Elizabeth “Aunt Lizzie” Hall

Elizabeth Hall (known to the family as Aunt Lizzy) was the fourth child born to William John Hall (1837-1881) and Sarah Tierney (1838-1890).  She was born on May 14, 1870 at their home, 19 Brown’s Square, Belfast, County Antrim. She was baptized at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on the 26th of May. The baptism sponsor was Catherine Clarke. 

In the 1901 Census  of Ireland Elizabeth Hall was living at 45 Fort Street, Falls Ward, Belfast, Co. Antrim. She is described as 36 years old, Roman Catholic, occupation cotton dresser (in the mill), she can read and write, and she is unmarried. Her two nieces, Ellen and Elizabeth Dorran (sic) are living with her.  

On April 2, 1911, in the census, Elizabeth’s age is given as 40, birth year 1871 (calculated), She is living at House number 51, Springfield Village, Belfast, Woodvale District, County Antrim.  Her occupation is Cotton Comber (in the mill). Living with her are Elizabeth Rafferty (neé Doran) age 24, Sarah Rafferty age 1, and two nephews William John Doran age 17, and Joseph Doran age 15.

Aunt Lizzy Hall emigrated around 1914. We haven’t found her immigration records yet.

In the 1915 New Jersey State Census she is enumerated on 437 John Street, East Newark, NJ and was a thread worker at the Coats & Clarks Thread Mill. Her age is given as 42. She was sharing a house with a Mary McDowell (age 53 unemployed) and Mary’s daughters Catherine (25) and Sarah (20) both of whom also worked at the thread mill. All born in Ireland.

In the 1920 census, Lizzy Hall is lodging in the home of Samuel and Mary Spencer at 9 Brighton Avenue, Kearny, NJ. She is now described as 48 and her occupation is Comber at the Thread Company.

The 1930 census finds her living by herself at 112 Maple Avenue, Kearny, NJ. She is described as 59, working in the preparation department at Clark Thread. She immigrated in 1914 and has applied for citizenship.

Some time after the census of 1930 during the Great Depression she apparently lost her job, as did so many others, every self-reliant, she found work as a housekeeper, which she did until her death.

Elizabeth Hall died May 5. 1933 at 112 Maple Street, Kearny. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Blk-26 Sec-F Tr-B Gr-52 1A.

Aunt Lizzy Hall never married. She was very religious woman and kept her bible with her at all times. She bequeathed her bible in her Last Will & Testament, along with what little other possessions she may have owned, to her grandson William John Doran. Her bible remains in their family.  

Aunt Lizzy Hall on a Sunday visit with grand-nieces Bess and Ellen Pearson in West Caldwell, NJ. Photo courtesy of Ruthazer family.