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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

AMANUENSIS MONDAY 08 Sudden and Sorrowful GEORGE HALL of Janesville Wisconsin Dies of Sun Stroke

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.What does "amanuensis" mean?John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Amanuensis Monday Sudden and Sorrowful George Hall of Wisconsin Dies of Sun Stroke.

I found two newspaper obits on ancestery recently. I already knew some of this information about my great great grandfather George Hall but gained more information from these newspaper articles.

August 2nd from the Eveansville Weekly review
Died of Sun Stroke George Hall
The funeral of Mr. George Hall who died of sun stroke Wednesday July 29, 1892 was held at his late residence, near Evansville, Saturday at half past ten o'clock am services by Rev J E Coleman of the Evansville Seminary. Mr Hall was in town Wednesday, apparently in his usual health, and saying as he left that he must hurry home for he had two loads of hay to get in that afternoon. Having completed his work and helping the boys drive out some cattle that had broken into the lot, he sat down a few moments in the barn to rest before going into the house, and on rising walked a short distance, and after speaking a few words to the boys in relation to the cattle, fell unconsciously to the ground He was carried into the house and Dr. Spencer sent for. The doctor found his patient , as he hope, not in a comatose condition, not feeling satisfied in his own mind had Dr. T F Stair called, but it was soon found that the vital spark had forever gone.

Mr Hall was an early citizen coming here some years ago and going into the grocery business with Mr. Stephen Fairbanks whose wife was Mr. Halls sister. Mr Hall leaves beside his wife, three sons, Arthur, Mark and George, and two daughters, Florence and Agnes. His age was 60 years. Mr. hall was an excellant citizen and a forehanded farmer.

Sudden and Sorrowful from the Enterprise Evansville Wisconsin 5th of August 1892

Considerable excitement prevailed in our little city Friday morning over the sudden death the previous evening of Mr Geo Hall, residing on a farm about two miles west.  He was assisting in haying in his field when some stock broke into his enclosure and he helped to get them out, which over heated him, but he returned to the the barn in which he fell dead about 4 o clock P M.  Dr Spencer was with him all night, as well as neighbors and friends, using every effort possible for the unfortunate man's recovery, but all was of no avail. Dr. Stair was sent for Fri. morning, but he says that Mr. Hall was dead before he got there and he thinks he fell dead at first. The deceased was born in Hardwick, Vermont ( newspaper reported New Hampshire in error) on June 13, 1832, was the third of a family of seven children. When but six years old his father died, and two years later he went to live with an aunt, his mother's sister, where he remained until 1846 at that time he went to reside with his uncle Isaac Hall. In January 1856, he emigrated to Madison, Wisconsin, where he resided until the fall of 1860 when he came to this place and entered into the grocery business.  In 1864 he disposed of the grocery stock and rented a farm which he operated for a year and then purchased eighty acres of land on Sec 19, Union Twp with a small log cabin upon it, but soon replaced it with a small frame building and that in 1885 was replaced by his present commodious residence.  On the 29th day of November 1860, he was married to Miss Louisa Reynolds, who is now his widow.  This union was blessed with six children five of who are now living.Arthur, Florence, Mark, George and Agnes.

Mr and Mrs Hall have always ranked amongst our best and most honored citizens as well as their family. He was one of the self made men of this community, reared without the guiding council of a father, he started out in life with a cash capital of $100 and from such a beginning has become one of our most well to do farmers,and his sudden death caused many sad feelings to many hearts.  A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the house on Saturday, July 30th, 1892, to listen to the last sad rites perforned over the remains by Rev. J E Coleman, and the interment was made in the Evansville cemetery.

So much can be found in a persons orbituary and can be a great find. Newspapers can make mistakes as the state my grandfather was born, but in all is a wonderful source of family history.

Thanks for stopping by, if you find someone you think you are related to, I would love to hear from you. Grace

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