James H. Hall,... born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1817, moved to Maysville, KY in 1836...
The Times-Picayune 7 June 1885 pg 8
James H Hall was born 24 December 1817 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. This was sworn to in a passport request in New Orleans, New Orleans Parish, Louisiana on 9 January 1873.
He married in Mason County, KY on 18 May 1840 to Mary Catherine (or Katherine) Brooks, a native Kentuckian.
In 1850, James is a farmer living in Lewis County with Mary, age 33 and 4 children: Georgeanne, (age 8); Isabel (age 6); John H, age 5 and James H at 1 year old. There are several others in their home. Their real estate is valued at $ 6,500.00
The 1860 census records them in East Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. James is shown as a 'plow maker.' It really looks like 'blow maker' in the record. He's been successful, as his real estate is not valued at $ 11,000. with personal property of $ 1,700.00. The children at home now are George Ann; Isabella; John H; James and Samuel, age 9; William, age 7 and 4 y/o Mary.
1870 still finds them in Maysville, Mason, KY where there is verification of his occupation as a maker of plows. James, Samuel, William and Mary remain at home. 79 y/o Charlotte Brooks who was born in Virginia is with them. They also have 3 servants. James (Jr.) is a bookkeeper.
1880 they remain in Maysville with Mary and 2 of the children: James and William remaining at home. James records here that his father was born in Ireland and mother in Pennsylvania. Mary's records now say that she and her parents were born in Virginia.
The youngest daughter, Mary Elizabeth was born 7 Feb 1855 in Mason County (birth records of Mason Co) but her death record in Atlanta, Fulton, GA gives a year of 1856 when she died as Mollie Hall Miller on 4 August 1921.
William Franklin and Samuel Milton both died in Maysville.
James H Hall, Sr died in Maysville, Mason, Kentucky in February 1886, apparently on the 25th of the month. He was so well liked and well respected that businesses closed the day of his funeral out of respect and admiration for him.
Information from census, marriage and newspapers.