NameRev. James Henry Hall, GG Uncle
Birth29 May 1866, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death3 Nov 1952, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BurialClearfield Cem., Clearfield, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Marriage17 Jun 1886, Rowan Co., Kentucky
SpouseClara Johnson, 2C3R
Birth25 May 1869, Kentucky
Death22 Mar 1960, Rowan Co., Kentucky
BurialClearfield Cem., Clearfield, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth7 Nov 1887, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death16 Mar 1955, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birthca 1888, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Deathbef 1910, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth28 Dec 1889, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death25 Sep 1969
Birth12 Jan 1892, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death18 Feb 1982, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth11 Feb 1894, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death11 Feb 1977, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth4 Jul 1896, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death27 Nov 1966, Clearfield, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Birth27 Sep 1903, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death14 Dec 1968, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Notes for Rev. James Henry Hall
James Henry survived a 73 ft fall from a cliff Oct 8, 1882. The following article was printed in the Rowan County News of Tues, Oct 6, 1936:
Rev. Henry Hall, whose home is at Clearfield, celebrated a service of Thanksgiving on Sunday last for an incident that occurred 54 years ago. Rev. Hall, or as he is known to his friends, “Uncle” Henry Hall, on that memorable day 54 years ago fell from a cliff, seventy-five feet and is alive to tell the story.
It seems that at that time, Mr. Hall was sixteen years of age. He together with Isaac Quesinberry, who recently passed away, was out hunting. The two boys had wandered about in search of game until darkness gathered. Mr. Hall in telling the story says that he walked up to the edge of the cliff and in the darkness evidently mistook the tops of the trees in the canyon for level ground, walking out over the edge and falling the entire distance to the ground. He remembered calling to Mr. Quisenberry not to move as the cliff was there. Someway Quisenberry found his way down the cliff and found Mr. Hall buried up to his knees in the ground. He had struck on his feet and the force of his fall had literally driven his legs into the solid earth. So firmly was he imbedded that it took some time to dig around his legs and get him out.
For some time following his terrible experience he was an invalid, but finally recovered and is today a hale and harty man.
On Thurday, October 8 is the fifty-fourth anniversary of that fall and almost miraculous escape from death. In celebration of his rescue, Rev. Hall held services on Sunday at the foot of the cliff near the Morgan-Rowan county line. He preached the sermon, standing on the exact spot which he had landed fifty four years before. An immense crowd of friends from over the entire county were present at the services. Following the service, a picnic dinner was served to all who attended.
His obituary was printed in the Rowan County News of Thursday, November 6, 1952. It made top center of the front page, right alongside a picture of D. D. Eisenhower, who had just won the presidential election.
"Rev. James Henry Hall Is Claimed / Oldest Minister in Rowan County Dies at Clearfield Monday
Rowan County's oldest minister, both in age and in years of spiritual service, James Henry (Uncle Henry) Hall died Monday at his home in Clearfield. Born May 29, 1866, he was 86 years of age.
Rev. Hall began preaching when a young man, and spent practically all of his adult life in this field. He has conducted services all over Eastern Kentucky and in other states and was probably the most widely known citizen in Rowan County.
On June 16, 1885 he married Clara Johnson, who survives. To this union there are six surviving children: Mrs. Ocie Blair, Cleveland, Oh., Mrs. Cordie White, Howard M. Hall, Rev. Hassard Hall, William Henry Hall and Ora Hall, all of Clearfield. He also leaves two brothers, Walter and Albert, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Quesenberry, Kingston, Ind. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Church of God Tabernacle in Clearfield with Reverends William Moore and Clifford Hutchinson officiating. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Lane Funeral Home."
His death certificate states James Henry Hall, age 86 years, 5 mos, 4 days, died 3 Nov 1952 in Clearfield, Rowan Co., Ky, born 29 May 1866 in Ky, married, occupation minister, father and mother unknown, cause of death senility, informant field blank.
Adjacent stones in Clearfield Cem. read:
Rev. James Henry Hall, May 29, 1866 - Nov 3, 1952
Clara Hall, 1869 - 1960
Notes for Clara Johnson
Kentucky Vital Statistics death index in Frankfort lists Clara Hall d. 3-22-1960, age 90, in Rowan Co.
Uncle Earl (Joseph Earl McBrayer, husband of Martha Petitt) says that Clara Johnson Hall was the midwife when he was born.
Notes for James Henry & Clara (Family)
Rowan County Marriage Register, Book A, p. 65, records marriage of J. Henry Hall to Miss Clara Johnson, on 17 June 1886, at Tho Johnson's, by Wm T. Hall, witnesses Henry Evans & Rena Jones.
1910 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Pearce precinct, enumerated 21 April, lists on p. 4A as family #54/57:
Hall, Henry J., 43; Clara, 42, wife, married 25 years, mother of 7 children, 6 living; Howard, 22, son; Hazard, 16, son; Willie, 14, son; Ora, (daughter crossed out, son above), 6. All born Ky Ky Ky.
1920 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Pearcy precinct, enumerated 13 Jan, lists on p. 2B as family #44/46:
Hall, Henry, 53, farmer; Clara, wife, 50; Ora, son, 16. All born Ky Ky Ky.
1930 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Morehead precinct, enumerated 5 April, lists on p. 13B as household #59, on Clearfield Road:
Hall, Henry J., 64, minister Church of God, age at first marriage 20; Clara, wife, 61, age at first marriage 17; Nellie M., granddau, 16. All born Ky Ky Ky. (Nellie is the daughter of their son William Henry Hall.)
The next household is Bethel G. Hall.