Joseph Hall in 1929

Joseph Hall ( 1856 - 1937 )

Joseph Hall, born on 22rd March 1856, was the third son and sixth child of John Hall and Mary Spencer.

Joseph married Louisa Wilson, daughter of John Major Wilson and Ann Newton, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Bridlington Quay on 21st September 1892. Louisa was the widow of Charles Henry Woodhead, a Sheffield spring knife manufacturer, who she had married at Bridlington on 28th December 1880 and who had died aged 37 years in 1885.

Joseph and Louisa had two children:
  • John Gilbert Hall, born 1898, died in France 3rd May 1917
  • Cicely Margaret Hall, born 24th November 1899 at 97 Stafford Street, Sheffield, died on 4th December 1963 in Folkestone. She married Harold Earle Newall (born 27th May 1902, died 6th Jun 1966) at Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield on 21st December 1929
Louisa Hall died of Bright's disease on 5th April 1903 leaving Joseph with the two young children. He was remarried at the Parish Church of St Mary's, Sheffield on 10th February 1906 to Mary Unwin, daughter of William Unwin and Mary Hetherington. Joseph and Mary had two children and lived at 203 Tom Lane, Sheffield for many years.

Joseph Hall died of arterio sclerosis on 16th September 1937 and was buried in Sheffield General Cemetery on 18th September 1937. His obituary notice in the Sheffield Telegraph reads:

Death of Mr. J. Hall
Veteran Sheffield Church and Welfare Worker
The death took place early to-day of Mr. Joseph Hall, of 203 Tom Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield. Mr. Hall, a keen welfare worker, was in his 82nd year, and as recently as last Saturday he was in the best of health and was playing chess in the city. He was the nephew of the late Mr. Ebenezer Hall, of Abbeydale Hall.
Born and bred in Sheffield, Mr. Hall spent the early years of his life in the Park district, where for 15 years he was superintendent of the St. John's Church Sunday School and was Church Warden for some years.
During the greater part of his life, he worked with the Sheffield firm of silversmiths, Martin, Hall and Co. of Park, and prior to his retirement he was departmental manager.
In 1909 he came to live in Tom Lane, Fulwood, where he maintained his interest in the Church, being warden at Fulwood Church for four years, and at the time of his death, an active member of the Church Council. He was also a member of the committee of the Fulwood Endowment Trust. He was president of the Sharrow Chess Club, and was an ardent follower of cricket, being a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club at Bramhall Lane.
Mr. Hall leaves a widow and three children. His son, Mr. Arthur Hall, was married in Bournemouth on Saturday, and is at present honeymooning in Scotland.
His two daughters are Mrs. Cicely Newall, who is now living in London, and Miss Joyce Hall, who lives at 203, Tom Lane. Mr. Hall's eldest son, Lieutenant Gilbert Hall, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action at Bullecourt on May 3rd, 1917.
It was only two months ago that Mr. and Mrs. Hall were returning from a holiday when they were involved in a motoring accident.
The following letter by Joseph Hall was printed in an unidentified newspaper: The Test Match
Australia! Gallant foemen we give you "three times three":
Tho' foes across the wicket we're friends across the sea,
And hail you worthy victors, victors deservedly!
And tho' your glorious effort, effort full brave and strong,
Has won you splendid triumph we English are not "stung";
'Tis honour to be beaten by a foe so valiantly young.
Land of "cornstalks" and emu, victor in well-fought field,
For brawn and sport and mettle we honour to you yield;
May comrade and good friendship thrive across the cricket field!
Joseph Hall
Sheffield 10

Mary continued to live at Tom Lane until her own death on 4th October 1954 after falling off a step ladder in her kitchen and breaking her hip. She was buried in her parent's tomb in Sheffield City Cemetery.

  1. Joseph Hall's birth, marriage and death certificates
  2. Louisa Hall's marriage certificates and death certificate
  3. Obituary notice in The Sheffield Telegraph

This document is © Chris Newall 2003 and is freely available to members of the Hall family.
It is not for sale or general publication.

Author : Chris Newall
File created : 1st January 2000
Last modified : 26th July 2003