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HALL, ROBERT (1814–1899). Robert Hall, early settler, soldier, and Texas Ranger, was born in South Carolina in 1814 and was taken as a child to Tennessee, where his family built the first house in Memphis. He moved to Texas, probably as a member of the crew of the side-wheeler George Washington, in 1835 and apparently served with the Yellow Stone during the Texas Revolution. He enlisted in the Texas army on June 1, 1836, and remained with the forces until November 7. Later he joined the Texas Rangersqv under Benjamin McCulloch. In 1838 Hall and three other rangers secured land and laid out the town of Seguin. Hall married Polly King, one of the daughters of a Colonel King of Gonzales, and in 1841 was issued a second-class certificate for a league and labor of land for having arrived in Gonzales County after the Texas Declaration of Independence and before August 1836. Hall served for three years with the Confederacy. He lived with one of his thirteen children at Cotulla, where he died in 1899 and was buried.


Robert L. Miller, Life of Robert Hall: Indian Fighter and Veteran of Three Great Wars, Also Sketch of Big Foot Wallace (Austin: Ben C. Jones, 1898; rpt., Austin: State House Press, 1992). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Willie Mae Weinert, Historical Sketches (Seguin, Texas, 1938).

Carolyn Hyman

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