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 John William Hall, Jr

John William Hall, Jr

Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 8 Apr 1924 (aged 76)
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Boundary Avenue South, Lot 0, Site 2
Stone is in BAS, Lot 6 Lower, Site 3
Memorial ID 64531180 · View Source
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- John William Hall [1813-1880]
- Louisa (Veirs) Hall [1816-1883]

Married Almira Letitia Apthorp

- Grace Almira Hall Gillespie [1874-1935]
- Clarence Hall [1876-?]
- Harry Hall [1878-?]
- Walter Eugene Hall [1880-?]
- Velma Hall [1885-?]

Poem sent to a New York City newspaper in 1923.

Beg to send you an original poem in honor of the little town of my birth and boyhood, asking its publication – including this prelude – in your famous newspaper. Writer left the village when only 17 years old with 65 cents in pocket, raised by his poor but good mother and sister, with sole ambition to make his way in world, that he might help his parents more. Since that September day, in 1865, he has been a self-deported entity, and meanwhile father, mother, sisters and brothers have lived and died, until only a sister there and writer here are left of thirteen.
Respectfully, John Will Hall, New York City.

Upon the occasional visits of latter years, have seen a new Poolesville rising from the dust and cobwebs of the old, and yet clinging memories and tracings of the past. In my heart still beats the love of the old town, hence, this eulogy.

The Metamorphosis of Poolesville, 1861 – 1923

Say, people, have you heard of Poolesville?
That place of civil war fame;
If not, sit still and listen,
While I weave its magic name.

First, Poolesville stands for Poole,
From the earliest stage of its birth;
And the name and fame of that tribe,
Make its history of greater worth.

And Poolesville the mother of Williams,
of Woottens and Whites and more
Old county never nurtured a coward
Along the stretches of thy Potomac shore.

You remember the little brick school house,
Where the famous Irishman taught;
And, the sting of the reed and the ruler,
That our poor little bare hands caught.

The little old brick has passed away,
And long banished is the rod and the rule;
The great Academy now towers aloft,
And love is the law of the school.

Do you recall the little old brick church,
Still braving time's havoc and loss;
Where we sat with our Mothers side by side,
And listened to the story of the cross.

The Amen! corner where the Elders sat,
Solemn visaged as the Raven of Poe;
They prayed and shouted the terror of Hell,
Til our young hearts quaked with woe

The dear old church stands desolate and lone.
Her walls re-echo the names of the dead;
The great, new church a monument of love,
Where the teachings of Christ are spread.

Poolesville stood sentry in the sixties,
‘Twixt the Southern and Northern hosts,
And many raids by the Rebel boys,
Were made on the Yankee posts.

O! The Ides of October, that bright Sabbath eve,
All ye old folks remember so well,
Of Doctor Poole the Union Colonel said,
Tomorrow we eat breakfast in Leesburg, or hell.

Then bravely marching to capture Leesburg,
Across both ferries to their doom,
From "Ball's Bluff" returning all battered and torn,
When the Rebels shot holes in their boom.

Men living now – were boys then,
Who will never forget the Rebel yell,
And the Union soldiers who fought and died,
Carried that Echo with him to heaven or hell.

But days that tried the souls of men,
Were banished by the Angel of Peace;
And Poolesville rose from the doubt and dismay,
While happiness wrote a new lease.

Thy angle on map gives business growth,
Commerce and fame reach farms and hill;
The merchants push the electron buttons of trade,
With leger-de-main and skill.

Other towns in old Montgomery land,
Tried to copy the Poolesville creed;
But Poolesville had her Willards and Elgins, too,
Who showed them the meaning of speed.

Then sing a song of the old town,
Let thy voices with accent rise;
For the glories of far famed Poolesville,
And her habitants great, good and wise.

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  • Created by: Glenn Wallace
  • Added: 22 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64531180
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John William Hall, Jr (23 Nov 1847–8 Apr 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64531180, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .