Moses Hall, Jr.

26 Dec 1754 to 11 May 1827



“Moses Hall, Jr. was born in Wallingford, Connecticut on December 26, 1754 to Moses Hall and Elisabeth Johnson.  When war came with Great Britain, Moses, like his father, chose to serve the cause of liberty.  Moses enlisted as a private in Capt. Leavenworth’s company of the 4th Connecticut Regiment under the command of Colonel Return Meigs.  His pension record states that Moses took part in the Battle of White Plains in October of 1776.  His regiment at the time was attached General Washington’s Main Army. The 4th Regiment was afterward designated part of the Highland Department of the Continental Army.  A history of the Town of Wallingford, Connecticut states that Moses Hall was at the Battle of Saratoga and witnessed the surrender of General Burgoyne to American forces in October of 1777.    His pension record further states that Moses Hall enlisted on March 1, 1778 in Capt. David Starr’s company in Colonel Return Meigs’ 4th Connecticut Regiment.  This Regiment was reassigned to service in Washington’s Main Army for much of the remainder of the war.  On January 1, 1781 the 4th Regiment was disbanded and he was transferred to Colonel Zebulon Butler’s 1st Regiment.    As part of these units, Moses could have seen service around Philadelphia, Monmouth, NJ in 1778 and at Yorktown in 1781.  At the end of the hostilities, Moses was discharged from Col. Butlers’ 1st Connecticut Regiment on June 7, 1783.   His pension record testifies to the fact that Moses Hall was awarded the “badge of merit” for six years of faithful service from 1778-1783.   


Following his discharge from the Continental Army, Moses Hall Jr. returned to Wallingford, Connecticut where he married Lucy Hart, daughter of Nathanial Hart and Alice Hall on Christmas Day, 1783.  Several years later, Moses, Lucy and their two children, in the company of Moses’ younger brother, Reuben, left Wallingford for the “west”.  They made their way down the Mohawk Trail to Saratoga County and established themselves in the Town of Providence (which was then part of Ballston) as Town of Providence records have Moses Hall working on road construction in 1797.   Moses hacked a farm out of the tree covered land in the foothills of the Adirondacks, where he and Lucy raised their six children.  For his service during the War, Moses was granted a pension, dated April 6, 1818.  He died in Providence on May 11, 1827.  Lucy died in Providence on March 17, 1848.”