1. RICHARD S. MILLER --------------------------------- 2

2. THOMAS HALL----------------------------------------31

3. NATHAN AND PERMELIA HALL ----------------      35

4. JONAS A. and REBECCA HALL -------------------     49

5. JAMES HALL (Part Three)---------------------------     71

6. JAMES HALL, (Part Six)------------------------------    83

7. MRS. JAMES HALL, ---------------------------------    86


FEW people know anthing of their ancestors, beyond the limited number with which they are closely connected. This probably arises from carelessness rather than from a want of affection or of reverence, and when the means of knowing is presented they are then eager to obtain all the knowledge which is to be had; and as family connections cannot be severed, let each portion fondly cherish the other, and, more especially, let children reverence their parents and ancestors, which feeling should follow those who come after them.

Webster says: "It is a noble faculty of our nature which enables us to connect our thoughts and sympathies with what is before and after us, and hold communion at once with our ancestors and our posterity." We cannot know ourselves unless we know our ancestors, for each individual is a link in a very long chain, and there is a distinctness of characteristics which adheres to families and often becomes national.

These works are generally of love, for the work is most perplexing, and generally a work in which only a limited number are interested, but it is the duty of some to engage in this work, so that children's hearts may be turned to their fathers.



In 1879 I began to print the HALL FAMILY RECORDS, but finding, after a short time, that my work contained only a record of one of a family of seven children, I abandoned the work of printing what I had collected until I made an effort to collect a record of each of the seven children, which has proved to be a difficult task. However, after being able to present so full a history of our family, I am not sorry to have waited, and have it appear in this enlarged form.

My introduction at that time was as follows: "A love for our ancestry has prompted us to gather together its history and line-age for a period extending from 1724, to the present - one hundred and sixty-one years. It has been no little trouble for us to get the date of births, deaths, marriages, and so forth, from relatives, some of whom were hundreds of miles away, and did not realize that upon them, and not upon us, rested the getting up of this record. To all who have aided us in its preparation, we return our sincere thanks, and we hope the record will be of use to them. By a careful perusal of this work, we believe all our friends will find a great deal of information of which they were not before aware. The dates are almost all from near relatives, and may be regarded as near correct as can procured.''

I was always eager to hear all that could he told of my ancestors, and on this account, more than any other, have I clung to the hope of finally getting it all together, which would be the means of keeping our family history for future generations. I have met with many discouragements, and now lack much that I hoped to present. There were many emigrants of which little is known, and I could not trace further back than THOMAS HALL, but may yet trace back further, which can be sent out as a supplement. Whether I shall be able to do so, I cannot say, but I am willing to receive information and will hold it ready for any who may.


I have adopted the plan of numbering the families, which is the most convenient. The generations, after the second, are

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kept separate, and can be easily traced by the complete index which will follow.


To obviate the necessity of searching for pedigrees, as in many genealogies I have adopted the method of giving a full pedigree to every head of a family (or brotherhood of families.


The usual abbreviations are employed in this work as b. for born, m. for married, d. for died, and others which are easily understood.


The surname Hall is derived from at least three sources.

1. The Norwegian word for flint is hallr, its final letter is silent, and only indicates the nominative ease. The word also signified a hero, and on this account the Norwegians often gave it as a name to their children, and it finally became a surname. The old Norse hallr, hals and the Anglo-Saxon haele, haletta, signify the same, a hero.

The surname Hawes has the same derivation as hall.

Hallett and Henry are diminutives of the same.

Hallse means; the son Henry.

The Norwegians settled quite extensively in Scotland, and hence. the Scotch Halls

2. The English Manor House is another source of the name of Hall.

In Medieval documents the Manor House is called "Alle, "Halle, "De Aula and "Del Hall."

The principal apartment was the hall, which was used as a petty court of justice, as well as the scene of entertainment, hence the tenant or chief servitor acquired the surname De Aula or Del Hall which was retained by his eldest son.

3. The word in Welsh for salt is hall, and a worker in salt is haller, and a dwelling near salt works or on low marshy ground near the sea is halham, halla or halle, hence the origin of the

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name of the ancient Castle Halla, now City Halle, in Saxony, as extensive salt works are known to have been located there. Or the castle may have taken its name from its chief, who of course was haele, hero.

The great mass of English Halls undoubtedly are the posterity of the men of Halle who came in the successive Saxon invasions of England. They were called De La Halle, which became a surname, and is now simply Hall.

William of Normandy, who conquered England, and his followers, "insulted dreadfully over the ancient Baron nobility and spoiled their estates," whose descendants four hundred years later, still groaning under oppression, glad to embrace so good an opportunity for enjoying their ancient rights and love of liberty, emigrated in great numbers to America.

It is said that the Halls of Great Britain exceed in number any other name except those of Smith, Jones, Brown and Robinson.


In answer to the "introduction" sent out in 1879, I received the appended letters:

Letter from Hon. E. B. Hall

SANTA BARBARA, CAL., Dec. 26, 1878.
DEAR Sir: Yours of the 17th is just received. I shall be much interested in your proposed family record, and will gladly render you any aid I can. And to begin, allow me to correct two or three items in your "introduction.

1st. The Hall family are not of "Dutch descent,'9 as you state, but are of Scotch descent. The very name is Scotch, and could not be Dutch. Scotland is full of Halls, whilst there is not one in Holland or all Germany unless they have strayed thither.

2d. You say, "the forefather of the Halls was Asa Hall." Not so; but you must go back another generation to Thomas Hall and Rebecca, his wife, who lived in Delaware. Thomas Hall died in Delaware, leaving his widow, Rebecca, with five children, to-wit, Jordan, Asa, Rynear, Nathan and Rebecca Hall. With these children she came via Braddock’s Trail and settled on or near Cheat river. After a short time she moved with her

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family to a place on west side of Monongahela river, a few mile above Morgantown, in Monongalia county. I have often seen the farm where they lived - pointed out by my father and others. Here she lived and reared the family, and I think she died there.

Jordan, the eldest, married a Miss Neal, and settled on the farm near Palatine, Marion county, on which he lived till his death; the same farm on which Isaac Courtney lived just prior to his decease.

Asa, the next eldest, married a Miss White, and settled a on the farm at Barnesville, Marion county, as it now is, and lived here till his death.

Rynear, the third son, married and settled on what is known as the Guseman farm, near Houlttown, Marion county, and died there - leaving no children.

Nathan, fourth son, married and settled in what was called the Swamp settlement, in what is now Taylor county.

Rebecca married John Courtney, and lived and died on Scott's run, below Morgantown, Monongalia county.

All these left numerous children, except said Rynear. So you see, the Asa Hall (your mother's grandfather) of whom you speak, as the forefather of the Hall family in this country, was only one of the five children of the family that came from Delaware.

A. G. Hall's wife was a granddaughter of said Nathan Hall, of the Swamp settlement, and he can put you on the line of that family. I am a grandson of said Jordan Hall; but two of his sons still live, and can give you more of the family ancestry perhaps than any one else to whom you can now app1y. They are William N. Hall and James Hall, both of whom live at Brown's Mill, Harrison county: so write them; they may give you dates and other items that I have been unable to give you. I have amongst my papers somewhere all the old title papers, patents, &c., of said Rebecca Hall, the mother of your great grandfather, which came into the hands of my grand father, Jordan Hall, her eldest son ; and from him to my father, his oldest son, and from him to me. If I can lay my hand on them I will be able to give you dates, localities, &C., with absolute correctness. I send you copy of family record made up in 1816, prepared by your great grandmother, Sophia Hall, and her sons, of whom your grandfather was the eldest; also family record of mother Jones' family.

My grandfather, Jordan Hall, oldest brother of your great grandfather, Asa Hall, had sons - Rynear (my father), Asa, Jordan, William N. and James, all of whom left or have families, except Asa; also daughters Rebecca, who married Joseph

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Brummage; Mary, who married Abraham Barnes; Fanny, who married Daniel Holland. He had other children who died during their minority.

I have written hastily; hope you can make it out, and that it may be of some aid in your work. Yours truly

E. B. HALL. P. S. -In the copy of the old family record of 1816, enclosed 1 herewith, you see the record of the death of Margaret White. She was the mother of your great grandmother, Sophia, wife of Asa Hall.

Letter from James Hall.

Browns Mill, W.Va., Dec.31, 1878

 Sir: In answer to yours, I will give you all the information I can, and I must be brief. I use this paper because on the other side is some information you can have.

My grandfather, Thomas Hall, and Rebecca, his wife, were citizens of Kent county, Delaware. They were the parents of Asa, Jordan, Rynear, Nathan and Allen, and two daughters, Parthena, the oldest child, and Rebecca, the youngest. You have Nancy, a name of which I never heard. Grandfather, I think, died on the 29th of May, 1772, and left his wife a widow and children orphans. Parthena was 16 years old and Rebecca one year old: The family continued in Delaware until the close of the revolutionary war, and then emigrated to what was Monongalia county, Virginia, I think, in the year 1782, after the marriage of Parthena to Isaac Mason, and Asa to Sophia White. With two exceptions, they all lived and died in what was then Monongalia county.

Rynear, the third son, married Eleanor Haymond and died April 1st, 1818, without children.

Parthena stayed some years here and then went to Tennessee and died there, and left a large body of descendants.

Nathan, the fourth son, married Elizabeth Robison, a widow, by whom he had three sons and six daughters. All, with the exception of one son, were married and lived around him when he died on June 23d, 1827. His second daughter is the mother of A. G. Hall's wife. Uncle Nathan has two grandsons, Methodist preachers; Ashford Hall, Presiding Elder, one of them. He died in the Swamp settlement, now Taylor county, West Virginia.

Uncle Allen, the fifth son, married Nancy Thrapp and moved to Licking county, Ohio, when it first became a State, and raised a large family. Among them, one son and one son-in-law, were Methodist preachers. Uncle Allen died in the year 1845.

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Aunt Rebecca married John Courtney, and raised three sons and six daughters. She lived and died on Scott's run, Monongalia county. She had one son-in-law a Methodist preacher. She died September 22d, 1854.

Grandmother Hall came with the family to Monongalia county, and died at her daughter, Rebecca Courtney's, December 15, 1812, after being blind for twelve or fifteen years.

You have the record of the families of Asa and Jordan Hall. Jordan Hall has three grandsons and one great grandson preachers--two Methodist and two Baptist. I suppose there are but few of the grandchildren living. Jordan Hall has two yet living; Nathan has one daughter living; Rebecca Courtney two daughters living.

I have done the best I could, and you can use it as you think best.


P. S.-I forgot to name that Asa Hall had one grandson a lawyer and one or two doctors. Jordan Hall has three grandsons, lawyers.

Second Letter.

Browntown, Harrison Co., W. VA., Aug., 20, 1884.
DEAR Sir: This is to let you know all I know of the old Delaware set of Halls.

Thomas Hall and Rebecca, his wife, lived in Kent county, Delaware, near Duck creek Cross Roads; Dover was their county seat as well as sent of government for the State. They had a family of five sons and three daughters, one of whom must have died young, for I never heard anything about the one called Nancy. The rest lived to be grown; all raised families but one, Grandfather died where they had lived, near Duck creek Cross Roads, in the year 1772, and on the 29th of May. The children were all single yet while they stayed in Delaware. In about ten years Parthena married Isaac Mason and Asa married Sophia White.

In the year 1781, Uncle Isaac (Mason) and Jordan (my father) came out to look at this country, and the next year (1782) they all moved to Monongalia county, now West Virginia, near Morgantown. In this section of the country they all married. Jordan married Nancy Neal, Rynear Nelly Haymond, Nathan a widow by the name of Elizabeth Robison (maiden name George), Allen married Nancy Thrapp, and Rebecca married John Courtney. All raised large families except Rynear, who died without children.

They all left the Morgantown neighborhood and moved higher up the Monongahela, except Parthena,who moved to Tennessee

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in the year 1796, where she died and left numerous offspring. Allen went to Licking county, Ohio, near Newark, and died there, leaving a large family. Aunt Rebecca lived on Scott's run, below Morgantown, and died there in the year 1754. Asa died January 9, 1815; Jordan died June 2, 1835, and Rynear April 1, 1818. These three lived and died within two or three miles of Fairmont. Nathan died in the Swamps, a part of Taylor county, West Virginia, June 1827. So you may see that none but Parthena and Allen ever left this country. You can see grandfather never came to this country; grandmother did and died December 15, 1812.

Father used to say that two families, one of Halls and one of Spencers, came from Ireland and settled at Snow Hill, Maryland, from whom the Halls descended. According to that we are Irish and not Dutch as you have it. I give you the marriages and deaths on another page of father's family.

And now if you can make it out it is the best I can do. I am all of the family now living.

This from JAMES HALL.

P. S.--The four oldest brothers and youngest sister all died in what was then Monongalia county, Virginia, the three oldest of them near Fairmont, now Marion county, West Virginia. Asa and Rynear died on the river below the mouth of Buffalo creek, the river only between them. J. H.

Letter from Thomas Shourds. Author of the History of

"Fenwick's Colony."

Salem, New Jersey, 26th of the first mo., 1885.
RESPECTED FRIEND: Thy letter dated 19th was received. Agreeable to thy letter, I think thy ancestor, Thomas Hall, was more than probably the grandson of Judge 'Wm. Hall, of Salem. The reason that makes me think so is this: Clement Hall, son of Judge Hall, left Salem and removed to the State of Delaware about 1725, there married, and had several children. About the beginning of this century, Sarah Hall, a young woman, came from the State of Delaware and married Samuel Acton. They had children. Her brother, Samuel Hall, came soon afterward, and settled in Salem county. He always went under the name of Delaware Samuel Hall. There was two or three of that name already in this. county, but they claimed of having descended from Judge 'William Hall.
Thine truly, THOMAS SHOURDS.
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From the Rev. Hall's family records I got the name of E. K. Hall, of' Hall's Safe and Lock Company, and the following correspondence with Acton A. Hall, Esq., ensued, E. K. Hall having died previously. I have no doubt but that this is a part of our family line, although no positive proof is forthcoming. The above letter of Mr. Shourds has gone far toward the forming of this opinion in my mind.

Letters and extracts from Acton A. Hall, of the Safe and Lock Company.
CINCINNATI, Nov. 29th, 1884.
DEAR Sir: In reply to your favor of November 27th, 1884, I cannot give you exact dates, names, &C. of ancestors until I have refreshed my memory a little by looking over the "History of Fenwick's Colony," a book written by Thomas Shourds, of Salem, New Jersey, which gives quite a lengthy account of our branch of the Hall family.

As near as I can remember we are direct descendants of William Hall, who emigrated to this country with the above mentioned colony in 1677, and settled in Salem, Salem county, New Jersey. By reference to my map I find that Salem county is on the East side of the Delaware river, while Kent county is on the West side and nearly opposite. If you are at all acquainted in that section you have probably heard of the late Clement Hall, who died about a month or two ago, or of his brother, Henry D. Hall, who is still living in Salem, and who, by-the-way, are near relatives of father.

I would be pleased to hear further from you, and will write you again after having looked the matter up. In the meantime believe me

Yours truly, ACTON A. HALL.


 Extract from letter of December 2d, 1884: I may be able to give you some information even after you get the "History of Fenwick's Colony." If so, I would be most happy to be of any service whatsoever that I could.

CINCINNATI, Feb. 6th, 1885.
DEAR SIR: As I have said before, we have here in our office a second cousin of father's, Louis Morris Hall by name. He agrees with Mr. Shourds in saying that Clement Hall, his great grandfather, went to Delaware and married Sarah Mason; and that as he remembers he had five sons: David; Joseph, Louis, Thomas and Clement. Clement had eight children: Thomas, John, Henry, Morris, Margaret, Lydia, Mary and Emma.

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The Sarah Hall that married Samuel Acton was a great aunt of his and also an aunt of my father's.

There is now some litigation about a piece of property over in Delaware in which the Halls, Actons and Morris', &C., are engaged, or rather interested.

You will probably think I am somewhat muddled in my replies, and I expect I am, as I have most of my information from the Louis Hall whom I mentioned.

Extract from letter of February 9, 1885: I can give you no further information just at present about either Thomas or David Hall, though I have had cousin Louis write to his aunt, Mrs. Lydia Woodnut, for information. He expects an answer in a week or ten days, when I will answer your questions more fully.

Extract from letter of May 20, 1885: Cousin Louis has not been able as yet to get a reply from his relative in the East concerning questions asked. If he should do so I will write yon further.

Any information I may be able to obtain, you are heartily welcome to.

You have my best wishes for the success of your book and for your own welfare.

I have been anxious to trace our genealogy further back than any dates we have, but could get no clue to do so on account of not having the old patents, etc., which have not been accessible to me. The letters which follow show how kind persons of the name Hall have been in giving the knowledge they had of their ancestors, all of whom are entitled to thanks. None of them seem connected with our line directly, although the line of William Hall, who emigrated to the Fenwick Colony in 1677, comes nearer it than any of the others.

Extract from letter of Henry D. Hall, Esq.

SALEM, N. J., Dec. 4, 1884.
I can give you but very little information about the descendants of William Hall. He settled in Salem, Salem county, and many of his descendants still live here, and in this neighbor hood, and own property purchased by him; and some of it has remained in the family ever since.

I think Mr. Shourds can give you more information about the Hall family than perhaps any one in this county, and I have no doubt would take pleasure in doing so.

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Extract from letter of Ex-Gov. Hiland Hall.

NORTH BENNINGT0N, VT., Sept.23, 1884.
I am unable to give you any information of the Thomas Hall you mention; either his ancestors or descendants. He could not; I think, have belonged to my line of Halls, whose genealogy I have, from John Hall, born in England, in the year 1584, to my grandfather, Thomas Hall, who was born in Guilford, Connecticut, February 11, 1726, and died in Birmingham, in 1803.

Extract from letter of Rev. J. G. Hall, D. D.

903 Prospect St., Cleveland, Ohio.
I think we must be of different families, as I never knew of any of my kindred going South. 'We are from Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Letter of W.R. Cutter, Esq., Librarian.

Woburn, Mass., Nov.21, 1885.
DEAR SIR: Your letter of the 18th inst., and printed slips are received. I cannot aid you more than to say that the Hall pedigrees relating to London are included in a volume now in this Library, made up of bound pamphlets, of which one, with the title ''Hall Pedigrees,.'' communicated by Rev. H. F. Hall, of High Legh. It is a small pamphlet of two pages, quarto size, compiled from visitations of London in 1568 and 1633-4, and extracted from Records of College Arms, examined and found correct, July 23, 1868, by the proper heraldic authority of the realm. The Hall names are:

Thomas and John (1568): Thomas (1568) had sons Thomas and John (1568).

John, of London, had sons: John, Humfrey, and Thomas (1568).

John, of London (1633-4), had at that time sons: John Hall, of London, merchant, eldest son now living, 1633. He had 1, Martin, son and heir; 2, John; 3, Humfrey; 4, James; and daughters, Sarah, Alice. Elizabeth, and Mary.

Also, Thomas, of London, merchant, 1633, who had sons:

Thomas, aged 19 years, John, Humfrey, Daniel, and Joseph.

With this 1633-4 statement is presented autograph of Thomas Hall.

The above is illustrated further with other information of the period of 1568. I give the merest outline.

There are also extensive additions to visitation of London,

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1568. Family of Halls in Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, for instance: 'Will of John Hall, 1522; Thomas, 1562; George, 1598; John, 1617'; Daniel, 1623; Thomas, 1634; Humfrey, 1641; Thomas, 1643; John, 1644; John, 1644, and very many items, terribly long documents most of them, with pedigrees of the seventeenth century and earlier. I couldn't be hired to copy them; it would take weeks. It only shows that the name of Hall was then influential and numerous; an endless subject.

I refer you to the work of Mr. Watters in the New England Genealogical Register. He may in time help your case, though he has not yet.

Extract from letter of Rev. David B. Hall, author of

Halls of New England.

DUANESBURGH, N. Y., Sept. 8, 1884.
I am sorry that I am not able to trace the connection between the family of Thomas Hall, of Delaware, or Maryland, and those contained in my book, although such a connection may exist. Have you any intimation that Thomas Hall, born in 1724, was an emigrant, or do you think that he might have been born in America? I should be pleased to receive any additional information concerning him or his posterity.

Extract from letter of Thomas C. Hall.

OMAHA, NEB., Sept. 8, 1885.
I am a born Irishman. County Armagh has been my family county for at least four generations. Tradition says Scotland was our original home.


The ancestor of the Halls, from whom we trace our family line, is Thomas Hall, who was born September, 24th, 1724, and his wife, Rebecca Story who was born June 10th, 1730. The only authentic information which we have is, that Thomas Hall died at, or near Duck creek Cross Roads, Delaware, May 29th, 1772, leaving his widow with seven children-five boys and two girls. We have been unable to get any further information. It has been handed down to us, as if by tradition, that he, or his ancestors, at one time lived at Snow Hill, Maryland; after repeated efforts to trace back further than the family we trace from in Delaware, I shall have to be content with what I have been able to collect.

Before proceeding further, I will give some items of interest which I have not been able to trace to any authentic source, but which, I have no doubt, are true.

We learn that our branch of the family started from a marriage between a Hall and a Spencer, one of whom was Scotch, and the other Irish; but which was Irish or which Scotch we cannot tell. At the time of the revolutionary war, Jesse Hall was a soldier in defense of the colonies. He was the son of Moses Hall, who was one of the brothers of our ancestor. My grandfather always had a desire to seek his uncle, who was a sea-captain, and it is quite likely he had, at some time, visited the West. His name was David Hall. These three brothers are the only ones who are remembered, although all the older living members of the family remember of their parents telling them that the following was numerous at Snow Hill, Maryland, and in Delaware. It is a great misfortune that no authentic records of our ancestors have been kept.

After the death of Thomas Hall, in 1772, his widow remained in Delaware until the close of the revolutionary war. In 1781, Isaac Mason, who had married the eldest child, and Jordan Hall, the third child, came to the western country to locate, and in the following year, 1782, the family emigrated to the forks of Cheat river, a few miles below Morgantown, West Virginia.

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At that time, what is now West Virginia, was an almost unbroken forest. They remained there about two years, and then moved further up the Monongahela river. It is a fact, worthy of notice, that nearly all who settled in this vicinity,-the Morgans, Ices, Pricketts, Halls, Barns', Straits, Flemings, Hartleys, and others,-and who have had such numerous following, came from Delaware. Several were of Scotch-Irish descent. They crossed the mountains by a route known as "Braddock's Trail,'' and usually settled near Cheat river. Then, as danger of attack from the Indians became less frequent, they moved further up the Monongahela river.

Of Thomas Hall's widow, who came to the West with her children, we have some information. Her maiden name was Story an English name, and we have the information from our fore-parents, that she was an English lady. She was of a dark complexion, slender, and some of her descendants are said to favor her a great deal. When her family emigrated to the West, she was 52 years old, and made the entire trip on horseback, in company with Mrs. Margaret White, Asa Hall's wife's mother. She made her home with her daughter Rebecca, where she died, December 15, 1812, after being blind for 12 or 15 years. She must have lived a part of the time with her son Asa, for she was remembered very distinctly by my grandfather. She was a very proud woman.

Their children were as follows:

PARTHENA, embraced in: Part One;

ASA, Part Two;

JORDAN, Part Three;

RYNEAR, Part Four;

NATHAN, Part Five;

ALLEN, Part Six;

 REBECCA, Part Seven

The party who emigrated consisted of the following persons:
Rebecca Hall, Asa and wife, and his wife's mother, Jordan, Rynear, Nathan, Allen, and Rebecca, Jr. If there were others we have no knowledge of it. Jordan received three negroes in part payment for his property in Delaware, but he may not have brought them at this time. We will have more about this further on.

None of our ancestors lost their lives at the hands of the Indians. One stockade was built about a mile below where Fairmont now stands, and another in the forks of the river, about two miles above, to which all the people went, when an alarm was raised that the Indians were coming to the settlement.

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 They hurriedly took their small stock of valuables and went to the nearest stockade, there to remain until the Indians left. Often when they went back, they found their former homes burned to ashes.

That they were happy and contented there is not a doubt. They had little money, but the forests were filled with choicest game, and the husband spent all his spare time in providing plenty of meat. They each raised some corn for winter's use. They made trips to Pittsburgh each year, taking with them a load of furs to exchange for salt and other necessaries.


The Family of Isaac and Parthena (Hall) Mason.

By Major E. B. Mason., a Grandson.

The MASON family, of our line, had been entirely lost, and, when I begun to get up the records, no one knew anything of them. It was known that they had gone to Tennessee, and had a numerous following there; so I wrote to Nashville, to where they had first emigrated, and sent letters of inquiry all over that section of the State. One of the letters reached Major E. B. Mason, who kindly consented to get up the record for me. To him I am indebted for all that appears of the Mason family. His great age, no doubt, has kept him from giving me a fuller account; but this much may lead to some other member of the family giving the full record, should another edition of this work be begun. My desire was that this part of the record should be very complete, but I could not get any further items. Should I get any addresses of any members of the family, I shall keep them in readiness for anyone who may desire to continue the work I have begun. This family were all for the South during the civil war, carried along, no doubt, by the sentiment of the section to which they belonged. Following is the sketch written by Major Mason:

Isaac Mason was descended from an English family who settled in Delaware in 1720. He had one brother who settled in Virginia; they were left orphans while young. He was connected

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with the well known family of Masons in Virginia. His cousin, Ann Mason was the mother of General Winfield Scott.

The subject of this sketch was bound to a tailor, where he completed his apprentice-ship, and for many years followed his trade. He was born January 31, 1753 and on November 24, 1774, he married Parthena, the eldest child of out ancestors. His wife was born and raised in Pennsylvania* and was connected to a large and respectable family. She had two brothers, one of whom was named Rynear and the other Allen.

Isaac Mason and his wife were Episcopal Methodists, and lived in the days of John Wesley, Asberry, and McKindrew. During the revolutionary war, he was a soldier under Washington, Green and Lafayette. And was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown, on the 19th of October, 1781. He was there discharged and returned to his family. The following year he moved to Sussex county, Virginia, and remained there until 1787. He then sold off his loose property and moved is family to Monongalia county, Virginia, in order to prepare a boat on which to move his family and household goods to French Lick, now Nashville.

On way to their new home, they were obliged to pass the falls of the Ohio river, which was then considered dangerous. He took all his family on shore, and hired an experienced hand to take his boat over. In the meantime, his family were in danger of being attacked by hostile Indians, for they were bitterly opposed to the wires advancing further west. The water was not at a very good stage for passing the falls, and a large number of movers having accumulated at that place, and fearing an attack from the Indians if they remained longer, a council was held by the interested parties, and it was resolved to attempt to pass the falls. They pledged to each other, if any one was so unfortunate as to lose his boat and cargo, that he would not be left behind; and out of sixteen boats and cargos, thirteen passed in safety. One of the boats lost belonged to Isaac Mason, and was the most valuable boat and cargo out of the sixteen boats. He was thus left without means, but his companions, true to their promise, proceeded to build a boat to accommodate him and his family, who had lost all. This work took but a little time, and they were soon on their way again, but had not gone more than twenty miles, when they were attacked by a large force of Indians, from the Ohio side, and in canoes. The whites were successful in the fight, killing a number of the enemy, and capturing their canoes. Several of the whites were badly wounded, among the number being a woman and her little

*This is undoubtedly wrong, as the family were all together in Delaware

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child. During the attack the women steered, while the men gave battle. One of the women proved herself a better axe-man than a steersman, for she ran the boat too near her enemies on the shore, and two of the savages tried to board the boat; but one lost his hand by a single blow of the axe, and the other lost his life, by having his head split open.

They were attacked again, as they begun to ascend the Cumberland river, but not in such numbers as before, and they were more easily dispersed. The gallant little company of boats had hard work in ascending the Cumberland river, with its strong current. They were met by several men, who had learned of their coming, who came to give them a helping hand. Thus, through much toil and danger, this heroic band of hardy adventurers landed at the mouth of Lick Branch, (now Nashville), on the 18th day of March, 1789, at which place there was a fort, known as ''French Lick."

Isaac Mason was thirty-six years of age, and had a wife and six living children, when he arrived at his destination, and having lost all, had no means of' support but his trade, for which there was little demand, on account of the scarcity of cloth. Necessity, however, caused the people to have their pants and hunting shirts made out of dressed deerskins; so, he and his wife who was an excellent seamstress, soon got as much work as they could do, and made enough to support their family. He was the first tailor at the place where Nashville now stands.

He did his duty in defending the little fort, for it was under rules of self protection; while some were at work, others had to stand guard, and all had to hold themselves in readiness to protect their friends and neighbors from the attacks of' Indians; and nothing was more certain than to hear of depredations being committed about the full of the moon.

Isaac Mason remained at French Lick until the year 1793. and then settled four miles west of the fort, and would go with his family, at night, to Shooks= Station, at which place the neighbors had built a fort for protection. Remaining there until 1798, he sold out and bought land in Williamson county, near the place were Nelsonville how stands.

At this time his family had increased to ten children, who are named as follows:

1. Mary, b. November 21, 1775.---Family 2.

2. Abram, b. Oct.22, 1778.---Family 3.

3. Isaac, b. April 16, 1782.---Family 4.

4. Jacob, b. March 3, 1784.---Family 5.

5. Catharine, b. Jan. 31, 1786.---Family 6.

6. Rebecca, b. Dec. 18, 1787; d. Aug 23, 1818, aged 30 years.

7. Joseph, b. Feb. 3, 1790.---Family 7.

26 Hall Records. 8. Thomas, b. Feb.25, 1792.---Family 8.

9. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 11, 1794; d. Feb. 24, 1822, of consumption, aged 28.

10. Rynear Hall, do not know.---Family 9.

Isaac Mason died in Rutherford county, Tennessee, August 30, 1832, at the good old age of 80 years.

His wife died June 13, 1816, of consumption, at the age of 60 years.


Family 2.---MARY [Polly"] Mason, Isaac and Parthena (Hall,) Thomas and Rebecca [Story] Hall: was born November 21, 1775, and married William Dugan February 13, 1800. She died December 22, 1825, of consumption, aged 50 years. Her husband was born in Pennsylvania in 1777, and emigrated to Tennessee in 1798, and was married, as above stated, in Williamson county.

Children were:

1. Parthena, who married Randall McKinney, who died, leaving one child, William J., who died leaving no children.

2. Elizabeth, who died in Madison county Tennessee.

3. Sally, who married Thomas Malugin and settled in Maury county, and from there they went to Missouri and settled in Green county, where they both died, leaving three children.

4. Nathan, who married Lettice Hamilton, of Maury county, and had eleven children: i. William Allen; ii. John Belle; iii. Mary; iv. Thomas Mason; v. Joseph, who was killed at Jackson, Mississippi, while serving in the Southern army; vi. Martha; vii. Louisa; viii. Sally; ix. Udorah; x. Parthena; xi. Lulu Eleanor. The above are all dead. His first wife died and he then married Mrs. Rebecca Berry, in Harden county, and had by her: i. Allen Gary; ii. Isaac Hill; iii. Willey Nathan; iv. Fanny Elizabeth; all of whom are now living.

Family 3.---ABRAM, pedigree as before: was born October 22, 1778, and was married to Margaret (called Peggy) Currey October 28, 1800. He died August 29, 1862, aged 83 years, 10 months, and 7 days, of paralysis. His wife died September 29, 1858, aged 84 years, and 14 days, of paralysis. She died at the home of her son, E.B. Mason, the author of this historical sketch. He was born in Delaware; his wife was born in North Carolina, July 15, 1774.

Children were:

1. Parthena Hall, was born July 22, 1801, and married Nelson Tarver.

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They had the following children: i. Thomas, who died from a hurt received from falling off a fence; ii. Green Smith, who died of pneumonia ; iii. Susannah, is now dead; iv. Mary Ann, who married ______ Trutt, and moved to Texas ; v. William Brooks, who married Martha Currey, and lives in Texas vi. John Wesley, living in Hill county, Texas; vii. Sarah Elizabeth, died in infancy; viii. Nancy Jane, afflicted; ix. Rebecca Mason, died in infancy.

Parthena Hall Tarver died, December 20, 1846.

2. Ezekial Brown Lee, was born October 18, 1802; was raised in Williamson county, Tennessee, until he was 18 years old. At that age the family moved to Rutherford county. He was there married to Miss Camden Hubbard Walden daughter of John and Sarah Walden, who emigrated from Mecklenburg county, Virginia, about 1808. His wife was born December 26, 1793, and they were married February 26, 1822, and for a few years lived in Rutherford county. They then moved to Madison county, and settled at Mason's Grove. His wife, after being married for 51 years, 3 mouths, and 15 days, died April 13, 1873, of erysipelas. She was beloved by all who knew her, She was the mother of seven children, as follows: Joseph Reese, October 10, 1823; ii. John Walden, March 21 1825; drowned in the Yazoo River, March 6, 1861. He was married October 18, 1855, to Elizabeth S. Philips, and had two children as follows: a. Tennessee Camden, born July 25, 1856; b. Franklin Lee, born March 17, 1860, and who died at Mason's Grove, July 26, 1873; iii. Abram Hall, born December 31, 1826, died October 7, 1848; iv. Green Hill, born January 4, 1829, died November 13,1848; v. Sally Martha Jane; horn March 17, l832, died July 22. 1873; vi. Franklin, born September 8, 1834 who married Harriet Ann Atkins of Dyer county, December 14, 1865

3. Elizabeth (called Betsy), who was born October 19, 1804, and married Benjamin F. Collinsworth September 21, 1825. Children are: i. Robert Mason, died at nine years old; ii. James Monroe, married Martha Sorrow, and has two boys living. He was captain of company in Confederate army, and died while in the service; iii. Margaret Elizabeth, married James Cox; iv. Susan Jane, married Thomas Cradock; v. John F., dead; vi. Sarah Ann, dead; vii. Benjamin Franklin, died in the Confederate army from a wound received at Perryville, Ky. viii. Martha Parthena, married Samuel Dunaway, of Lauderdale county, Tennessee, and is dead; ix. Mary Caroline, dead; x. Andrew Jackson, dead; xi. Nancy Rebecca, dead.

4. Isaac Hall, was born July 1, 1806, and married Rebecca Ferguson, October 26, 1830. Children were: i. William, dead; ii. Benjamin Chesterfield; iii. AbramHall; iv. Frances; v.

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Margaret Parthena, who married Green Wortham, of Haywood county. His second wife was Mary A. E. Cox, to whom he was married September 24, 1846. Their children were: i. Thomas; ii. Lycurgus, dead.

5. Green Hill, was born October 14, 1807, and married Frances C. Wood, January 17, 1833. Their children were as follows: i. Robert Wood, who married Martha Heron, of Madison county; ii. Margaret Ann, dead; iii. Abram Currey, dead; iv. Sarah Eveline, who married Dr. Benjamin F. Watkins, of Madison county; v. Parthena; vi. Martha Rebecca, who married John Heron; vii. James, died in infancy; viii. Mary Camden, who married _______Stovall; ix. Wm. Hall, married Laura Hudgeroy.

6. Mary (called Polly), was born April 22, 1809, and was married to George P. Lane, of Rutherford county, Tennessee. Their Children: i. Sally Elgin, married James R. Brown; ii. Martha Emily, married Samuel Wilson, of Haywood county, and moved to Arkansas; iii. Mary Elizabeth, dead; iv. also dead; v. Laura, dead; vi. Sarah Eliza; vii. Thomas, married Jane Corten, of Haywood county; viii. Milton Taylor, is a Protestant Methodist preacher; ix. Margaret Ann, is a teacher

Mary Lane, died August 30, 1830, of child bed.

7. Sally, was born February 6, 1811, and was married to James R. Brown, December 19, 1833. She died July 26, 1870, of Flux.

8. Martha Henneger, was born January 20, 1814, and was married to Andrew McCleary, January 3, 1837. Children as follows: i. Prudence; ii. Samuel, married Sally Warren; iii. Margaret Parthena, dead; iv. Elizabeth Ann; v. Andrew Currey, married Elizabeth Hamilton; vi. Martha Frances, married Willis Bennett; vii. Robert Hill and Mary Abigail, twins; Robert is dead, and Mary married Charles Fitzgerald; viii. One dead in infancy; ix. Nancy Rebecca, married to William Powell, of Crockett county, who is a lawyer; x. Isabella, who is the youngest living granddaughter of Abram and Margaret Mason. 9. Nancy, was born January 11, 1816, and was married to Thomas Dungan, January 3, 1837. Children: i. Mary Jane, who married Robert Burns, a Methodist preacher, of Haywood county; ii. William Abram, married Mary Adams; iii. Isaac Andrew Allen, who was killed at the battle of Chicamauga; iv. James; v. Thomas Hill, who married Rebecca Clanton; vi. Sally Martha Frances.

Nancy Dungan died August, 1865, of typhoid fever.

Family 4.---ISAAC, pedigree as before: was born April 16, 1782, and married to Sally _______ October 16, 1806, and died October 5, 1853, at the age of 70 years.

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Family 5.---JACOB, pedigree as before : was born March 3, 1784, and married Martha Currey, July 14, 1805.

Family 6.---CATHARINE,pedigree as before : was born January 31, 1786, and was married to Timothy Twigg October 12, 1803. She died April 15, 1818, of child-birth, aged 32 years.

Family 7.---JOSEPH,pedigree as before: was born February 3, 1790, and was married to Edith McClure June 30, 1812.

Family 8.---THOMAS,pedigree as before: was born February 25, 1792, and was married to Eleanor Guthrie February 26, 1818, and died December 31, 1847, aged 55 years, 11 months.

Family 9.---RYNEAR HALL, pedigree as before : was married three times. His first marriage, to Elizabeth Moss, occurred January 12, 1826, His second wife was named Bennett, and his third wife we do not know. He died January 1, 1852, of neuralgia, aged 55.

(I regret that I have no further information of this family.)

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