From the Afro-American Ledger (Baltimore)
February 22, 1902
Thomas I. Hall, one of the best known colored men in this city was buried from the John Wesley M. E. Church on last Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Hall died at his home 1051 W. Barre street, on Saturday afternoon after a short illness, of congestion of the brain.Mr. Hall was connected with the Order of Galilean Fishermen, and for a number of years the National Grand Ruler of the Order. He was at the time of his death the Most Excellent High Priest. A large delegation of the Order from out-of-town was present. The Order in this city turned out in full regelia and attended the funeral. Rev. Thomas Shorts, president of the Galilean Fisherman’s Bank at Hampton, Va., and National Grand Ruler of the Order was present and took part in the ceremonies. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Ernest Lyon, pastor of the church.Mr. Hall succeeded the late Hemsley Nichols, the founder of the Order and held the office for 19 years. He wrote all the secret work of the Order and improved considerably on the original work.Mr. Hall was born in Baltimore, and was 53 years of age at the time of his death. He was at one time a prominent figure in the Masonic Order, belonging to King David Lodge, St. John’s Commandery, K. T., the Humane Lodge of Odd Fellows, and the Ancient United Order of Moses. His remains were intered in the Sharp Street Cemetery. Five sons survive him.