Redding R. Hall – Tombstone Inscriptions

Hall, Redding R.
Section 28.8
ID # 281098

Redding R. Hall
Tipton Co.

Nineteen Penitentiary inmates died of Cholera during the June 1833 Epidemic in Nashville. They were buried at Nashville City Cemetery. In 2016 wooden markers were placed at the cemetery for these Cholera victims.

Fred Zahn of the Metropolitan Historical Commission was responsible for the carving of the inscriptions on the 19 wooden markers and locating where to place them at the Nashville City Cemetery. To read about his work on the project, click here.

To read the account of John Hill, a contemporary of these men and survivor of his time in the penitentiary, click here.

For more information, and to see a listing of the inmates’ names & counties of residence prior to incarceration, please see the following newspaper article in the Nashville Republican and State Gazette, Friday, July 5, 1833.

Charles A. Sherill has given permission to quote from Tennessee Convicts: Records of the State Penitentiary, Vol. I. 1831-1850, by Charles & Tomye M. Sherrill, published 1997:

Page 50
“Redding R. Hall was received into the Penitentiary 8 Jan. 1833. He is 6′ in height, weighs one hundred and [blank] lbs. Dark hair, hazel eyes, dark complexion, 38 years of age. Born in Pendleton Co., South Carolina, near Pearce’s ford on Saluda river. He has a wife and four children living in Crittendon Co., Arkansas. His wife’s maiden name was Tafflestreet whose connexions reside in Allen Co., Kentucky. His brother Carter T.[?] Hall live[s] near Gallatin, Tennessee. He has a scar on the inside of the nose near the right eye caused by a blow from a stick, a scar just above the wrist of the left arm, and one very near this rather on the outside of the arm, one on the outside of the right foot about three inches in length caused by a cut from an axe, a dimple on his chin. He has generally followed farming. Was found guilty of passing counterfeit bank bills at the Circuit Court of Tipton County and sentenced to three years confinement in the Jail and Penitentiary House of the State of Tennessee. Redding R. Hall died of Cholera on the 14th day of June, 1833. [Ledger 45, p. 67]”

Research Report August 2017

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