Special Collections Department
John Wood Hall
Manuscript Collection Number: 116
Accessioned: Gift, Mrs. Samuel M. Sloan, 1963.
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Content: Statements, receipts, letters.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: July 1993 by Rhonda R. Newton.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Hall specialized in lumber but also dealt in grains, produce, wood, lime, and fertilizer. In order to transport goods, he commissioned the building of a ship in 1838 and added a new ship to his fleet almost every year. The ships carried Hall's goods but also transported other goods. He took a partner, James B. Anderson, in 1861. In 1867, Wood retired and his son, John, took his place.
From 1861 to 1883, Hall served as a state director of Farmer's Bank. He was elected to the state senate in 1866 for a four-year term. He was governor of Delaware from 1878 through 1882.
Hall married Caroline Warren in 1842 and they had four children. He was active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and died in Frederica in 1892.
Sources:Bevan, Wilson Lloyd (ed.). History of Delaware Past and Present. Vol IV. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc, 1929. pp. 402-403.
Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Vol I. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards & Co, 1888. pp. 389-390.
Scope and Content Note
The papers prior to 1871 are primarily receipts for materials purchased by Hall in Philadelphia, presumably for resale in Delaware. Some receipts include notes from merchants about problems with the order or general sales advice. Most receipts were partially pre-printed with the store's name, address, and specialty; and some include lithographs of the store's building. There are also letters from factors reporting sales. There are also some customers' notes about payment for and delivery of goods purchased from Hall. Included in this section are several bills from West River Classical Institute [Maryland?] for the younger Hall's schooling.
After 1871, the records are primarily statements from at least nine different schooners. As owner, Hall received a portion of voyage profits, with the remainder going to the vessel.
The collection will be of interest to those studying Delaware and East Coast shipping, 19th century business practices, and business-related ephemera.
The records are arranged by year.
Ms 489 Virden family papers
John W. Hall, Jr. married Sarah Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Virden in 1877. Like the John Wood Hall papers, the Virden family papers came to the University in 1963 from Mrs. Samuel Sloan.
1 F1 1860 F2 1861 F3 1862 F4-5 1863 F6-8 1864 F9 1865 F10 1866 F11 1867 F12 1868 F13 1869 F14 1870 2 F15 1871 F16 1872 F17 1873 F18 1874 F19 1875 3 F20 1876 F21 1877 F22 1878 F23 1879 F24 1880 F25 1887 F26 1888 F27 1889
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