JOHN W. HALL MYSTERY -- COLUMBUS, GA AREA
I am trying to find information on a John W. Hall, born Houston Co., GA about 1843 and died in Columbus, GA in Dec 1912
John was born to Sampson W. Hall (b. Richmond Co., GA, ca. 1818) and Sarah Blanchard (b. SC, ca. 1820 ). Sampson & Sarah were wed in Houston Co., GA 5-31-1842.
John’s family is found in the 1850-60 census in Halloca Dist. and then City of Columbus in Muscogee Co., GA. John W. and his father were both in the carpentry trade. John had brothers and sisters: William T (1845); James A. (1849); Francis J. [f] (1851); Epsey A. (1853); Becky A. (1856); Rufus A. (1857); and Lucy A. (1858)
In 1861, both John W. Hall and his father Sampson enlisted in Co., F of the GA 17th Infantry, CSA. They both survived the War.
In 1870, Sampson and son Rufus are located in Chattahoochee Co., GA fairly close to the Halloca District of Muscogee Co., where they were in 1850.
On 6-16-1868, in Muscogee Co., GA, John W. Hall married one Elizabeth Curlee Hearn (b. 1845) who was the apparent widow of my ggg-uncle James A. Hearn, who likely died in or shortly after the War.
After 1868, however, John W. Hall seems to vanish for some years. He is missing in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 census. In the 1910 census, he pops up again in Columbus, Georgia. From CSA pension files, we know he died
there in 1912. His wife Elizabeth died in Columbus in March 1924.
During the period 1868-1910, there are only a few brief, and not for certain, hints of the presence of John W. Hall in the Columbus, GA area.
In 26 August 1887 Columbus newspaper, it is reported that a child named John Wesley Tilden Hall, age nine, son of a John W. Hall on Sixth Street fell out of a tree and was injured.
In the 1894 Columbus, GA City Directory, there is a JW Hall, grocer, with residence at 400 First Avenue. He lives there with a JWT Hall, laborer, and a female named Sarah.
We were able to determine from 1910 census that John W. Hall’s spouse Elizabeth Curlee birthed five children who were alive in 1910. By inferences and careful research, we have been able to confirm that two of them were:
Sarah Hall, born in late 1867, first married in 1896 to a Richard Shira, and later in 1906 to a John Howard. Sarah died in Columbus in March 1925.
Ada Hall, born in 1881, married in 1913 to James M. Howard. Ada died in Lee Co., AL in Feb 1921.
We believe that a third child of John W. Hall was the boy who fell out of the tree, in 1887-- namely John Wesley Tilden Hall. But we are not certain
of this fact.
We found a person by that exact name, married and living in the Tuscaloosa Birmingham, AL area from 1900-1920, but we have not been able to connect him back to Columbus, GA. Further, there are Halls in that central Alabama
area that seem to be as good or better as possible relatives to this JWT Hall than those in Columbus. The Tuscaloosa/Birmingham John Wesley Tilden Hall
was purportedly born on 10-18-1876.
If you have any information on the families of Sampson W. and Sarah Blanchard Hall or John W. and Elizabeth Curlee Hearn Hall of the Columbus, GA area, we would most appreciate your contacting us.
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