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some two weeks, and adds that it was the only
time he ever felt homesick.

Israel Hall, the father of our subject, was
born in the town of Beekman, Dutchess county,
the second son in the family of ten children of
William and Mary ( \'ailj tfall, and his educa-
tion was secured at the district schools of the
neighborhood. He married Catherine Albro,
a native of Rhode Island, and a daughter of
Benjamin and Eleanor (Draper) Albro, and
nine children blessed their union, as follows:
Amy, who died unmarried at the age of eighty-
eight years; Eleanor, widow of Isaac Northrup;
Mary and Leonard D. (twins), the former
being the wife of John Townsend; Margaret,
living at Union vale, on the old homestead;

Maria Ann and Draper, both deceased; Rutsen
S. , a prosperous farmer, living "on the old
homestead in Unionvale; and Richard V., de-
ceased. With the e.xception of two years
passed in the town of Clinton, Dutchess
county, Israel Hall devoted his entire life to
agricultural pursuits in the town of Beekman.
In the war of the Rebellion he had been com-
missioned a lieutenant, and received 160 acres
of land from the government for his services.
In politics he was an Old-line Whig.

Leonard D. Hall, the subject of our sketch,
received a liberal education at the district
schools of his native place, and remained un-
der the parental roof until he was thirty-seven
years of age. After he became of age he re-
ceived $100 a year for his time, his father giv-
ing his note for the same, which note our sub-
ject deposited in a crack in the old house,
where it remained one year, and was then paid.
In the fall of 1849 Mr. Hall was married to
Maria Lossing, a cousin of Benson J. Lossing,
the historian. In the fall of 1884, she was
called from earth, and February 4, 1886, Mr.
Hall married Harriet Eliza Hurd, daughter of
Benjamin D. and Mary (Campbell) Hurd, both
natives of the town of Pawling, Dutchess
county, where they passed their entire lives,
the father dying June 16, 1872, in the seventy-
eighth year of his age, the mother passing
away January 7, 1882, at the age of eighty-
one. They were highly respected farming
people, and Mr. Hurd was a stanch Repub-
lican in his political preference. They had a
family of seven children, as follows: Archi-
bald C, who, when twentj- years old, died
January 18, 1842, in Cuba, whither he had
gone for the benefit of his health; William T. ,
who married Mary Cook, and had three chil-
dren (he died June 26, 1854); Harriet Eliza
(Mrs. Leonard D. Hall); Mary Jane, who mar-
ried Thomas Brill, and died in June, 1893,
leaving five children; Edgar I., a farmer in
the town of Pawling, who married Caroline
Howard, and has four children; Eustacia A.,
who married Gerome Dodge (now deceased),
and had one daughter, Efifie, who died when
eight years old; and Julia G., who married
James Longhead (now deceased), and lives in
Pawling with her only child, Robert. To our
subject and his wife have been born no chil-

On leaving the old home, Mr. Hall began
the operation of a 480-acre farm in the town
of Dover, Dutchess county, on shares, work-


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