Joseph Leonard Hall
and Sarah Caudill

Joseph Leonard Hall
Joseph Leonard Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY d 20 Oct 1928 of a gunshot wound, officially reported as self-inflicted, 20 Oct 1928 Letcher Co KY; Joseph Left a suicide note for his son describing the manner and reason for his suicide; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Hall m. (1) to Sarah Caudill b about 1856 Pike Co KY d 8 Aug 1887 Pike Co KY of childbirth of son, Alvin Hall; Findagrave Memorial; d/o Matthew Caudill and Elizabeth Tackett. Children of Joseph Leonard Hall and Sarah Caudill;

1. Mary Ellen Hall b 4 Oct 1880 Pike Co KY d 22 Jan 1948 Letcher Co KY; buried Green Acres Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. 23 Jan 1897 Letcher Co KY to Isaac Martin Profitt b 1877 Letcher Co KY d 13 Aug 1932 Rockhouse, Letcher Co KY; s/o Hiram Hillard Profitt and Christina Adams.

2. Arminda Elizabeth Minnie Hall b 25 Apr 1882 Pike Co KY d 26 Jan 1945 Letcher Co KY; m. 1901 Letcher Co KY to Lee Johnson b 28 Dec 1863 Floyd Co KY d 18 Oct 1926 Letcher Co KY; s/o Caleb Johnson and Mahala Justice.

3. Anzie Hall b 29 Oct 1883

4. Isabelle Hall b 30 Jul 1885

5. Alvin Hall b 8 Aug 1887 Pike Co KY d 27 Dec 1974 Letcher Co KY; buried Evergreen Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. Mary Polly Franklin b 23 Jul 1884 Letcher Co KY d 5 Jun 1989 Letcher Co KY; buried Evergreen Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; d/o Harvey G Franklin and Eveline Combs.


Joseph Leonard Hall
and Letitia E Lettie Craft

Letitia Lettie Craft Hall
Joseph Leonard Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY d 20 Oct 1928 of a gunshot wound, officially reported as self-inflicted, 20 Oct 1928 Letcher Co KY; Joseph Left a suicide note for his son describing the manner and reason for his suicide; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Hall m. 30 Aug 1889 Letcher Co KY (2) to Letitia Lettie Craft b 21 Apr 1872 Letcher Co KY d 27 Mar 1905 Letcher Co KY; of suicide in apparent anger and grief at the infidelities of her husband, she hanged herself in the barn on the property of her father, Enoch Chunk Craft; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; d/o Enoch Arden Chunk Craft and Mary Caudill. Children of Joseph Leonard Hall and Letitia Lettie Craft;

1. Mary Ann Hall b Sept 1890 d 5 Aug 1986 Pike Co KY; m. 1907 Jesse Peter Adams b 1888 Letcher Co KY d abt 1960; s/o Jesse Wilson Adams and Amanda Franklin.

2. Leonard S Hall b 16 Dec 1891 KY d 24 Jul 1906 Letcher Co KY; of suicide over a girlfriend.

3. Rachel Virginia Hall b 10 Jun 1894 Millstone, Letcher Co KY d 30 Jan 1968 Letcher Co KY; buried Mall Hill Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; m. 1 May 1909 Millstone, Letcher Co KY to William Manon Holbrook b 10 Nov 1889 Letcher Co KY d 9 Oct 1976 Letcher Co KY; s/o Jason Lewis Holbrook and America Morgan.

4. Enoch Mahlon Hall b 10 Aug 1896 Letcher Co KY

5. Nancy Alice Hall b 5 Mar 1899 Letcher Co KY d 1975 Letcher Co KY; m. Otho Bentley b 23 Nov 1884 in Jenkins, Letcher Co KY d 25 Oct 1965 in Letcher Co KY; s/o John Martin Bentley and Malinda Addington.

6. William Basil Hall b 19 Jun 1900 Millstone, Letcher Co KY

7. Pricy Hall b 21 Jan 1904 Millstone, Letcher Co KY d 15 Jan 1905 Millstone, Letcher Co KY; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY. Findagrave Memorial


Joseph Leonard Hall
and Drusilla Sillar Craft

Joseph Leonard Hall and Drusilla Craft
Joseph Leonard Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY d 20 Oct 1928 of a gunshot wound, officially reported as self-inflicted, 20 Oct 1928 Letcher Co KY; Joseph Left a suicide note for his son describing the manner and reason for his suicide; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Hall m. 22 Apr 1905 Letcher Co KY to (3) Drusilla Craft b 19 Dec 1860 Letcher Co KY d 4 Jul 1942 Letcher Co KY; d/o Nelson Robert Nelt Craft and Elizabeth Catherine Reynolds.


Drusilla Sillar Craft
and Miles Mayo Adams

Drusilla Craft b 19 Dec 1860 Letcher Co KY d 4 Jul 1942 Letcher Co KY; d/o Nelson Robert Nelt Craft and Elizabeth Catherine Reynolds. Drusilla Sillar Craft m. 12 Sept 1878 Letcher Co KY to (1) Miles Mayo Adams b 18 Jul 1855 Letcher Co KY d 21 Sept 1903 Thornton, Letcher Co KY of accidental arsenic poisoning when he mistook arsenic for his medicine and drank it and died a few hours after drinking it at age 48 years; s/o William Green Adams and Mary Webb.


Joseph Leonard Hall
and Diannah C Webb

Joseph Leonard Hall and Dianah Webb
Joseph Leonard Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY d 20 Oct 1928 of a gunshot wound, officially reported as self-inflicted, 20 Oct 1928 Letcher Co KY; Joseph Left a suicide note for his son describing the manner and reason for his suicide; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Hall m. 20 May 1916 Letcher Co KY and 19 Aug 1919 Letcher Co KY to (4 and 6) Dianah C Webb b 6 Aug 1882. Children of Joseph Leonard Hall and Diannah C Webb;

1. Russell Hall; m. Dorothy McCray

2. Charlie E Hall b 1 Apr 1911 Letcher Co KY

3. Josephine Hall; m. Male Hoskins

4. Henrietta Hall b 12 Nov 1920 Letcher Co KY d Nov 1991; m. Lewis Frank Craft b 26 May 1912 d 2 Apr 1992 Perry Co KY; s/o Archelous Chelans Archie Craft and Pricy Adkins. Lewis Frank Craft m. (1) to Myrtle Seals b 2 Jun 1918 KY d 21 Apr 1996 Knott Co KY; d/o Millard I Seals and Tonia Cornett. Myrtle Seals m. Estill Pigman b 1911 KY. Myrtle Seals m. (2) to Carman Combs


Joseph Leonard Hall
and Martha Ann Tackett

Joseph Leonard Hall b 29 Mar 1865 Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY d 20 Oct 1928 of a gunshot wound, officially reported as self-inflicted, 20 Oct 1928 Letcher Co KY; Joseph Left a suicide note for his son describing the manner and reason for his suicide; buried Chunk Craft Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; Findagrave Memorial; s/o Enoch Mahlon Hall and Nancy Hampton. Joseph Leonard Hall m. Jan 1918 Letcher Co KY to (5) Martha Ann Tackett b 27 Apr 1897 Letcher Co KY d 24 Nov 1967 Jenkins Hospital, Jenkins, Letcher Co KY; buried Tackett Cemetery, Millstone, Letcher Co KY; d/o Wilson Tackett and Rhoada E Hampton. The marriage license listed Joe Hall's age as 52, marital status as widower, and occupation as farmer. Dianna C. Webb's age was given as 30 and her marital status was divorced. This marriage was solemnized at Horn, KY by N. W. Meade. Children of Joseph Leonard Hall and Martha Ann Tackett;

1. Hazel Hall b 28 May 1919 Letcher Co KY d 10 Sept 2013; m. Elza Hughes b 7 May 1913 Letcher Co KY d Jan 1981; s/o James Hughes and Nannie Niece.

2. Lettie D Hall b 1922 Letcher Co KY d 10 May 1983 Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co OH; m. Male Gibson


More About Joseph Leonard Hall
From Dan Mohn Website:

Between 1889 and 1928 Occupation: preacher, farmer, store operator, and occasional postmaster at Craftsville (Millstone), KY. The store and post office were supposedly at the junction of the left and right forks of Millstone Creek, where the D. V. Bentley residence is now located, according to Robert Holbrook, who remembered visiting him there.

Between 7 Oct 1890 and 22 Jun 1892: served as the Millstone postmaster, Letcher Co KY. He was succeeded this role by the appointment of Arch C. Craft.

16 Jul 1907 to 17 Mar 1908: He was appointed postmaster of the Hilliard post office, Letcher Co KY. He succeeded Isabella Hall, who served from 20 Mar 1907 to 16 July 1907. He was succeeded as postmaster by Shade R. Combs on 17 Mar 1908.

About 1917: Joseph Leonard Hall was indicted and convicted of adultery, Letcher Co KY

23 Sept 1920 until his death Oct 1928: He was reappointed as the Millstone postmaster, Letcher Co KY. Irvin Collier was named as his successor on 22 November 1928.

To the left of his grave is that of his daughter, Pricy Hall. To the left of Pricy's grave is that of Lettie Craft Hall, his second wife. To the left of Lettie's grave is that of Joe's son Leonard S. Hall.Religion: a preacher of the Regular Primitive Baptist ChurchNote: He was a prominent "no-heller" preacher associated with the Three Forks of Powell River Association of "Regular Primitive Baptist". This small group or sub-sect of Baptists rejected the notion of "double predestination", believing rather that all humanity would the fullness of time be reconciled to God through Christ's redemptive acts. Their concept of " hell" focused on the ills that would befall unrepentent sinners during their corporal existence on earth. This obviously was a very controversial topic among other Baptist sects the region. As a result, he was involved several splits within Baptist congregations and associations the early years of the twentieth century.

I don't really understand the confusion about whether or not Joseph Leonard Hall committed suicide, because of the plain simple fact that he left a not for his son describing the reason and method of why and how he was going to kill himself, but this family apparently has put no stock those facts. The following is on Dan Mohn's site and is a partial excerpt from the Mt Eagle. It leaves out that one glaring fact:

The circumstances of the death of Joe Hall were reported the Mountain Eagle of 25 October 1928, as transcribed below.

Late Baptist Preacher and Post Master Kills Self

Word from Millstine (sic) reached town Saturday morning stating Joe H all, about sixty years of age and for about forty years occasionally a minister of the old Baptist Church had on the night before he shot himself, dying instantly. Why he had committed this act no one seems to know. (Except his son who had a suicide letter). His wife says that for some days he had been unwell and had been acting strange. About two o'clock the morning he arose from a fitful sleep, walked from the room to the outside and fired the fatal shot. Before she could reach him life was extinct. The ball entered his right temple and passed through his brain.

Joe Hall had been Postmaster at Millstone for a great number of years. An upright and strict business man, there was none better. He had been m arried as many as six times and leaves two or three still living wives. He also leaves a number of children.

Joe Hall belonged to an excellent family. Worry and broken health lead (sic) to his taking his own life. We extend sympathies to those left behind.

The attribution of his death as a suicide has long been disputed by members of his family. There were no signs of despondency. (no, just a detailed suicide letter) Further, he had reported to his son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Mary Hall, one week earlier that the gun he always kept the store had been stolen.

A recollection by granddaughter Opal (Hall) Holbrook on 27 May 2004, the undertaker, Mr. Swisher, came to the home on Millstone and prepared the body for burial. The bullet was removed by Mr. Swisher and given to Joe's son, William Basil Hall. The bullet was of a caliber consistent with that of the missing gun.

Many family members have always asserted he was shot his bed through an open window. (Apparently this family is disregarding the suicide letter). The bullet reportedly passed through his head and lodged his arm, indicating the possibility that he was lying on his side with his arm resting under his head. However, the absence of obvious evidence or eyewitness statements, no further official investigations occurred.

The 1880 Pike County census lists the following for the household of Joseph Hall:

Joseph Hall, age 16, farmer, born KY, father born KY, mother born KY
Sarah (wife), 24

Census: 1 Jun 1900 Millstone, Letcher Co KY
Note: Joseph and Lettie E. Hall were enumerated the Millstone Magisterial D istrict (#2) of Letcher County, KY (p. 94A). The members of the household were listed as follows:
Joseph, head,W, H, born Mar 1864
Lettie E., wife, W, F, born Apr 1872
Minnie E., dau., W, F, born Apr 1882
Anzie, dau., W,F, born Oct 1883
Isabella, dau., W, F, born July 1885
Alven, son, W, M, born Aug 1887
Polly A., dau., W, F, born Sept 1890
Leonard B., son, W, F, born Dec 1891
Rachel V., dau., W, F, June 1894
Enoch M., son, W, M, Aug 1896
Nancy A., dau., W, F, Mar 1899
The census enumerator was Henry R. Yonts.


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