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Rockbridge County Pioneers
William Hall and Family
Submitted by Janet Cowan

William Hall was born in 1702 in County Antrim, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in the area that is now Rockbridge County, VA. He was married to Jean/Janet/Jeanette ? and had several children: Andrew, Agnes, John, Isabella, William, Nathaniel, Samuel, and James. His wife was born around 1710. William died in 1773. Both he and his wife are buried in the New Monmouth Presbyterian Church Cemetary, which is located in Rockbridge Co., VA.

William Hall's daughter Isabella Hall married Maj. James Patton Buchanan. (ed. - They had a daughter named Jane/Jean Buchanan who married James Parks. They had a daughter named Isabel Parks who married Samuel Adkins Keith. Isabel Parks Keith and Samuel Adkins Keith settled in Jennings County, Indiana. Their daughter Harriet Keith married Daniel Lewis. They had a daughter named Serelda Lewis who married William Jackson Owens. This couple homesteaded in Kansas but eventually moved to Fannin County, Texas. They had a daughter named Ida May Owens who married George Newton Rogers. They established their family in Paris, Lamar County, Texas. They had a son named Avery Rogers who was my grandfather.)

William Hall's son Andrew married Margaret Thompson, daughter of John Thompson. They had several children: James, Samuel, Nathaniel. (There are more, which will be added soon.)

James Hall married Martha Gilmore. Martha was born about 1752 in Augusta Co., VA. James was born about 1761 in Augusta Co., VA and died in 1816. He is buried in the Oxford Church Cementary in what is now Rockbridge Co., VA. James had bought 215 acres of land on Buffalo Creek, near Oxford Presbyterian Church.

James Hall was indicted for the murder of the Shawnee Indian Chief, Cornstalk, which occurred in Pt. Pleasant. It is recorded that Capt. James Hall became upset after learning that a relative by the name of Gilmore had been killed by an Indian while hunting. Capt. James Hall was very upset with Cornstalk's past raids on neighbors, friends, and relatives (as well as other Indian massacres that occurred around Kerr's Creek in Rockbridge Co.,VA that left several dead and others abducted by the raiding Indians). Thus, he flew into a rage and ordered some of his men to kill Cornstalk who was at the Fort. Pt. Pleasant is currently located in Mason Co., WV. The place where this occurred can be seen at Tu-Endie-Wee Park in Pt. Pleasant. From Order Book I of Rockbridge Co.,VA on April 13, 1778, trial of Capt. James Hall for being concerned in the murder of Cornstalk Indian his son & two other chiefs of Indians on the 20th November last. Hall appeared & denied the facts with which he was charged. Trial was adjourned; he was tried again on April 28 and because no witness appeared before him, he was acquitted.


In the same order book, on May 5, 1778, John Gilmore and James Hall qualified as Captains of Militia. Rev. Samuel Houston was the brother-in-law and friend of Capt. James Hall. James and Martha had a son named James Hall, Jr. James Hall, Jr. married Patsy Leech. They were married on August 22, 1816 in Rockbridge Co.,VA by Rev. Andrew B. Davidson, of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Patsy's parents were Thomas and Alizabeth Leech. James inherited from his father the home plantation and adjoining land, about 430 acres and all the moveable property and stock and to him was entrusted the care of the family until the youngest child came of age. He was to administer all the legacies made in the will.


James and Patsy had John C. Hall who was born in 1817 in Rockbridge Co.,VA. James Hall, Jr. is buried in Oxford Church Cemetary in Rockbridge Co.,VA. John C. Hall married Elizabeth "Betsy" Rowsey on Feb. 4, 1841 in Rockbridge Co.,VA by the Rev. Andrew B. Davidson of Oxford Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth's parents were Phoebe Bias and James Rowsey of Amherst Co.,VA. John C. Hall was a distiller and helped his father on his father's plantation.


He and Betsy had Seaton Benjamin Hall, William M. Hall, Joshua Vincent Turpin Hall, Drucilla Phebe Jane Hall, and Alice Mary Matilda Hall. In 1862, John moved his family from Rockbridge Co., VA to what is now Lincoln Co., WV. He was a member of the Harvey Creek Baptist Church in Lincoln Co., WV. Seaton Benjamin Hall was born in June 1851 in Rockbridge Co.,VA. Copyright Janet Cowan


Attached photo is of Seaton Benjamin Hall and Emily (Grass) Hall



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