Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois


Claiborne Hall
Page 46

Is a native of Patrick County, Virginia. He was born September 5, 1819. He remained there until the tenth year of his age, when, with his father's family, a brief history of which may be found in another column, he emigrated to Boone County, Missouri, and shortly afterwards located near Athens, in this County. Remaining here until 1843, he removed to Iowa, and settled on the "New Purchase." There he for five years improved and then purchased a quarter section of land. It was during this time that he was elected Justice of the Peace for what was then known as the attached territory of Mahaska County. Marion County was organized out of that territory in 1846; Mr. Hall being elected County Surveyor. He was subsequently elected to the offices of Probate Judge, Sheriff, Recorder, Collector, and Treasurer for said County. At the close of his term of office, in 1854, he returned to farming, having purchased another farm near Knoxville. While thus engaged, he became Editor and Proprietor of the Democratic Standard, the first Democratic paper published in that County.

After one year's life as an editor, he was elected County Superintendent of Schools. Two years afterwards, he removed to Knoxville, and engaged in mercantile business, in which he continued until the autumn of 1864, at which time re removed to Athens, his former place of abode. Since that time he has farmed, and, during the last three years, has added to this the business of merchant.

In 1845, Mr. Hall was married to Miss Susan T. Duncan, daughter of Marshall Duncan, near Salisbury, who had emigrated from Kentucky at a very early period. One son, Wilson B. Hall, was the only child born of this union. Susan T. Hall died in 1850.

Three years subsequently, Mr. Hall was married to Miss Eliza J. Olive, near Zanesville, Ohio, who also died, December 10, 1864.

Two years after this, Mr. Hall was united in marriage to Miss Mary A Riggin, of this County. She is a daughter of Harry and Mariam Riggin, both of whom are living, near Athens. Mr. Riggin emigrated from Tennessee to this State in 1817.

Mr. Hall's life has been one of varied usefulness, and now, while yet in the vigor of mature manhood, he possesses a wealth of experience, which is commonly supposed to belong only to those who have almost finished life's journey.

Of the characteristics of Mr. Hall, we may only say that his quickness of thought, decision of character, and unfailing good nature to all render him a good business man, and that his public spirit renders him a valuable citizen. In politics he is a Democrat, and he acts on his belief that the way to make political life honest and pure is for good, honest men to participate in it, and not leave it to the control of politicians and the dangerous classes.

Of the religious character of Mr. Hall, it may be proper to state that he has been an acceptable member of what is known as the Christian Church since 1838, and was ordained Elder therein in 1859, and has discharged the duties of his sacred calling with faithfulness and ability.

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