Talton Thomas Hall was born in 1846 on Little Carr Fork or Trace Fork of Rockhouse Creek, a branch of Beaver Creek in Letcher County, Kentucky, the son of David and Anna (Johnson) Hall. He was the grandson of Anthony (1752-1846) and Rutha Butler (1770-1855) Hall. Talton married Marinda "Rinda" Triplett October 12, 1868, in Letcher County, Kentucky. Marinda was born in 1846, a twin to Merilda Triplett and a daughter of Wilson and Eleanor (Isaac) Triplett.
As a very young man Talton became accustomed to the murders which happened almost daily. Gunfights and bloodshed were the general way of life in the feud ridden area of Beaver Creek. His father, Dave Hall, was a strong willed man in his own right who had killed several men
in individual disputes. Talton, himself, was well known for his ability with his guns. When the man with the gun was Bad Talton Hall, proceeding with an argument was not only dangerous, but could be suicide. It was a well known fact that Talton did not shoot to bluff and did not miss when he shot. A close associate, Anderson Belcher, stated, "Talt's guns are anything but good to look at, but when it comes to shooting they are dead center." Supported by his relatives Talton Hall became a deputy sheriff. It was his boldness with a gun which enforced his desire for an official capacity and carried him forward to the position of United States Marshall for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The more powerful station of Marshall also elevated prospects for others of the Hall family. Already well organized, they then traveled together, armed to the teeth and under the shield of the law. They were in all appearance deputies, if not officially, then unofficially. Talton was credited with the killing of near 100 men,
though the number was probably much less. Not counting
those he killed during the Civil War, he confessed
to the killing of only five men. He confirmed he killed
Henry Maggard, Henry Houk, Mark Hall, and a man named Triplett.
He was acquitted of murder in all these cases. It was generally thought that Talton Hall killed
Frank Salyer, March 6, 1885 , yet this was not one of
the killings he admitted doing when taken into custody
for the murder of Police Chief Enoch B. Hylton.
Talton had become romantically involved with Salyers wife, and shortly afterward, Salyer was murdered by ambushers. The circumstances of this murder, as well as the actual killing, were what brought about the end of Talton Hall's life. The last murder he confessed to was that of
Enoch B. Hylton, for which he paid the ultimate price.
After a long man-hunt Talton Hall was arrested for
Hylton's murder. His trial got under way January 26, 1892.
The trial was short, lasting only five days.
On January 30, 1892 the jury reached a verdict of guilty. Talton Hall gained his place in history
when he became the first man to hang
for murder in Wise County, Virginia, September 2, 1892. Talt asked "Devil John" Wright to have his body brought back to Kentucky for burial and, of course,
his friend agreed. He was buried in the Wright Cemetery at Dunham, Kentucky, just across the border from Virginia, along with John & Mattie's two sons, James & Johnny Phillip and other members of the Wright family.
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