W. D. Bostick, Wdbostick@aol.com
125 Indian Ln, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Rev. 3/2002

Madison County, TN, Families

1. Mary Hall

(Information in this section is from Linda Jennings Higgins (2001, in her pamphlet on the Hall-King Cemetery, located near Stem Mill Ferry Rd, and as updated by personal communication):

The first generation of the Hall family in Madison County (TN) was Mary Hall who was born around 1806 in Virginia and in the 1850 U.S. Census she was living with her children in Madison County, but her husband, Matthew, died in Pittsylvania County, VA, from where Mary and her family moved to Madison County around 1845.

            Here are the children of the first generation of Halls in Madison County:

  1. Frances F. Hall, b. ca 1821 ; m. Lewellin Staten Nov. 4, 1863 (he died June 29, 1864); d. April 1900 (no heirs).
  2. John D. Hall, farmer; b. ca 1826; d. June 30, 1900 (no heirs)
  3. Levi Hall, farmer; b. ca 1826 in Virginia; m. Eliza, who was born in Mad. Co., TN, ca 1838. Father of Malissa Katherine, (who) married Ben Matthews; W.T. Hall, married Emma Florence "Miss Tiny" Rumley; Molly Hall, married George W. Derry (sic); and Annie Hall, married _ Cole and Archie Beauchamp.
  4. Parmelia W. Hall, b. ca 1827 in Vir.; m. (14-Feb-1848) Robert W. Jennings; d. Nov., 1873. Mother of Tabitha (shown only in 1850 Census); Louvenia F. Jennings, b. 1850; William W. "Buck" Jennings, married Kathryn "Aunt Katie" Laverne Edwards; Matthew Meredith Jennings, married (1) Henrietta Morris and (2) Orthna Lee Baxter Glynn; Levi Arnold Jennings, married Ellen Elvira Mainord.
  5. George W. Hall, carpenter; b. ca 1829 in Vir.; d. Aug. 3, 1864 of wounds received in Harrisburg Battle in Mississippi (no heirs).
  6. William S. Hall, farmer; b. ca 1833 in Virginia; d. Aug. 22, 1864 in Civil War (no heirs).

Ms. Higgins writes that tradition indicates the following kin are buried in unmarked graves at Hall-King Cemetery: Levi and Eliza Hall, Parmelia Hall Jennings, Frances Hall Staten, John D. Hall, Molly Hall Derry.

Additional information from Ms. Higgins: Mary married Matthew (or Mathias) Hall, of Pittsylvania Co., VA, on August 16, 1820 — this from the Staten family Bible (daughter Frances Hall married Lewelling Staten). We found Matthew Hall in the 1830 Census (for Pittsylvania co., VA), but in 1840 we only found Mary Hall. In the Matthew Hall household in 1830 there were a male and a female between 20-30. There were two males, one between 5-10 and one under five and two females, one between 5-10 and one under five who we presume to be Parmelia who was born around 1827. By the 1840 Census Matthew must have died because Mary was listed as head of household, and she was between 30-40. There were two other females listed as between 15-20 and one between 10-15. The later, we presume to be Parmelia who should be 13. There were 4 males, one between 15 and 20, two between 10-15 and one between 5 and 10.


Levi Hall
(in Confederate uniform)


2. Levi Hall; b. abt 1826/9; d. Feb-1880; Private, Co. I, 51st Reg't, Tennessee Infantry (CSA).

Levi married Eliza Prewett; b. abt 1835/8; d. abt 1901/3 (?).

Children of Levi and Eliza Hall surviving to adulthood include:

(i) Malisa (Melissa) Hall; (1-Oct-1854 to 11-Mar-1931; buried Hall-King cemetery in Jackson, TN); m. Benjamin Matthews.
(ii) Will T. Hall; 1861 - 1949; never married.
(iii) Eliza Jane ("Molly") Hall; b. abt 1866; m. (23-Sep-1888) to R.W. Derry; d. 3-Mar-1910.
(iv) Laura Annie Hall, b. abt 1868; m. (1) ? Cole; m. (2) Archie Beauchamp.
(v) George W. Hall (2-Jul-1870 to 30-Nov-1945; buried Hall-King cemetery in Jackson, TN). Married Florence Rumbley.


The obituary for Will T. Hall: "born in Madison Hall County in 1861, the son of the late Levi and Eliza Pruitt Hall", indicates that he was a farmer and life-long resident in Madison County, Tennessee (i.e., the Jackson/Bemis area), and at his death in 1949, he was survived by one sister, Mrs. Annie Beauchamp ("Oklahoma City, OK"; not identified in the 1860-1870 Madison County, TN, Census records). W. T. was staying with niece & nephew Kathleen and Andy Hall (children of George and Florence Rumbley Hall) at the time of his death.

1850 Madison Co. (TN) census: Dist # 8, House # 915: Mary Hall age 44 estate value 2,500 b. VA; John age 25 farmer b. TN; Frances age 26 (f) b. TN; Levi age 21 farmer b. TN; George age 19 farmer b. TN; William age 17 b. TN.

Madison Co TN Census:

1850 (p. 69 in Carpenter transcription): Ma-915-560: HALL








VA (= mother?) (b abt 1806)
TN (b abt 1825)
TN (b abt 1824)
TN (b abt 1829)
TN (b abt 1831)
TN (b abt 1833)


1860: Ma-133-130 (908/940): HALL [1]




W. D. (M)


(b abt 1826) {= husband}
(b abt 1838) {= wife}
(b abt 1855)
(b abt 1858)


1860: Ma-132-129 (907/939): HALL

Jno. D.
George W.
William J.


(b. Abt 1806)
(b. Abt 1821) [2]
(b. Abt 1822)
(b. Abt 1829)
(b. Abt 1833)


1870 (p. 31 in Wiggins transcription): HALL [3]

Name (Init.)



L (F)
M (F)
S (F)


(b abt 1827) = Levi (?)
(b abt 1835) = {'Liza, wife}(?) (b. Alabama)
(b abt 1854) = Malisa (?)
(b abt 1861) = Will T. (?)
(b abt 1866) = {‘Liza, dau.}(?)
(b abt 1868) = unk
(b abt 1869) = George W (?)

[also at this address: Harris, H. (Age 21) and Crips, J. (Age 20), farmhands]


The mother and brother, John D. Hall, and sister, Frances Hall Stratton (or Staten) of Levi were at the adjacent dwelling:

1870 Tennessee Census, Madison Co., p. 207, Dwelling 86




(b. Abt 1830), Farmer
(b. Abt 1810)
(b. Abt 1832)


1880 Census for Madison Co., TN

Vol. 22, ED 94, sheet 28, line 1, dwelling 224

HALL, Eiza (HOH), age 44 (b. ~ 1836), parents b. KY
(her chidren b. TN; their father b. VA)
Hall, William, son, 18 (b ~ 1862), farmer
Hall, Liza, dau, 14 (b ~1866)
Hall, Laura A., dau, 12 (b ~ 1868)
Hall, George W, son, 10 (b. ~ 1870)
Matthews, Malissa, dau, 25 (b ~ 1855), boarder
Matthews, Allice, gdau, 6 (b ~ 1874)
Matthews, Norris, gson, 4 (b ~ 1876)

Mrs. Mary Hall appears on the 1866 Federal direct tax list.[4]

Will T. Hall (1861-1949) appeared to be a very decent man; his young nieces (Esther and Rosa Derry) stayed with him while their mother Eliza Hall Derry was dying from tuberculosis, and he also cared for his widowed mother, Eliza Pruitt (or Prewett) Hall, in her old age:

J. Smith, Geneal. Abstr. from Will Book B, 1894-1914, Madison County; p. 18 (abst. will book pp. 175-6 for Dec. 31 1900 - Sept 18, 1903):

Eliza A. Hall: legacy to Son William T. Hall "because of the tender kindness shown me in my old age", since the death of my husband Levi Hall, all personality and tract I live on, 82 acs CD8, Madison Co. which I bought from my grandmother Mrs. Jane Arnolds est. and used by my husband to buy this acreage. Son William T. Hall exec. Wis: P.B. Robinson, S.J. Everett.

Eliza is the daughter of Joel B. and Abigail Arnold Prewitt (surname spelled variously in different documents: Prewitt, Pruitt, etc.), and granddaughter of John (Sr.) and Jane Arnold. (Her inheritance was the subject of several entries in J. K. H Smith (compiler), "Madison County Tennessee Deed Book"). Joel B. Prewitt appears in the 1840 Tennessee census (MA-71): 1 M age 50-60 (b. Abt 1790-1800); 1 F 50-60 (b. Abt . 1790-1800); 2 F 20-30 (b. Abt 1810-1820); 1 F 15-20 (b. Abt 1820-1825); 1 F 5-10 (b. Abt 1830-1835). The latter may be Eliza, abt 1835/8 from other census estimates.

Sistler (1980), in Tennessee Mortality Schedules for 1850, 1860, 1880, lists Levi Hall, Madison County farmer, having died from pneumonia at age 50 in February of census year 1880 (i.e., born abt 1829/1830). Levi and both parents are listed in this source as having been born in Virginia (cf 1850 census: Mary Hall born VA, but Levi and siblings born in TN).



  1. In the 1860 census, Levi is listed as farmer, b. VA, personal estate 500. Eliza is listed as b. TN (cf 1870 census).
  2. Francis (Female) may be the Francis E. STATON, who left her estate to bro. John D. HALL [Genealogical Abstr. From Will Book B, 1894-1914, Madison Co., TN, abstr. By J.K.H. Smith (1994)].
  3. 1870 Madison Co. TN census, p. 207, line 16. Lists L (age 35) b. Alabama; all children b. Tenn. Lists value of real estate 2500, value of personal estate 800.
  4. J. Smith (1996), "Persons appearing on the Federal direct tax, Madison co., TN." Mary Hall appears on p. 24 and 59 for Civil District 8, owning 220 acres, value 1850, assessed $6.48 in May 1866 (refund paid 1891).