In the development of this history, the writer has placed John, d. 1794, and Hezekiah, d. 1811, in the family line as brothers.|
He has been unable to find documentary evidence to support this placement but has found circumstantial matter to support this arrangement.
Perhaps the most convincing evidence comes from Hezekiah's purchase of the land on Back Creek in January, 1762. The land, 200 acres was purchased for 100 pounds from a John Hall who had acquired it in 1758.
Turning from genealogy to a study of the signatures on the Indenture: the following conclusion is reached:
The document contains two John Hall signatures: (1) the signature of the seller of the land and (2) the signature of a John Hall involved in the witnessing of the transaction and payment of the money.
These are two distinct signatures and the second one matches the signature of John Hall, d. 1794, as shown on his Will.
The witnesses to all the signatures were: Thos. Christian, John Callaway, William Verdeman, William Callaway and Henry Snow were men associated with both John and Hezekiah and at least three of them had appraised the William Hall, d. 1759, estate. +
It is thought that the purchase price was put up by John Hall, d. 1794.
It appears that following the death of William, their father, that Hezekiah remained with John in holding and developing the original Hall property. This resulted in John helping Hezekiah acquire land of his own. It also delayed both their marriages.
Hezekiah could not own land until he was 21, although he could marry and likely escape being considered an 'orphan' if he was 18 years old and by the time the court took action in 1759 on his younger brothers and sisters he met that qualification.
The two land holdings were not too far apart and adjacent to the 'Old Blackwater Road or Trail' of that period. In later years, their families could exchange visits, making the trip in one day's time. (That is, leaving in the morning and returning late afternoon.
For the author, a final, convincing proof of their relationship is in the naming of their children, which shows a family closeness. (see: Chart at end of section on Hezekiah Hall).
John could well be a principal in the Back Creek land transaction as by 1762 he was a man of property and could be bonded. If Hezekiah was 21 in 1762, he would have been at least 16 years old at William's death in 1757.
+ also in the Indian skirmishes of 1757 that resulted in the death of Wm. Hall.