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Unknown Hall (abt. 1795 - bef. 1840)

Unknown Hall
Born about [location unknown]
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2014
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This man lived. This is about all there is to say, because there is no proof of his existence other than a Widow and her four children living in Rabun County Georgia in 1840.

A yet unconnected nugget is that there was a preacher from Burke County, NC, named Humphrey Posey, who was connected to the Burke County Halls, who ended-up in North Georgia at the same time - Was Humphrey Posey Eller named for this Preacher?).

Another clue, From Goolie Dillard Sorrells is that his father was a preacher named James and James was from NC.

More research, a turning over of these leaves, may yet show us who he is.

Disputed Name/Origins

The man in this profile is unknown. We know that his father's name was probably James and that he was a preacher from NC from a 1955 handwritten note of Goolie Dillard Sorrels who was Nancy Hall Welborn's grand daughter. This note was sent to Eunice Dean Lord by her mother Nola Dillard Lord.

Notes from Goolie Sorrells, 1955 (click for larger image).

Not from Burke County, NC

That this Rabun County Hall family originated in Cherokee, NC has been proven incorrect. Most researches point to Burke County, North Carolina as the most likely Origin. The family of Joshua Hall in Burke County is connected to the Hall family of Cherokee County and DNA testing for the Burke Halls has been done with a check against the Halls of Rabun County, Georgia. They do not match two of the descendants of the Rabun County, Georgia Hall family of which this man is the patriarch.

Not From Cherokee County, NC

The Cherokee County Halls have been connetced to the Rabun Halls through online, unsourced genealogies, based on the grave of James Hall (son of Ann Hall who married Spicey Teem in Rabun County, GA) who is buried in TN. James Hall, from Cherokee never lived in Rabun County Georgia. John Hall ( father of James Hall from Cherokee, NC), Balfron, Stirlingshire, Scotland, b. 1800, d. 1880 in Cherokee, North Carolina, United States would have been only 16 years old at the birth of the man in this profile. It isn't out of the realm of possibility but unlikely and now unproven given that the Halls in Cherokee are related to the Halls in Burke.

...the widow Ann Hall (appears) on the 1840 Rabun Co.census for Ga. The John Hall on pg. 216 (of this census) is maybe a brother in law. Here Ann has 3 children. A son that I believe is my grgr grandfather James Hall (no proof), the two girls are maybe Nancy and a sister possibly the wife of Humphrey Posey Eller, Mary Jane. ...we have a Nancy Hall married to Wiley Welborn...Ann Hall is listed as staying with Jane Hall and Posey Eller on the 1850 Union Co. Ga. Census and Posey Eller on the 1860 TOWNS CO. Ga. census... My grgr grand parents James and Spicy Elvira moved and settled in Polk Co. Tenn by 1860.[1]

Also in reading the book, Sketches of Rabun County, the early pioneers who moved into the area of Rabun were mainly from the Buncombe County, NC area.[2]

Research Notes

1850 Census of Rabun County, GA, shows a Posey M. Eller living next door to a Julia A. Unknown Hall Family.[3]Image of document

Hall Marriages in Rabun County Gerogia from 1800 to 1845, Wed Oct 28

Fullname Gender Marriage Date Marriage Place Spouse Full Name
James Hall M 17 May 1842 Rabun, Georgia S. H. Teem
Elizabeth Hall F 25 Jun 1843 Rabun, Georgia John Webb
Jane Hall F December 4, 1845 Rabun, Georgia Umphrey P. Eller
Robert Hall M 16 May 1845 Rabun, Georgia Sarah Raper
Nancy Hall F 16 Jan 1845 Rabun, Georgia Willy Welborn[2]

Georgia Marriage book 1820-1850

  • Early to Rabun - focusing on the Halls of Rabun County, is important. The book Sketches of Rabun County History, Ritchie goes into great detail about the settlement of Rabun. If our Hall's were there as early as we think they were they were very early settlers indeed.
  • Ann's Birthplace not known - We know that Anne's birth in 1793 is based on Census records but the Census Records give Virginia, NC and SC as place of birth for her.
  • Ann and Husband Hall came from NC to Rabun - James (III), Mary Jane and Nancy are all listed with a birthplace of NC in all the Census information. Nick and I had ruled out the Cherokee County Halls - they are related to the Burke County Halls as well so the DNA won't match for them either. If I can find a Descendant of the Cherokee County Halls, I will compare the DNA we do have to them.
  • Ann's Father-in-law a Preacher named James Hall from NC - My Great Aunt Goolies notes says that the grandfather of Nancy (James, III and Mary Jane) is a preacher named James Hall from North Carolina.
  • Robert Hall ? Pendelton District - Preacher - he dies and family go to Georgia


  1. Email from Paul Nick Hall, August-14-2014.
  2. Sketches of Rabun County history : 1819-1948, first chapters , Andrew Jackson Ritchie, 1959.
  3. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ([1] : accessed 28 October 2015), Posey W Eller, Rabun county, Rabun, Georgia, United States; citing family 380, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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