Only two children of William and Mary Hall of Belfast Ireland have been identified so far. They are Robert and William.
Robert Hall was listed as a tailor in the 1843 Directory of Belfast. (And I certainly wish I could say that he started the clothing retail chain of Robert Hall Clothiers but that was started in 1837 by Jacob Schwab. The chain closed in 1977.) Our Robert Hall died 10 August 1888. His residence on the burial record was 34 North Thomas Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. Robert is buried in City Cemetery, Belfast. The cause of death was indicated as Bronchitis. He worshiped in the Church of Ireland, James Reid was listed as the owner of the burial plot. Source: Ulster Historical Society (record accessed by M. Barnes, 5 Sep 2015).
We have not found out who his wife was, but he did have a daughter named Elizabeth. She was born around 1849 (based on her age in the 1901 census) and she died 18 December 1916. Elizabeth is a name that has been passed down in our family from generation to generation. Elizabeth married Joseph Patterson (1851-1936), son of David and Ann Patterson on 12 November 1875 at St. Anne's, Belfast (Church of Ireland). Their witnesses were John Abernathey and Susanna Brown. They had six children, and while three of them were born before the 1875 marriage, it might be that they previously had a civil marriage and wanted to say their vows at church. Or they just lived together until 1875, but somehow I doubt that. Their children were Elizabeth (1871-?), Joseph (1872-?), Annie (1874-1908), David (1875-?), Margaret (1877-?), James (1880-1952).
The Patterson, Hall, and Doran family appear to have remained close to each other through the 1900s. When Bernard Doran's second wife Mary Kane Doran went to New Jersey in March 1914 with her step-son Joseph Doran (son of Mary Hall and Bernard Doran), she stated her last residence before traveling was at the home of J. Patterson, 82 Nelson Street, Belfast. That's the same address as the Patterson family was living at in the 1901 census record.
More about them at another time. On to William Hall.