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Descendants of John Albert Hall
Generation No. 1
     1. John Albert1 Hall was born in PA. He married (1) FNU Mueller. He married (2) Rebecca St. Clair.
Notes for John Albert Hall:
1901 - Per Rebecca's obit, her husband John had owned a blacksmith shop on the outskirts of St. Louis when they married. She had arrived in St. Louis in 1851. And "As the City grew, they prospered, and at his death the widow found herself comfortably situated."
On Rebecca's Death Notice it had her deceased husband as Albert Hall, and her Obit had John Hall. His name probably John Albert.
Rebecca wrote letters to son James' family in TX in 1893, with no mention of her husband Albert, so he was probably already dead
I have old professional Photograph of him and a little girl @ 6-10 years old . His oldest granddaughter Clara would fit here, and his great-granddaughter said it was. It is said she spent most of her childhood with her grandparents in St. Louis.
(I think Rebecca was his second wife, and not his son James' mother, and also think the three girls of Rebecca's may not have been his. This would account for him having the photo made with just James daughter and himself. Also, his son James always told his children that he did not have any family.)
1893 Rebecca wrote James A. and did not mention her husband John. Dead by then ?
Rebecca's return address was 1913 Bacon St. St. Louis, and her daughter, or granddaughter, Ivy lived at 1808 Bacon. Earlier letters had return address of 1905 Lucas Ave. St. Clair.
A John Hall Blacksmith Shop was in St. Louis Directory@ r2100 Blair Ave. St. Louis., but was unable to prove it was this John. There was also a John Mueller living near. Mueller is name my family say was John Hall's wife's maiden name. This was not Rebecca's maiden name. Family history also says that Ahrens was the wife's maiden name that married into the Muellers. They settled in Illinois, family thinks it was around Auro. Family has old letters from Ahrens and Muellers.
note!! John & Rebecca Family Group Sheet has not been proven or finished. Will add as I get. ( jl.)
One great-granddaughter says John was killed on a ship by falling out on the wheel of the ship. no date.
I found an Alfred J. Hall age 23, died 6-30-1897 in St. Louis. He was son of James & Catherine Hall. Unable to connect to family.
A death notice from St. Louis paper in 1897 has a John Hall died 4-20-1882 in City Hospital age 70. It said he was to be moved to his home Ridge Prarie, ILL. for internment. Unable to connect.
Notes for Rebecca St. Clair:
1821 born in PA.
1-20-1894 Letter from Rebecca to Clara. (g.dau or step-g.dau) she signed it your grandma R. Hall. 1. She says she has written 3 letters to your Pa (James A. (JIM) Hall) and he did not answer, and she did not think JIM would forget his mother and she had gotten answers before. 2. She says she wrote Lonzo and Buelah (Alonzo is Clara's bro., & Jim's son) and had not heard from them either. She said she had put on her letter to return after 10 days to 1905 Lucas Ave, St. L. so she knew they got the letter as she did not get it back. 3. She says she got BERT's & MARY's picture. (probably Clara's younger bro. & sister). 4. She asks Clara to send her "your aunt Sarah's" address. (who ??). 5. EMMA wants CLARA to write her. Who? (not Emma, sis. of Clara). A NOTE WRITTEN ON BACK OF ENV. IN PENCIL 'MRS. W.M. STANDLEY, DOUBLE BAYOU, TX. (WHO??)
Rebecca's Obit:
Mrs. Rebecca Hall is Dead
For 50 Years She Was Prominent in North St. Louis
Mrs. Rebecca Hall, widow of John Hall, and for half a century prominent in North St. Louis, died yesterday from infirmities of old age. She had resided with her daughter at No. 1913 Bacon Street since the death of her husband, several years ago.
Mrs. Hall came to St. Louis from Pa. when 30 years of age and had resided on the north side since. When she married her husband had a small blacksmith shop on what was then the outskirts of the city. They prospered with the growth of St. Louis and at his death the widow found herself comfortably situated.
Three daughters survive her--Mrs. John Stewart, Mrs. George Schrenk and Mrs. John O'Rourke. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Hall resided with the latter daughter, Mrs. John O'Rourke, from whose home the funeral will take place this afternoon. The burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Buried in Section 9, block X, lot 1475 Grave #2. St. Peter's. Buried in single plot, no other purchased.
Child of John Hall and FNU Mueller is:
+ 2 i. James A.2 Hall, born March 08, 1842 in PA; died August 25, 1896 in Mclennan Co.,TX, bur Oakwood Cem., Waco, McLennan Co., TX.
Children of John Hall and Rebecca St. Clair are:
+ 3 i. Ollie2 Hall.
+ 4 ii. daughter3 Hall.
5 iii. daughter2 Hall. She married John Stewart.
Notes for daughter2 Hall:
Her mother lived with her after the death of John Hall. She lived at a913 Bacon St. in St. Louis, Mo.
Generation No. 2
     2. James A.2 Hall (John Albert1) was born March 08, 1842 in PA, and died August 25, 1896 in Mclennan Co.,TX, bur Oakwood Cem., Waco, McLennan Co., TX. He married Delilah Jane McCann March 05, 1863 in Bond Co., Greenville, Illinois, daughter of Joseph McCann and Augusta Ruther.
Notes for James A. Hall:
James was born in PA, per all Census. He listed PA as birth place of both his parents.
On 1850 PA census shows an 8 yr. old James A. Hall. Listed in census book in Alphabetical order, not with family. ?? This is correct age.
On 1860 Bond Co., ILL census it shows Mueller, Hall and Ingold in same household ?
In 1862 I found a 20 yr. old James A. Hall in Chester Bloom Post Office (What State , TN , see below,??)
Dec. 1862 a 20 yr old James A. Hall enlisted in Conf. Army and deserted from Co. C. 8th TN Infantry. The book said desertion date unknown". This found in Confederate Book of Desertions. The P.O. was listed as Chestnut Bloom. It is unknown if this is OUR James A. Hall, but fits.
On Internet - Bushnell, Ill Two James A. Hall's shown. One enlistment date as 10-7-1862 and one date as 8-1-1862, listed as private in 119 Inf. Regemont, ILL One Deserted on 3-29-1863. ??
March-5-1863 James & Delilah Married in Greenville, Bond Co., ILL.
Nov. 30, 1863 his first child, Clara was born in ILL per census.
1865 2nd child Alonzo born in ILL per census.
1866 -1867 He and Delilah Jane and two children and came to Texas from Illinois by covered wagon along with others, I do not know all, but know some of the McCann's came along. They settled in the Waco area. >From dates of Children's births He was in ILL for James Alonzo's birth in 1866, and in Texas for Rebecca's birth in 1867.
Stories from his granddaughter, Marie, are that he hid under a feather mattress on the way to TX anytime another traveler was seen. She said it was told that there were hard feelings coming from the Civil War, and that they came to TX before the war was ended, but according to births of their children they did not come until after 1866 when James Alonzo was born in ILL. Family also said he had always said he did not have any family, when anything was said about the supposedly mother and sister left in St. Louis. (I think from my research, that this was his step-mother and the sisters were step-sisters. I know his mother was supposed to be a Mueller, per letters in the family, and word of mouth from relatives. This wife of his father was not a Mueller, but St. Clair. I think his mother died when he was small, and he did not have siblings. See his father's notes)
Family says he went on cattle drives as well as being a house builder.
On 1870 Coryell Co., Census. P.O. Gatesville, Coryell Co., TX. Shows James age 28, b. Pa. , Laborer; Delilah 29, born Ind. Clara age 6, b. in ILL.; James Alonzo age 4, born ILL.; Rebecca age 3 born in TX.
On 1880 McLennan Co., Texas Census. Moody community. On census it shows he was born PA, and his age as 38. (Coryell Co. adjoins Mclennan Co.)
1893 A letter from Rebecca Hall to James A. from St. Louis.
On Rebecca's letterhead was embossed "DeKalb". ??
1896, At age 54 James fell from the roof of a house he was building and died. He was living in McLennan Co. at the time.
I have picture of headstone, but the dates are incorrect if you use the family Bible. The dates for his wife are also incorrect using the Bible, her obit, and the courthouse death records. There was no headstone until the year 2000 when their elderly granddaughter Marie had this one put up. I do not know where the error was made.
Burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, McLennan Co., Texas, Block 3, Lot 20. (see notes on Delilah Jane)
A loan note for a coffin and burial robe to Cunningham Hagen at McGregor, TX. signed by Albert and Lon (Alonzo) for $30.00 dated 8-26-1896. Record shows he died on 25th.
9-8-1900 (After James A. Jim had died ??) A letter from John Ahrens of Warren TX, (Tyler Co., I think) He mentions sister ANNIE and also mentions JOHN ST CLARE (Is this relative of Rebecca's?) He says he came to TX in 1859.
Wife D.J. rec'd letter from Ollie Schwenk 2928 Cass Ave. St. Louis, Mo. called herself D. Jane's neice. (Think this is Rebecca's dau)
Notes for Delilah Jane McCann:
On 1860 Greenville Twsp, Ill. Census. Shows born in Illinois. All other Census show INDIANA.
1863 Date of Marriage License Bond County, ILL, March 4, 1863.
1863 Copy Marriage Certificate Bond Co., Illinois. Dated March 5th, 1863.
In Delilah's daughter Mary's Bible she had Delilah born in INDIANA.
1870 On Coryell Co., TX Census.
1880 On McLennan Co., TX Census.
4-30-1883 A letter from D. JANE to her mother Augusta Ruther McCAnn. D. J. says Oliver went home yesterday. 2. Sympthizes with ALBERT & MARY for loss of baby (BERTIE). (Albert is D.J.'s bro) 3. Lonzo (her son J. Alonzo) is working for LOUIS. ? 4. CLARA (her dau) is still trying to work. 5. Measles are still on the go. 6. Talks about her garden and roses and Lebanon Cedars and how hey have grown.
1892 A letter to NIECE Jane from AUNT SARAH J. AKINS of Waxahachie, TX.
1893 A letter to J.A. Hall from Mineral Wells, TX. Evidently they bought and sold Mineral Water or something from a doctor in Mineral Wells. There was a Mineral Spring there.
1893 A letter to D. Jane from a granddaughter , no other signature. On back of envelope, not an address area had scribbled "2926 Scoddrd ?? Street St. Louis, Mo" (May have been Clara?)
(no year) A Letter from Cousin Hannah to D. Jane, included was a letter from Aunt Sarah J. Akins to D. Jane. Sarah lives with dau Hannah and Louis Lawrence. They lived in Waxahachie. Sarah calls D. Jane's husband, "Jim" James A. Hall, Hannah's Cousin (so they must be related to the Hall side, not McCann). Also Rebecca, James A.'s mother or step-mother called this Sarah James's aunt. Could she be John's sister?? Sarah also mentions she has "another" dau living in Wallesville in Chambers Co. ? and doesn't know where John is, probably around Gulf.
1894 A Letter from REBBECA Hall 1905 Lucas Ave. St. L., Mo. to granddaughter CLARA. (D. Jane's Daughter). She mentioned LIZZIE (ANNIE Lawrence's sister) in Waxahachie, TX.
1894 A letter to Cousin Jane from Hannah Lawrence. Talks about sister Lizzie and Bert Hall. Aunt Sarah sends her love. She asks if she hears from St.Louis. Asks if she likes house plants, and say hello to dear cousin Jim. (James A.)
1896 & 1897 D. Jane in McGregor per letters.
9-10-1901 A letter to Daughter Clara from "Cousin Ivy" 1808 Bacon St. St. Louis saying "Grandma is dead" It is Rebecca Hall, John's Widow. She also mentioned Elsie, Orlando, Loretto & Celeste, Della & Papa & Mama.??
1907 D. J. in Sweetwater.
1910 A letter from Mary in Claytonville (prob. Mary Hall, Bert's dau living with her uncle Lon Hall) to Grandma D. Jane in Sweetwater.
1910 On Nolan Co., TX Census. She was living with son Albert (BERT).
1911 A Postcard from daughter Nellie to D.Jane in Merkel, Rt 5.
1911 Letter to D. Jane from Clara % Logan, ( Logan is her daughter Izella's married name & D.J. stayed with her.) (has Dora TX also??)
1912 D.J. in Sweetwater, Nolan Co., TX with her daughter Izella Logan.
1913 Card from Nellie to D. J. in Sweetwater.
1913 Card from granddaughter Annie Ensminger to D.J. in Sweetwater (Post mark Dora, TX.)
1913 Card from Frances in Gillespie, ILL.
Dec 1914 A letter from FRANCES L. AHRENS of GILLESPIE ILL. she said she saw Harm Adkins (Clara's husband) and Uncle CHRIS in STAUTON.
1914 Card from granddaughter Burnice to D. J. at Claytonville, signed from Burnice daddy's little girl.(Burnice was dau of Mary Ellen Whiseanant)
1914 Card from Marie to D.J. & Izella (Whiz g.dau)
1914 Card from Bailey (Whis,g'dau)
1914 A Card from Helen (Whis-g.dau)
1914 A card from Rosa to D.J. addressed % her son Alonzo Hall in Claytonville.
1918, Delilah was living with her daughter Clara in Capitola-Claytonville Community in Fisher County when she died. Earlier she had lived with her son Alonzo. Date of her death, April 20, 1918, is from her parents Bible that some of the family filled in (probably my grandmother Nellie Hall Talley) and from her funeral home obit. (I have both the Bible and the Obit.) On April 22nd she was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. Address is 2145 South 5th, Lot #20, Blk #3. Her husband James Hall is buried there, as well as other members of the McCann family. The Oakwood Cemetery book had Delilah Jane with a "Name Unknown" buried next to her. There were originally 12 Hall spaces, but after 50 years of non-contact by family the unused reverted back to the City. Her headstone dates are incorrect, if you use her parents Bible and the funeral home obituary, which I have. Her granddaughter Marie had the headstone put up in year 2000. She was in her mid 80's, and the dates are wrong.
Her Birth registered in her parents Bible.
Marriage license from Illinois.
Death Record from Roby, Fisher Co., Texas.
Her Name and date of burial from Oakwood Cemetery Book.
Her Obit. in Glass from Funeral Home.
Relatives from letters:
Uncle Ahlers
Sarah J. Akins is Aunt
Carrie is Cousin to D. Jane
Marie is cousin to D. Jane
Annie Lawrence is cousin to D. Jane
W.H. Ruther is cousin to Delilah Jane.
Hannah (Mrs. Louis Lawrence) is cousin to D. Jane (Sarah J. Akins dau)
Sarah is cousin to D. Jane (she is Sarah Akins dau also Sarah)
Anna Ruther wrote AUNT Augusta so she is cousin of D. Jane. she mentions:
Uncle Peter & Aunt Mary
Grandfather sends love
Annie Runge in Kansas
John Ahrens moved to Michigan Ind.
Mamie Ahrens wrote AUNT AUGUSTA so she is cousin to D. JANE she mentions:
Aunt Dora
Aunt Mary
Anna & George Ruther
P.F. Ahrens of Stauton, ILL was Lumber Dealer. Have Business Card.
Children of James Hall and Delilah McCann are:
6 i. Clara Edwardena3 Hall, born November 30, 1863 in Ill.; died October 13, 1921 in Fisher Co., Texas -- no children. She married (1) John Pinkerton July 16, 1900. She married (2) Harmon Adkins January 14, 1906. She married (3) H.T. Patterson July 01, 1917.
Notes for Clara Edwardena Hall:
Clara was born in Ill per census, in Mo. per her sister Mary's bible. Some of the older family say Clara spent most of her youth in St. Louis, Mo. with her Grandfather John Albert Hall and his wife Rebecca. (I think this Rebecca was John's second wife, and not the mother of our James A. Hall. There were three girls in this family, which I am not sure were John's. There is a tin-type photo of just John and his granddaughter Clara when she was about 9 or 10 years old.
On 1880 TX Census shows she was born 1863 in Ill. Showed age as 17.
1901 A letter to Cousin Clara from Ivey, return address 1808 Bacon St., St. Louis, Mo.
Clara married John G. Pinkerton 7-16-1900. After his death she married Harmon Adkins 1-14-1906. Harmon was a brother to Mary Elizabeth Adkins( Dunlap) (Bonner). Clara was married to Harmon Adkins when she took her brother Bert's children (Lee and Metta) following the death of their mother. When Lee was grown he married Mary Elizabeth Adkins Dunlap's daughter, Alba Dunlap.
After Harmon died Clara married H. T. Patterson July l, 1917.
She did not have any children.
Clara's mother Delilah Jane (McCann) Hall was living with her when Delilah died in 1918.
1920 Census Fisher Co. TX shows her nephew Lee age 20, and Neice Meta age 15 still living with her. She was a widow.
Notes for Harmon Adkins:
Harmon Adkins was a brother to Alba Dunlap Hall's grandmother. (that Grandmother married a Bonner) (Alba was S. Lee Hall's wife)
+ 7 ii. James Alonzo Hall, born May 12, 1865 in Illinois; died January 11, 1939 in Fisher Co., Tx..
8 iii. Anna Rebbecca Hall, born August 03, 1867 in McLennan Co., Tx.; died September 1883.
Notes for Anna Rebbecca Hall:
Alba Hall's records show b. 8-3-1867.
Anna is on 1880 TX Census b. in ILL age 13 on this census, which would be 1867.
Anna and little sister Emma died days apart. Emma had a high fever.
9 iv. Joseph Oliver S. Hall, born January 03, 1870 in Coryell Co., TX.; died February 23, 1870 in Buried in Coryell Co., TX, Date per family, but Cem. bk had May..
Notes for Joseph Oliver S. Hall:
Baby was about one month old. He was buried in Coryell County instead of McLennan Co. (they border).
Most McCann's buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.
Alba Hall's records say b. 1-31-1870, instead of 1-3-1870.
10 v. Izella Jane Hall, born April 09, 1871 in McLennan or Coryell County,Texas; died July 18, 1948 in Texas. She married Luther H. Logan December 14, 1911.
Notes for Izella Jane Hall:
Izella had no children.
11 vi. Ida Augusta (Gussie) Hall, born July 04, 1873 in McLennan or Coryell County, Texas; died August 03, 1898 in McGregor, McLennan Co., TX. She married Ben. C. Twitty May 03, 1898 in McLennan Co.,, TX.
Notes for Ida Augusta (Gussie) Hall:
She was born in Texas per census. Family say she was pregnant with her first child when she died, and think that was the cause of her death.
+ 12 vii. Albert Galatin (Bert) Hall, born March 26, 1875 in McLennan or Coryell County, Texas; died October 12, 1949 in Ft. Worth, Texas, buried Sweetwater.
13 viii. Emma Christine Hall, born May 18, 1877 in McLennan or Coryell County, Texas; died September 17, 1883 in McLennan Co., TX.
Notes for Emma Christine Hall:
She was playing outside and came into house and someone noticed she had high fever. She died in a week. Family did not know what she had, but her sister Anna died a few days from her.
+ 14 ix. Mary Ellen Hall, born March 20, 1879 in Mclennan Co. TX; died February 24, 1976 in Sweetwater, Nolan Co.,Texas.
15 x. George Walter Hall, born December 24, 1883 in McLennan County,Texas; died December 02, 1884 in Mclennan County, Tx..
+ 16 xi. Nellie Laura Hall, born May 12, 1886 in McGregor, McLennon Co., Tx; died February 18, 1960 in Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas.
3. Ollie2 Hall (John Albert1). She married George Swink.
Notes for Ollie Hall:
Family has picture of a girl and boy with "Children of Ollie Swink on back". Ollie Talley named for Ollie Swink.
Notes for George Swink:
On back of picture it has Swink, in Rebecca's Obit it has Schrenk.
Children of Ollie Hall and George Swink are:
17 i. girl3 Swink.
18 ii. boy Swink.
4. daughter32 Hall (John Albert1). She married John O'Rourke.
Child of daughter3 Hall and John O'Rourke is:
19 i. Ivy3 O'Rourke.
Generation No. 3
     7. James Alonzo3 Hall (James A.2, John Albert1) was born May 12, 1865 in Illinois, and died January 11, 1939 in Fisher Co., Tx.. He married Beulah Toliver August 19, 1891 in Texas.
Notes for James Alonzo Hall:
Birthplace per his sister Mary's bible is St. Louis, Mo. but all Texas Census has Ill.
Uncle "Lon" was a farmer.
Uncle Lon and Aunt Buelah reared one of his brother Bert's daughter, after Bert's wife died.
Notes for Beulah Toliver:
Family information is 1876, and headstone says 1878.
Children of James Hall and Beulah Toliver are:
20 i. Baby Girl4 Hall, born in Texas.
Notes for Baby Girl Hall:
Baby was still born.
21 ii. Lewis Oliver Hall, born 1895 in Texas; died June 25, 1963 in Fisher Co., Tx..
Notes for Lewis Oliver Hall:
Louis was a very colorful person. He attended Abilene Christian College for two years, and was a brilliant student. Dr. Speck had asked him to be his assistant when he took the chair at Yale. (I remember him mentioning making 100% on a latin exam.) Family members have letters he wrote to his mother while at ACC. They are very interesting reading, giving a glimpse of the early days of ACC, the Church of Christ, and of every day life in the early 1900's.
Lewis was his parents only child. One sister died at birth. His parents did take in a neice of Lewis's father to raise, after the death of her mother. His grandfather came to Texas from St. Louis about 1866 and settled in McGregor, TX, near Waco. After the grandfather's death in 1896, Lewis's father Alonzo purchased a farm in the Capitola Community around 1900. My grandparents, a brother and several sisters also left McGregor and settled in the Fisher-Nolan County area. The family were members of the Capitola Church of Christ.
When he was a small child his father took him and went to a neighbors farm in a wagon for some reason, and when they reached the farm his father got down from the wagon and went to the barn to see the neighbor man. After he left Lewis got out of the wagon and the family dogs about 3 or 4 attached Lewis and tore him up pretty bad. He was in bed for a long time.
His life changed drastically when he was working at the local gin and lost his right arm in an accident. He was working in the area where a maching pulled the cotton fiber from the seeds and his arm got caught in the blades. He was bookkeeper for the gin so I don't know if he did two jobs or if he was just down there that day. A cousin of Lewis said she thought he had left school and was working full time at the gin, but was not sure. She said he was about 20 years old when it happened, and that Lewis was so depressed he would not eat, or do anything with his left hand. Louis never married, although he had dated until he lost his arm. (One relative said she had been told he went with a certain lady of the community which I will not name, because it is not known for certain. They said after the accident he never went out again. She never married either. I remember her well and we bought her parents farm after her parents died.) Lewis cared for his parents until they died and I remember him being extremely caring of his mother and also of my grandmother, his aunt and her family.
Lewis owned the only grocery store, service station, and gathering place in the Capitola Community until he died. During the depression he gave credit to all the farmers in the community. Family members say many people would have gone hungry if it had not been for Lewis. Most people never paid their bills from that time on, even after the depression was over and they could have paid. I know this from when my husband worked for him and saw all his books. Also, my uncle on my mother's side of the family and not related to Lewis, used to work a lot for Lewis and he says that some of the farmers that charged their gasoline and groceries would take their eggs and cream into town to sell, instead of selling to Lewis. I guess they were afraid Lewis would want to just deduct the amount from what they owed and they needed or wanted cash. Even after they did this Lewis would let them continue to charge their gasoline and groceries. A cousin told me that her mother had asked Lewis why he did not send out bills to all those many people oweing him and he replied, Why waste a two cent stamp when they know they owe me. This cousin also told how he would come to their farm to vist them and would bring a large box of candy and a large box of chewing gum each time he came. She also told about in later years she would go see him and clean his house and at that time she had several children she was keeping for Welfare and he would spoil them to death with candy, pops, etc. She also said he would wear a suit of Kahakis until they were stiff with dirt, and then put on a new pair. He never took them to town to the laundry. She said half a room was full of kahakis. She told him once that if he could not sleep on those clean sheets she had put on his bed to just throw some dirt on the sheets. He just laughed and said he would. She said she and her mother took about 50 suits of kahakis to the laundry once. I don't know if that was an estimate or a counted number.
Lewis was also the Justice of Peace, and sometimes held a tight rein on law-breakers, and at other times showed compassion and overlooked some things. One story is told about a certain young man in the community having "Turpentined" one of his cats, and Lewis confronted him. The man wanted to "have it out" with Lewis and went out into the road. The young man had a pistol, but so did Lewis. (He carried one in his left back pocket most of the time in the earlier days). Lewis followed him out into the road, but the younger man knowing what a good shot Lewis was with a pistol, even if it was his left hand, he decided he did not want to fight that older one armed man. Lewis practised his shooting skills on rats around the store. He rarely missed.
Lewis enjoyed playing dominos, pitching horseshoes, and washers with his customers. This is where the farmers gathered after their crops were "laid by" and also where the older men gathered to talk. I remember my grandfather also used to go up there to play croquet as well as the other things.
He, and his store, was featured several times in the Abilene Reporter. His store was piled to the ceiling with cases of canned food, and that is the way he sold most things. People came from surrounding towns to shop, because the more you bought the better deal he would give them. Customers pumped their own gas, and would tell Lewis how much they owed. He never checked. The only way he would get upset with a person was if they stepped on one of his many many cats, then you better watch out. The cats were allowed to come and go and lay wherever they pleased, even on his "meat cutting" table. I have seen him push a cat off the table with his "stump" and lay a slab of bacon down and cut it. Wouldn't the Health Department just die? Chickens were also allowed to come into the store and lay their eggs on top of some crates where they had decided to make their nest, then he would shoo them out.
I always loved to go to Louis' store, because he would always tell me to go get a "pop" and then he would hand me a bar of candy. In the early days, when I was young I did not get many "pops" or candy, but he never stopped treating me like I was still that child.
One Sunday morning when most of the community had gone to Church Services two robbers almost beat Lewis to death. A neighbor, Ercil O'Donald, found him walking down the road and took him into town. He was beaten around his head until he was unrecognizable, but seemed to recover and continued with his store. I do not remember exactly how long, but not very long after the robbery his cousin was helping him at the store and he just fell over and died there. His date of death was June 25, 1963. He is buried in the "Old" Sweetwater Cemetery next to his parents.
I am sure a lot of people only remember Lewis as a man with one arm, dirty clothes, and a dirty, junk filled store with a lot of cats. Because when I say I was reared in the Capitola-Claytonville communities I usually hear, "Isn't that where the one-armed man......." I always am happy to say, Yes, he was my cousin and then I tell them MY view of the old unkept one-armed man.

     12. Albert Galatin (Bert)3 Hall (James A.2, John Albert1) was born March 26, 1875 in McLennan or Coryell County, Texas, and died October 12, 1949 in Ft. Worth, Texas, buried Sweetwater. He married (1) Thella Avon Morgan August 14, 1898. He married (2) Huntis Caffey 1916.
Notes for Albert Galatin (Bert) Hall:
Albert was born in Ill. ( per 1880 TX. census) (roll 1318, ED 119, line 20)
1910 Nolan Co., TX Census ED 175 Supervisor 16, Sheet 4 a under 965. Bert listed as age 35 widowed, worked as general labor; with sister Izella age 39, work as owner Steam Laundry; and mother Delilah age 60. Age 60 is error. Widow and has own income.
After his First wife died "Bert" married Mrs. Huntis Caffee in 1916.
His children were reared by his sister Clara and her husband, and his brother Alonzo and his wife Beulah.
Date of Bert's death date is from Alba Hall's records. Alba was Bert's daughter-in-law. He died in Ft. Worth, but was buried in old Sweetwater Cemetery beside his son S.Lee Hall and family.
Notes for Thella Avon Morgan:
Thella died in childbirth.
Children of Albert Hall and Thella Morgan are:
22 i. Samuel Lee4 Hall, born September 21, 1899 in Tx.; died February 20, 1951 in Fisher Co. Tx.. He married Alba Allene Dunlap May 12, 1922 in Tx..
Notes for Samuel Lee Hall:
1910 Census shows Lee age 10, born in TX living with his aunt Clara (Hall) Adkins and his sister Meta age 5. He lived with his aunt after his mother died between 1905-1910.
23 ii. Mary Jane Hall, born 1902 in TX. She married Clyde Basinger.
Notes for Mary Jane Hall:
On 1910 Census she is shown with her uncle Alonzo Hall.(age 3). She lived with Alonzo and wife Beulah and their son Louis. after her mother died between 1905 and 1910.
24 iii. Meta Avon Hall, born 1905 in TX. She married Granville Lucion Bonner.
Notes for Meta Avon Hall:
On 1910 Census she was shown as 5 yrs and living with her aunt Clara Adkins and her brother S. Lee Hall age 10. Her aunt Clara (Hall) raised her after her mother died.

     14. Mary Ellen3 Hall (James A.2, John Albert1) was born March 20, 1879 in Mclennan Co. TX, and died February 24, 1976 in Sweetwater, Nolan Co.,Texas. She married Ross L. Whisenant April 06, 1902 in Texas.
Notes for Mary Ellen Hall:
On 1920 Fisher Co., TX census Pct. 5, Slyvester, with husband age 42, rent. Children, Helen 16, Baily 15, Hazel 7, Jennie Marie 5, Carmeleta 3,
Mary was buried in Whisenant family plot, Newman, Texas.
Children of Mary Hall and Ross Whisenant are:
25 i. Helen Ercell4 Whisenant, born January 15, 1903; died September 1990 in Texas. She married FNU2 Jordon.
26 ii. Bailey Whisenant, born May 18, 1904; died June 1977 in Sweetwater, Texas.
27 iii. Delilah Inez Whisenant, born March 02, 1906.
28 iv. Izella Bettie Whisenant, born March 09, 1908.
29 v. Alma Berniece Whisenant, born November 11, 1910.
30 vi. Hazel Olivet Pearl Whisenant, born February 16, 1912.
31 vii. Jennie Marie Whisenant, born April 14, 1914.
32 viii. Carmaleta Whisenant, born March 12, 1916. She married Sudbrock.

     16. Nellie Laura3 Hall (James A.2, John Albert1) was born May 12, 1886 in McGregor, McLennon Co., Tx, and died February 18, 1960 in Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas. She married Robert Johnston Talley November 02, 1901 in Mclennon Co., TX, son of William Talley and Fannie Catron.
Notes for Nellie Laura Hall:
Nellie was born in McGregor, Texas. Her parents were James Alonzo Hall and Delilah Jane McCann. She had dark curly hairy and hazel eyes. She married Robert J. Talley November 2, 1901 in McGregor with Church of Christ minister W.T. Cypert officiating. She was only 15 years old. Nellie had seven children. She had cancer of the Esophagus and died 2-18-1960 in Sweetwater. She was buried in the "old" Sweetwater Cemetery.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Marriage Certificate from McLennan Co., Texas
Death Certificate from Nolan Co., Texas. Bk 11, pg. 568
Obit from Sweetwater Reporter.
Notes for Robert Johnston Talley:
R.J. (Bob) was b. in Wilson Co., TN, He came to TX with his parents in 1898 and settled near Waco. He married Nellie Laura Hall in McGregor, TX in 1901 with C. of C. minister W.T. Cypert Officiating. He moved to Fisher Co., TX., 15 miles north of Sweetwater , in 1904. In 1944 he, Nellie, and granddaughter Clydelle moved to Sweetwater, Nolan Co., TX. He died there in 1972 following Hernia Surgery at age 94.
He had Blue Eyes and a full head of premature Gray hair. He was a tall and well built man.
He was a farmer, and a member of the Church of Christ.
Cause of death was Arteriosclerotic Heart disease. He never showed any signs of dementia, always loving and joking with everyone. He died intestate.
Birth Certificate bk 11, page 568 delayed. Nolan Co.
Marriage Certificate from Mclennan Co., Texas
Death Certificate from Nolan Co., Texas , Book 9, page38
Obit. from Sweetwater Reporter.
Buried in "old" Sweetwater Cemetery..
Children of Nellie Hall and Robert Talley are:
33 i. Clara Mae4 Talley, born September 20, 1902 in McLennon County, McGregor, Texas; died February 03, 2000 in Weslaco, Texas. She married (1) Otis Huffman in TX.. She married (2) Heron Todd.
Notes for Clara Mae Talley:
Clara Mae went by "Talley". She moved 17 miles from her family farm home at Capitola to Sweetwater to work for Western Union. She was transferred to Weslaco, TX. During WWII she worked for the Draft Board. She later owned a Yarn Shop.
She was 5"9"' tall, brown hair and hazel eyes. She had premature white hair.
She was married twice, but both marraiges were later in her life and she did not have children.
Clara Mae was 97 and died primarily from old age, although she was a cancer survivor of several years prior to her death.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
34 ii. Peter Alonzo Talley, born October 05, 1905 in Sweetwater, Nolan Co, Tx.; died June 02, 1985 in Abilene, Taylor Co., Texas. He married (1) Minnie Cecil Hoskins September 29, 1928 in Nolan Co. Tx.. He married (2) Minnie Pledger Williams September 16, 1950.
Notes for Peter Alonzo Talley:
He went by "Pete". He had dark brown wavy hair and blue eyes. He was 5'11" and slender all his life. He loved people and was always joking.
He was a farmer, and also worked for city water department, as a night watchman for a construction company, and also as a City Deputy. He lived his entire life in Texas.
After his first wife,Minnie Cecil Hoskins died, he married Minnie Worley Pledger Williamson.
After his second wife died he lived with his daughter in Abilene until his death.
Cause of death was Gastric Carcinoma, and he also had a Soft Tissue Sarcoma "Malignancy Fibrous Histio-cytomia." He is buried in the "Old" Sweetwater Cemetery between his two wives. He died intestate.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Birth Certificate from Fisher Co., Texas. vol2, pg. 168
Marriage Certificate from Nolan Co., Texas.
Death Certificate from Taylor Co., Texas. file 468
Obit. from Abilene Reporter news.
Notes for Minnie Cecil Hoskins:
Cecil was in ill health most of her life. She had Rheumatic Heart Disease causing heart failure and a stroke. She lived several months following the stroke. She died at age 29, leaving one seven year old daughter.
She was buried in the "old" Sweetwater Cemetery.
Birth Certificate from Guthrie, Okla.
Marriage Certificate from Nolan Co., Texas
Death Certificate from Fisher Co., Texas.
Obit. from Sweetwater Reporter.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
35 iii. William Oliver Talley, born May 12, 1907 in Fisher , Co., Tx.; died January 18, 1969 in Fisher Co., Tx.. He married Betty Lou Clark October 20, 1951 in Nolan Co., Tx..
Notes for William Oliver Talley:
He served in WW11, mostly in Alaska. He farmed after the War. Bill did not have any children. Bill was tall and slender all his life. He died from a heart attack and is buried in the "old" Sweetwater Cemetery.
36 iv. Fannie Beulah Talley, born April 03, 1910 in Fisher County, Texas; died April 27, 1996 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. She married William Paul Jefferson Hoskins January 17, 1927 in Nolan or Fisher Co..
Notes for Fannie Beulah Talley:
Birth record in Bk. 6, pg. 9, also have Obit. Fannie Beulah was called Dude. She was named for her Grandmother Fannie Talley, and Nellie's brother Alonzo's wife Beulah Hall. She was 5"8"' tall and brown eyes. She had pre-mature gray hair. Her Wedding ceremony was preformed by Justice of Peace I.W. Brashear while sitting in her future husband's car. Her sister Clara Mae was also in the car. She was later divorced and never re-married. Her hobbies were painting, and gardening. She died as a result of a fall in a nursing home in Sweetwater, TX. She was transferred to the hospital in Abilene where she died. She is buried in the old Sweetwater Cemetery next to her parents. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Notes for William Paul Jefferson Hoskins:
Birth Record File Book #13, pg. 346 gave Paul's full name was William Paul Jefferson Hoskins. The name Jefferson after his grandfather Hoskins. The William after his grandfather Cox.
Paul owned Grocery Stores. He named the town of Gun Barrel City, Texas, and was the first Mayor. Paul and Fannie Beulah Talley were divorced and Paul re-married.
He was member of the Church of Christ.
Town of Mabank near his home in Kossman County.
37 v. Delilah Olivette Talley, born April 15, 1915 in Capitola Community , Fisher County, Tex; died August 30, 2000 in Sweetwater, Texas. She married (1) Jack Lewis. She married (2) Alvin Goebel.
Notes for Delilah Olivette Talley:
She went by Ollie. She had brown hair and blue eyes. She was abt 5"8" tall. Her hobbies were all Handwork, Quilting, etc. She had been in a nursing home only a short time when she died of a heart attack. She was eighty-five.
She is buried in the "old" Sweetwater Cemetery.
Obit, Sweetwater Reporter.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
38 vi. Robert Harmon Talley, born April 26, 1918 in Fisher, County Texas. He married Dottie McElyea October 10, 1945 in Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas.
Notes for Robert Harmon Talley:
Birth recorded in book 7, pg. 146 . Family nickname "Doe". He had brown hair and brown eyes. He was tall and slender all his life. He served in WWII with the 36th Texas Division, in Company "E". He was overseas four years. He received a Silver Star for bravery and was wounded 4 times, receiving a purple heart with 3 Clusters. He worked for the Railroad, and later in Auto Upholstry.
He is a member of the Church of Christ.
39 vii. Glenn Carver Talley, born July 17, 1922 in Fisher, County Texas; died June 28, 1977 in Houston, Texas. He married Patsy Ruth Belt March 28, 1946 in Sweetwater, Texas.
Notes for Glenn Carver Talley:
Birth recorded in book 5, pg. 48, and have Obit. Glen had dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was tall and slender all his life. He served overseas in the Army in WWII . He was a truck driver in the Invasion of Normandy. His daughter thinks he was in the second wave of the Invasion. While in France he was driving a truck one day and as he was passing through the gate he saw his brother Bill. After he made his truck delivery he went back. He and his brother had a great visit. After WWII he worked as an Auto Body man. He died of lung cancer in Houston where he went for treatment. He had been living in CA for years prior to his illness.
He was a member of the Church of Christ
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