Very little information was found about the following teachers but they, too, merit further study because they often risked their lives, health and financial well-being to minister to the educational needs of newly free African Americans: […] Alice Hall taught in Still Pond, Maryland for the New York Branch Freedman’s Union Commission. She was from Lansingburgh, New York.
Forbes, Ella. African American Women During the Civil War. NY: Garland, 1998.
On the 1850 US Census, 1850 NY Census, 1860 US Census, and 1870 US Census she appeared enumerated in the household of her parents James Hall and Catherine Mott Hall in Lansingburgh. On the 1870 US Census she was identified as a schoolteacher.
Her father James I. Hall, previously posted about here, had served in the Civil War. For Alice C. Hall to have taught in the South after the war is also quite remarkable!
On the 1880 US Census, 1900 US Census, 1905 NY Census, 1910 US Census, and 1930 US Census she appeared identified as a seamstress and as the wife of John F. Price in Troy.
Mrs. Mary [sic] Hall Price, a native and lifelong resident of Troy, died today at her home, 147 Ferry Street, in her 91st year after a long illness. She was a graduate of the Troy Female Seminary and for some time taught in the South. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a past matron in the Mystic Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include one son, Joseph M. Price, and a niece, Bertha M. Hall. The funeral will be Wednesday from the Mason Chapel, 588 Second Avenue, with Rev. Howard S. Kennedy, 2nd, assistant rector of St. Paul’s Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
“Obituary.” Times Record. August 15, 1838: 7 col 3.
PRICE—At the residence, 147 Ferry St., Aug. 14, 1938, Alice Hall Price, mother of Joseph M. Price. Funeral at the Mason Chapel, 588 Second Ave., North. Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.
Times Record. August 15, 1938: 9 col 2.
The funeral of Mrs. Alice Hall Price was held this morning from the Mason Chapel, 588 Second Avenue, with Rev. H. S. Kennedy, 2nd, assistant rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Times Record. August 17, 1938: 2 col 3.