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JAMES HENRY HALL was born in South Carolina in 1824. He was the son of John Hall and Barbara Wicker. He immigrated to Montgomery County, Texas, some time in the 1840s. In 1850, he was a single man, living in Danville in the household of J. F. Arnette.
He was married in about 1857 to Sarah Ann George. She was born in 1832 in South Carolina. She is said by descendants to have come to Texas from Desotoville, Choctaw County, Alabama, near the Mississippi border. John E. George was her uncle.
The two sons of James and Sarah were born on Johnson's Bluff on the San Jacinto River, according to descendants. The family was living in Danville in 1860, and James was a farmer. He was thirty-six and Sarah was twenty-eight.
James joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen on May 4, 1861; he was also on the muster roll of September 13th of that year. He was not listed on the muster roll of February 14, 1862, nor does he appear to have served in the Confederate States Army.
Sarah George Hall died in childbirth in about 1861 and was buried in the Shepard Hill Cemetery at Danville.
It is said by descendants that James continued to serve in the local militia and and that he was sent to Galveston. He is said to have been a wagoneer.
There are records for one J. H. Hall (also entered as J. M. Hall) who served in Capt. D. H. Lewis’s Company G, Elmore’s Regiment, Texas Infantry. In the same company is J. C. Hall, surely James’s brother John Calvin. Since Elmore's served mostly in Texas, it seems probable that this is the unit that James served in, rather than the militia.
James Hall was enlisted at the town of Montgomery on April 7, 1862 by C. E. Jones. He was 44 years of age, according to his enlistment record. He was mustered at Camp Travis at Hempstead, Texas, on May 4, 1862.
He was counted present until the muster roll of December, 1862, at which time he was absent, with the remark that he was Sent to Hospital in Houston Dec. 2, 1862. A hospital roll from General Hospital, Houston, for December 3, shows his disease as Rubiola, or measles. This was during the time at which a measles epidemic was decimating the Texas Confederate troops.
James survived the disease and returned to his regiment. On the muster roll of April, 1863, there is a note that he had been Transferred to Corps Sappers & Miners, Special Order No. 40.
There are no records for him until 1865, at which time he was on Detailed Service with the Quartermasters Department, first in Houston and later in Huntsville. He obviously served until the end of the war.
In any case, the story is told by descendants that while he was gone, his two little boys, John and James Hall, were cared for by Mrs. Frances O'Banion Harrison, wife of William Harrison.
The following story was related to Maxine Roebuck Johnson by her grandfather, who was one of the little boys in the story: the men of the Harrison household were stealing horses for the Confederacy, and when they would come home from a raid, they would throw the little boys around. The children learned to hang back and hide when the men came home, so Mrs. Harrison would bring them food until the men quieted down from their excitement.
After the war, James settled in the area of New Waverly, Walker County, but lived very close to Danville, Montgomery County. He was married to Mary Jane Wester in Walker County on January 31, 1869, by A. Samuel. She was born in 1850 in Montgomery County, the daughter of Matthew and Martha Johnson Wester. Mary Jane was a first cousin to Company B, 24th Regt. Cavalryman Timothy Cude.
James was a member of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106.
Mary Jane died in childbirth in 1890 at the age of forty and was also buried in Danville Cemetery. Nine children and her husband survived her.
James died in Walker County on 15 March 1905 and is buried in between his two wives in Shepard Hill Cemetery. His head stone reads: Born in New Berry, S. C. 17 July 1824, Died in Walker Co., Texas 15 Mar. 1905.
Cemetery researched by Karen Lawless. Photo by Karen Hett. Some biographical information compiled from census and county records, as well as original muster rolls in Texas State Archives. Family information provided by descendant of James H. Hall and Sarah Ann George: Maxine Johnson. Other family information provided by descendant of James H. Hall and Mary Jane Wester: Pat Stephenson, webmaster of Madison County Genweb pages and of McDonald-Sloan UDC web pages.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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