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.

His 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. Etchmiadzin
  2. Gospel In­vi­ta­tion, The

Hall’s place of death