Contributed by Charlene Holland

Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago and Nashville, 1891.


      James C. Hall, Jr., farmer, Boles, Ark. All his life Mr. Hall has followed, with substantial success, the occupation to which he was reared, and in which he is now engaged - farming. The owner of a landed estate of 490 acres, he is also one of the township's leading agriculturists, and as a man, no less than as a citizen, he is highly esteemed. He was originally from Alabama, was reared on a farm, and, owing to the breaking out of the war, his education was rather limited. His father, James C. Hall, Sr., was a cripple for many years, and as a result our subject was compelled, at an early age, to take charge of the farm, where he remained until twenty-one years of age. He served three years in the army, and on this account he never obtained the education he wished, nor that his father desired him to have. His mother, Jane (Oliver) Hall, was a native of North Carolina, while his father was from South Carolina. The latter was killed by bushwhackers, during the war, although a cripple and unable to take an active part in the service. James C. Hall, Jr., enlisted in Company H, Nineteenth Arkansas Regiment, under Capt. G.W. Featherston, and was in the battles of Missionary Ridge, Arkansas Post, Chickamauga, Tunnel Hill, Marietta, Franklin, Nashville and Bentonville, N.C. At Arkansas Post he was taken prisoner, and conveyed to Camp Douglas, where he was held for three months. After being exchanged he returned to his command. At Marietta, Ga., he was wounded in the right hip, and was off duty for six months. He was discharged at Greensboro, N.C. Previous to the war, in the fall of 1860, his father, with his family, had moved to Arkansas, and bought a farm near Waldron, in Scott County. Returning to Waldron after the war, he remained and assisted his mother on the farm for four years, and during that time he was married (1868) to Miss Sarah Hayes; of Waldron, who died in 1878, leaving two children - a son and a daughter, the former named Robert M. and the latter Elizabeth J.; both were married, the daughter in December, 1887. The son resides at Boles. After his marriage Mr. Hall bought a tract of land and moved to this township. This farm contained 160 acres, and to this he has added from time to time until he now has 480 acres of good farming land, about 200 acres being under cultivation. He has a good house, all necessary farm buildings, and the place is well fenced. His principal crops are corn and cotton. He has good orchards of apples, peaches and pears, which are doing well. Mr. Hall was born January 5, 1843 and was married in January 1880, to Miss Margaret Hollis, of this county. They have four children - three sons and one daughter: James F., Dora R., Thomas J. and Oscar L. Mr. Hall is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Socially he is a member of the A. F. & A.M.

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