Rev. Nathan Hall, only child of John and Sarah Hall, was born in Gloucester
County, Virginia, July 30, 1738, and died in Patrick County just after it
had been formed from Henry County, Virginia, in 1815. Rev. Nathan Hall left
a will dated February 19, 1815, and proved in Patrick County, Virginia, at
the March term of court, 1815, of which the following is an abstract:
February 19th Day 1816. In the name of God Amen.
I, Nathan Hall, senr., of Patrick County....being sick & weak of body but of perfect mind & memory thanks
be to God for the same noing it is appointed once for all men to die do make
this my last will & testament. In the first place I commit my soul in the
hands of Almighty God that gave it & my body to the Earth to be buried in a
Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors & as for what worldly
estate it has pleased God to bless me in this life with I dispose of in this
manner. .do make this my last will and testament.
Item. It is my desire that John Hall should have part of my land
I live on....Item. It is my desire that the balance of my land should be
sold and the money equally divided among all my sons and daughters.
Item. It is my desire that all my negroes, Daniel, Charles, Ezebel, Mal,
Eady, Jim, Price, Sindy, Lucy and Ruth be sold for the best price that can
be got and equally divided amongst all my sons and daughters, that is to
say, Jno, Randal, Thomas, Jonathan, Molly, Sally, Nancy, Jeremiah and
Frankey...It is my desire that Jno. Hall and Thomas R. Hall should be my
executors of this, my last will. It is also my desire that if any of my
children should be dead before the assignment of this will their heirs
should have 50 cents apiece.
Nathan X Hall
Signed in the presents of: Russel Hall, Delia Hall, Ann Hall
Rev. Nathan Hall could write, and had signed his name to all deeds and other
documents, so it is evident that he was too ill to sign his will. The
inventory of his estate amounted to $2,233.34.
He was an Episcopal minister or "reader" and lived in various counties
according to records. He was married in 1755, and three children were born
in Gloucester County, as appears from church records. September 25, 1763, he
bought 250 acres of land on Avints Creek, Brunswick County, and January 26,
1767, conveyed to his mother, Sarah Hall, all the slaves, stock and crops on
the Avints Creek property. April 27, 1767, he sold two acres of land to
Silas Stockes. Two more children, Randolph and Jonathan, were born here.
While living in Pittsylvania County in 1773 and 1774, he gave a deed for
successive debts on loans of money, July 5, 1774, Lord John Dunmore, then
Governor of Virginia, confirmed a patent of land to Nathan Hall for a tract
of 277 acres of land on Marrowbone Creek, Pittsylvania County
, and October
3, 1774, Nathan Hall was "clerk of Horsepasture Chappell," and received "250
lbs. of Tobacco for three months service as reader."
Henry County, Virginia, was formed from Pittsylvania County in 1776, and in
that year Nathan, John Randolph, Thomas, and Merry Hall took the oath of
allegiance in Henry County. It appears that in 1781 Nathan Hall and his son
Randolph Hall joined the local military forces that marched to the aid of
Washington, and were present at the surrender of Cornwallis. October 25,
1779, Nathan Hall of Pittsylvania County, sold his acreage on Avints Creek to
Sylvanus Shelton. In 1782 Nathan Hall was paid "250 lbs for 235 lbs. of beef
to the commissary of provisions." In the meantime, in August, 1777, Nathan
Hall bought 400 acres of land on Irwins River, Henry County, and an
additional tract of 234 acres adjoining, in May, 1784. Governor Benjamin
Harrison of Virginia, January 23, 1784, confirmed the patent of a survey
dated May 8, 1780, for 460 acres of land on Smith River, Henry County, to
Nathan Hall, who bought two adjoining tracts on Smith River from James
Poteet, in 1784 and 1786, respectively.
His mother, Sarah Hall, in her will, named only the first four children of
Rev. Nathan Hall, and this leads to the conclusion that the first wife of
Rev. Nathan Hall died shortly after Jonathan Hall was born. After Sarah Hall
died in 1790, it is evident that Rev. Nathan Hall married a second time and
left at his death five more children, all minors, judging from their "pet
names" used in his will, and with no reference to any marriage.
Rev. Nathan Hall married (first), in 1755, Ann, whose surname has not been.
He probably married (second), after 1790, a lady, name not known, who
apparently was the mother of the younger children named in his will. She did
not survive her husband.
Hall, Bird and Allied Families, A Genealogical Study With Biographical
Notes, compiled and privately printed by Josephine Bird Hall, The American
Historical Company, Inc., New York, 1943.[Potts.FBC.GED]
The 1782 Henry County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List
Name Tithes Negroes Horses Cattle
Hall, Nathan 1 8 5 28
Hall, Randolph 1 - 1 -
Hall, John 1 - 2 2
Hall, John 1 - 2 6
Hall, Lamford 1 - 2 4
Hall, William 1 - 1 5
Hall, Isham 1 - 3 6
Hall, John 1 - 1 2
Rev. Nathan Hall (b. ca. July 30,1738, Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Va.; d. Feb., 1815, Patrick County, Va.) and Ann (Rowe) Hall (ca. 1739-ca. 1763). Rev. Nathan Hall was a "reader" or "clerk" (a type of lay minister) in the Established Church (Church of England) of colonial Virginia; he also taught school, and is said to have been with his son Randolph with the American forces at Yorktown in October, 1781, when Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. In late 1781 or early 1782, abandoning the Established Church, as many cithers did at the time, he became a Baptist minister in Henry County, Virginia, where the records indicate that he officiated at the marriages of many Revolutionary veterans in 1782 and afterwards. He was also licensed to preach in the Pigg River and Blackwater Baptist Churches, Franklin County, Va.
Rev. Nathan Hall was the only child of John Hall
Found many marriages performed by Nathan Hall in Henry Co., VA in 1783.
Virginia Land Office and Patents:
Henry Co. 23 Jany 1784
465 a. on the waters of Smith Rivers
adjoining his own land
Grants K, p. 169
1820 Virginia Patrick Co. census p. 116 (I have)
Nathan Hall 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 (Note-columns were very hard to distinquish)
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