Monday, December 17, 2012

Thomas Hall: By T.M. Dunshee

This is the twelfth in a series of biographical sketches and articles written or edited by Thomas M. Dunshee between 1903, when he began collecting the material, and 1910, when he finished entering the sketches in a small blue "tablet" notebook now in the Lucas County Historical Society collection. The subjects all were fellow pioneers in the Newbern neighborhood of English Township, Lucas County. Thomas Hall is the only one of the pioneers not buried in Lucas County.

By His Daughter
January 1904

Thomas Hall was born in Jefferson county, Tennessee, April 29, 1818. He came to Iowa in 1856, and settled in Ottercreek Township, Lucas County. Then moved to English Township in 1858, and resided there untill 1881. He then moved to Page county, Iowa, and lived there until 1886.

At that time he determined to try the South once more. So him and his wife started to move by covered wagon to Arkansas. He was taken sick on the road and after an illness of a few days died Sept. 24th, 1886, and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Missouri. His wife returned to Clarinda, Page county, and lived with her daughter until her death, which occurred March 20th, 1889. She was buried there.

Uncle Tommy Hall, as he was known to many of the old settlers thirty-five and forty years ago, was a member of the Christian Union church, was a Democrat, a man of kind disposition and pleasant manners, inclined to look on the bright side of many crosses of life. His early years and on up to middle life were spent in his native state. He lived twenty-three years in English township, mostly on Sections 16 and 20.

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