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The subject of this brief sketch, Isaac Hall, was born in Mecklenburg, North Carolina,
Oct. 1, 1814. During his infancy, his parents moved with him to the State of Tennessee,
and remaining there but a short time, they again moved from that State to this, reaching
here in the year A. D. 1818, and located near Collinsville, this county, where his youthful
days were passed with his parents and in securing his education.
On the 9th day of April, A. D. 1835, he was married to Nancy Lloyd, who lived with him
until the year A. D. 1842, when she died, leaving at the time of her death three children,
Ellen, Amanda, and Winfield Hall.
He was again married March 9th, A. D. 1845, to Polly Ann Berry, a daughter of William
and Mahala Padfield, of St. Clair county, Ill., where he resided until A. D. 1850, when he
removed with his family to this county, and located on the farm in what is now known as
Hamel township, where he resided until the time of his death, September 16th, A. D. 1879.
His wife lived with him here until the time of her death, April 2d, A. D. 1877, leaving as
their children by this latter marriage, Wm. H. Hall and George L. Hall. All of his children
are yet living, except Amanda Hall, who died February 29, 1856. By industry and
studious application in early life he had acquired a good education, and several years of
his early life were spent in teaching school. Many of his old scholars are now living in
this county, and can bear testimony to his ability as a teacher.
Besides conduction a farm successfully and educating his children, he has held several
public positions conferred upon him by his fellow citizens. In the year A. D. 1853, he was
elected Justice of the Peace, and served the full term for which he was elected. In 1860 he
was placed on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for the legislature, but was defeated
by a few votes, although he ran ahead of the balance of his ticket.
In A. D. 1861 he was again elected a Justice of the Peace, and re-elected in 1873. In
1877 he was elected from Hamel township as a member of the Board of Supervisors of
this county, which position he held until the time of his death. In politics he was a
staunch Democrat, but never allowed his political belief to influence him in public
transactions, always acting from principle and not through prejudice. He always avoided
strife and turmoil, and it is but fair to say that he never was a party to a law suit in his life,
and many differences arising between his neighbors have, through his influence, been
amicably adjusted. No greater mark of respect can be placed upon a citizen than the one,
that his neighbors speak well of him, and this was the case with 'Squire Hall; so much so
that he was called by many of them "The Peace Maker." Fairness and honesty of
purpose and intention marked all his business transactions. He was generous and
charitable:; so much so that several orphan children were taken by him during his life
time into his household, cared for, nurtured and educated, and allowed the same
privileges of his own children, until they were able to care for themselves or had reached
their majority.
His life was an active one, and he continued performing his labors until stricken down
upon his death bed, and being fully aware of his approaching death, he met it calmly with
fortitude and true heroic manhood. His passed life is worthy of emulation by our
younger men. B.
note: This article was found in a scrapbook in the library of the Madison
County Historical Museum. It had been noted in handwriting that Isaac
Hall was born in Tennessee, not North Carolina.