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August 31, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

1908: Judge Hall Marries

Maysville-PresbyterianMaysville Presbyterian Church, photo by Joanne Yeck

On February 19, 1908, Judge Alexander Stuart Hall married for a second time. The bride was Miss Minnie M. Ellis of Afton and their wedding was announced in Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch:

The wedding was a quiet one. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Charles Martin Barrell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, to which both bride and groom belong.
No marriage has taken place in Buckingham in many years in which more interest was manifested by the friends of the contracting parties. Judge Hall was for a long time judge of the County Court of this county is a man of sterling worth, of strict integrity, and at present represents Buckingham and Cumberland in the Legislature. The bride is one of the most popular ladies in Virginia, is related to many of the very best families in Richmond, and besides having a host of friends and admirers in her native county and State, has many relatives and friends in the South. She is the only daughter of the late R. S. and N.F. Ellis, and owns the beautiful Homestead, “Afton,” which is known far and wide as one of the most hospitable homes in Virginia.

Rev. Charles Martin Barrell, who performed the ceremony, was the pastor at Maysville Presbyterian from 1903—1940 and was married to Judge Hall’s daughter, Frances Stuart Hall.

Minnie Hall was an active member of Maysville Presbyterian Church. Carl Coleman Rosen, Sr. wrote in his history of the church that she taught Sunday School to the teenaged girls: “[H]er class was so popular that about all the village girls attended. She gave them house parties and various other kinds of entertainment.”

Minnie M. (Ellis) Hall was clearly a Virginia gem. If a Slate River Ramblings reader knows more about Minnie or has a photo of her, please contact me.

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