M. VARNEY HALL is a representative of the native born citizens of this county who within the past few years have stepped forward to aid in carrying on the great agricultural interests of this section. He is a descendant of the good old pioneer stock of the early years of settlement of the State, and was born September 1, 1867, on section 6, Brushy Mound Township, on his father's old homestead, a part of which he now owns and operates.
Our subject is a son of the late Harrison Hall, a former well known, wealthy farmer of this county, who was born in 1832, in Jarvis Township, Madison County, a son of one of its early settlers, Henry Hall. The latter was a native of Kentucky, and after his removal to this State he bought and improved a farm in Jarvis Township, and died there.
Harrison Hall was reared and educated in his native county. There were no free schools in his youth, and all had to pay for their schooling. As his early life was passed on a farm he became in time a good, practical farmer. He continued to reside in Madison County until 1856, when he came to Macoupin County, and bought a tract of land on section 6, Brushy Mound Township, which was mostly covered with timber, but a few acres were in cultivation and a set of log buildings stood on the place. In the busy years that followed he became prosperous, carrying on his agricultural pursuits very successfully, and at different times buying other land, and at the time of his death, he was the possessor of four hundred and fifty acres of choice land, and was one of the solid men of the township, whose growth he had actively helped to promote. He died here in the pleasant home that he had built up, in November, 1888, and his memory is held in respect for his good citizenship and for his sterling worth in all the relations that he sustained toward others.
He had married Cassie Ann Hall, who preceded him death in February, 1885. She was a native of Brushy Mound Township, born in 1842, and a daughter of an old pioneer family of this State. Her father, Mathew H. Hall, was born in Madison County, June 14, 1819, and was a son of James and Mary (Walker) Hall, for whose history see sketch of Oliver Hall. Matthew Hall was four years old when his parents brought him to Macoupin County, of which they thus became early pioneers, settling here in 1823. After marriage with Mrs. Ann (Sheton) Moore, widow of John Moore, he bought a tract of land on section 6, Brushy Mound Township, which had not then been organized and named, and engaged in farming there some years. He then traveled in the Western country four years, and since his return has resided with his brother Oliver. His wife died on the homestead in 1888.
The subject of this sketch was given excellent educational advantages, and received a good training in everything that pertains to agriculture on the old homestead that was his birthplace, so that he was well equipped for his vocation when he adopted farming for his lifework. He is now proprietor of a part of the old farm, having one hundred and sixty-nine acres of fine land, that is under a high state of cultivation, pleasantly located two miles fro the Court House. His place is amply supplied with good frame buildings and farm machinery of all kinds, and is well cared for in every respect.
Mr. Hall was happily married September 30, 1888, to Miss Kate Milton Metcalf, adopted daughter of the Rev. T. M. and Emma (Thayer) Metcalf, of whom see sketch on another page of this volume. Their pleasant household circle is completed by their little son, whom they have named Howard Metcalf.
Our subject, though one of the youngest members of his calling in his native township is managing his affairs with a discretion, clearness of judgment and foresight, that would do credit to a far more experienced farmer, and that bid fair to place him one day among the leading agriculturists of this locality. He and his wife are possessed of many pleasant, social and hospitable qualities, and stand well among their fellow citizens. Mrs. Hall is an active worker in the Baptist Church, of which she is a member.