“These are names of slaves born to free mulatress ages of the children of Eliza Hall
William Henry Hall was born Feb the 11th 1844
Patrick Hall was born October the 6th 1845
Margaret Ann Hall was born Feb the 12th 1847
Louiser Hall was born April the 9th 1849
Balam Hall was born Feb 7th 1851″
These entries (the first sentence in a different hand) were inscribed in the Bible of Lewis Ellis (1794-1854) of Edgecombe County. Ellis’ good friend, James Bullock Woodard (1793-1863), was the father of Eliza Hall’s five children. (Who were, of course, as free as their mother.) The 1850 census of Edgecombe County lists Eliza Hall, age 26, with her children Wm., 6, Patrick, 4, Martha [sic], 3, and “girl,” 1. In 1860 (after the formation of Wilson County), the Halls are listed in Saratoga district, Wilson County. The Bible remains with descendants of the Ellis family.