JOHN MELVIN HALL
John Melvin Hall was born on Bobb’s Branch, near Paintsville, in
Johnson County, April 1, 1870, and departed this life September 21,
1951, age 81 years 5 months, and 20 days.
He was the only child of Christopher C. Hall and Ellen Preston Hall.
On December 14, 1892, he was married to Ellen Davis, daughter of
James Madison Davis, and Naomi Price Davis, near the site of his
To this union were born seven children, Dr. Paul B. Hall, Dr. Lon C.
Hall, Rev. Christopher C. Hall, Mrs. Lenore Gullett, all of
Paintsville, KY., Dr. Lloyd M. Hall, of Salyersville, KY., Carl
Mitchell Hall of Hampton, Va., and Neva Hall who preceded him in
death on October 23, 1912. He is also survived by thirteen
grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.
Though orphaned early in life he received his early education in
local school and the University of Kentucky. He became a teacher at
17 years of age and continued in this profession for 35 years,
teaching in the county and city schools and Mayo College. He served
this county as judge for four years then became United States
Commissioner for Eastern Kentucky and served in this capacity for
several years until his retirement.
He was converted and joined the United Baptist Church in early
He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of East Point, Kentucky.
Judge Hall had a keen and active interest in his fellowman and in the
civic and public affairs of his country, but his strong moral
character and his integrity were his outstanding qualities.
Judge Hall left much for his family and friends to emulate.
September 27, 1951
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