The Lyons 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.
  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.