer their
heirs and assigns subject to the equity of redemption subsisting
therein respectively but the money securd on such mortgage shall
be considered as part of my personal estate and I authorise
the acting trustees or trustee executors for the time
being of this my will to satisfy and debts claimed to be owing by me
or my estate and any liabilities I or my estate may
be alleged to be subject upon and evidence they he or she shall
think proper and to accept any composition or security for any
debt and to allow such time for payment either with or without
taking security as they he or she shall deem fit and also to
compromise or submit to arbitration and settle all accounts
and matters belonging or relating to my estate and generally
to set in regard as they he or she shall think expedient
without being responsible for any loss ocassioned and I hereby
declose that the receipt or receipts in writing of the the trustees or
trustee for the time being acting in the execution of any of the
trusts hereof for the purchase money of the said promises sold
or for any funds shares or securities which may be
paid or transformed to them him or her in pursuance though
or of any of the trusts hereof shall effectively discharge the

application though and I hereby declare that of the said
hereby appointed or any of them or any trustee or trustees to be appointed
as herinafter is provided or any or either of them shall die or be
desirous of being discharged or in face or become incapable to act then
and so often the said trustee or trustees (and for this purpose any
retiring trustee shall be considered a trustee) may appoint any
of the person or persons to be a trustee or trustees in the place
of the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to be discharged
or refusing declining ot becoming incapable to act and a
greater or less number than the actual vacancy may from
time to time be appointed and upon every such appointment
the said trust property and premises shall be so transferred
that the same may become rested in the new trustee or
trustees together with the former trustees or trustee or solely as
the case may require and every such new trustee shall
both before and after the said trust premises shall become so
rested have the same proven authorities and discretions as if he
or she had been originally appointed a trustee and I
hereby declare that the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my
will shall be chargeable only with such services as they he or she
respectively shall actually receieve and shall not be answerable
the one for the other nor for any banker, broker or other
person in whose hands any of the trust monies shall be places
not for the insufficiency or deficiency of any stocks funds
shares or securities or otherwise for losses and that the
said trustees or trustee for the time being may reimburse
themselevs himself or herself out of the monies which shall come to
their his or her hands or hand under the trusts aforesaid all
expenses the incurred in or about the aforesaud trusts and I appoint

eight hundred and sixty one

Signed publised and declared by the said
John Hall the testator as and for his last
will and testament in the sight and
presence of us present together at the same
time who at his request in his sight and
presence and in the sight and presence of
each other have at the same time hereunto
subscribed our names as winesses attesting
his execution himself.

John Hall

Thomas Howarth Preston
R G Watson Solicitor Preston

Dated 3rd January 1861

Will of
John Hall
of Preston

Born 5 April 1803
Died 5 Jan 1861

Copied 12 Jan 1861