The Family of Asa and Sophia (White) Hall.
ASA HALL, the second child, and eldest son, of Thomas and Rebecca Hall, was born in the State or Delaware, January 20, 1758. He married, March 26, 1778, Sophia, daughter of James and Margaret White. Two children wore born to them before they came west. He soon came from Cheat river, and bought a tract of land containing five hundred acres, at the mouth of Buffalo creek. The price paid was 25 cents an acre, and payment was made with a horse, gun, a pair of leggings, and a pair of saddlebags. The same tract which is now owned by S. W. Hall, J. Q. A. Meredith, J. R. Fleming, J. F. Barns, Wm. E. Miller, and others. He built a large log house near the present site of the Jones house, where he lived until he died.
Very little information is to be had of the children of the second generation. They were happy and contented in their new homes, and did not think it worthwhile to while to leave any written account of their lives, or ancestors. Asa Hall, and several neighbors, met and studied the Bible, and taught each other to read and write. They met in an old house, known as the Beall schoolhouse, on Sundays. He died, suddenly, June 9, 1815. His wife survived him, and died, August 25, 1818. They both rest in the Jones cemetery, and suitable tombstones mark the spot. Before children her death, she aided her children in preparing and publishing a record of the family prior to 1816, a fac simile of which appears under this cover.
Mrs. Margaret White, the mother of Asa Hallís wife, came to the West with the party that emigrated, and made her home at her daughter's. She was born in Philadelphia. One daughter married Elisha Bratton, who, for a while, lived near Morgantown. Asa Hall named his son, Elisha, for him. We know no more of the Brattons. Mrs. White died, April 21, 1796, and is buried in the Jones cemetery. She was in her 80th year.
Asa Hall sunk a well near his house, which was allowed to fill up, after being used for many years. It has but lately been opened up.
Children were as follows:
2. Reuben, b. on Monday, Sept.18, 1780, d. April 19, 1791.
3. Elisha, b. on Sabbath,
September 29, 1782.---Family 3.
5. Elizabeth, b. on Friday, September 1, 1786.---Family 5.
6. John, b. on Tuesday, April 22, 1788.---Family 6.
7. Silas, b. on Wednesday, December 14, 1790; d. May 5, 1807.
8. Allen, b. on Saturday, June 3, 1793.---Family 7.
Family 2---THOMAS, Asa and Sophia (White,)
Thomas and Rebecca [Story] Hall : was born, January 11, 1779. He was born in Delaware, and was three years old when his father moved to the forks of Cheat river. He married Jane Bennett, February 21, 1799, and had by her six children, three boys and three girl. She died June 22, 1812, in giving birth to her seventh child. She was of a good family, who had settled on Ten-mile creek. Her parents were rather wealthy for that day. Her mother was a beautiful woman, and scrupulously neat in her housekeeping. Not being able to keep house without a wife, he was married again, February 18, 1813, to Elizabeth Stewart, the daughter of John and Mary (Robes) Stewart, of Stewart's run. By her he had four boys and four girls, making the large family of sixteen persons.
From the years of 1785 to 1799, he and his brothers, John, Nathan, Thomas Barns, and John Barns, sen., met on the farm of John Hall, on Sundays, for the purpose of learning to read and also to study the Bible, each one in turn teaching. From his l8th to 20th year, he made many trips to Winchester, Virginia, for the purpose of providing groceries and such other things as needed, taking maple sugar, linen, etc., for his purchases. In the year 1798, he joined the Presbyterian Church under Revs. Marshall and Dunlap, the missionaries here for that church. In the year 1815, he with Boaz Fleming and Jordan Hall, were ordained ruling elders, which he held until his death in the year 1869.
The son of a farmer, he
at his first marriage, purchased a part of his father's farm, and for years
followed that occupation. In the year 1828 he built a mill on his farm,
opposite Houlttown, and for years occupied the position of miller. Being
unable to further attend the mill, he hired John Hays and S. W. C. Davis
(afterward postmaster at Mannington, West Virginia, for 20 years, to attend
the mill. The mill becoming old and needing repairs, he abandoned it, and
in the year 1852 it was swept away the great flood.
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His hospitality was unbounded, and many who came, and had to wait for their grinding, were fed by him, the work oftentimes not making him half as much as he gave to them. His fine orchard did his family but little good, as it was free for all who chose to go and help themselves.
His second wife died December 23, 1848.
He died July 28, 1869, of erysipelas, aged 91. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Rev. James E. Snowden, of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated at the funeral, the Presbyterian minister being absent. He is buried in the Jones cemetery. Following is a part of the obituary published in the Fairmont paper: AMr. Hall was one among our oldest citizens---an honorable, upright, christian gentleman. Having lived out more than the average complement of years allotted to man, he was willing to answer the summons; and has passed to the tomb! Morsomnibus communis.
He was attended in his last illness by his faithful maiden daughters Rachel and Harriet.
His farm of 160 acres was sold to John Q. A. Meredith, Esq., who now resides upon it. Near the house is a magnificent spring, known all over this section as the Hall spring. The flow of water is abundant and the quality is superb.
2. Catharine, born January 27, 1802, died in 1826.
3. Reuben, born October 25, 1803.---Family 10.
4. Isaac, born October 1, 1805, died in 1826.
5. Maria, born December 2, 1807, died in 1821.
6. Emma, born December 20, 1809.---Family 11.
By his second wife:
7. James S., born November 25, 1813.---Family 12.
8. Jane, born January 19, 1815.---Family 13.
9. John S., born April 10, 1816, died in 1822.
10. Thomas Enos, born May 24, 1817.---Family 14.
11. Rachel Willis, September 2, 1818.
12. Ira Condit, born May 22, 1821.---Family 15.
13. Nancy Juritta, born July 11, 1823.---Family 16.
14. Harriet Newel, born July 16, 1825.
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He lived the greater part of his life on Ten-mile creek, and died there July 18, 1876, at the advanced age of 94 years. His second wife died October 16, 1871, aged 73 years. The following letter written by him to his brother Nathan, who was in the West,: is inserted for the interest which attaches to all old letters. It was furnished by the eldest grandson of Nathan Hall, Enos Marion Shaw, of Nebraska. It is as follows:
I once more sit down to write you a few lines, to let you know how we are coming on. We are all in moderate health at present, thanks be to God for the same.
Yours of the 27th of March 1842, found us all well, and we were glad to hear from you once more, and to hear of your good health; and that of your family in general. I should have written sooner to you; but was waiting to hear from Buffalo, which I have done; for in June, John Jones and sister Phebe were here, and Thomas Enos Hall, and brother John Hall's Alva, and I showed them your letter and they rejoiced to hear from you once more; and in addition to them, Moses Shinn and Elizabeth were here at the same time, and they likewise read your letter and I let Phebe take the letter home with her for the rest of the friends to read. They stated when they were here that all the friends were as well as common. Old Aunt Rebecca Courtney was yet living and in good health for one of her age, and all her children are married but John Hall Courtney and Rebecca; and that they had kept house together ever since uncle's death. I think that there is but one of brother Thomas' last children married, and that is Jane. James S. Hall lives at home yet and all the rest but Thomas Enos, who has become a schoolteacher. There are two of brother Allen's children married, Izri and one of the girls; the rest live at home with him. Brother John's are all with him yet; he is very bad with the shaking palsy, so that he cannot dress or feed himself-since last winter. All the old neighbors at Buffalo that are living and their children are in good health. Old Benoni Fleming and his wife are yet living and in good health; their children are all married but John, and he lives with his father and mother yet.
Now I will tell you some
of my own affairs. There is little, if any, alteration in my family since
I wrote last, except the growth of the children, and their improvement
in learning, which is not very great; for they only had one quarter of
schooling. We want to make up a school for six months, to begin the first
of September. We expect to have Thomas E. Hall for our
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teacher, and to have about twenty-five scholars. The schoolhouse is within a few rods of my house. I think I gave you, in my last letter, the ages of all my children, so that a repetition is unnecessary; our youngest is about nineteen months old.
Phebe Ann Swiger lays very low with the rheumatism. She has lain or her back, propped in a certain position, for the last nine months. She is still able to sit a little in a chair, two or three times a day, but we can't expect that she will more than a few months; she bears her affliction with great fortitude. John Swiger, her husband, takes great care of her.
Ruth Eliza Gifford has four daughters and no son, and they are all in common health. All our friends on Ten-mile are in good health at present.
Our crops of wheat are about common; but it is very dry now; if we don t get rain soon there will be light crops of corn this season. Money is very scarce, and no sale for stock of any sort.
We have a minister settled in Clarksburg all his time, and we shall have sacrament the second Sabbath of August. I think that there are about eighty members. I would be glad if you could be with us then, but I hope that you have as good times as we do. Strive to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.
Now, I have given you
some idea of our circumstances, and I will conclude with my good will to
you all; so no more.
ELISHA AND SARAH HALL.
2. Rachel, born July 4, 1810, died March 14, 1813.
3. Phebe Ann, born July 14, 1812.---Family 18.
4. Ruth Eliza, born April 10, 1815.---Family 19.
5. Abraham Bennett, born April 2, 1817, died Nov. 2, 1835.
6. Benoni Allen, born November 5, 1819, died Dec. 18, 1839.
8. Silas J., born November 25, 1832.---Family 20.
9. Erastus P., born July 2, 1835, died February 6, 1836.
10.Saphrona P., born February 18, 1837.---Family 21.
11.Elisha P., born January 12, 1839.---Family 22.
12.Fabius E., born January
20, 1841.---Family 23.
Two brothers of this family,
Thomas and Elisha, married sisters---Bennetts. A daughter of Elisha writes
me this about the Bennett family: "My grandfather's (Bennett) name was
Abraham, and grandmother's Catharine Roberts, before marriage. He
married twice. By his first marriage he had two children, who married in
Maryland and never came here. He was a well-to-do man, a good husband,
a kind father, and a christian. He and his wife were both members of the
Presbyterian Church, but after coming here they united with the M. E. church,
there being no Presbyterian. He lived and died on Ten-mile creek. He was
a man of note, owning a large tract of land."
Family 4.---NATHAN,pedigree as before: was born July 25, 1784, in Monongalia county, Virginia. He spent his minority working on the farm and attending school. Schools were formed by paying a teacher so much per scholar. School commenced at or before sunrise in the morning and continued until dark. He often went three miles to such schools, getting there as soon as there was light enough to read. In that way he received rather more than an average common school education for those times. It seems that he must have attended school after his majority, as I have now an old leather-covered arithmetic, called "The School-Masters Assistant," by Thomas Dillworth, which father bought the 6th day of March, 1809. Some time during the war or 1812, father and uncle Allen Hall enlisted in the army under Captain Ice, one of their neighbors, to serve under General William H. Harrison. After some hard marching and great exposure, they reached Fort Meigs, on the Maumee river, a little south of what is now Perrysburgh, Ohio, where they remained until discharged,--the next May. The soldiers kept together for a time, but finally scattered to their several homes, in different states. Father and uncle Allen arrived at their homes in safety.
At the time of their enlistment, one of the neighbors said, "Boys, I wouldn't enlist; you wont like it." Uncle Allen asked, "Why, what ails it?" He answered, "You will find out what ails it." They did.
After he came out of the army, father took a trip north through the Wilderness, as far as Niagara Falls, then west to what is now Trumbull county, Ohio, and became acquainted with the family of Alex. Stanley, and finally married his eldest daughter, Permelia, on the 14th day of May, 1814. They soon went to Virginia, and grandfather Asa Hall dying on the 9th day of June, 1815, father helped to settle up the estate. Alex. Stanley (mother's father) having a tract of land of l00 acres in Medina county, Ohio, offered to give it to his oldest son, Titus,
and mother jointly if they would settle on it. About 1817 the two families moved onto the land, there in the wilderness, with but one white family besides themselves in the township. Indians were plentiful, but friendly. There were a few outlaws that went from place to place, but never doing them any harm. Game was very plentiful, especially deer; They were seen quite frequently near the house browsing on the fallen trees. The two families divided the place and each cleared and fenced some five acres, and each built a good log house. Here their second daughter was born--the first white child born in that township. But the title to the land not being forthcoming, father went about 12 miles south in Canaan township, Wayne county, and took 169 acres of government land, and moved onto it about 1819. He soon sold one-half of it, and improved and lived on the other half until 1834, when the title to the land in Medina county becoming satisfactory, they removed to it in May, 1834. During his residence in Canaan, Wayne county, father was captain of the militia for a number of years, and Township Clerk for 12 years in succession. The township in Medina county, to which they removed from Canaan, had now become Chatham, with quite a number of inhabitants. A colony from Massachusetts came in 1832 or '34 under the leadership of Frank Packard, Esq., and nearly all settled in Chatham. They were as a rule very intelligent and enterprising, especially in the matter of schools, so that the first summer we were there we had a good school, taught in a log school house in the woods. In this township our family lived until about the year 1852. Father getting a land warrant of 160 acres for his services in the army, went to Michigan and located it in Prairieville, Barry county. A part of his children were then in Michigan. He sold out in Chatham and went to Michigan about 1852. Father and my brother, Jonas A., bought a farm on Crooked Lake in Prairieville, which they kept a few years, then sold, and father went to Hope, Barry county, and bought a small piece of land near his son-in-law, S. H. Tillotson. Here he lived until the first of 1863. While visiting with their daughter, N. M. Johnson, who lived at Richland, Kalamazoo county, mother was taken sick and died on the 26th day of February, 1863, aged 68 years. 6 months, and 8 days. Father then broke up housekeeping and went to live with his daughter, Elizabeth P. Tillotson. In 1864 her husband, S. H. Tillotson, died in the army, and the family with father moved to Prairieville village. Here he lived with E. P. Tillotson and my youngest brother, Amos C., until his death, which took place January 20, 1873.
In stature father was five
feet, nine inches, ''thick set,'' his best weight being about 180 pounds,
brown eyes, Roman nose,
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and quite bald as long ago as I can remember. He and mother were members of the old school, or Scottish Presbyterian church. He was always a deacon. After they moved to Chatham they joined the same church they had belonged to sixteen years before. Having a little difficulty with the church, on account of some modern innovations, the which his conscience could not prove, he, with a few others, withdrew, and built a log house at a place in Harrisville, called Crawford's Corners, and held their meetings there.
He was known far and near as Deacon Hall. He was lively, full of jokes, a great favorite with the young, who were always welcome and sure of a good time at Deacon Hall's. Scrupulously honest; his ideas of right and wrong were well established; charitable to all; a friend to all he esteemed good, and a foe to all wrong doers.
His posterity are proud to own him.---By John E. Hall.
1. Minerva Stanley, born April 19, 1816.---Family 24.
2. Nabby Melissa, born December 24, 1817.---Family 25.
3. Ezra Silas, born August 12, 1819, died August 7, 1821.
4. Elizabeth Phebe, born April 9, 1821.---Family 26.
5. Esther Clarinda, born October 11, 1823.---Family 27.
6. John Edwin, born May 3, 1825.---Family 28.
7. Jonas Allen, born October 30, 1827.---Family 28.
8. Joanna Maria, b. September 27, 1829, d. October 9, 1829.
9. Amos Charles D., born December 13, 1831.---Family 29.
Family 5.---ELIZABETH,: pedigree as before: was born on Friday, September 1, 1786, in Monongalia county, Virginia, and was married, December 15, 1825, to Moses Shinn, one of the great family on Shinn's run. She died September 20, 1855, lamented by her husband and many friends.
Child: Jezamiah, b. August 18, 1829, d. July 1, 1831.
Family 6.---JOHN, pedigree as before: was born Tuesday, April 22, 1788, in Monongalia county, Virginia. and was married, 1st, April 14, 1814, to Dorcas Snyder, and by her had one child. She died June 19, 1815. 2nd, February 1, 1821, to Maria C. Hare. He owned a large farm on Buffalo; creek, which is now owned by one of his sons, S. W. Hall. In the winter of 1841, he was stricken with palsy, from which he never recovered. He died October 12, 1863, aged 75 years, 5 months, and 20 days. A part of the obituary is as follows:
"Not until the fruit was
fully ripe was it gathered home. Not till his work was all done, was the
aged father bid rest from his
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labors. For twenty years he bore the rod of affliction, which deprived him from mingling in the outer circle of the world; but in the family circle he scattered sunshine by his wise and prudent counsel, and by the gentle smile of resignation he taught all about him how to submit to the Fathers will.
Naturally of a retiring disposition it was in the familiar intercourse of his intimate friends that his amiable character was known aright. Such a high estimate did he place upon a public profession of religion, that he feared to take upon himself the covenant vows, lest he might disgrace them, till a few years before his death. Yet he had that love and delight in the sanctuary that no secular duties could be so urgent as to cause his seat to be vacant; and it is enough for us to judge of his humble faith and trust in the wisdom of his Father, to know that he bore all his pains and aches like a constant child of hope.
Never did those who waited
upon him during his long years of affliction hear him utter a single word
of complaint or show a sign of impatience. Like a dutiful son, he awaited
the summons to go home; and so peacefully and quite was his transit from
this world, that those who stood around his bed scarcely knew when to say,
He died in Jesus, and is blest; How calm his slumbers:
From suffering and from sin released, And freed from every care.
His wife survived him and died at the residence of her son Sylvanus W. Hall, February 17, 1881, in the 87th year of her age. She was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, July 26, 1794. She united with the Presbyterian church in 1820. She lived a most exemplary christian life, and her last end was peace.
''This languishing head
is at rest, Its thinking and aching are over;
This quite, immovable breast, Is heaved by affliction no more."
1. Aseneth, b. April 21, 1815.----Family 30.
By his second wife:
2. James Alvah, b. December 21, 1822.---Family 31.
3. Silas Warwick, b. November 16, 1824.---Family 32.
4. Martha Eleanor, b. September 26, 1826.---Family 33.
5. Ashbel Green Fairchild, b. Nov. 15 1829.---Family 34.
6. Ozias Wilber. b. October 25, 1831, d. Sept 14, 1868.
7. Ellery Robinson, b. February 27, 1834.---Family 35.
8. Festus Brooks, b. May 6, 1836.---Family 36.
9. Sylvanus Wilson, b. June 21,1838.---Family 37.
10.John Lowry Smith, b. May 2, 1842.---Family 38.
Family 7.-ALLEN, pedigree
as before: was born . Saturday, June 3, 1793, in Monongalia county, Virginia.
He was married October 29, 1816 to Elizabeth, daughter of
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Frederick Ice, Esq. He sold the share of land which fell to him, of his father's estate, and bought a farm near Fairmont, where he reared a large family, and died there, April 28, 1869, in his 76th year. The obituary contained the following:
"Mr. Hall was one of our oldest citizens, having been born and raised in this immediate vicinity. His death was quite unexpected, not having complained in any way so as to alarm the fears of his family. Some years ago he had a paralytic stroke, but had so far recovered as to he able to attend to many duties about the house and on the farm. Many years ago he made a profession of religion and united with the Methodist Protestant Church, of Fairmont, exemplifying in his life the truthfulness of the profession he had made, of the power of christian principles to govern daily life.
As a citizen and neighbor he was esteemed highly. The informity of age has for years prohibited him from taking part in the more active duties of life; nevertheless, he manifested a kindness of feeling and sympathy, characteristic of his earlier days. He leaves an aged companion who, has added to the weight of years, an affliction which confines her to her bed, and from which she can never fully recover. Several children survive, whose duty and privilege is to smooth the path of life for the surviving wife and mother. 'He being dead yet sleepeth. He sleeps well.'''
1. Elmira, b. August 24, 1817.---Family 39.
2. Izri, b. March 8, 1819.---Family 40
3. Mary, b. November 6, 1820.---Family 41.
4. Andrew I., b. December 5, 1823.---Family 42.
5. Jabez L., b. May 28, 1826.
6. Elizabeth S., b. October 22, 1828.---Family 43.
7. John A., b. September 4, 1830.---Family 44.
8. Roxanna M.---Family 45.
9. Jesse C.---Family 46.
as before: was born Friday, September 28, 1798, in, Monongalia county,
Virginia. She was married January 12, 1826, to John Jones, son of
Joshua and Jane Jones, who was born May 27, 1798. In all generations there
are noble women; among such was Phebe Hull Jones. She received the part
of her father's estate on which the old homestead was situated. The old
log house was torn down and a new and commodious dwelling was erected.
She willed an acre of ground to be used as a private burying ground for
the Hall family, reserving a portion for her own children and grandchildren.
Her husband died
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September 14, 1857, after being an elder in the Presbyterian Church for 26 years. She died September 10, 1872, of typhoid fever, at the residence of her son-in-law, Hon. E. B. Hall, Martinsburg, West Virginia, aged 74 years.
The home of the deceased was for the first sixty-eight years of her life, at the place now called Fairmont, and the last six years at Martinsburg. In early life she became an earnest christian, and connected herself with Presbyterian Church, to whose doctrines and polity she was warmly attached until the day of her death.
During the thirty-one years of her married life, their house was continually the abode of love, friendship and family religion; and the kind and cheerful hospitality they so freely extended was enjoyed by many of Christís ministers, as well as by hosts of other friends. To them were born seven children, five of whom survive, and all enjoy the blessed hope of meeting their pious parents and two sisters gone before them, in that house where sin and partings are unknown. Never did children regard parents more tenderly, and never was filial affection more deserved. Her last sickness, though painful, was endured without a murmur, and as four of her children and other friends stood by her bed the spirit fled, like a liberate captive, to enjoy rest with Jesus. On the following day her body was taken to Fairmont, and after devotional services, conducted by Revs. Siviter and Hall, in the Presbyterian Church, and a Sermon by Rev. C. C. B. Duncan, on Micah ii: 10---"Arise and depart, for this is not thy rest." it was buried in the family graveyard to await a glorious resurrection.
1. Elizabeth Maria, b. Dec. 17, 1826.---Family 47.
2. Minerva Adaline, b October 11, 1828, died Aug. 25, 1829.
3. Ella Sophia, b. September 11, 1830.---Family 48.
4. Ann Eliza, b. November 19, 1832.---Family 49.
5. Mary Jane, b. March 7, 1835.---Family 50.
6. Newton Baxter, b. May 2, 1838.---Family 51.
7. John Luther, b. August
22, 1840.---Family 52.
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