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1403. John Melvin (J. Melvin) Hall518 was born on 1 Apr 1870 in Johnson County, Kentucky.1154,1155,1156 He died on 21 Sep 1951 in Johnson County, Kentucky.1157 He was buried in Davis Cemetery, Davis Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky.1158 He was a public school teacher, school supervisor, farmer, and judge in Johnson County, Kentucky.

• In A Bedwell Family, p. 35, Larry King writes: "Mr. Hall taught school in Johnson County thirty five years, served one term as County Judge, was U.S. District Commissioner for Eastern Kentucky for many years until retirement; lifelong Democrat."

• 1900 Census for Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky shows Melvin Hall, born Apr 1871, a teacher, as head of household with: Ella, born Jan 1870, a teacher, his wife of eight years who has had three children, all still living; daughter Neva, born Oct 1893; son Bryan, born Jan 1897; and son Mitchell, born Mar 1899.

• 1920 Census for Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky shows J. Melvin Hall, 49, a farmer who owns his land on Davis Branch, as head of household containing: wife Ella, 50; son P. Bryan, 23; son Mitchel, 20, a time keeper at a coal mine; son Loyd M., 17; son Christopher, 13; daughter Lenore, 11; and son Lum C., 7.

• 1930 Census for District 1, Johnson County, Kentucky shows J. Melvin Hall, 60, a County Judge, as head of household including: wife Ella, 60, in school; son Loyd M., 26, a brakeman with the railroad; daughter Lenore, 21, a public school teacher; son Lon, 17; and Mary E. Clark, 16, a boarder. They are homeowners on Davis Branch.

• Obituary from Paintsville Herald, Thursday, September 27, 1951:
"HALL, John Melvin 1870-1951: John Melvin Hall was born on Bobb’s Branch, near Paintsville, in Johnson County, April 1, 1870, and departed this life September 21, 1951, age 81 years 5 months, and 20 days. He was the only child of Christopher C. Hall and Ellen Preston Hall. On December 14, 1892, he was married to Ellen Davis, daughter of James Madison Davis, and Naomi Price Davis, near the site of his present home. To this union were born seven children, Dr. Paul B. Hall, Dr. Lon C. Hall, Rev. Christopher C. Hall, Mrs. Lenore Gullett, all of Paintsville, KY., Dr. Lloyd M. Hall, of Salyersville, KY., Carl Mitchell Hall of Hampton, Va., and Neva Hall who preceded him in death on October 23, 1912. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Though orphaned early in life he received his early education in local school and the University of Kentucky. He became a teacher at 17 years of age and continued in this profession for 35 years, teaching in the county and city schools and Mayo College. He served this county as judge for four years then became United States Commissioner for Eastern Kentucky and served in this capacity for several years until his retirement. He was converted and joined the United Baptist Church in early manhood. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of East Point, Kentucky. Judge Hall had a keen and active interest in his fellowman and in the civic and public affairs of his country, but his strong moral character and his integrity were his outstanding qualities. Judge hall left much for his family and friends to emulate."

John Melvin (J. Melvin) Hall and Ella Davis were married on 14 Dec 1892.1154 Ella Davis (daughter of James McHenry Davis and Joan Price) was born on 10 Jan 1870.1154 She was a public school teacher for 13 years in Johnson County, Kentucky.1159 She died on 17 Apr 1961 in Johnson County, Kentucky.1160 She was buried in Davis Cemetery, Davis Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky.1158

• Obituary from Paintsville Herald, Wednesday April 26, 1961:
"HALL, Ella (Davis), 1870-1961: Funeral Services Today for Ella Davis Hall 91-year old Mother of Prominent Family, Wife of Educator, was Former Teacher
Mrs. Ella Davis Hall, 91, the last of 12 children of a pioneer family of Johnson County, died at her home near the Country Club on Davis Branch at 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 17. Mrs. Hall had been ill for a number of weeks. She suffered a heart attack in early December from which she never recovered, though she showed signs of improvement on numerous occasions and maintained her intellect to the very last. She was the wife of the late Judge J. Melvin Hall, well known educator and civic leader, who preceded her in death September 21, 1951. Their descendants are each successful in their fields of endeavor and representative of the ideals of this respected couple who spent their entire lives in their community. Many persons, some national figures, enjoyed their acquaintance and friendship. Mrs. Hall was the daughter of James McHenry and Naomi Price Davis, faithful and prominent members of the United Baptist Church in which she too was a member. Her father lived to be 88 and her grandfather, Elias Davis of the Fishtrap Church area on Big Paint Creek, also lived to the ripe age of 89. She was for thirteen years a teacher in the public schools of Johnson County. She was a woman of strong Christian character, patient, loving, self-sacrificing, and very devoted to her family. Life will never be quite the same to those who knew Mrs. Hall. Her life was gentle, but like the still waters it was deep. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Nelson Gullet, city, and five sons: Dr. Paul B. Hall and Reverend C. C. Hall, city. Dr. Lloyd M. Hall, Salyersville; C. Mitchel Hall, P. E., Washington, D.C. and Dr. Lon C. Hall, Boston, Mass; also 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. at the home, with interment in the Davis Family Cemetery on Davis Branch. Officiating minister, Reverend Claude Preston, assisted by the Reverends Charles Perry, Byron Van Hoose, and Walter Hooper. The Mouth of Rush and Sitka Singers participating. Special by Victoria Preston and Nancy McKenzie, accompanied by Joe D. Hall at the piano. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home."

Paintsville Herald Wednesday, April 19, 1961:
OBITUARY Ella Davis Hall: Ella Davis Hall was born, January 10, 1870, and passed into the Great Beyond April 17, being 91 years, 3 months, and 7 days. She was the last of twelve children born to James McHenry and Naomi Price Davis. Her husband, Judge J. Melvin Hall, preceded her in death in 1951. To mourn her passing she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Nelson Gullett and the following sons; Dr. Paul B. Hall, Paintsville, C. Mitchel Hall, Washington, D. C., Dr. Lloyd M. Hall, Salyersville, Rev. C. C. Hall, Paintsville, and Dr. Lon C. Hall, now of Boston, Mass. Also, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren survive. More than 70 years ago she confessed a hope in Christ and her Christian Spirit has shown out as a light of a city built on a hill – on her death bed she said she was going 'home'. What more consolation could be given her family and friends. Everyone will miss her, but not one will forget her. The angels in Heaven are waiting to give her the same reception that she gave others. Life will mourn her the same, for her family will long for mother’s counsel and advice. Her life was gentle, but like the still waters, it was deep. All the care and love that could be given for her comfort were always brought at first hand. Peace and happiness in her home were a joy to her and her family. The following grandsons acted as pallbearers; Dr. Maurice M. Hall, James E. Hall, Dr. John Melvin Hall, Paul Ronald Hall, Bryan Davis Hall, and William Mitchel Hall."

John Melvin (J. Melvin) Hall and Ella Davis had the following children:



Neva Adalaide Hall was born on 9 Oct 1893 in East Point, Kentucky.1161 She died of typhoid fever on 23 Oct 1912.1161 She was buried in Davis Cemetery, Davis Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky.519,1158

• In his book, Johnson County, Kentucky : a history of the county, and genealogy of its people up to the year 1927 (1928), p. 275, C. Mitchel Hall says: "Neva Adelaide Hall was born at East Point, Kentucky. She received a good education and was prepared for a bright and happy life, but with regret to all who knew her, she died with typhoid fever when only nineteen years of age."



Dr. Paul Bryan Hall.



Carl Mitchel (C. Mitchel) Hall.



Dr. Lloyd Melvin Hall.



Rev. Christopher C. (Chic) Hall.



Lenore Hall.



Dr. Lon Calvin Hall.