Ira Sylvester Hall

Brief Life History of Ira Sylvester

When Ira Sylvester Hall was born on 31 December 1848, in Peru Township, Miami, Indiana, United States, his father, Henry Hall, was 20 and his mother, Magdaleny Fickle, was 16. He married Mary Ann VanMeter on 28 November 1875, in Van Meter Township, Dallas, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Leota Township, Norton, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Stratton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States for about 10 years. He died on 7 November 1914, in Red Willow, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska, United States.

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Ira Sylvester Hall
Mary Ann VanMeter
Marriage: 28 November 1875
Roy C. Hall
Walter Bruce Hall
Ruby M Hall

Sources (15)

  • Hall, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ira S. Hall, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • Ira S. Hall, "Find A Grave Index"

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Historical Boundaries: 1856: Rice, Minnesota Territory, United States 1858: Rice, Minnesota, United States


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Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Irish, German, Norwegian, and Danish: from Middle English hall (Old English heall), Middle High German halle, Old Norse hǫll all meaning ‘hall’ (a spacious residence), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a hall or an occupational name for a servant employed at a hall. In some cases it may be a habitational name from any of the places called with this word, which in some parts of Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages also denoted a salt mine. Hall is one of the commonest and most widely distributed of English surnames, bearing witness to the importance of the hall as a feature of the medieval village. The English surname has been established in Ireland since the 14th century, and, according to MacLysaght, has become numerous in Ulster since the 17th century.

Swedish: ornamental or topographic name from hall ‘hall’ (a spacious residence), or a habitational name from a placename containing the element hall ‘rock’ (from Old Norse hallr).

Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 何 and 賀, see He 1 and 2.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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