||Jotham J. Hall
Jotham J. Hall, farmer and lumberman, section 25, Goodwell Twp., was born July 25, 1842, in Grand Rapids. His father, Jotham Hall, was born in Vermont in 1803 and died in Big Prairie in 1861. Diantha (Garrett) Hall was born in 1807 in the State of New York and survives her husband.
Mr. Hall came with his father's family from Kent to Newaygo County in 1853. He was 20 years of age when his father died and remained on the home farm until he attained his majority. The winter after he became legally free to pursue his own interests, he engaged in lumbering, which he has followed winters since. He united his business interests with those of his brother-in-law, Joseph Graham, and they prosecuted the various departments of lumbering together five years, and also owned land together. Mr. Hall eventually sold his landed interest to Mr. Graham and bought 40 acres in Newaygo and 80 acres in Mecosta County. The two bodies of land are adjoining and about 30 acres are under improvement. In political relations Mr. Hall is a Republican, has been Justice of the Peace and held other minor offices.
He was married Oct. 3, 1872, to Emma, daughter of William and Permelia (Hancock) Jay. Mr. and Mrs. Hall have five children, viz.: Florence I., Antoinette, Ambrose L., Bessie May and Rebina.
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