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

HALL, BENEDICT EDWARD (ca. 1744^1822).
BORN: ca. 1744 in St. George's Parish, Baltimore
County; second surviving son. NATIVE: fourth gen-
eration. RESIDED: at "Shandy Hall," Spesutia
Lower Hundred, Harford County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: John Hall (1701-1774).
MOTHER: Hannah (1711-1782). BROTHERS: John
Hall, Jr. (1737-1770); Josiah (1739-1739); Aquila
(1742-1743); and Josias Carvil Hall (1746-1814).
SISTERS: Martha (1735-?), who married second,
John Rumsey (ca. 1742-1828); Mary (1740-?),
who married Benjamin Rumsey (1734-1808).
FIRST COUSINS: Aquila Hall (1727-1779); Martha
Hall, who married Walter Tolley (?-1783); Blanche
Hall, who married John Beale Howard (by 1739-
1799); and Sophia White (?-1780), who married
Aquila Hall (1727-1779). MARRIED in 1781 Mil-
cah (1756-?), daughter of Amos Garrett (1723-ca.
1789) and wife Frances Drew (1727-by 1786). Her
brother was Bennett (1745/46-by 1786). Her sis-
ters were Cassandra (1750-?); Frances (ca. 1763-
?). CHILDREN. SONS: Henry (by 1786-?); Benedict
Charles; and Edward Carvil. DAUGHTERS: Anne
Maria Caroline; Hannah Elizabeth; Charlotte; and
Harriet. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION Anglican, St. George's
Parish, Harford County; elected lay delegate to
the Protestant Episcopal Church Convention,

1788. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent.;

third generation legislator. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: planter; associated with the mercantile firm
of Walter T. Hall & Co., Havre de Grace, Harford

County. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Conventions, Harford County, 1st, 1774, 4th,
1775, 5th, 1775; Senate, Western Shore, Term of
1776-1781: 1781 (elected on June 12, 1781, to fill
vacancy in the 1780-1781 Assembly; qualified on
June 17, 1781), Term of 1781-1786: 1781-1782,
1782-1783, 1783, 1784, 1785. LOCAL OFFICES: St.
George's Parish Vestry, Harford County, in office
1771-1774, 1784, 1787, 1792-1793, 1798-1800;
justice, Baltimore County, 1772-1773, Harford
County, 1774-1788; commissioner, Harford
County, appointed 1773; Committee of Corre-
spondence, Harford County, elected 1774; justice,
Orphans' Court, Harford County, appointed 1777,
in office 1784-1789; commissioner of tax, Harford
County, 1777-1779; commissioner, Havre de
Grace, Harford County, appointed 1785; associate
justice, Third District Circuit Court, Harford
County, 1789-at least 1800. MILITARY SERVICE:
enrolled in Company No. 1, Harford County Mili-
tia, 1775; enrolled in Company No. 2, Harford
Rifles, Flying Camp, 1776. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: 13 slaves, 1776;

assessed value £1,349.0.0 current money, includ-
ing 26 slaves, 1783; inherited the personal estate of
Amos Garrett (1723-ca. 1789) in 1789, with a
value of at least £329.0.0 current money before
payment of debts. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
1,971 acres in Harford County (inherited from his
father in 1774). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-
chased ca. 400 acres in Harford County in the
1780s; assessed for 2,133 acres in Harford County,
1783; inherited a life estate in ca. 659 acres from
Amos Garrett (1723-ca. 1789) in 1789; mortgaged
his home plantation in 1801 (released in 1811) and
sold over 425 acres by 1810 to pay debts, some of
which had been incurred by Walter T. Hall & Co.;
purchased 5 lots in Havre de Grace, Harford
County, and gave his eldest son at least 1,300
acres of his home plantation shortly before his
death. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
April 24, 1822, in Harford County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, $1,794.44 current money; FB,
$653.46. LAND: at least 236 acres in Harford
County were mentioned in his will, all of which
were probably already in the possession of his
sons; 5 lots in Havre de Grace, Harford County.

HALL, BENJAMIN (1667-1721). BORN: in 1667
in Calvert County; third son. NATIVE: second gen-
eration. RESIDED: in Calvert County; St. Mary's
County briefly in the 1690s; Charles County,
1696. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard

Hall (?-1688). MOTHER: Elizabeth. BROTHERS: Eli-
sha Hall (1663-ca. 1716/17); Joseph (1665-1705);
and Aaron (1669-1704). SISTERS: Rachel (1671-
1730), who married Walter Smith (?-1711);
Elizabeth (1673-1743); Lucia (1675-?), who mar-
ried John Smith (?-1738); and Sarah (1677-?),
who married Robert Bradley (?-1724). MARRIED
by 1696/97 Mary (1678-1742), widow of James
Bowling (?-1693); daughter of Thomas Brooke
(1632-1676) and wife Elinor Hatton; stepdaughter
of Henry Darnall (ca 1645-1711); granddaughter
of Robert Brooke (1602-1655); niece of Baker
Brooke (1628-1678/79), Charles Brooke (1636-
1671), William Hatton (?-1712); Zachary Wade
(ca. 1627-1678), Luke Gardiner (1622-1674),
Clement Hill (?-1708), and James Johnson (?-?).
Mary Brooke Hall subsequently married Henry
Witham. Her brothers were Thomas Brooke (ca.
1659-1730/31); Robert (1663-1714); Ignatius
(1670-1751); Matthew (1672-1703); and Clement
(1676-1737). Her sister was Elinor. CHILDREN.
SON: Francis (1696-1785), who married Dorothy,
daughter of Henry Lowe (?-1717). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-

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