Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Philo B. Hall Collection, 1818-1870

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Philo B. Hall collection
Creator: Hall, Philo B., 1800-1876
Inclusive dates: 1818-1870
Extent: 24 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 9 letters, 14 receipts, and 1 document related to Philo B. Hall, a metalworker from Newtown, Connecticut, who later became a farmer in southeastern Michigan. He received 7 personal letters from his sister and acquaintances in the mid-1800s. His son Abiah wrote 1 letter to his brother Cornelius during his Civil War service in the Union Army. Also included are 12 receipts documenting Hall's purchases of professional supplies and payments of land taxes in Michigan in the mid-19th century, and a contract apprenticing him to Liba Blakslee of Newtown, Connecticut. Other items are a note and 2 additional receipts for land taxes.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2003. M-4299.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Philo B. Hall collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence and Documents
  • Series II: Receipts

Each series is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Philo B. Hall was born in Connecticut in September 1800, the son of Eli W. Hall. In 1818, he was apprenticed to Liba Blakslee of Newtown, Connecticut, a gold- and silversmith and clock repairman. Hall later lived in Nettle Hill, New York, before moving to Elba, Michigan (near Manchester, Washtenaw County), where he worked as a farmer. He lived in Elba, Norvell Township, and Brooklyn, Michigan, and owned land in Allegan County. He and his wife Ann had 4 children: Cornelius, Abiah, Philo, and Ann. Philo B. Hall died on February 13, 1876. He had at least one sister, Polly Ann Squires, and one brother, Ezra Hall. Philo B. Hall's son Abiah served as a corporal with the 150th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection holds 9 letters, 14 receipts, and 1 document related to Philo B. Hall, a metalworker from Newtown, Connecticut, who later became a farmer in southeastern Michigan. He received 7 personal letters from his sister and acquaintances. His son Abiah wrote 1 letter to his brother Cornelius during his Civil War service in the Union Army. Also included are 12 receipts documenting Hall's purchases of professional supplies and payments of land taxes in Michigan, and a contract apprenticing him to Liba Blakslee of Newtown, Connecticut. Other items are a note and 2 additional receipts for land taxes.

The Correspondence and Documents series consists of 7 incoming letters addressed to Philo B. Hall, 1 note by a man named Edmund Wheeler, and Philo B. Hall's apprenticeship contract. Hall received 3 letters from his sister, Polly Ann Squires; 1 from his brother, Ezra Hall; 1 from an unnamed sibling; and 4 from other acquaintances. His siblings and friends primarily shared personal and financial news. Of interest are a report of the death of a man named "Booth" (January 19, 1841); Polly Ann's letter asking Philo to take custody of a young boy (June 15, 1846); and Joshua Grover's account of his travels in Wisconsin (March 20, 1847). The series also contains a contract apprenticing Philo B. Hall to Liba Blaksee of Newtown, Connecticut, to learn the trades of goldsmithing, silversmithing, and clock repair (November 4, 1818). Also included is a letter Abiah B. Hall, Philo's son, wrote to his brother Cornelius about his experiences as a soldier with the 150th New York Infantry Regiment in Georgia and South Carolina (January 31, 1865).

The Receipts series is comprised of 14 items, dated between April 4, 1823, and December 31, 1870. The first 3 items are receipts for professional supplies Philo B. Hall purchased, such as files and a watch brush, and the remaining 11 are receipts for the payment of taxes. Ten receipts, of which 9 are addressed to Philo B. Hall, relate to taxes on land held in Washtenaw County and Allegan County, Michigan, and the final receipt, addressed to E. Hall, concerns taxes paid in Carthage, Missouri (December 31, 1870).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Allegan County (Mich.)
    • Apprenticeship programs.
    • Carthage (Mo.)
    • Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Metal-workers.
    • Newtown (Conn.)
    • Real property tax.
    • South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 150th (1862-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
    • Wisconsin--Description and travel.
    Contributors:
    • Grover, Joshua.
    • Hall, Abiah B.
    • Hall, Ezra.
    • Squires, Polly Ann.
    Genre Terms:
    • Indentures.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   17, Small Collections  
    Philo B. Hall collection [series]:
     
    Correspondence and Documents [subseries]:
    Folders   9-10  
      November 4, 1818-January 31, 1865, and  undated
     
    Receipts [subseries]:
    Folder   11  
      April 4, 1823-December 31, 1870