From: History of Illinois and Her
John C. Hall
John C. Hall. Admitted to the bar in 1871, John C. Hall has outlived all his early contemporaries at the bar of McLeansboro. He has been a lawyer and citizen of his standing in that community for half a century. Along with the practice of law he has handled an extensive business in real estate.
He was born on a farm in Hamilton County, August 1, 1849. His grandfather, John Hall, was a native of Kentucky and one of the early settlers of Hamilton County, Illinois where he followed farming and the trade of blacksmith. He reared a large family of children by his marriage to Nancy Shirley. Her father, Moses Shirley, came from Kentucky to Illinois in an early day.
Hiram Wesley Hall, father of John C., was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, and lived a long and conspicuously useful life. He was a farmer, and served as a soldier with the American forces in the war with Mexico. When the Civil war came on he organized two companies for the Fortieth Illinois Infantry and was of Company A. of that regiment. After the battle of Kenesaw Mountain he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and commanded his regiment in Sherman's army on the march to the sea, and was in the Grand Review at Washington. Colonel Hall after the war returned to his farm, but was a man of such character as to exercise wide influence in his community. He was a thinker in advance of his times, in many lines of thought, served as justice of the peace and for one term was a member of the Legislature. n He was on the commission which located and built the State Asylum at Anna. He had taught school for a number of years. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church and superintendent of the Sunday School. He cast a vote for Lincoln in 1860, and ever afterward was a republican in politics. Hiram Wesley Hall lived to nearly ninety-nine years of age. His wife, Julia Ann McLean, was born in Franklin County, Illinois, daughter of James A. McLean, who came to Illinois from Indiana, and the family at still earlier date lived in South Carolina. She died at the age of eighty-six.
A brief record of the children of Hiram W. Hall and wife is: John Carroll Hall; Wilford F., deceased, a physician at McLeansboro; Columbus McLean, deceased, a farmer in Hamilton County; Casander, deceased, who married R. Medly Knight; Nancy M., deceased, who was the wife of James Hall; James P., a farmer who died unmarried; Dr. William W., a prominent physician of McLeansboro; Dr. Any Hall, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, who was a soldier in Cuba during the Spanish-American war, also went to the Philippines, attained the rank of major in the medical department, and also rendered service during the World war; and Lydia, wife of John Norris, a farmer at McLeansboro.
John Carroll Hall was educated in the common schools and in DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana, and took his law course at Northwestern University in Chicago. He had taught school as a means of furthering his education. He was admitted to the bar in 1871, and his professional career has been identified with McLeansboro as his place of residence. Mr. Hall is a republican in politics, but has seldom been a candidate for office. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and is affiliated with the Masonic order and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, in 1877, Lila Isabel Hogan, daughter of John H. Hogan. They are the parents of four children: Dr. Charles W., of Mount Vernon, Illinois; Dr. J. Carl, of Centralia, Illinois; Vinita H.; and Julia C., wife of Nelson Layman, of Dequoin, Illinois. Both sons were volunteers in the Medical Corps during the World war and attained the rank of major. Dr. Charles went to France and the other son was with the American forces on duty at Arch Angel, Russia.
From: 1876 Illustrated Illinois Atlas, p. 241
John Carroll Hall, son of Hiram W. and Julia A. Hall, was born on a farm in Hamilton County, on August 1st, 1849. His father gave the promising youth as good an education as his circumstances would permit. He studied law first, at Asbury University, Greencastle, Ind., then taught school for one years, and finished his studies in 1871 at the University of Chicago, graduating with hones, and entering upon the practice of his profession in the summer of 1871, at McLeansboro. Although business came slow at the first, his thorough knowledge, his integrity and energy assured him in a short time success, and he is named now already among the foremost lawyers of Southern Illinois.
From: Felty's Legacy of Kin, p. 386:
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