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Gail Filson


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I am searching for information about my great-grandmother and her children, including my grandfather.  Her surname was "Hall".  Her father and mother are only shared briefly by my grandfather and his siblings as "Tom Hall" and "Sara, Jane, or Sara Jane Gibson".  Following the death of her first husband she married "G. Dallas Jacobs" who died in the 1950's.  We know nothing about him.  My great-grandmother, Caledonia Hall-Sims-Jacobs was married to "Gadi Sims" who was also known as "Gadi Yates".  He married "Callie" using the surname of his mother "Sims" who had been married to "Jasper Sims" but Jasper died in the Civil War long before "Gadi" and other siblings were born.  His biological father was most likely "Yates" per information from other family members.  

Caledonia Hall was born in the Atmore, AL area but we have never been able to find any birth information on her.  She died in the 1960's of a stroke and her death certificate lists "Tom and Sara Hall" as her parents.  That information was provided by Callie's daughter at the time of her death.

What we didn't know when we began this research is that "Gadi Sims-Yates'" family were also Native American originating in the North and South Carolina areas.  The Yates family were among the first to settle in the Vernon area.  We have a lot of information on my great-grandfather via relatives of his in the Vernon area.  When it comes to "Callie", we can't find out much about her before 1909-10 and nothing after 1920.  It is as if she never existed.  I remember her visiting us often staying for a week or two when I was a child.  I so adored her.  She lived in the Rehobeth, AL area at that time in an old wooden house with no electricity.  She got her water from her well, grew her own vegetables and cotton, and preserved her crop in mason jars.  She prepared all her food on a wood stove.  She was also well known in the Dothan area as she was a "medicine woman".  When somebody in the town became ill, Callie is who they sent for.  Mom remembers her gathering certain plants and making poltices, teas and other medicine for whatever condition she was called upon to treat.  She herself was never sick until her stroke.  Mom also remembers her wearing a necklace of Asfidita (not sure how to spell it) to ward off becoming sick from anything she was exposed to when treating others.  

I pray that I find some answers here to complete the puzzle of our ancestry.  My mother is 82 and very ill.  My hope is that I can finally give her some information while she is still living.  Our entire family adored "Callie".  I have always felt her presence with me.


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Reply Willis Winfrey
8:22 AM on December 9, 2013 
Gail, try the book "Of One Dozen Sassers". There is some Halls in it that may be of help to you.
Reply Gail Filson
8:16 PM on November 20, 2013 
I just posted a ton of pictures. PLEASE let me know if you recognize anybody in these pictures. Some are very old.