William Hall

Image courtesy of BC Archives, Call Number F-06154

According to Woodward:

 William Hall

Died 1913

  • Received Crown Grant, March 14, 1870, for Lot 41, Group 2, New Westminster District, 150-acre military grant.
  • Toll gate keeper, Cariboo road at Yale.
  • 1866 moved to South Sumas until death.
  • Had at least 3 sons, 2 daughters.
  • Son, Euphrates Thomas Hall, born on RE supply ship, Euphrates, in 1859.
And from The Chilliwack Museum's History web page at

Colonial Settlers : William & Ann Hall 

Formal portrait of Corporal William Hall
Corporal William Hall

William Hall (1827-1913) was born in England in 1827.  Hall attended medical school but left before qualifying and joined the Royal Engineers where he learned his trade as a stone mason.  He married English born Ann Bucklelow (1824-1897) in 1846, prior to his 1848 posting to Gibraltar.  He served in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856, receiving both the Crimean War and the Turkish Crimean medals.  Hall, accompanied by his wife and first three children, arrived in the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1859, as a member of the Royal Engineers.  Five more children were added to the Hall family after 1858.  Hall's duties included constructing parts of the Cariboo Road, through the Fraser Canyon, and the Hope-Similkameen road.

During this initial period the family moved from Sapperton (New Westminster) to Yale where Mrs. Hall operated a boarding house.

In 1863, the Columbia detachment of the Royal Engineers disbanded.  Hall chose to stay in the colony to claim a free military grant of 150 acres.  Hall's original land holdings were located on Unsworth Road.  By 1878, however, the Halls had moved their residence to property on the West End of Chilliwack Mountain.

Hall continued to practice his trade as a stone mason and worked on the construction of many local homes, and carved gravestones.

Portrait of Mrs. Ann Hall, late 1860's

Mrs. Ann Hall, late 1860's

As a Corporal, Hall's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 2s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.