Elisha Hall (1793-1838) was born to Hezekiah and Keziah
Banks Hall in Bedford County, Virginia. His early life was spent in Bedford
County where he married Nancy Overstreet in 1811. She was the daughter of John
and Nancy Dabney Overstreet, and the younger sister of Jane "Jenny" Overstreet,
who married Elisha's brother Abner. Elisha and Nancy Hall had fifteen children.
He was only left five shillings in the will of his father, Hezekiah Hall, in
1811, but he had previously been given land in Campbell County (formerly Bedford
County), Virginia. The Elisha Hall family was the last to arrive in Athens,
Sangamon (later Menard) County, Illinois, about 1827 and probably bringing Old
John Overstreet and his wife, Nancy, with them at that time.
Elisha was a farmer except for a brief time when he ran a store with his
brother, Abner, in Athens. Like others in his family, Elisha acquired a
considerable amount of land in the area. Elisha died intestate, survived by his
wife Nancy and twelve children. Their children were: Adelia (Mr. Hyde), Keziah
(Jordan), Joel Wesley (Mary Ferguson), John Nelson (Sarah Parker), James
Pembrook (Mary Jane Pierce), Lucinda (Abraham Stallings Primm), Elisha Banks (Perlica
Parker), George W. (Nancy Short), Dabney (Tabitha Short), William, Virginia
(Pierce), Tabitha (John Richard Logue), Susannah Rogers, and Nancy Jane
(Pierce). At the time of his death on September 25, 1838, Elisha owned 240 acres
of land at the north edge of Athens. Both he and his wife, Nancy, who died on
May 1, 1862, are buried in West Cemetery in Athens.
Barbara Shannon Cox