Philo B. Hall was born in Connecticut in September 1800, the son of Eli W. Hall. In 1818, he was apprenticed to Liba Blakslee of Newtown, Connecticut, a gold- and silversmith and clock repairman. Hall later lived in Nettle Hill, New York, before moving to Elba, Michigan (near Manchester, Washtenaw County), where he worked as a farmer. He lived in Elba, Norvell Township, and Brooklyn, Michigan, and owned land in Allegan County. He and his wife Ann had 4 children: Cornelius, Abiah, Philo, and Ann. Philo B. Hall died on February 13, 1876. He had at least one sister, Polly Ann Squires, and one brother, Ezra Hall. Philo B. Hall's son Abiah served as a corporal with the 150th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.