This post is in response to the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow.
Eliza Jane Hall was my 2nd great grandmother. She was born in Bear Creek, Jennings County, Indiana on March 03, 1817. Eliza was the fifth child of eight (and third girl of five) born to Isaac and Rhoda (Thomas) Hall. Her grandfather was Evan Thomas who served in the Revolutionary War and has been discussed in an earlier post. She lived in that area her entire life; first with her mother and father and then with her husband. On December 10, 1839 she married Isaiah Walton who had come to Indiana with his family about 1814. Her younger brother Abner married Isaiah’s younger sister Melinda.
Eliza and Isaiah had 10 children and 9 of them lived to adulthood. I have not found any record of them before 1850. In 1850 they lived with Isaiah’s father Abraham (who’s wife Polly had died in 1847) and his older brother Dudley. At that time they had six children: Dudley, Merritt, Rhoda, Abraham, Sarah and James. In 1850 they lived in Graham Township in Jefferson County but by 1860 they had moved to Lancaster Township. By this time they had nine children, having added Lucius, John and George to the previous six.
Eliza Jane Hall Walton died at the young age of 47 on October 27, 1864. I have no record of the cause but her tenth child was born and died in 1864. The child is buried near his mother with a stone that reads “Infant of Eliza Jane Hall Walton 1864”. I can only conclude that Eliza died in childbirth or shortly thereafter. The Hall and Walton families were very close and both Eliza and her infant are buried in the Hall-Walton Cemetery near Commiskey in Jennings County.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Works Progress Administration, comp. Index to Marriage Records Indiana: Indiana Works Progress Administration, 1938-1940.
Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research, comp. Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Indiana. Many of these records are on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Graham, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: M432_154; Page: 244A; Image: 494.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.