Biography - G Hall

G. W. HALL, fruit-grower, P. O. Jonesboro, was born November 29, 1812, in Maury County, Tenn. He is a son of Benjamin Hall, who was born in Maryland, and drowned in the Mississippi River. His wife, Rebecca Green, was born in North Carolina, and died in Mills County, Iowa. She was a distant relative of Gen. Green, of Revolutionary fame, and was the mother of twelve children. Our subject, G. W. Hall, had but little opportunity to obtain an education; but what he has was mainly acquired through his own exertions. In early life, he learned the carpenter trade, and followed it for about forty-five years, and now he is retired from active life, and oversees his fruit farm near Jonesboro. He came to this county January 8, 1844. He was joined in matrimony in 1834, at Cape Girardeau County, Mo., to Miss Minerva Ann Douglas, of Scotch descent, born in 1813 near Nashville, Tenn. She was the mother of eleven children. She died in this county some years ago, and Mr. Hall was married the second time to Mrs. Upchurch, whose maiden name was Rhoda Ann Powell, born in this county January 25, 1831, daughter of William Powell. He has a farm of about forty acres, and of this about two-thirds is devoted to fruit culture, principally to that of strawberries. Mr. and Mrs. Hall are members of the M. E. Church. In politics, our subject is now and always has been connected with the Republican party, and although raised among people who favored slavery, he was always strenuously opposed to it.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 101.

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