John Hall was born c1811 in Morpeth, Northumberland.
John married Margaret Slack on March 27th, 1837 at Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham. Both were described as of the parish & both made their mark. Witnesses at the wedding were Joseph Slack & George Wilson (church warden). Margaret was born c1815 at Alston, Cumberland, the daughter of Margaret Smith & Joseph Slack, a tailor.
In 1841 John & Margaret were living at South Hetton, Haswell, Co Durham where John was a coal miner. They had sons – John (2) & James (5 months). Living in nearby Hetton-le-Hole were Margaret’s parents.
John & Margaret were still at South Hetton in 1851 & John was still a miner. They now had 5 children at home – John, Jane (8), Margaret (6), James (4) & William (2).
By 1853 at the time of the birth of their last child, Barbara, John was a deputy overman at South Hetton Colliery. John was unable to write as he made his mark on registration of Barbara’s birth.
In 1861 the family were still living at South Hetton & at home were Margaret (15), James (14), William (12), Ann (9) & Barbara (7).
There is a death recorded for John Hall, aged 59, at Easington in Jan-March 1870.
Widowed Margaret was still at South Hetton in 1871 with sons James & William, both coal miners, & daughter Barbara.
In 1881 Margaret was living with her sons John & James at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole. They were both coal miners.
There is a death recorded for Margaret Hall, aged 73, at Houghton-le-Spring in April-June 1888.
The children of John Hall & Margaret Slack were:
ha.1 John Hall christened December 30th,
1838 at South Hetton, Co Durham
ha.2 James Hall christened April 4th, 1841 at South Hetton, Co Durham, died 1842 at South Hetton, Co Durham
ha.3 Jane Hall christened September 3rd, 1843 at South Hetton, Co Durham; buried October 24th, 1912 at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Durham
ha.4 Margaret Hall christened May 11th, 1845 at South Hetton, Co Durham; died April-June 1917 at Sunderland
ha.5 James Hall christened March 30th, 1847 at South Hetton, Co Durham; died Oct-December 1907 at Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham
ha 6 William Hall christened November 7th, 1849 at South Hetton, Co Durham; buried on April 8th, 1920 at St Nicholas Anglican Church, Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham
ha.7 Ann Hall christened September 2nd, 1851 at South Hetton, Co Durham
ha.8 Barbara Hall born December 29th, 1853 at South Hetton Colliery, Haswell, christened January 16th, 1854 at South Hetton, Co Durham