From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 445-446, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Edward Guinn Hall, deceased, was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
September 10, 1810. His father, Washington Hall, whose parents were
Dutch, was uncertain whether his birthplace was in England or Maryland.
He was engaged for a number of years in the wholesale mercantile trade,
at the end of which period he removed to Cecil county, same State,
where he resided upon a farm for fifteen years, when he returned to
Baltimore, where retired from the cares of trade he enjoyed in
tranquility the fruits of a well spent life, dying a good old age,
respected by all who knew him. His wife, whose maiden name was Guinn,
bore him seven children, namely: Edward, Washington, Samuel, Charles,
Richard, Ann R. and Achsah.
Edward Guinn Hall was reared and educated in Baltimore. He
graduated when he was seventeen years old and was admitted to the bar
before he attained his twenty-first year. Soon thereafter he settled
upon a 600 acre farm owned by his father in Cecil county, living there
until the year 1838, in which year he removed to Illinois and took up
his residence in what is now known as Rushville township, on land which
he inherited from his father. He continued to reside there until his
death, which occurred July 28, 1857.
He was a man of good, strong sense and excellent judgment. A
sound patriot, he took active interest in the affairs of his country.
An admirer of old "Tippecanoe" and "Harry" Clay, each of whom received
his vote for President, the defeat of the latter sat heavily upon him.
He was an ardent Whig and at the organization of the Republican party
in 1854 he identified himself with that organization, continuing a
faithful member of it to his death. Being educated himself, and
thoroughly appreciating the advantages of knowledge, he desired his
children should have the benefit of a liberal education, which wish his
widow carried out.
He was married, August 26, 1845, to Priscilla Baker, born in
Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky, April 9, 1825. Her father,
Francis Baker, was a native of Maryland, having been born near
Baltimore. When a young man he removed to Kentucky, engaging in farming
in Fleming and Maysville until 1837, when he emigrated with his wife
and four children to Illinois, making the entire journey overland.
During that winter he visited in Indiana, and in the following spring
settled in section 7, Rushville, where he bought a tract of land. At
that time the country was sparsely settled and frame houses were the
exception, the people being well satisfied to own log cabins. Wild
turkeys and other game were abundant and the trusty rifles of the
neighbors kept their tables well supplied with this kind of food. Mr.
Baker died there in 1844, aged eighty-seven years, universally mourned.
He was a soldier during the war of 1812.
The maiden name of Mrs. Hall's mother was Mary Magdalene
Brandenburg, who was born in Berlin, Germany, and who died at the home
of her son, Dorsey Baker, while on a visit, February 16, 1858. Her home
was at Mrs. Hall's. When a girl Mrs. Hall attended the Black Jack
school, a house built of logs resting upon underpinning of logs, with
slab seats and heated with a fireplace. She resided with her parents
until her marriage. Mrs. Hall is the mother of seven children, namely:
Achsah A., Washington, Charles, Melinda, Mary, George Edward and
Richard. Mrs. Hall is a lady of intelligence and great worth and is
held in great esteem by all who know her. Her days pass peacefully and
she is happy in the consciousness of having done well the duties and
responsibilities of her station.