Marshall County

HALL, David

David HALL. The splendid farm of two hundred and fifty-four acres on section 2, Evans township, owned by this gentleman, is a standing monument to his industry, enterprise and good management. He comes under the category of a self-made man, as on coming to Marshall county his capital consisted of but forty-seven dollars, and has succeeded only by the exercise of steady, plodding labor. At present, however, he is on e of the prominent representative agriculturists of the locality.

Mr. HALL was born December 18, 1833, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, of which county his parents, Isaac and Nancy (MORRISON) HALL, were also natives. The paternal grandfather, Joseph HALL, came to this country from Scotland, while the maternal grandfather, Francis MORRISON, though born in this country was of English and Scotch descent. The latter was a seventh son, followed the sea during his active life and lived to the extreme age of one hundred and four years. His wife was the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. The parents of our subject always made their home in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where the father engaged in farming, and where worthy members of the Methodist church. In their family were eleven children, all still living with the exception of two. In order of birth they are as follows: David, Hannah, Rachel, Sabina, Andrew, Olive, Isaac, Eliza Ann, Julius, deceased, Nancy, and William Ambrose, deceased. Andrew was one of the brave boys in blue during the civil war.

At the age of eighteen years, our subject left the home farm in Pennsylvania, coming to Marshall county, Illinois, in 1851, and for two years worked on the Illinois Central railroad. It was in 1853 that he married Elizabeth SMITH, a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Asbury P. SMITH, who settled in Evans township about the same time as our subject. For about five years he lived upon his father-in-law’s farm, and in 1859 was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died leaving two sons – Will Emmett, who married Josephine FOSTER, by whom he has five children, and now lives in California; and Robert C., of Wenona, who married Addie RYDER, and has two children.

In 1858, Mr. HALL located upon his present farm, which at that time was nearly all wild land, but he at once began its improvement and cultivation, and now the entire tract has been placed under the plow. The buildings there found have been erected at a cost of eight thousand dollars, and the land is all now fenced and tiled. The cereals which he raises are principally corn and oats, he handles a great deal of hay, and also gives considerable attention to the raising of horses, cattle and hogs, having for a number of years imported French draft horses upon his place.

Mr. HALL was again married in 1861, his second union being with Miss Augusta JONES, a daughter of Augustus and Elizabeth (PARKS) JONES, who were among the first settlers of La Salle county, but later became residents of Marshall county. Nine children were born to our subject and his estimable wife – Fannie, wife of George MERRITT; Ross Orville, deceased; Katie and Susie, twins, the former the wife of Harrison WHITNEY, by whom she has one son; Reuben; Lura, deceased; Samuel, Nellie and Jennie.

A firm supporter of our public school system, Mr. HALL has served for eighteen years as school director, and gives his aid to every worthy enterprise calculated to promote the welfare of his fellow citizens. He donated the land upon which the school house of district No. 3 was erected. In politics he affiliates with the republican party, and religiously, Mrs. HALL is an earnest member of the Methodist church. Both are highly esteemed and respected members of society, and enjoy the confidence and regard of all who know them.

Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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