by James Taylor Adams of Wise, VA.
The Isham Hall Graveyard is on
This crudely carved inscription is on a rough stone at the head of the grave of Isham Hall. The date of death does not agree with that recorded by the Commissioner and on file at the Wise County courthouse. The Commissioner’s record reads, “Isham Hall, Male, Died Feb. 11, 1858, with consumption. Aged 78 years, Son of Isham and Mary Hall. Birthplace, unknown. Information supplied by Jane Hall, his wife.” The Federal Census of 1850 show that he was born in Franklin County, Virginia. He married Jane (Jennie) Mullins, and was an early settler on Indian Creek. His house stood on the spot where Willie Mullins now lives.
J. L. 6. 1857
The lettering on this stone was hard to make out. It is another rough stone just south of the Isham Hall grave. At first I thought it was the grave of Jane Hall, Isham’s wife, but court records show she was alive in 1858. It may be the grave of someone of Jane’s Mullins kin, or it may be, as I first thought, the grave of Jane (Mullins) Hall, for if Isham died in 1858 and his stone was inscribed 1857, it would follow that if Jane, his wife, died in 1858, her stone might be inscribed 1857 also.
Belle (Hall) Craft was a daughter of
A. and Sarah (Franklin) Hall. J.P. (Johnny) Craft is the son of
K. and Sarah (Maggard) Craft, and now lives at Wise where he has
a shoe shop for several years.
There is a long open grave in the Isham Hall Graveyard in which no body was ever buried. It was made for Dr. John A. Hall, who lived at the Isham Hall place, for many years after his father’s death, but the land passed into the hands of a man who objected to him being buried there, so they just left the grave unfilled and dug another in the Jim Hill Graveyard on Bold Camp and buried him there. J.P. (Johnny) Craft, his son in law told me he helped dig both graves.
This record is part of a W.P.A.
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