January 2, 1855, near Har­ris­on­burg, Vir­gin­ia.

December 22, 1941.

Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Virginia.


Jacob was the son of farmer George G. Hall and Elizabeth Thomas, and husband of Elizabeth Frances Bowman.

He attended singing schools taught by Timothy Funk when he was a boy. As his love of music progressed, he earned money by trapping quail and bought a German accordion; he soon learned to play one part while singing another. After he and his brother jointly purchased an organ, he taught himself to play hymn tunes, Gospel songs, and anthems. He went on to study music theory, harmony, and composition in Harrisonburg and elsewhere, and in 1877 attended a Normal Music School in New Market, Vir­gin­ia, taught by Benjamin Unseld and P. J. Merges.

Afterward, he partnered with H. T. Wartman for two years to conduct singing schools and conventions. In 1890, Hall attended Dana’s Musical Institute in Warren, Ohio, and a normal school run by George & F. W. Root at Silver Lake, New York. He later served as principal of the National Normal School of Music. Hall’s works in­clude:

  1. Glorious Morning Dawns, The
  2. Blessed Thought Comes to My Soul, A
  3. Are You Ready for the Coming of the Son of Man?
  4. At the Well Side Worn and Weary
  5. Beyond Is Canaan, the Beautiful Land
  6. Do You Know the Wondrous Story?
  7. Hallelujah! Hail to Christ the Lord
  8. Jesus Will Save Us in That Great Day
  9. O Thou Whose Matchless Power Controls
  10. O, Paradise, Sweet Home of Love
  11. Some Sweet Day We’ll Meet Above
  12. There Is No Friend Like Jesus
  13. To Tell the Joyful Story O’er
  14. Upon That Great Day I’ll Go on My Way
  1. Gospel Invitation, The

Hall’s place of death