Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Capt. Palmer Hall's Monument

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2013, used with permission

Tombstone Tuesday: Capt. Palmer Hall

Born at India Point in Westerly, RI, [Bowler genealogy] on 11 Nov 1810 [NEHGS: RI Vital Records Vol. 4 : Pg. 115] to Lyman Hall and his second wife Phebe Palmer. 

Sadly, a previous child name Palmer Hall was born and died before him but I guess Phebe was determined to have her maiden surname used for one of her children and this was her last chance since she was 44 years old at the time of Capt. Palmer Hall's birth.

The real estate listing for Palmer Hall, dated 1837, lists him as the person living in the house at age 27. 

Brian Zoldak, photographed this monument and added it to Find a Grave as well as giving me permission to blog about it.

Of course, the anchor tells us he was a sea captain. The census records consistently tell us about his occupation as a mariner.

Sometimes, the interesting information comes from the wives of a man and that's just where the story leads.

Palmer Hall, married first, Mary Ann Dunbar (1815-1864) and her name is one side of the plaque of the monument. 

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2013, used with permission

They had four children. Two are buried nearby and two lived to adulthood. I can't find a marriage record for Palmer and Nancy but they could have married in nearby Connecticut and not in Rhode Island. This was supposed to say, Mary Ann and Palmer Hall's marriage date

But, Palmer Hall's second wife was Nancy Bowler and I know you are not surprised by that since I keep referencing the Bowler genealogy! 


Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

The Captain's tombstone is so clear that it looks new!

Midge Frazel said...

Brian Zoldak takes excellent photos!