From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 565-566


Joseph H. Hall, harness-maker, Fremont, Ind., was born in Washington County, N. Y., Aug. 24, 1824, a son of John and Jane (Allen) Hall, natives of Washington County.  His father was a soldier of the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of Plattsburg.  His mother died in 1832 and his father in 1862.  They had a family of five children-- Nancy, wife of James Armstrong; John R.; Jane, wife of David Paul; J. H.; William, on the old homestead.  J. H. Hall was reared and educated in his native county.  When twenty years of age he came West to Branch County, Mich., and began to work at the harness-maker's trade, serving an apprenticeship of four years.  For the first year he received $25, and for the last $100 and his board, clothing himself.  In 1853 he came to Fremont and opened a shop, where he continued in business until 1864, when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-ninth Indiana Infantry.  He was appointed Quartermaster's clerk at Chattanooga, and subsequently was detailed as Sutler.  He was mustered out at the close of the war, and again worked at his trade till 1873, when he sold out and moved to a farm.  Mr. Hall has been identified with the business interests of Steuben County over thirty years, and has been one of the foremost to advance all her interests.  He has held the office of Justice of the Peace eighteen years and Notary Public four years.  He is a member of Greenleaf Lodge, No. 349, F. & A. M.  In politics he is a Republican, in early life affiliating with the Whig party.  Mr. Hall was married in Branch County, Mich., in 1848, to Mary Beach, a native of Genesee County, N. Y., and to them were born four children, but two of whom are living -- Ida, wife of E. Hilton, and Effie.  Mrs. Hall died in 1859, and Mr. Hall subsequently married Adelia S. Beach.  They have had four children, three of whom are living -- Charles, Earl and Irene.



 Submitted by Kim Davoli