He was a machine maker, joiner, and auctioneer, and resided at Nickass, properly called Bridehouse near Dobcross Saddleworth.
His Saddleworth name was old "Flange". It is said he was a stout man, with a
strong voice and he made a rattling good auctioneer
Letter in 1878 re Platt ancestry: http://www.stanwardine.com/melyniog_letters/name/Joseph_Platt_Hall_-_born_1864.htm#162
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5JN-2X6
: 30 December 2014), John Platt, 24 Feb 1767; citing SADDLEWORTH,YORK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 558,358, 558,359.