Like many Eastern Kentucky people with Hall ancestors, I cannot simply refer to my Hall “family”. Rather, I must refer to my Hall families, because I can trace ancestry to at least three main pioneer forebears of that name. Trying to untangle the branches can sometimes be difficult and confusing.
Masias Hall/Jesse Hall/Thomas Hall
Through my maternal grandfather, ALVIN HALL (1887-1974), my earliest “proven” ancestor in the Hall family line is MASIAS HALL (1775-ca. 1860), who is my fourth great-grandfather (as well as my fifth great granduncle, and first cousin five times removed!). Masias, who was married to Unisiah Smith, came to the Long Fork of Shelby Creek on the Big Sandy (present-day Pike County, KY) between 1810 and 1820 along with his brother, REUBEN HALL, and other settlers. Masias and Reuben are presumed to have been born in North Carolina.
The father of Masias and Reuben Hall is reported to be JESSE HALL (Sr. or Jr.? — sources conflict!), who married Candacia “Dicie” Hash. Jesse was born on Jonathan Creek, Lunenburg (Halifax) County, Virginia between 1746-1750. He died (presumably in Virginia) in 1833. This Jesse Hall appears to be the same person who acquired title to to 120 acres located on the north side of Pigg River, in Henry County, VA, on 19 October 1782. Many other families who subsequently migrated into eastern Kentucky (and intermarried with these Halls) had property in the same vicinity.
The father of Jesse Hall is believed to be Thomas Hall, who was born on Jonathan Creek, Lunenburg County, VA ca 1702. He died in Bedford County, VA on 10 May 1794.
Anthony Hall (Revolutionary War Veteran)
ANTHONY HALL, born in England in 1752, was my fourth great-grandfather. Anthony married (1) WINNEY HARRELL, in Caswell County, NC on 22 September 1792. He married (2) RUTH BUTLER on 23 December 1794.
Hall enlisted at Halifax County Virginia on June 10, 1777 for a term of one year. He served in the 7th Virginia Continental Line, under the command of Col. William Campbell and Capt. Bowyers. His pension application indicated he re-enlisted in a militia unit in North Carolina and served three more years, during which he was taken prisoner and held at the Port of Charleston.
Anthony Hall’s Revolutionary War pension application was filed in Perry (now Letcher) County in 1825.
Isham Hall II/Isham Hall/Thomas Hall
ISHAM HALL II, born in Virginia in 1780 and died in Wise County, VA 11 February 1858, was my third great-grandfather (and first cousin six times removed). Isham Hall II was married to JANE MULLINS, daughter of “REVOLUTIONARY WAR JOHN” WESLEY MULLINS. They are buried on Indian Creek near Pound, VA. Three of Isham and Jane’s children married Franklins (children of BIRD FRANKLIN) who were my forebears through my maternal grandmother.
The senior ISHAM HALL was born ca 1749 in Virginia. He was married to MARY MULLINS (b. ca 1746) around 1766.
Isham Hall is believed to be a son of THOMAS HALL and a brother of Jesse Hall (reported above). Thus the branches knit together again!