The Family of Nathan HALL and Mary WOOD

The genealogy of the HALL family of Trimble County, Kentucky is taken from several sources.  The HALL family story is given in the Trimble County Heritage Book of 1988.  Further resources for this family are also found online and links are included here for the researcher’s reference. 



Nathan HALL was born October 11, 1784 in Louisa County, Virginia and died in Trimble County on December 11, 1835.  He married Mary WOOD also of Louisa County, Virginia who was the daughter of William WOOD. Her mother’s name was Ursuly _______.  

They had four children:

1.       Francis                  b. 05/15/1783                                    Louisa County, VA

                                      m. Elizabeth EVERS[i]                        Amherst County, VA

                                      d. 09/26/1861                                    Trimble County, KY


2.       Elizabeth              b. 08/01/1785                                    Louisa County, VA

                                      m. Reuben GATEWOOD[ii]              Henry County, KY

                                      d. 02/24/1875                                    Trimble County, KY


3.       Susanna               b.   -- /-- /1791                                   Louisa County, VA

                                      m. 1) James W. GIDDENS[iii]           Amherst County, VA on 10/26/1808

                                      m. 2) Leroy BAIN[iv]                         Trimble County, KY on 04/05/1837

                                      d.   unknown


4.       Robert                  b. 04/20/1798                                    Amherst County, VA

                                      m. Elizabeth REED                            Henry County, KY

                                      d.  11/07/1860                                   Trimble County, KY


[i] Born 9/26/1805 in Amherst County, Virginia.

[iii] See Family Groupsheet for James Wood Giddens Sr.

The Will of Nathan HALL of Trimble County, Kentucky


In the name of God, Amen, I, Nathaniel HALL, of the county of Gallatin and state of Kentucky, being in good health of body and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it pleased God to bless me with, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following; that is to say:

1st.  That all my just debts be paid.

2nd. All my estate, both real and personal be divided between my children, Robert HALL, Francis HALL, Ruben [Reuben] GATEWOOD, and Susannah GIDDENS as below devised.

3rd. I give to my son, Robert HALL, the farm or tract of land I now live on with all the appurtenances appertaining thereunto to him and his heirs forever.

4th. I give to my son-in-law, Reuben GATEWOOD, and to my daughter Susannah GIDDENS to be equally divided between them the tract of land which I purchased from Townsend to them and their heirs forever.

5th. I give to my son Robert HALL, my negro man SAMUEL and I give to my son, Francis HALL my negro woman Mariah and her child to them and their heirs forever, and should my personal estate not be equal to the value of the above slaves in that case the said Robert and Francis is to pay to the said Reuben and Susannah the amount lacking and then the above slave to theirs.

6th.  My two aged negro women, FILLIS and HANNAH is not to be appraised or taken into account of my estate at all in any way, but to remain with my son, Robert, and to be provided for, and lastly, I do constitute my sons, Robert and Francis HALL, my executors of this my last will and testament with full power to carry into effect all its items according to law, and that no security to be required of them from the County Court in granting letters of administration.

                Given under my hand and seal, the eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five.                                               Signed:  Nathan HALL



Robert HALL was born 04/20/1798, Amherst Co., VA, died 11/07/1860 in Trimble County, buried in HALL Cemetery, son of Nathan and Mary Wood HALL.  Robert married Elizabeth Reed, born 10/24/1796 in Henry County, KY, died 2-27-1883 in Trimble County.


Robert and Elizabeth Reed HALL were parents of eight children:[i]

1.       Nancy SIMMS    b. 12/06/1818 d. 02/--- /1892      Trimble County, KY married W.H. GATEWOOD

2.       Sarah J. (Sallie)   b. 10/01/1820 d. 02/27/1883       Trimble County, KY unmarried

3.       John S.                 b. 11/02/1824                               Trimble County, KY

4.       Nathan C.            b. 11/08/1825 d. 02/22/1883      Trimble County, KY

5.       Robert Thomas  b. 05/03/1827 d. 04/07/1906       Trimble County, KY

6.       Wm. Francis        b. 01/24/1830 d. 08/03/1895       Trimble County, KY

7.       James L.               b. 04/24/1832 d. 07/27/1908      Trimble County, KY unmarried

8.       Ely Crane             b. 04/17/1838 d. 02/11/1905      Trimble County, KY married Frances DUNHAM[ii]


[i] This information is taken from the HALL Family Bible.  James L. HALL served under General Buckner at the Battle of Shiloh and was wounded.  After recuperating, he quickly went to Lebanon, VA and joined the Co. A, 4th Kentucky Cavalry, where he joined his two brothers, Ely C. and John S. and served until the surrender.

[ii] Ely Crane HALL and Frances DUNHAM were parents of one son, Robert William HALL b. 08/17/1890 d. 1971.  Robert William HALL married Lena Rivers BALL b. 04/06/1890 d. 07/20/1963, daughter of Joseph Turner BALL and Virginia HAWKINS.  See 1930 US Census(Previous histories state the mother of Lena Rivers BALL was Fanny May TYRA.  However, her death certificate states her mother's name was Virginia HAWKINS 6Jan2017;tdmb).

Portion of a Deed Recorded in Trimble County


“In 1860, Robert HALL died (04/20/1788-11/07/1860) in the possession of 300 acres of land, leaving his widow, Elizabeth Reed HALL and the following named children:  Nathan C. HALL, Robert Thomas HALL, William Francis HALL, John S. HALL, James L. HALL, Ely C. HALL, Nancy S. GATEWOOD, and Sallie HALL, his only heirs-at-law.  Elizabeth HALL, John HALL, and Sallie HALL having died without heirs.  On the 21st day of February, 1892 the said Nancy Simms Hall GATEWOOD departed this life leaving her husband, W.H. (Billy) GATEWOOD and children, Sarah R. BRYAN (wife of Dr. BRYAN), Robert W. GATEWOOD, John H. GATEWOOD, and Carlisle GATEWOOD.” [i]


For more information on the GATEWOOD family, please visit the GATEWOOD PLANTATION ARCHIVES.

Archaeology Digs are conducted by the Oldham County Historical Society at the Gatewood Plantation located in Trimble County.  See the HENRY BIBB PROJECT for more information.


[i] The information here was previously published in the Trimble County Heritage Book of 1988, see pp. 102-103. Revised and Digitized 7 January 2017 by Tina Mitchell Boutall for the Trimble County Historical Society.

African American GATEWOOD Family Research

See the African American GATEWOOD Home Page run by Dawn Gatewood Daniels.  The researcher is tracing slave ownership and family records dating from 1687 in Virginia forward.  As the GATEWOOD sons married the daughters of Nathan HALL, other researchers may find additional GATEWOOD research of use to them on their genealogical journey.  More is given below regarding Henry Bibb and his time at the Gatewood Plantation.

Hall Family Cemetery, Bedford, Trimble, KY


There are 16 interments in this family plot.  According to the FindAGrave Volunteer, the cemetery is located on the Cecil Staples farm, which is two and one-half miles north of Bedford.


Special Notes and Recognition:


While James W. GIDDENS is buried in the Hall Family Cemetery the final resting place of his wife, Susanna Hall Giddens Bain, is not known.  She married second, Leroy BAIN, and her date of death is also unknown at the time of this publication.  Researchers with burial information are encouraged to contact us that we might update our records.

Nancy G. RYKER was a REED by birth, the sister of Elizabeth Reed HALL and is also interred in the Hall Family Cemetery.


The HALL Family Bible Records were in the possession of Mrs. Dallas Moore of Bedford, KY 40006 when this family history was originally published by the Trimble County Historical Society in 1988.  At this time, no further information is known concerning the HALL Family Bible.

A free copy of the book, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, is available online at  Please also refer to the writings of Diane Perrine Coon regarding the Henry Bibb Heritage Trail for sidebar information.

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