The Lyons Family


The Hall Families
20 November 2007, 8:03 pm
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The Hall Families are:
Name Origin
O’Rourke Ireland
Scally Ireland
Hall Ireland



The O’Rourke Family
20 November 2007, 8:02 pm
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ANDREW ALEXANDER O’ROURKE married Florence Ella Stevens, who was born at Albany, Vermont, on May 30, 1856. Andrew and Florence moved with their four small children from Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts, to New Richmond, Wisconsin, and then to Chippewa Falls, in that state, where he was roadmaster for the Wisconsin Central Railroad.

Florence Ella Stevens O’Rourke died at Shreveport, Louisiana. She was buried at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Seven children were born of this marriage:

  1. Carlos, born at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He died at Virginia City, Minnesota.
  2. LAURA ANN (Laurie), born at Newport, Vermont, on May 1, 1876. She married Henry Patrick Hall on June 5, 1894.
  3. Walter, born at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
  4. Maude, born at Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts.
  5. Rose Lillian, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  6. Ella Bernice, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  7. Isabella, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Thus the O’Rourke family merges with the Hall family.



The Scally Family and The Hall Family

MICHAEL HALL was born at Dublin, Ireland, on January 20, 1836. According to family legend, Michael’s mother died when he was born. Two aunts then came to live with Michael’s father. The Halls strongly opposed English rule in Ireland. As a consequence, they lived under the constant threat of English persecution. The situation became so unbearable that Michael’s father left Ireland by ship, at night, for Australia. He was lost at sea in a heavy storm. The aunts then sold the family property and emigrated with Michael to Palmyra, New York.

Addition from Charlton Lyons, Jr.:

I attach for your close attention a copy of a most fascinating document: Michael Hall renounces allegiance to Queen Victoria. With sharp eyes, you will be able to read almost every word of it and if you give it the though it deserves, i believe you will be glad you did.

I am by no means an authority on the legal procedure to be followed by an immigrant seeking citizenship in the USA in 1857 but I think it quite possible that all that may have been required was the execution of an affidavit like the one you see attached.

At the top right hand corner  appears book 1, page 103. At the left hand margin appears

State of Wisconsin

County of Croix St

Strange though it is, Thomas McCord has informed me that ‘County of Croix St’ is the correct reading of county Omn which this document was executed by Michael Hall, age 22.

But note this: this affidavit is recorded in the very first book of the public records of St Croix County! Imagine that! In 1857, the date of this document, Wisconsin had been a state for only nine years. And our ancient ancestor’s affidavit appears as the 103rd page of that book!

We are indebted to Tom McCord for this document. I have filed the copy tom sent me in a hard file in no. 60 of our archive in which several years ago i filed almost everything I collected about the Michael Hall family in Chippewa Falls and Chetek during the preparation of my memoir songs I heard my mother sing.

MARY SCALLY* was born in Longford, Ireland, on November 15, 1838. Michael Hall and Mary Scally were married (probably at Palmyra, New York) on January 17, 1859. Later, they went down the Ohio River by river barge to a point in Indiana and then by covered wagon to Chicago and on to the Minneapolis area of Minnesota. They first lived on a farm that is now situated within the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later, they bought a farm at Eagle Prairie, near the town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

In addition to farming at Eagle Prairie, Michael conducted a real estate and farm machinery business in Chippewa Falls. He also served as Sheriff of Chippewa County.

Mary was the true farmer of the family; a very energetic, practical and philanthropic woman. She was a devout Catholic. She was ever-ready to succor the sick and needy. She organized an association that provided medical service and hospitalization to woodsmen; the charge being $5.00 per member per year. This led to the establishment of the hospital at Chippewa Falls, now known as St. Joseph’s Hospital.
While living on the farm at Eagle Prairie, Mary found an Indian lying in the snow with a broken leg. She brought him to her home, set his leg and nursed him. The Indian disappeared as soon as he was able to walk. A few years later, the Indian returned, handed Mary a basket filled with beautiful pieces of embroidered bead-work and then left without saying a word.

One winter, Michael and Mary travelled by horse and sleigh to St. Paul, Minnesota, to hear Jenny Lind sing.
Fred H. Ryan remembers that his grandmother, Mary Hall, told him that once when alone in her farm home, she sensed that someone was looking at her, and turning her eyes slightly, saw two Indians—in full war paint, peering at her through the window. She knew that Indians were deathly afraid of insane women, so without turning toward the window, acted as though she were insane. The Indians fled.

Michael and Mary lived on the farm at Eagle Prairie until their chil­dren were grown and then moved to Chippewa Falls, purchasing a home at 615 Bridge Street. They lived in this home for the remainder of their lives.

In August, 1903, Michael Hall and his son-in-law, W. F. Cummings, built a cottage on the north shore of Lake Chetek, Chetek, Wisconsin, for the purpose of providing a gathering place for the family in the summer. How well they succeeded is attested by the fact that without a single exception, many of their descendants and friends have used the cottage every summer since it was built.

*Mike Scally, brother of Mary Scally Hall, lived in California. Fred T. Scally, R.F.D., Cordelia, Suisan, California, and the Okel family who also lived in California, address unknown, are descendants of Mike Scally.

Michael and Mary were both about 5’3″ tall. S^ ‘ Michael died on October 16, 1911; Mary died on August 20, 1913. Both were buried in the Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Michael Hall and Mary Scally had seven children:

  1. Mary A. Hall, who married W. T. Gilbert.
  2. Agnes E. Hall, who married Albert Crest.
  3. Clara Hall, who married Thomas Ryan.
  4. HENRY PATRICK HALL.
  5. Catherine E. Hall, who married W. F. Cummings.
  6. Joseph T. Hall.
  7. Dorothy W. Hall, who married C. T. McCord.

HENRY PATRICK HALL, born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1868. He married Laura Ann O’Rourke on June 5, 1894. Laura O’Rourke was born at Newport, Vermont, on May 1, 1876. Her mother was Florence Ella Stevens and her father was Andrew Alexander O’Rourke. Henry (“Harry”) was a raconteur of unusual ability. He was also adept in dialects and had a beautiful tenor voice. He died on August 25, 1956, at Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and was buried at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport.

Laura Hall now lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Laura and H. P. Hall had three children:

  1. MARY MARJORIE HALL, born March 27, 1895, on the farm of her grandparents, at Eagle Point, near Chippewa Falls, Wiscon­sin. She married Charlton Havard Lyons, at Chetek, Wisconsin, on August 28, 1917.
  2. Norma Harriett Hall, born February 5, 1897, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Norma was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Purcell, Oklahoma, about 2 P. M., March 20, 1948. Norma was buried in Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport. Norma possessed a dynamic personality. At the time of her death she was an out­standing teacher in the public schools of Dallas, Texas, having taught there for a number of years.
  3. Barbara Ann Hall, born August 10, 1920, in Chippewa Falls, Wis­consin. Barbara married Jim Burnsted, of Chetek, from whom she was divorced. She later married John Welch, of Eau Claire, Wis­consin. They resided in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. They had no children. Barbara died on January 24, 1962.

For further data on the Hall Family, see the Hall Family Supplement. The Marjorie Hall branch of the Hall family thus merges into the Charlton Havard Lyons family.



The Hall Family, except Henry Patrick Hall
20 November 2007, 7:14 pm
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The following is data on the children of Michael Hall and his wife, Mary Scally, except HENRY PATRICK HALL, who has already been covered in Family (33), Chapter V, Part One.
MARY A. HALL was born at Palmyra, New York, on December 15, 1859. She married W. T. Gilbert. They lived at Cadott, Wisconsin. Both are deceased. Mary and W. T. Gilbert had no children, but adopted and reared:
1.   Ruth Jackson who married Richard Brannam, from whom she was divorced. They had one child: a.   Gilbert, now Gilbert Hagen
Ruth later married Casper Hagen, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where they now reside.
AGNES E. HALL was born at Chippewa City, July 15, 1861 (Aunt Addie). She married Albert Crest. They had no children. In later life they moved to San Bernardino, California, and lived in that city for the remainder of their lives. Both are deceased.
CLARA HALL, born at the farm at Eagle Point, Wisconsin (Aunt Clodie). She married Thomas Ryan. Clara died December 22, 1944, and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Thomas and Clara had two children:

  1. Paul Harold Ryan, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 6, 1888.
    Paul resides in Portland, Oregon.  He is unmarried.
  2. Fred Hall Ryan, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 16, 1892.  Fred
    received his B. A.  and LL. B.  degrees from the University of
    Wisconsin and practiced law in Lexington, Kentucky, for a number
    of years.  While in Lexington, Fred married Frances Calder.  They
    have no children.  Frances died at Shreveport, Louisiana, on Feb­
    ruary 4, 1964.  Fred resides in Shreveport.  Frances had two chil­
    dren by her previous marriage:

a.   Mary Calder, wife of P. D. Baker of New Orleans, Louisiana.
b.          Frances Calder, wife of A, H. Weil of Shreveport, Louisiana.
CATHERINE E. HALL, born at Eagle Point, Wisconsin, Novem­
ber 28, 1869 (Aunt Kittie). She married William Flood Cummings, of Chip­
pewa Falls.  They lived in Chippewa Falls prior to moving to Monroe, Lou­
isiana, where Mr. Cummings represented the Tensas Delta Land Company.
Catherine died on May 17, 1940. Her husband predeceased her.  Both were
buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.  They had two children:
1.   Phyllis Cummings, born in April, 1896.  She married John Jennings
Peters. John and Phyllis reside in Winnfield, Louisiana, where John
practices law.  They have three children:
a.   Catherine Stacy Peters, wife of Winthrop Payne.   They reside
in Fort Worth, Texas.
b.   John Jennings Peters, Jr. of Winnfield.
c.   Gordon Peters, of Winnfield.
2.   Gordon Campbell Cummings married Mary Roy all, of Norfolk, Vir­
ginia.   They reside in Monroe, Louisiana, and have three children:
a.   William F. Cummings, II
b.   John C. Cummings
c.   Carolyn Cummings
JOSEPH T. HALL, born March 17, 1873. On June 2, 1890, while rescuing a friend from the Chippewa River, Joe was struck by a log and drowned. The friend whom he had saved, was drowned a year later, to the day.
DOROTHY WINNIFRED HALL, born September 12, 1880, on the farm at Eagle Prairie, Wisconsin (also called Eagle Point). While visiting her sister, Catherine Cummings, in Monroe, "Aunt Dottie" met Charles Thomas McCord, who was born at Unionville, Tennessee, on July 7, 1873. They were married December 26, 1908, at 615 Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. They resided in New Orleans for a number of years before moving to Jonesboro, Louisiana, and, later, to Monroe. Chas. T. McCord died in that city on April 4, 1934. Dorothy McCord died in Shreveport on November 14, 1949. They were both buried at Monroe. Dorothy and Chas. T. McCord had two children:
1.   Charles Thomas McCord, Jr., born in New Orleans, Louisiana, May
31, 1911.  Charles married Mary Morris Sherman of Shreveport, on
August 12, 1939. They reside in Shreveport and have four sons:
a.    Charles Thomas McCord, III, born September 19, 1940.
b.   Michael Sherman McCord, born October 19, 1942.
c.    Frederick Ryan McCord, born September 18, 1945.
d.   Stephen Lyons McCord, born September 4, 1947.
2.   Newton Hall McCord, born at 1522 Pine Street, New Orleans, on
August 27, 1915. Hall married Alice Morgan Byron of New Orleans,
who was born on August 6, 1917. Alice and Hall reside in Houston,
Texas.   They have two sons:
a.   Rollin Byron McCord, born March 13, 1945, at Ft. Lewis, Wash­
ington (Byron’s father was then in the U. S. Army, stationed at
Tacoma, Washington).
b.   Thomas Hall McCord, born August 26, 1947, at Shreveport,
Louisiana.