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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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HAL BIOGRAPHIES

County, 1773. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on No-
vember 6, 1775, in Frederick County; killed in an
accident at his sawmill; buried in a vault near his
house, but later interred in the graveyard of Zion
Church in Hagerstown. LAND: at least 5,000 acres
in Frederick County, plus 5 lots in Hagerstown.

HALL, AQUILA (ACQUILA) (1727-1779)
BORN: in 1727 in Baltimore County; younger sur-
viving son. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED: in
Baltimore County (later became part of Harford

County). FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Aquila

Hall (1699-1728), of "Cranberry Hall," Baltimore
County; son of John Hall (ca. 1658-1737).
GUARDIAN AND UNCLE: John Hall (1701-1774).
MOTHER: Johanna Kemp (?-1735), widow of
James Phillips (?-1720). BROTHERS: John (1722-
1768), of Swantown, Baltimore County, who mar-
ried Cordelia Holland; Aquila (1724-1724); and
Aquila (1725-1725). SISTER: Martha (1725-1725).
FIRST COUSINS: John Hall, Jr. (1737-1770); Josias
Carvil Hall (1746-1814); Benedict Edward Hall
(ca. 1744-1822); Martha Hall, who married Wal-
ter Tolley (?-1783); Martha Hall, who married
John Rumsey (ca. 1742-1828); Mary Hall, who
married Benjamin Rumsey (1734-1808); and
Blanche Hall, who married John Beale Howard
(by 1739-1799). NIECE: Susannah Hall, who mar-
ried James Heath (?-1766). MARRIED in 1750 his
cousin Sophia (?-1780), daughter of Col. Thomas
White (1705-1774), of Philadelphia, and wife
Sophia Hall (1709/10-?); stepdaughter of Esther
Hewlings Newman; granddaughter of John Hall
(ca. 1658-1737); niece of John Hall (1701-1774).
Her half brother was William White (1748-1836),
first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the diocese of
Pennsylvania. Her sisters were Mary (?-1827),
who married Robert Morris (1734-1806), a mer-
chant of Philadelphia, financier of the American
Revolution, member of the Continental Congress
from 1776 to 1778, signer of the Declaration of
Independence, member of the Pennsylvania assem-
bly from 1778 to 1780 and from 1785 to 1787,
member of the U.S. Senate from 1789 to 1795,
founder of the Bank of North America; Sarah
Charlotte. Her first cousins were Martha Hall,
who married Walter Tolley (?-1783); Aquila Hall
(1727-1779); John Hall, Jr. (1737-1770); Benedict
Edward Hall (ca. 1744-1822); Josias Carvil Hall
(1746-1814); Martha Hall, who married John
Rumsey (ca. 1742-1828); Mary Hall, who married
Benjamin Rumsey ( 1734-1808); and Blanche Hall,
who married John Beale Howard (by 1739-1799).
CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas (1750-1804), a lawyer,
who married Isabella Presbury; James White

(1754-1808); Aquila (1754-1754); William (1756-
1818); John (1762-1804), who never married; Ed-
ward (1763-?); and Benedict (1771-?). DAUGH-
TERS: Charlotte (1758-1838), who married Na-
thaniel Ramsay (1741-1817); Mary (1760-?), who
married Richard K. Heath; Sophia (1765-?), who
married Philip Key (1750-1820); Martha (1768-?),
who married John McHenry, of Allegany County;
and Elizabeth (1770-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican,
St. George's Parish, Harford County. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1773; Esq., 1779. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, in partnership
with Michael Gilbert in Bushtown, Harford
County, 1771-1776; planter; mill owner. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Baltimore County, 1770 (elected to the 3rd session
to fill vacancy; Accounts 3), 1773, (resigned dur-
ing or after the 2nd session to become a represen-
tative from Harford County); Lower House, Har-
ford County, 1774 (elected to the 3rd session to
represent the newly formed county); Conventions,
Harford County, 1st, 1774 (appointed, but did not
attend), 2nd-3rd, 1774, 6th-8th, 1775-1776;
Lower House, Harford County, 1777-1778 (Man-
ufactories 2). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Baltimore
County, 1757-1762, 1769-1773 (quorum, 1769-
1773), Harford County, 1774-1779 (quorum,
1774-1779); sheriff, Baltimore County, 1762-1763
(resigned); Committee of Observation, Harford
County, elected 1774; county lieutenant, Harford
County, appointed 1777. MILITARY SERVICE: or-
ganized a militia company and was elected cap-
tain, 1775; colonel, 1776. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: signed the Bush Declaration on
March 22, 1775. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: The firm of Hall & Gilbert was
indebted to Christopher Court, a London mer-
chant, for £480.3.10 by 1776. Hall was personally
indebted to Court for £1,282.5.9 by 1776, but the
amount was contested by Hall's heirs and re-
mained unpaid until at least 1807. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: 882 acres in Baltimore County. SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH, purchased 356.5 acres in
Baltimore County by 1770; his wife inherited a life
estate to more than 3,200 acres in Harford County
from her father in 1774, but the land was entailed
to her children. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will
probated on April 10, 1779, in Harford County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: mentioned 32 slaves in his
will. LAND: 1,233.75 acres in Baltimore and Har-
ford counties, plus land in Frederick County.

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