Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Trivia

How the Hall's Took Their Name

Family Legend (according to the late Doris Cunningham-Hall Family Historian)

The Hall's originally used the name William back when most folks only had first names.  They were originally from Normandy and about the time of the Norman Conquest Fitch William went to England and took the last name.....HALL.

Map of Normandy

The name of Normandy is derived from the settlement of the territory by Vikings ("Northmen") from the 9th century, and confirmed by treaty in the 10th century. For a century and a half following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Normandy and England were linked by Norman and Frankish rulers.

The Norman and French conquest of England was the invasion and conquest of England by an army of Normans and French led by Duke William II of Normandy. William, who defeated King Harold II of England on 14 October 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, was crowned as king on Christmas Day 1066. He then consolidated his control over England and settled many of his followers in England, introducing a number of governmental and societal changes to medieval England.

According to Doris those 'Williams' from our ancestry who went to England took the name HALL.  I am uncertain if she was speaking of the Duke or not.

Apparently there were 4-5 Halls who came to the New World in the 1600's.  One settled in Maryland and moved to Ohio, Others followed and settled in Delaware and New Jersey before moving to Kentucky.  Equillar's father was said to have been a land owner, who raised race horses in the blugegrass country of Kentucky and was opposed to slavery.

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