Born: Jan­ua­ry 2, 1855, near Har­ris­on­burg, Vir­gin­ia.

Died: De­cem­ber 22, 1941.

Buried: 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.





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