The Hall Family and Related Lines
A Genealogical Study
This site and my work are dedicated with
love to my
parents, Richard and Bonnie Bleil Hall, who have blessed me with a long
life of companionship and good, healthy genes.
May our years together continue!
The Family Story Tellers
We, the family historians, have been blessed.
In each family there is one person who is called
to find the ancestors--to put flesh on their bones and make them live
again in the hearts of those long afterward who share their genes. We are
called to tell the family story, feeling "their" stamp of approval as each
individual saga unfolds.
We are the story tellers of our tribe. Our
calling is as genetic as the color of our hair and eyes. From within our
souls, our ancestors whisper: "Tell our story!" And our mission begins.
Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but a
breathing of life into all who have gone before. In finding them, we
There is pride in what our ancestors accomplished. They contributed to
what we are and can accomplish today. We accumulate respect for their
hardships and losses as we learn of their personal experiences. They never
gave up; they became stronger as they forged their way across the nation,
ever determined to to go on and build lives for their families. There is
deep pride in knowing how they fought to form and preserve our Nation. We
begin to understand that even "we" were in their minds as they shielded
and guided their children. They wanted us to be born who we are. They
never thought that we would not remember them. And so, with love and care,
we record and preserve each fact of their existence, thankful for each
tiny evidence that falls into our laps unexpectedly. We are family.
As the family story teller of my generation, I am duty bound to assume my
place in the preservation of our family's history. And that is why you
will find my record here for the next generations, even after I am one of
those struggling to be remembered.
This project began about 15 years ago when the
"genealogy bug" bit and there on the horizon sat "mortality."
Naturally, that was middle age, but we won't talk about that! It suddenly, in
particular, became urgent to locate and identify the family ancestors as they arrived
in America seeking freedom. And, as the stories unraveled, we found many
Many family "stories" are not true (or at least
have failed to be proven in all these years.)
Our family not the predominant percentage of German
bloodlines that family had rumored us to be, though we can still boast of
German heritage--along with Swiss, French, English, Scot, Irish, Jewish, and
Our most recent immigrant came to America in the
1850s, so we have no Ellis Island heritage.
We descend from
several Revolutionary Patriots,
who will be pointed out on their pages once the site is complete.
No criminals or shady characters have surfaced,
though we've had our share of old dreamers and star-gazers.
Most of our ancestors were hard-working
Americans who made their way across the nation during the time when new
territory opened up. Some stopped and some moved on, but each left his/her
joy and tears on the pages of time as they forged onward.
Genealogy is addictive! I put it down to tend to
other business for about ten years. Now that the "bug" has bitten again, it's
hard to stop to eat.
Random thought: Have you ever noticed how wonderful the
genealogy section of the library smells? Almost
like the essence of Gramma Atwell or Greatgrampa Hall drifting through the
pages, letting you know they were here.
Each name in our index is either related to us or
has married into the family (a collateral line.) Most of the time, we don't
expand a family beyond siblings, but occasionally, you'll find a few additional
generatons. If you find we have a random name, you can be sure there was a
shirttail relationship somewhere along the line.
You can contact us if you want to add to or
correct any of the information we have. Great care has been taken to
assure that our information has been taken from reliable sources. However,
sometimes what seems "reliable" can have a glitch.
We hope you will visit us often and feel free to
use the information here for personal--not commercial--purposes. Please, if you use any of this
information on another web site--including in World Family Tree and One
World Tree--give credit to this author for her hard work. Also please be sure the citations
are correct as they are displayed on this site. It is disturbing to find your
credited work on the Internet with a reference that does not apply to that
It is even more disturbing to find your hard
work under copyright by someone who thought because it is on the Internet,
it is up for grabs.
This family history of the Hall and Bleil families
and their ancestors, who originated in Europe and Germany, includes a collateral Marshall/Marshill and Fleming line
that will develop into a major part of this site.
This would be my husband's family. We are working to develop it
© Mary Hall Marshall
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Site updated on 21 Jul 2006