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Reasons for Disability

Page five of William’s record gave the specific reasons for his disability discharge:

  • General debility
  • The result of long military service, of which 19 and 1/2 years were in India
  • Incurred in and by the service
  • Caused by climate and military service
  • constitution well-worn and will be able to contribute in a minor degree only to self-support
  • Not aggravated by vice or intemperance
  • Unfit for further service
  • Discharged June 11, 1877

Page six of the record summarized William’s physical condition and noted his complexion was sallow and his hair was gray. His occupation was sawyer, or one who made trees into boards. He was 39 and 7/12 years of age.

August 19, 2012 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

An Important Find – Private William Hall

As a beginner in genealogy, I have not done a lot of research on my own. I have cousins on both sides of my family that had already researched most of my two family trees. But today I think I may have made an important discovery on my own. I found what might be the military service record of my great great grandfather William Hall. William was serving in the British Army in India when he married my great great grandmother Lydia Selina Ramsbottom.

I found the record on Find My Past UK. This is a site on which you have to pay for records, but they are not too expensive and you can buy credits using your American credit card. It costs about $15 for 60 credits, and to download William’s service record (6 pages) cost 5 credits.

At first I wasn’t sure if I had the right William Hall, but as I carefully looked at the six pages that seem to be William’s discharge papers, I found so many correct names and dates that I  became sure the record was his. The records listed all the dates he had been at various assignments in India. When I looked at the birth records (found on Family Search) of his four children, the dates and places of their births matched the dates of his military assignment. I’ll have much more to share about William as I continue to examine his records, but for now, I am just basking in the joy of discovery!

July 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

Finding Young Will in Scotland

Perth is a city in central Scotland, located on the banks of the River Tay. It is the administrative center of the Perth and Kinross council area and the historic county town of Perthshire. According to a 2008 estimate, Perth has a population of 44,820. Perth has been known as The Fair City since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828. During the later medieval period the town was also called St John’s Toun or Saint Johnstoun by its inhabitants in reference to the main church dedicated to St John the Baptist. My ancestor William Hall was born in Perth in 1838, joined the Army in 1857, and returned to Perth after his military service in India.

William Hall was born on December 8, 1838, to William Hall and Janet (Jessie) Marshall. He was baptized on December 16, 1838. His birth record can be found on Family Search. He first appears in the 1841 Scotland Census, where he is two years old. His father is 30 years old and is a slater, and his mother is 20 years old. There are no other children in 1841, The family lived at 219 High Street. William is not listed in 1851; instead there is a boy named James who is two. The family lived at 232 High Street. However, I did find William in the 1851 Scotland Census, listed with his grandfather Thomas Marshall, who was Janet’s father.  On the census transcription, the house number is written as 232, but there is no street. It doesn’t seem too far a stretch to conclude it was High Street, where the rest of the family lived. Thomas was an 80-year-old gardener, born in 1771. William was a 12-year-old scholar, and Betsy Marshall  (maybe a cousin?)was 10. By the time of the 1861 census, William was already a soldier in India. However, his mother and father are included in the 1861 census, still living at 232 High street with two-year old James. In 1871, William and Janet had moved to 12  Pomarium Street and had three children, James 12, Robert 7, and Thomas 5. In 1871, Jessie (Janet) is listed as head of the household, living with Robert 18 and Thomas 15.

William attestation papers show that he enlisted in the British Army in 1854 but he was underage at 17 years of age. One year later he was taken on to the 69th Regiment of Foot and his military career began.

July 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

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