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Surnames: HALL, AYERS, SIMMS, BARNES
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James Hall, one of the enterprising farmers of Richman Township, Wayne County, resides on
section 15, where he has a fine farm of 450 acres, lying partly in Wayne and partly in
Lucas County. He was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey, September 15, 1844, and is the
son of Caleb S. and Phoebe (Ayers) Hall. When he was thirteen months old he had the
misfortune to lose his mother, and in 1848 his father removed to Peoria County, Illinois,
where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and later in the mercantile business. He
subsequently moved to Fulton County, and from there to Marshall County in the same State.
When James was ten years of age he left his father's home, going to live with M. P.
Simms, a brother-in-law, and remained with him about six years. From that time he worked
by the month for various parties until February 1, 1864, when he enlisted in Company E,
Eighty-sixth Illinois Infantry, under Colonel Fahnestock, and took part in the battles of
Rome, Kenesaw Mountain,!
Peach Tree Creek, Dalton, Resaca, Rocky Face Ridge, the engagements around Atlanta and at
Jonesboro, Georgia, where he was slightly wounded. He moved on with Sherman's
victorious army and participated in the engagements at Averysboro and Bentonville, and
when the regiment was mustered out he was transferred to Company E, Thirty-fourth Illinois
Infantry, as his time had not expired, and served until July, 1865, receiving his
discharge a month later at Chicago. He returned home and after taking a much-needed rest
he again worked at farming by the month. He subsequently farmed with H. S. Brown on
shares, remaining with him several years. Early in 1869 he came to Wayne County, Iowa, and
on the 4th of March was married to Miss Sarah A. Barnes. He returned to Illinois, but in
the fall of the same year came to Iowa, and early in 1870 settled in Lucas County, where
he lived until 1874, when he removed to Wayne County, where he has since lived. He is
numbered among Wayne County's mo!
st intelligent self-made men, and deservedly stands high in the estimation of all. He is a
member of Humeston Lodge, No. 61, K. of P., and Wayne Post No. 137 G. A. R. Mr. and Mrs.
Hall have two children-Carrie A. and Lillie M. They are members of the Baptist Church.
Biographical and Historical Record Of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties Iowa 1886
113 Adams Street Chicago