Author Houston, Henry Clarence Publisher Press of Southworth brothers, 1903 Page 439 Periodical The Thirty-second Maine regiment of infantry volunteers:-an historical sketch Source Type Book Source ID S374 Text QUARTERMASTER JOHN HALL.
Quartermaster John Hall was born in North Berwick,
Maine, on October 2, 1822, and was of pioneer ancestry, be-
ing a descendent from John Hall of New Hampshire, who was
one of the early settlers on the borders of the Piscataqua
river. The farm on which the subject of this sketch was
born, was also the birthplace of his father, John Hall, Sr.,
the latter having been born soon after the close of the Revolu-
tion, on July 14, 1786.
Being thus descended from one of the old families, and
being bred and educated in North Berwick, John Hall became
closely identified with the leading interests of the town. He
engaged successfully in the hereditary occupation of farming,
and also became active in public aifairs, having served as Col-
lector and Treasurer of the town, prior to the outbreak of the
Rebellion, and also as Selectman.
On May 28, 1846, he was married to Joanna Hurd
Fernald, daughter of Oliver Fernald, and granddaughter of
Hercules Fernald, a soldier of the Revolution. In August,
1862, he first entered the military service of the United
States as Quartermaster-sergeant of the Twenty-Seventh
Maine Infantry. In December, 1862, he was promoted to
Lieutenant of Company E, of the Twenty-Seventh, and was
detailed on the staff of General Grimshaw as commissary of
the brigade. And he subsequently served on the staff of
General Fessenden in the same capacity, remaining on staff
duty till the expiration of his regiment's term of service.
This was just prior to the battle of Gettysburg, and Lieuten-
ant Hall, together with some three hundred others of the
regiment, volunteered to remain after their enlistment expired.
And in common with all who thus came to the aid of the
Nation in this crisis, he subsequently received a medal of
On July 17, 18G3, he was honorably discharged from the
service, but on February 24, 1864, was commissioned as Quar-
termaster of the Thirty-Second Maine, and continued to serve
as such up to the time of the consolidation with the Thirty-
First, being honorably discharged on December 12, 1864.
In 1868, he was elected Treasurer of York County, and
tilled that position acceptably for four years. He had been a
member of the lower house of the legislature in 1858, before
the war, and, in 1874 and 1875, was state senator, and served
as chairman of the railroad committee. In 1880, he was
appointed by Governor Davis as state valuation commissioner,
and ten years later, in 1890, Governor Burleigh re-appointed
him to the same office. He was always a staunch Republi-
can, and was chairman of the county committee for ten years,
and a member of the state committee six years.
He was also active in religious matters, and for more
than fifty years was clerk of the First Free Will Baptist
church in North Berwick, and for nearly the same length of
time was a deacon of that church. He was also interested in
fraternal ors^anizations, beino^ a member of L. D. Cowan Post,
G. A. R., and of Eagle Lodge, I. O. O. F.
He died suddenly, from apoplexy induced by heart dis-
ease, on July 17, 1902, being nearly eighty years of age.
His wife had died almost ten jears previously, on March 8,
1893, but a family of seven children, — two sons and five
daughters, — were left to mourn his loss.
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