(1859-1917) - New Castle & Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH and Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA

(Third Generation - Hall Family)


BIRTH Ordway was born in New Castle, Rockingham co., NH on 29 August in either 1858 (according to his death certificate) or 1860 (according to his gravestone and calculations from census information)[2,24].
DEATH Ordway Rider died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 21 February 1917; he was 58[12,22,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38, 39,40,41,42,43] and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[25,43] after a funeral at the Methodist Church on Washington & Richmond Streets in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA was held on Sunday 25 February 1917 at 2:30 PM. Ordway died from a bullet wound to Chest[25]. According to Family Memoranda, he "...was shot and instantly killed on the night of Feb. 21st 1917 by Bandits. Robbery was the motive. He was manager of one of the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company's stores. He was held in high esteem by the company. His age was 58-6months."[12] The perpetrators were caught and tried in "The Rollins' Brothers Trial"[11].
BURIAL Ordway is buried in the Cedar Grove in Dorchester, Suffolk co., Massachusetts[25,43].
THE TALE OF ORDWAY'S MURDER Ordway's death was a cause célèbre in Edwardian Boston, pushing stories of war & impending prohibition off the front page of all the papers for days. Read the coverage of the murder and you immediately get a sense of which newspapers had reporters and which had plagiarizers; which papers were after the facts and which were in it for "a story" (for example, the Boston Daily Advertiser spiced up the story with details of customers being held at gunpoint, which was a complete fabrication). It is instructive to read this media "Rashomon" on the case (for example, most accounts held that Ordway "was survived by his wife and by two daughters who are both married and live in Milton"[30]; missing two other daughters and a son in the rush to reporting.) But, one can sift the facts from fiction eventually.

Ordway had joined The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (what we commonly now know as "A&P") as a clerk by 1886 as a young man in Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH. He quickly moved up in the company, becoming a grocer in their 14 McDonough Street store by 1888. He remained at that position for at least a decade, save for a seeming one-year stint in the Navy in 1901 while his wife Ella "kept his spot" by working as a clerk within the A&P company. Sometime between 1903 & 1905, A&P offered him a better position with the Blue Hill Avenue Store in Mattapan/Roxbury, Suffolk co., MA store. Ordway took the opportunity and moved his family to Boston, Suffolk co., MA. Just six months before his death, he transferred from the Blue Hill Avenue store to one at 851 Washington Street, Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA. File away this last tidbit, it is important.

At 8:40 PM on the evening of Wednesday, 21 February 1917, Ordway & his 12-year-old messenger boy, Leo McCarthy (son of "Organizer McCarthy", "who organized the Elevated Railway employees for their last strike"[31,32]) were putting away the goods in preparation for closing the store. Leo was resting, sitting on a box behind the counter and Ordway was also behind the counter, standing next to the cash register. Three men entered the store and the tallest of the three, dressed in a dark suit with a dark cap pulled over his face[29], stepped up to the counter where Ordway stood. The man said, "I want to buy [a certain brand of[30]] flour." Ordway came around from the back of the counter and replied, "I'm sorry sir but we are sold out [some reports say he added, "until Friday"]. But I expect to have at least half a dozen barrels in early tomorrow."" Without warning, the man pulled out a revolver, yelled "You haven't any?[30] Well, take this then!" uttered "only a curse"[29] & shot Ordway in the chest. The single bullet went straight through his heart and he died instantly, making only a "funny noise" as he fell to the floor[28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,45].

The Boston Post has perhaps the most complete narrative of the robbery's particulars, as described by Leo McCarthy:
Ordway & Leo were restocking the shelves when the robbers entered. The tallest came to the counter and asked, "Have you any flour? Grandmother's flour?". Ordway came forward and said, "No, I have ordered some but the goods were delayed and I shan't have any until Friday. Will anything else do?" The man replied, "Then take this, if you haven't got any flour" as he pulled a big pistol from his pocket and shot Ordway. Ordway gave a sort of a funny noise in his throat and sort of tumbled down on the floor." He was shot so quickly he didn't even have time to raise his arms in protection[35]. More than one account reported that the shooter was smiling[31,32].

The leader then vaulted the counter, opened the till and rifled it. Accounts vary of how much was stolen. Initial reports said that $74 was taken because that is how much was rung up on the cash register[28,29,30,31,32,36,35,34,33,45]. However, the Boston Post reported that "....the other two gunmen sprang over the counter and punching the keys of the register, opened it and started to scoop out the contents." Thus, it is possible that the "$74" rung up on the cash register could have been punched in by them[35].

The Boston Evening Record reported that the robbery netted $59[29]. Meanwhile, the Boston Evening Transcript and the Boston Herald claimed that the robbery was only for $15.[30,33] The Boston Herald reported that Medical Examiner Leary later found $59 in the manager's inside pocket and expressed the opinion that Hall had "...probably become cautious after the Roxbury murder (more about that later) and had placed the money in his pocket for safe-keeping..."[33]. When reporters subtracted this $59 from the $74, the oft-quoted figure of $15 emerged.

McCarthy was so frightened that he couldn't say a word as he remained seated on a box behind the counter. However, showing his obvious fear was the best way to show he wasn't a danger to the gunmen[30,34,35]. The Boston Evening Record took this to an absurd extreme by saying that Leo fell on the floor crying[29]. More plausible accounts indicate that the gunmen noticed the boy when they jumped over the counter to rifle the till.

Once the leader became aware of Leo, he said, "You boy, don't you move.", stepped over Ordway's body and held the muzzle of the gun to Leo McCarthy's head. The other two men also drew guns and pointed them at the boy[28,29,30,31,32,36,35,34,33,45]. Once the leader realized that Leo was no threat, he called off the other two by saying either "It's pretty damn tough [when you have] to kill a kid. Damn him, let him go" (Boston Evening Record, Boston Evening Transcript & Boston Post)[29,35], "It's too bad to have to kill a kid. Let him go."(most other papers used this sanitized version) or "Aw. It's a damn shame. Pass him up. Good night, sonny." (the Boston Herald - whose account was cribbed verbatim by the Boston Traveler)[33]

Leo was understandably "badly frightened" but "was able to give the police a connected story of the shooting."[30]. His identification of the men also cracked the case. Remember, this was in the days when a police lineup meant you walked down the line of alleged suspects, looked each one of them in the eye and pointed directly at the suspect to say, "That's the man.". No two-way glass or isolation from the criminals. Also, Leo followed up by testifying against the gunmen. He's the hero of this story.

Some accounts differ on how many men were in on this. For example the Boston Evening Transcript claimed that the other two men were not guarding the door, but already in the car when the leader came out[30]. However, this would have had the leader giving orders to himself to not shoot young Leo. Most other accounts concur that three men entered the store. It is not clear whether a fourth man was waiting with the car or not, but most of the more reputable papers claim that a fourth man acted as a driver[31,32,33].

Accounts further vary on what they did while waiting. The Boston Globe & Boston Herald said that they went into the periodical store of Michael (or Mishan) Kilrashiel at 853 Washington Street (next door to the A&P), bought some cigarettes & hung around chatting while they waited for the store to clear out[31,32,33]. The Boston Evening Record claimed that the men had bought fruit at the Kilbashian Brothers' stand next door to the A&P[29].

After rifling the till and sparing the boy, the trio headed out the door. Either the car was there for the three of them or the leader fired another three shots into the air[31,32] to signal a fourth accomplice to bring 'round the car. Regardless, they and "made their escape in an automobile amid a fusillade of shots" which were fired by John ' Nishan Kilbashian from the fruit store next door[27,29]. The "heavily curtained machine"[35] escaped unscathed and headed towards Milton, MA[30]. Not only was this scene highly reminiscent of the Wild West, but the Kilbashians were too busy shooting to get the license plate or a description of the car, which prolonged the search for the killers for days[28,29,30,31,32,36,35,34,33,45].

McCarthy's cries of "My God, They've killed him" plus the sound of the shot had caused the ensuing Wild West shootout. Neighbors apparently raised their windows and cries of "Murder!", "Robbers!" and "Police!" rang through the neighborhood. One of the neighbors lifted her receiver and called the Milton police. In this era of party lines, when every call was connected by an operator (no direct dialing), the Milton & Dorchester police were on the same line. The answering Milton Deputy Chief Thomas McDonough answered it and told the woman to call the Dorchester station since it was closer to the scene of the crime. But he then sent his men to stop any cars racing through Milton. A slew of police (all named in the Boston Herald report) soon converged on the store[33].

Some papers reported that Ordway's brother-in-law lived next door to the store (clearly a mistake in reporting since Abbie was an only child & Ordway had only brothers). He heard the shot, but didn't realize it meant a robbery & Ordway's death. Meanwhile, Leo McCarthy ran to the police station to report. A Dr. E.F. Nickerson lived nearby & pronounced Ordway dead[31,32]. According to the Boston Morning Journal, the family didn't tell Abbie of her son Ordway's death that night for fear the shock would kill her[34].

It was later reported that the getaway car was probably the one which "raced through Quincy sq. [sic] a short time after the shooting and was going in the direction of Providence or Brockton". A policeman tried, but failed to stop the car and also couldn't get the number since it was running without headlights. He did, however, get the make of the car[31,32].

The Boston Police (and newspapers) went into overdrive. The reason for this is because this was the second fatal robbery of an A&P store in a week's time. Six months prior to his death, Ordway had managed the 76 Blue Hill Avenue A&P store in Mattapan. He then transferred to the Dorchester store. The previous Saturday, a gang had robbed the Blue Hill Avenue store just as Ordway's store had been robbed and, as with Ordway, the manager - one Edward T. Foley - was shot dead[29,31,32,33].

All week, friends had been congratulating Ordway on his good fortune[33]. Young Leo recounted to the Boston Post: "Last Saturday night, when we heard of Mr. Foley being shot," the boy told police "Mr. Hall said to me 'I'm glad that I was transferred from that store. If it hadn't been Foley, it would have been me.'..."[35] So, six inspectors from Boston Police HQ were put on the case, since they thought this was the work of the same gang[33].

When people realized the connection between the two robberies, "general fear & panic"[41], sensationalism and conspiracy theories abounded. A general alarm was sounded throughout New England and North & South Stations were being watched and all outbound suburban trolleys searched[35]. Stores, saloons & theatres demanded plainclothes & other policemen to guard their concerns[40]. Tea Store men were frightened as were female patrons in Roxbury & Dorchester[37], so plainclothes men were stationed at each A&P in town[41]. "Never have police been so baffled" stated the Boston American[37].

The Boston Globe and Boston Herald maintained that the thieves "drug fiends" from Providence, RI who "commit their crimes when they are under the influence of narcotics" with their "desperate" crime spree beginning on January 15[31,32,41]. The Boston Morning Journal reported more along this vein although far more sensationalized: "...[this is] the most desperate band of yeggs and murderers that has visited Boston in years is terrorizing Mattapan & Roxbury districts, conducting a series of crimes almost without parallel in the city's history..."[34].

The first man arrested was Joseph La Flamme of Quincy. He was arrested by Captain Alexander W. Goodhue & patrolman John Buell[31,32] as he stepped off a Neponset streetcar in Quincy Square with $53 in his pockets[31,32]. Why? Because he matched a general description of the gunmen[28]. But his alibi checked out (he had been in Maine or New Hampshire for two weeks working the lumber camps[31,32]) and he was later released after being held pending identification by Leo McCarthy[30]. The boy thoroughly absolved him. Two other men were also soon arrested & released when Leo said they were not the men[40].

Soon thereafter, the Boston Police started a roundup reminiscent of the one in Mission Hill after the Charles Stuart shootings in 1989. "Known criminals" and "any suspicious-looking characters"; as well as anyone who vaguely resembled the description of the gunmen were taken in by the score. If they weren't found when the police came 'round, their families were informed that the police expected them to turn themselves in for questioning. All of them were held for questioning and for identification by Leo McCarthy & a woman who had witnessed the Blue Hill Avenue robbery.[39] They looked at them all, but none were the gunmen who robbed either of the stores[46]. Police also started working on the stoolies in Charles Street & Deer Isle jails and obtained "clews" from "Dope fiends"[41]. Police started watching liquor stores & sports places in Roxbury, assuming that the gang would hang out there[37]. Concerned citizens also reported a strange car at a garage, but it turned out to be a false lead[39].

The Boston Evening Record speculated that the "Robbery motive doubted. Police believe trio killed for revenge, not for $15 they got"[38]. This theory postulated that it was a revenge murder against Ordway since the other murder took place at the store Ordway used to manage. Proof of this was also found in the fact that Ordway wasn't given even a moment before being shot in cold blood and was cursed at by the robber as the latter shot him. This theory speculated that Foley was shot just to cover up the later murder of Ordway.[38,59]

A&P cooperated with police, hired private detectives and offered a reward of $1000 for capture of the bandits[41,47,59]. The Boston American suggested that the motive was not revenge against Ordway, but A&P, itself: "the treachery of the tea store bandits [in how they killed Ordway] has a suspicious feature which would indicate a concerted plot against the corporation running these chain of stores. The police are now sifting a theory that the gang of gunmen may have been hired by business rivals and that the robbery is only a blind for some more serious motive."[37]

A Boston American description of police action of one set of leads shows how people were taking any facts and trying to shove them into the case surrounding the two A&P murders in order to "get their man". This account tells how Charles Tougis (age 22), Charles Smith, Jr. (of Staten Island), and Charles M. Flagg (age 23 of Brockton, MA) were arrested in Providence, RI for Ordway's murder. These three were arrested after a Taunton farmer named Sabith Joseph complained that they had held him up of $23. According to Joseph, Smith flashed a constable badge. Then, the three tried to force him in to their car. Joseph fought back and in the resulting struggle, the money was taken from him. Another Taunton man who saw the crime took the number of the car & they were arrested when they reached their Providence garage. A search of Smith & Flagg's room on Beacon Street in Providence revealed a bunch of items of a "suspicious nature" & slips from A&P stores. In addition, they had "Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company slips on their persons". However, once 4 Police Inspectors took Leo McCarthy down to Providence, he told the police that these were not the men who robbed the Dorchester store.[37]

The Boston Post reported that police had started a "Nation-wide hunt for [the] bandits" and was personally directed by Superintendent of Police Michael H. Crowley. Clues as far west as Rochester, NY & Chicago, IL[60] were checked out. According to the Boston American, police in Boston searched for a woman who "was the brains of the murder gang"[37]. And another A&P manager - Michael F. McKenzie, manager of the Boyden Square store in East Dedham, MA - was followed as he walked home with his family on 23 February. He whipped out a pistol, confronted his stalker, fired a warning shot & the man ran off[42,47].

It wasn't until 27 February 1917, that a solid break in the case came for police. The Boston American broke the story in the morning edition of 28 February that one Joseph L. Rollins 21 of Gibson Street, Dorchester had come in to the Dudley police station when informed that the police wanted him for questioning in Ordway's death. He denied everything and said he had an alibi. But Leo McCarthy, after walking down the line, pointed right to him and said "That's the man."[48,49] or "There's the man that shot Mr. Hall."[52] Rollins reportedly replied, "You're mistaken, kid." Police emphatically denied that the boy had been shown a rogues' gallery of pictures ahead his identification of Rollins[52]. He was turned over to the station on 19 Morton Street to await arraignment[49]. During questioning, Rollins refused to say anything[54]. [This same account in the Boston Evening Record called Ordway "Edward Ordway Hall", which seems like an odd mishmash of "Edward Foley" & "Ordway Hall".]

It turns out that this was the gunman. He gave a false first name to police, however, when he came in. By 1 March, it had come to light that his name was George L. Rollins and every paper worth its salt had a picture of his "perp walk" from the front door of the Charles Street jail[50]. His lawyer (and brother Walter L. Rollins[52,54]) maintained his innocence, claimed an alibi and said all the usual lawyer things to the press[50]. Ironically, Rollins was sought for questioning now for Ordway's murder, but for Edward Foley's (although police wouldn't reveal why)[52]. Leo McCarthy's identification of him as the gunman in Ordway's murder was a surprise to them.

Rollins was arraigned the next day (1 March 1917). He was not required to make a plea and his counsel got a two-week continuance because the lawyer was in the hospital. So Rollins was taken off to the Charles Street Jail, where he continued to be held[52,53,58]. Meanwhile, police were watching a possible second accomplice[54].

The Boston Herald, while still maintaining that his name was "Joseph L. Rollins", did give a more thorough account of the background of the arrest & subsequent family actions. After Rollins turned himself in for questioning, police went back to his Gibson Street house & knocked. They heard nothing for a bit, then a woman's voice sounded from behind the door and said that they may not enter. Before police could respond, a gruff male voice said "Get out of here or I'll shoot you through the door." Since they had no warrant, the officers left. It turns out that neighbors had heard suspicious sounds from the house & called the police again. When police arrived this time, a woman blocked the door and said "my two boys were only having a little argument" and police again withdrew[54].

The Herald also reported that "Joseph Rollins' youngest brother was caught last fall with a revolver". It turns out that the man they had in custody was the younger brother (George, a.k.a. "Dutch"[55]), who had given his brother Joseph's name in an attempt to hide his own criminal past with his brother's clean record[54,55]. One of the boys (probably the younger brother, Charles) had been arrested several times before on auto theft & other charges. But, he was "not addicted to liquor, drugs or alcohol...."[54].

The eldest Rollins brother was Walter L., who had a shop at 5a Blue Hill Avenue - just down the street from Foley's A&P store - which sold electrical supplies[54]. George worked as an electrician for his brother[55]. Walter's lawyer is the one who spoke to the press & represented George at his arraignment[54]. Rollins' mother is the one who had him give himself up for questioning and steadfastly maintained his innocence of Ordway's death[55].

George's alibi was Grace (or Genevieve[57]) Sheehan of South Boston, MA. Originally, it was said that she supported the testimony of Rollins' sweetheart that George Rollins was with her on the night of the crime[51,56]. Sheehan said she was with Rollins & his sweetheart at a house on Adams Street in Roxbury from 7:30 to 11:00 and the Rollins escorted her to Andrews Square South Boston & left her at midnight. On the night of Foley's murder, Rollins was reportedly in Boston with friends until 3:00AM.[51]. It turns out that Grace was the sweetheart in question (the 2 March 1917 issue of the Boston American includes a fabulous photo of her on page 3). But she assured George's mother that George was with her the night of Ordway's murder[55]. Her story for the night of Ordway's death was also backed up by Mr & Mrs Michael Rose of 56 Adams Street, Roxbury. They said that George Rollins was at their house with Genevieve Sheehan of South Boston from 8:15 until 11:20. Since the Hall shooting was at 8:45, he could not have done it[57].

By 2 March 1917, police had arrested a 19-year-old Dorchester man & taken him to the Mattapan station[56,57,59]. He was expected to come forward for questioning and was only further investigated when he did not do so[59]. It turns out that this was George's younger brother Charles Rollins. Once brought in, Charles was positively identified by several people as having taken part in both A&P robberies. Charles had gone missing from home for several days after the robberies. It turns out that the police had gone to the Rollins home to inquire about Charles, not his older brothers. Getting George was just a bonus which cracked the case.[60]

By 5 March 1917, all others held had been released[58], although police sought three more accomplices and believed that one had escaped on a cattle boat to Europe[61].

Coverage peters out after 5 March and, since I don't know the date of the trial, I have been unable to pick up coverage at that point to provide further details of the case (although I'd love to know more...). Family lore maintains that the brothers were tried & convicted in the sensational "Rollins Brothers Trial". They were spared the death penalty, however, because so much of the case hinged on the testimony of Leo McCarthy and the judge & jury decided they could not send men to death on the testimony of a minor.
OCCUPATION Ordway was a clerk at 55 Congress Street, Portsmouth, Rockingham co., New Hampshire in 1886[14]. By 1888, he was a Grocer at 14 McDonough in Portsmouth, Rockingham co., New Hampshire[44]. From 1895-1900, Ordway was listed as a Clerk at 14 McDonough in Portsmouth, Rockingham co., New Hampshire[16,17], although LaForrest's Birth Certificate has his occupation as "Grocer"[21]. In 1901, Ordway was listed as working at the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, NH[8,21], but had no occupations listed in 1894[15] and 1903[18].

At the time of his death, Ordway was a Store Manager of an A&P Grocery Store in Boston, Suffolk co., MA.[3,17].

Like his father and brother, Stacy, the Portsmouth City Directories provide a good record of Ordway's occupations and residences from 1886 to 1903.
 1886 - Ordway was a Clerk at 55 Congress Street and lived at 9 Lincoln Avenue[14].
 1888 - Ordway was a Grocer at 14 McDonough Street and lived at 4 Newcastle Avenue[44].
 1894 - Ordway's occupation is not listed and he lived on Little Harbor Road. His father, Stacy, was boarding with him[15].
 1895 - He was a Grocer at 14 McDonough Street and lived on Little Harbor Road[16].
 1897 - Ordway was still a Grocer at 14 McDonough Street and still lived on Little Harbor Road[17].
 1901 - Ordway was working at the Navy Yard and living at 17 Newcastle Avenue[18,21]. His wife, Ella, lived at 8 Newcastle Avenue and was a Clerk at 40 Market Street.
It is as though she were "holding" his position for him while he was working for the Navy[21].
 1903 - Ordway's occupation is not listed and he lived at 8 Newcastle Avenue[18].
 By 1905, Stacy and his sons had disappeared from the Portsmouth City Directories[19].
At the time of his death, Ordway & his family lived on 79 Butler Street, Boston, MA[27,25] in Dorchester Lower Mills, Suffolk co., MA[32]
1900 Census, Portsmouth, NH: 17 Newcastle Avenue
  Hall, Ordway R, born Aug 1860, married 18 years, Grocer
  Ellen R [for Ross], wife, (born July 1860, bore 6 children, 6 living as of 1900, born NH, father b. S.C. mother b. Maine)
  Lillian J, daughter, March 1883,
  Lenora E., daughter, July 1885
  Louie P., daught, Feb 1893
  Laura M.,daught, Nov 1891
  Lizzie M., daught, June 1890
  La Forest L, son, March 1895
  Henry J. Roberts, (brother in law, April 1863, married 16 years - he was Ella's brother)
  Eva Roberts, (sister-in-law, Feb 1858, no children ever born. father born South Carolina, mother Maine[10]

This census record indicates that August 1860 is the correct date for Ordway's birth. His death certificate is incorrect, as is often the case, since the information is being given by a bunch of grief-stricken relatives who may not know the correct facts.
1910 Census, BOSTON, MA
  Hall, Ordway R, 50
  Ellen [this should be "Ella"], 49, 6 children living
  Lizzie M, 19
  Laura M, 18
  Laurie?, 17 [this should be Lizzie, it is the census-taker's mistake]
  LaForest, 15
  Stacy, FATHER, 73, married 52 years
  Abbie M [should be N for "Neal"], MOTHER, 72, 3 children born ever, 3 living.
  HANNAH JACKSON, MOTHER-IN-LAW, 72, born NH, father born NH (in the 1900 census, her husband, William, was still living and they lived on the same block as Ordway and family. She is a step-mother to Ella.)[10]
MARRIAGE On 27 April 1882 when Ordway Rider was 23, he married Ella ROSS[3,11], daughter of Captain William Henry ROSS & Sarah "Mary" Elizabeth PEARSE, in New Castle, Rockingham co., NH.[2,3,62] Ella (also listed as "Annie" on the 1860 Federal Census[6]) was the fourth child of William Henry Ross & Mary Elizabeth Pierce. After Mary died, William parceled out the children to neighbors and she was adopted by William and Hannah T. Jackson[3]. William S. Jackson was born on 28 March 1831, probably in New Castle, Rockingham co., NH[12] and died on 8 November 1904.[22] Hannah T. Jackson was known as "Crazy Grammie Hall" and was born on 28 September 1837, probably in New Castle, Rockingham co., NH.[3,11,12] She died on 24 July 1925.[22]

CHILDREN 12. i. Lillian J. HALL Lillian was born 12 March 1883 at 11:00AM[11,24] and married Carl M. NELSON on 5 September 1904[3,1,,62]. He was a machinist[11]. They had the following children:
  1. 22. i. Alice Ella NELSON, was born on 6 July 1905 at 8:00 AM[24] and married Roy JACK, Sr.[11.62] They had the following children: 45 i. Hazel married, had children & divorced. We know nothing of her family.[11] 46 ii. Roy married & had children. We know nothing more of them.[11]
  2. 23. ii. Walter Richard NELSON, was born on 29 March 1907 in 9:55 AM[24] and died on 21 February 1908 at 10:50 AM.[22]
  3. 24. iii. Evelyn Viola NELSON, was born on 7 January 1910 at 7:00 AM[24] and married Earl BUNGAY[11.62]. His last name could have also been Bingay, it is hard to read the handwriting.[11]
  4. 25. iv. Carl Martin NELSON, Jr., was born on 9 October 1912 at 8:30 AM.[24] and married Evelyn TARBOX.[62] They had children.[11]
  5. 26. v. Lillian Elizabeth NELSON, was born on 21 February 1915 at 7:30 PM.[24] and married Cyril WINDERS[11.62]
  6. 27. vi. Ella Ruth NELSON, was born on 13 May 1917.[24] She was also known as Ellen.[11] She apparently didn't marry. There's her entry in the family marriages page, but no groom entered.[62]
  7. 28. vii. Esther Pauline NELSON, was born on 27 January 1920[24] and married Albert HOUSE.[62]
13. ii. Leonora Estelle HALL Leonora was born on 2 July 1885 at 7:00 A.M.[24] Leonora was crippled with arthritis and confined to a wheelchair.[11] On 23 September 1906 when Leonora Estelle was 21, she married Richard CUMMINGS.[3,11,62] They had the following children:
  1. 29 i. Chester Joseph CUMMINGS, was born on 24 March 1907 at 6:11 AM[24] and married Mary SCOLARO.[62]
  2. 30 ii. Ethel CUMMINGS, married Bert JULEN.[62]
  3. 31 iii. Pauline Estelle CUMMINGS, was born on 5 March 1915 at 12:40 PM.[24] Could "Pauline Estelle" and "Ethel" be the same person?
14. iii. Lizzie Martin HALL Lizzie was born on 3 June 1890 at 6:00 A.M.[11,24] According to family lore, On 9 August 1915, when Lizzie Martin was 25, she married Albert E. SMITH.[3,11,62] He was commonly known as "Bert".[11] They had the following children:
  1. 32 i. Esther or Eleanor Marie SMITH ("Eleanor Marie" in the Hall Family Register)[16], who later disappeared[11].
  2. 33 ii. Robert David SMITH, was born on 16 October 1916 in 1:30 PM.[24] Robert was in the Air Force and was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7 December 1941.[11] He married Marjorie WILLIAMS.[62]
  3. 34 iii. Albert Edward SMITH, was born on 2 July 1920[24] and settled in Quincy, Norfolk co., MA.[11]
15. iv. Laura May HALL Laura was born on 19 November 1891 at 11:00P.M.[11,24] On 5 October 1914, when Laura May was 22, she married Shirley C. DAMON.[3,11,62] They had one child:
  1. 35 i. Dorothy Mae DAMON, was born on 5 December 1916 in 2:30 PM[24] and married Eugene REDLON.[11.62]
16. v. Lowie Pauline HALL Lowie was born on 18 February 1893 at 7:00 P.M.[11,24] and died in the mid-1960s of cancer when she was 66 years old[10]. She is buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA.[11] According to family notes, Lowie was "a big woman".[11] Her dear friend Philip Thomas Smith died on 21 August 1912 and was recorded in the Hall Family Bible Deaths Page[22]. On 17 June 1922, when Lowie Pauline was 29, she married Kenneth David STONE, Sr.[3,10,11,62] He died in late 1940s of a heart attack.[10] They had the following children:
  1. 36 i. Kenneth David STONEwas born circa 1922[24,10] as estimated from his age at his death. He died in March 2004; he was 82.[10] Kenneth was crippled with the infantile paralysis version of polio.[10,11] He & his wife [name unknown] had one child: 47 i. Kenneth Andrew is still alive & corresponding with author[10]
  2. 37 ii. Arthur Warren STONEdied in 1992 or 1993[10] and was married with children.[11] He lived in Holden, MA[11]
  3. 38 iii. Frances Martin STONE, was born on 21 April 1921 at 1:30 AM[24] and died in early 1970s; she was 48.[10] Frances was married with no children.[11]
  4. 39 iv. Doris Ann STONEis single and has lived in Grafton, Worcester co., MA.[11] She still lives in Worcester.[10]
  5. 40 v. Russell Ordway STONElives in Wisconsin & is a pharmacist.[10]
Buried in Cedar Grove Cemetary - Dorchester, Suffolk co., Massachusetts.
17. vi. LaForrest Leroy HALL Please see his own page.

GENERATION Great (G1) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. 1850 Federal Census, ROCK New Castle, NH, Federal Archives, Waltham, MA.

2. New Castle, Rockingham co., NH Vital Records.

3. Ella Hall Recollections given to Walter Hall in 1942. Subsequently transcribed by Heather Hall and Kristin Hall.

4. 1820 Federal Census, ROCK New Castle, NH, Federal Archives, Waltham, MA.

5. 1870 Federal Census, ROCK New Castle, NH, Federal Archives, Waltham, MA.

6. 1860 Federal Census, ROCK New Castle, NH, Federal Archives, Waltham, MA.

7. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR or Reg.], 115 [January 1961]:64 ("York Vital Records").

8. Ibid. 82 [1928]:39 ("Records Of The South Church of Portsmouth, NH").

9. Ibid. 108:88 ("A Book Of The Records Of The Church Of Christ (Now First Congregational) In Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine").

10. Research of & Correspondence with Dave Clark (dc2772@yahoo.com). 11. Family Notes Transcription. Notes originally in Walter K. Hall's, Barbara M. Hall's or Heather Hall's hand.

12. Hall Family Record, Memoranda Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles.

13. Gravestone, New Castle Cemetary, New Castle, Rockingham co., NH

14. 1886 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 14, Page 75.

15. 1894 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 18, Page 142.

16. 1895 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 19, Page 158.

17. 1897 Portsmouth, NH City Dictionary. Number 19, Page 158.

18. 1903 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 23, Pages 125-126.

19. 1905 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 24, Page 124.

20. New Castle, Rockingham co., NH Town Records [NCTR]

21. 1901 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 22, Page 121.

22. Hall Family Record, Deaths Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles, Paper.

23. Abbie Neal Hall Obituary, Newpaper.

24. Hall Family Record, Births Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles, Paper.

25. Ordway R. Hall Death Record, 21 February 1917, Boston, Suffolk co., MA, 1917, 1, 173, 2249, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

26. "Boy Fails To Connect Men With Murder", Boston Herald, Boston, MA, 24 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosHerald-02.24.17], p. 12.

27. "Gunmen Kill Tea Store Manager", Boston American, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmer-02.22.17], pp. 1 &6.

28. "Bandit Shoots Storekeeper Dead", Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosDailyAd-02.22.19], p. 2.

29. "Second Tea Store Man Murdered", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-02.22.17], p. 1.

30. "Bandits Kill Storekeeper", Boston Evening Transcript, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveTranscript-02.22.17], p. 3.

31. "Hall's Slayers Drug Fiends", Boston Globe, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917 (both regular & PM editions), Boston Public Library, [BosGlobe-02.22.17].

32. "Store Manager Killed By Thief", Boston Globe (AM Edition), Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, {BosGlobeAM-02.22.17], p. 1 ' 5.

33. "Robbers Kill Another Tea Store Manager", Boston Herald, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosHeraldAM-02.22.17], pp. 1 & 3.

34. "Yeggs Duplicate Roxbury Murder", Boston Morning Journal, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosMornJournal-02.22.17] pp. 1 & 2.

35. "Desperado Trio Murder Clerk In Store Holdup", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-02.22.17], pp. 1 & 4.

36. "Police Hunt Slayers Of Store Man", Boston Traveler, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BostTraveler-02.22.17], pp. 1 & 5.

37. "Report 3 Held As Bandits", Boston American, Boston, MA, 23 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-02.23.17], pp. 1 & 14.

38. "Dorchester Murder Was Deliberate", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 23 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-02.23.17], p. 3.

39. "Police Dragnet Out For Bandits", Boston Globe (AM Edition), Boston, MA, 23 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosGlobeAM-02.23.17], p. 1.

40. "General Hunt For Gunmen", Boston Globe (PM Edition), Boston, MA, 23 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosGlobePM-02.23.17] p. 1.

41. "Reward For Tea Store Murderers", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 23 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-02.23.17], p. 1.

42. "Grill Suspect In Tea Store Murders", Boston American, Boston, MA, 24 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-02.24.17], p. 3.

43. "Ordway Hall Obituary," Boston Post, Boston, MA, 24 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-02.25.17], p. 11.

44. 1888 Portsmouth, NH City Directory. Number 15, Page 78.

45. "Gunmen Kill Tea Store Manager", Boston American, Boston, MA, 22 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmer-02.22.17], pp. 1 & 6.

46. "Boy Fails To Connect Men With Murder", Boston Herald, Boston, MA, 24 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosHerald-02.24.17], p. 12.

47. "$1000 Reward For Bandits", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 25 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-02.25.17], p. 3.

48. "Arrest In Tea Store Murder", Boston American, Boston, MA, 28 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-02.28.17], p. 1 & 3.

49. "Hold Suspect As Slayer Of Tea Store Manager", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 28 February 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-02.28.17], p. 1.

50. "Girl Is Ready To Aid Alleged Gunman", Boston American, Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-03.01.17], pp. 1 & 14.

51. "Sweetheart Asserts Alibi For Rollins", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-03.01.17], p. 3.

52. "Picks Rollins As Murderer", Boston Globe (AM Edition), Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosGlobeAM-03.01.17], pp. 1 & 3.

53. "Rollins Taken To Charles St. Jail", Boston Globe (PM Edition), Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosGlobePM-03.01.17], pp. 1 & 3.

54. "Will Arraign Youth Held As Slayer Of Hall", Boston Herald, Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosHerald-03.01.17], pp. 1 & 14.

55. "Girl To Aid Rollins By Giving Alibi", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 1 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-03.01.17], pp. 1 & 11.

56. "New Gunman Suspect Held By Police", Boston American, Boston, MA, 2 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-03.02.17], p. 3.

57. "Declares Rollins At His Home", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 2 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-03.02.17], p. 1.

58. "Had No Part In Murder", Boston Post, Boston, MA, 3 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosPost-03.03.17], p. 1.

59. "Seek New Tea Store Suspect", Boston American, Boston, MA, 4 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosAmerican-03.04.17], p. 5.

60. "New Arrest Near In Tea Store Cases", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 4 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-03.04.17], p. 1.

61. "New Suspects In Hall Murder", Boston Evening Record, Boston, MA, 5 March 1917, Boston Public Library, [BosEveRecord-03.05.17], p. 2.

62. Hall Family Record, Marriages Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles, Paper.

63. LaForrest Leroy Hall Birth Record, 21 March 1895, Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH, 1895, 3, 50, Portsmouth, NH Vital Records.

64. Hall Family Record 2, Parents' Names Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles, Paper.

65. LaForrest Leroy Hall Death Record, 12 August 1981, Weymouth, Norfolk co., MA, 1981, 533, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

66. LaForrest Leroy Hall Obituary, Newspaper.

67. Walter Kenneth Hall Birth Record, 6 January 1920, Boston, Suffolk co., MA, 1920, 1, 6, 225, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

68. LaForrest Leroy Hall & Esther Gladys Host Marriage Record, 31 December 1918, Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA, 1918, 2, 274, 7224, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

69. Esther Gladys Holst Birth Record, 10 March 1895, Boston, Suffolk co., MA, 1895, 450, 223, 21, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

70. Commonwealth of MA Vital Records, [MAVR], Birth Records, 1895, 450, 223.

71. Esther Hall Death Record, 5 February 1969, Quincy, Suffolk co., MA, 1969, Quincy, 138, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

72. Hall Family Record 2, Deaths Page, Kristin Hall, Written Notes in Family Bibles.

73. Voter Certification, 27 May 1946, Quincy, MA.

74. Hall Family Records 2, Children's Names Page, Kristin Hall, Written Family Records from Family bibles, Paper.

75. Kristin Carole Hall Birth Record, 26 May 1961, Portland, Cumberland co., ME, 1961, 271821, Paper, State of Maine Vital Records.

76. 1939 The World Almanac, [1939Alm], 918.

77. Heather Hall Birth Record, 27 November 1944, Melrose, Middlesex co., MA, 1944, 488, 605, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

78. Alan Maddison Hall Birth Record, 27 October 1947, Melrose, Middlesex co., MA, 1947, Melrose, 46, 871, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

79. Hall Family Record 2, Marriages Page, Kristin Hall, Written Records in Family Bibles, Paper.

80. Hall-Maddison Marriage Certificate, 20 February 1943, Crane Chapel, Tufts University, Medford, Middlesex co., MA, 1943, Actual Certificate from the Reverend George Ladd., Certificate in posession of Kristin Hall.

81. Barbara Maddison Birth Record, 14 January 1923, Swampscott, Essex co., MA, 1923, 8, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

82. Barbara Maddison Hall Death Record, 1988, #022743, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

83. Commonwealth of MA Vital Records, [MAVR], Death Records, 1988, #022747.

84. Walter Hall & Jean Amadon Marriage Record, 28 November 1992, Sudbury, Middlesex co., MA, 1992, XI, 64, 105, Paper, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vital Records.

85. Bruce Arthur Hall Birth Certificate, 22 January 1958, Bronx, New York, 1958, Certificate #156-58-201129.

86. Research of & Correspondence with Jessica Olensky Davis.

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