Friday, 17 April 2015

Robert Hall of Ulgham

On 4 June 1773 my 4x Great Grandfather Robert Hall was baptised at St John the Baptist, Ulgham, Northumberland. He was the son of John Hall and Jane Potts. The family lived at Woodhouse, a farm not far from Ulgham. Here I believe they farmed, and were also foresters. 

Robert's baptism entry.
From the Durham Bishop's Transcripts.
Robert was born the year following his parent's marriage. His mother, Jane had been widowed a few years earlier and had two young sons, John and Thomas Straker. Robert's father John was appointed as chapel warden of St John's and also the parish clerk over the next few decades.

St John the Baptism, Ulgham, Northumberland.
February 2014.
On 9 August 1819 Robert married Ann Hepple in the village chapel by license, and together the couple had four children. Sadly, Ann died just ten years later aged only 32. Robert never remarried.
Robert Hall and Ann Hepple's marriage entry.
Robert soon fell into hard times and got himself into debt. In 1832 a notice appeared in the Newcastle Courant detailing that Robert had assigned all of his personal estate and effects to a set of Trustees, for them to deal with his creditors. An auction was also arranged to sell off Robert's furniture and other possessions. 

Robert died on 26 October 1862 at the good old age of 89. His death notice described him as the former woodman to the Earl of Carlisle

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