JOSEPH HALL, United States claim attorney, of Steubenville, was born near Smithfield, Jefferson county, Ohio, March 18, 1827. He is the son of Clarkson and Mary (Johnson) Hall. The mother, a native of Ireland, accompanied her parents, Thomas and Mary Johnson, to America in 1806. His father was born in Berkley county, W. Va., the son of Reuben and Sarah Hall, who were born, reared and married in Germany, and emigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary war. his grandfather, Reuben Hall, was a soldier in the Revolution, and made his home in Jefferson county, where he and wife died in 1832. Reuben Hall served in the war of 1812, and came with his parents to jefferson county, where he followed his trade, as a carpenter. He was married in December 1826 to Mary Johnson, who bore to him eight children, of whom Joseph was the eldest. Clarkson Hall died in 1879, and his wife died in 1881. When Joseph was two years old his parents removed to Cross Creek township and in 1833 they settled at Wintersville, which was his home until 1863. he received a common school education and at the age of ninetten, he taught one term of school. Learning the carpenter's trade with his father, he followed it during early manhood. In 1852 he became clerk of Cross Creek township, and served two years. In 1855 he was elected justice of the peace, and served in that capacity three years. In 1858, for the purpose of fitting himself for the duties of United States claim attorney, he began the study of law. In 1861 he was licensed as an attorney for that practice, and he has acted in that capacity ever since, being now one of the oldest claim attorneys in the country and one of the most successful. In 1863 he located in Steubenville, where he has since resided. In 1872 he was elected a member of the board of education, on which he served seven years, during four of the same as clerk of the board. He is a republican in politics. He has frequently been solicited to accept other official positions, but has modestly declined, preferring to give his exclusive attention to his profession. Mr. Hall was married November 19, 1852 to Rachel E. McGrew, a native of Wayne township, the daughter of Joseph B. McGrew, formerly a prominent citizen and a commissioner of the county several years. At the time of his death he was serving his third term. Mr. and Mrs. Hall have three children: Homer S., with a wholesale firm of Pittsburgh; Mary Alice, wife of Orion Siggins, a prominent politician and lumber merchant of Forest county, Penn., and Jennie, wife of Dr. J. B. Siggins, a leading physician of Forest county, Penn. Mr. Hall began life for himself with no advantages whatever excepting his energy, honesty and good character. These qualities he has carefully maintained, and he is now in possession of a lucrative business.
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