Name: Abner Hall
Birth: ABT 1798 in No. Carolina
Death: JUL 1862 in Union, Franklin, Missouri
Reference Number: 52
MARRIAGE TO NANCY HOWARD: Rowan Co., N.C. marriage records. Son William born in North Carolina, son John A. born in Franklin Co., MO. That she was alive as late as 1838 is proved by the signing of a deed in Franklin County on 5 Mar 1838, where she and Abner were grantors on the following property: NW1/4 S36 T44 R2W and E1/2 of NE1/4 S35 T44 (240 acres) and Henry Horstman was the grantee.
Abner's marriage to Mildred Bourn is shown in Franklin Marriage book A on 03 Jan 1843.
1850 FEDERAL CENSUS - Franklin Co., MO, District 31, Page 69
Hall, Abner, age 52, born North Carolina, farmer, RE Value $6,500
Hall, Mildred, age 30, born Virginia
Hall, Wm, age 19, born North Carolina
Hall, John, age 15, born Missouri
Hall, Emily, age 7, born Missouri
Hall, Thomas, age 6, born Missouri
Hall, Nancy, age 4, born Missouri
Johnson, age 2, born Missouri
1860 FEDERAL CENSUS - Franklin Co., MO, page 91
Hall, Abner, age 65, born North Carolina, no occupation listed, RE Value $3,000, Personal Property Value $1,000,
Hall, Mildred, age 40, born Virginia
Hall, Emily, age 16, born Missouri
Hall, Nancy, age 14, born Missouri
Hall, Johnson, age 12, born Missouri
Hall, James, age 7, born Missouri
WILL OF ABNER HALL:
Dated 19 April 1862, Franklin County, MO.
I, Abner Hall of the County of Franklin, State of Missouri, being now in feble health but of sound and disposing mind, do on this the nineteenth day of April, 1962, make, publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
First I desire that all my funeral expenses and just debts be first paid.
2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved Mildred Hall, to have and to hold during her natural life the following named slaves, To wit Thom, Minerva and Ester.
It is further my will that in the event of any one or all of said Slaves become unruly, unsafe or unprofitable, then and in that event my executor herein after mentioned shall have full power to sell or dispose of such slave or slaves so deemed to be unruly or unprofitable to my said wife, out of proceeds of said sale my said Executor shall apply the interest arising from the sale to the benefit of my said wife or to be subject to her control.
I further give to my wife, in addition to the slaves herein before mentioned during her natural life, my home stead farm situate on St. Johns containing two hundred acres being the farm upon which we now reside and at her death the same to descend to my youngest son James E. Hall in fee simple.
3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Caroline the following named Slaves. To wit Amanda, Lydia and Laura.
4th I give and bequeath to Nancy E. Hall the following Slaves to wit Mary, Augustus and Lucy.
6th I give and bequeath to my son James E. Hall the following named Slaves to wit Washington, Mariah and Elen the youngest child of Minerva and in addition to the three slaves herein named that at the death of my said wife the said James E. Hall is to have the farm upon which I now live as his absolute property which said farm contains two hundred acres being the same in which my wife is given a life time interest.
5th I give and bequeath to my son R. M. Johnson Hall the following slaves to wit Anderson, Allice and Daniel.
7th I give and bequeath to John A. Hall the following slaves to wit Charlotte and her increase, Gracy and Joseph, the two first named he is to take immediate possession of.
8th I give and bequeath to William L. Hall ten dollars and such a sum to be paid him annuly as his necessities require or as my said executor may think proper, not to exceed the one half of the yearly value of the three slaves willed to my said Executor, after first deducting out clothing, sickness and doctor bills, the annual legacy to be paid by my Executor to the said William L. Hall is to be paid by said Executor and not to be paid out of my estate, this left alone to the sole discretion of my Executor.
9th It is my will that the personal property on hand at my death remain together and be kept for the use of my wife and the raising of my four youngest children, this clause of my will to mean the household and kitchen furniture and all the stock on hand at my death.
10th It is my will that the Real Estate situate in the town of Washington County and State aforesaid, one a lot and brick house on Jefferson St. and five other lots with all and singular their improvements these situated in the western part of said town and described as follows to wit, lots one, two, three, four and five and being the whole of Elijah W. Murphy's addition to the town of Washington as the same is laid down on the plat of said addition, that this property be sold whenever my said executor shall deem it advantageous to my said Estate and the proceeds of said sale shall be equally divided between Caroline, Nancy E. and R. M. Johnson Hall, my said executor being fully authorized under this will to convey title to said property without any order or decree of any court.
11th That it is my will that at the death of my said wife Mildred Hall the slaves herein before bequeathed to her or the proceeds arising from them shall descend to the four youngest children, to wit, Caroline, Nancy E., R. M. Johnson and James. E. Hall, share and share alike.
12th It is my will that all of my estate personal and mixed not herein specifically disposed of shall be collected, preserved and applied to the payments of my debts and the expenses of the settlement of my estate and the residue if any to be divided among the four youngest children, Caroline, Nancy E., R. M. Johnson and James E. Hall.
13th and lastly, I do hereby appoint John A. Hall the sole Executor of this my last will and testament with full power to employ such assistance as he may choose in order to carry into effect the purposes and desires of this my last Will and testament.
In testimony whereof I, Abner Hall, have hereunto set my hand and seal this the day and year aforesaid.
Signed and declared by the above Abner Hall to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Robert F. Sullins
John D. Jump
George W. Hawkins
DEATH OF ABNER HALL
Source and author not indicated (Excerpted)
Soon after coming to Washington he [son William LeGrand Hall] went out to his father's house, about ten miles west of Union, where his father was lying on his death bed, and approaching the house, shot his sister, who was watching by her father's bedside, through the open window, killing her instantly, and the shock to his father was so great that he died within six hours. After the commission of this murder Hall went to his brother John's house, within about four miles of Washington, and called to him to come out of doors, but the brother, prevailed upon by his wife not to respond to the summons, thereby saved his own life, as it was Hall's intention, as he afterward said, to kill him also, and thus become sole heir to his father's estate. Hall then went on to Washington, where he was arrested and brought back to Union. Here he was placed in jail to await his preliminary examination, and, while undergoing this examination before Squire Stover in the room in the court-room now occupied by William M. Terry, county collector, he was seized by about fifty, quiet, determined, silent, unmasked men and, despite his protestations and appeals for justice and a fair trial, to which no answer whatever was returned, was taken to the southeastern part of town, where a rope was fastened about his neck, the other end thrown over the limb of a large elm tree and fastened, and the wagon driven out from under him, and he left to chock to death. The crowd of silent men all returned to the court-house yard and dispersed. Hall's body was left to hang about three hours, when it was cut down and buried in the old graveyard about one-third of a mile northeast of Union. There is no doubt in the minds of many of the best citizens that the victim of this lynching was insane.
Additional information on Death of Abner Hall
ST. LOUIS REPUBLICAN - July 22, 1862
THE BRUTAL MURDER IN FRANKLIN COUNTY---A few days ago mention was made in the Republican of the killing of Miss Emily Hall, a young lady of Union, Franklin county, by her brother, Legrand Hall, who shot her with a musket. The following facts, which we learned yesterday from a gentleman acquainted with the circumstances show that the murder was one of the most cruel and cold blooded of any that has ever taken place. It appears that the murderer has for years been regarded as a desperate character. A few years ago he was convicted of the murder of Andrew Bullock, and sentenced to the penitentiary. Shortly after he was pardoned out by Gov. Stewart, at the request of a Circuit Judge. His father recently made his will, and gave $500 more to his two other children than to Legrand. The latter took offense at this, and determined to have revenge. He endeavored to make an arrangement with an old negro to kill the whole family on the 4th of July, but the negro declined. Mr. Hall, the father, was on his death bed on the night of the murder, and his children, including Legrand, were present.
Late in the evening Legrand went out of the death chamber and soon after called his sister Emily to join him. The sister had no sooner stepped outside the room than she was shot dead by her brother, who then fled. The citizens of the vicinity soon after turned out and succeeded in capturing him, and he was lodged in jail. The day was fixed for the preliminary examination, and he appeared in Court provided with law books and papers to defend himself. The examination had progressed but a short time, when he was seized by the infuriated citizens. A rope was tied about his neck, and he was swung up on the limb of a tree, and thus speedily and summarily executed.
CIVIL: Circuit Court Records, Franklin Co, MO; undated but between April and Sept. 1862; Caption reads Abner Hall vs. Joseph Ferguson. States "Death of plaintiff suggested and cause reinstated."
GUARDIANSHIP: Johnson Co., Missouri Guardianship papers filed by Mildred Hall.
31 OCT 1829
in Rowan, No. Carolina
- William LeGrand Hall b: ABT 1831 in No. Carolina
- John A. Hall b: 17 AUG 1834 in Franklin, Missouri
Mildred Bourn b: 14 DEC 1821 in Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginia
3 JAN 1843
in Franklin, Missouri
- Caroline Emily Hall b: 1843 in Franklin, Missouri
- Thomas Benton Hall b: 1844 in Franklin, Missouri
- Nancy E. Hall b: 1846 in Franklin, Missouri
- R. M. Johnson Hall b: 1848 in Franklin, Missouri
- Honore Hall b: ABT 1850
- James Edward Hall b: 23 JUL 1852 in Franklin, Missouri