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McLean County, Illinois
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OTIS T. HALL, a retired farmer now a resident of the village of Danvers, is a native of the Old Granite State, having been born in Salem, N. H., April 3, 1828.

He is the son of Israel W. and Polly (Stickney) Hall, natives of the same State, both of whom were born in 1798. Israel Hall was a shoemaker by trade, and came into the Prairie State in 1834, locating in McLean County at an early period in its history. He purchased 120 acres of good farming land, upon which he located and commenced its improvement and cultivation.

He was married to the mother of our subject in 1824, and remained upon the homestead which he had first established until his death, which occurred in 1865. The mother is still living, and makes her home with her son, the subject of this notice.

The parental household consisted of three children: Alice, who married Jacob McClure, and died in 1884; Otis, of our sketch, and Cynthia, who married for her first husband, Thomas Dodge, now deceased, and she was then married to John Morrison. The father of our subject was an outspoken Democrat in politics, and both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Otis T. Hall was reared by his parents and remained with them until he had attained his majority, in the meantime receiving a common-school education. He came with them to this county, and remained under the home roof until the father's death. The marriage of our subject and Miss Eliza Wilson took place in this county in 1870.

The parents of Mrs. Hall were James and Susan J. (Whiting) Wilson, natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky. Her father was born in 1800, being twenty years the senior of his wife, who was born in 1820. He had been reared to farming pursuits, and before his marriage removed to Indiana and purchased 200 acres of good farming land.

He was then married, in 1840, and after remaining there a number of years, came to this State and county with the view of establishing permanent home. Mr. Wilson purchased 300 acres in Danvers Township, which he cultivated and occupied until 1881, and then removed into the village and practically retired from active business.

Here, two years later the mother died, June 9, 1883. The death of Mr. Wilson occurred Feb. 8, 1886. Their fourteen children were named as follows: Sarah, William, John, Joseph, James, Mary, Alfred, Eliza, Anna, Manley, Charles, George, Margaret and Addie. Both parents were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Hall and wife have had born to them one child, Gertie W., who is twelve years old. In politics Mr. Hall is a Democrat. Mrs. Hall is a member of the Presbyterian and Mr. Hall of the Methodist Church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 374. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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