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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

TION: raised as a Quaker; presumably a lapsed
Quaker and a nominal Anglican during the period
of his officeholding, 1694-1704; converted to Ca-
tholicism sometime after his marriage. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second generation bur-
gess; son held no known office. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: possibly an agent in 1688 for the London
merchant firm of Lane, Perry, & Paggan; mer-
chant; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE Lower House, Charles County, 1697/98-
1700, 1701-1704. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, St.
Mary's County, 1694-1694/95, Charles County,
1696-1698, 1700-1704; coroner, Charles County,
1697, 1699, 1702. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,

1700-1702. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES:

Jacobite activity brought his dismissal from his
justiceship in 1698. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: over 773 acres, of
which 500 acres was inherited from his father in
1688. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
March 29, 1721. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£1,419.8.2 (including 31 slaves and 2 servants);
FB, £1,301.1.6. LAND: 2,099 acres.

HALL, BENJAMIN, OF FRANCIS (?-1803)
BORN: probably between 1730 and 1735 in Prince
George's County; youngest son. NATIVE: fourth
generation. RESIDED: at "Pleasant Hill," Prince
George's County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
Francis Hall, Gent. (ca. 1696-1785), son of Benja-
min Hall (1667-1721). MOTHER: Dorothy (1704-
?), daughter of Henry Lowe (?-1717) and wife
Susanna Maria Bennett Darnall (1666-1714). UN-
CLES Henry Lowe (?-1721); Nicholas Lowe (?-
1728). AUNT: Jane Lowe, who married James
Bowles (?-ca. 1727/28). BROTHERS: Francis; Rich-
ard Bennett (?-1805), who married Margaret. SIS-
TERS: Eleanor, who married William Digges, Jr.;
Susannah, who married Henry Darnall; and Hen-
rietta, who married John Waring, Sr. OTHER KIN-
SHIP: his great-grandfather was Richard Hall (?-
1688); his great-uncle was Elista Hall (1663-ca.
1716/17); his great-aunts were Rachel Hall, who
married Col. Walter Smith (?-1711) and Lucia
Hall, who married John Smith (?-1738). MARRIED
in 1757 Elinor (?-1796), daughter of William Mur-
doch (?-1769); stepdaughter of Margaret Dulany;
granddaughter of Thomas Addison (1679-1727);
stepgranddaughter of Daniel Dulany (1685- 1753);
niece of John Addison (1713-1764); half niece of
both Rebecca Addison (1703-?), who married
first, James Bowles (?-ca. 1727/28), and second,
George Plater (1695-1755), and Elinor Addison,
who married fourth, Corbin Lee (?-1774). Her
brothers were John (1729-?); Addison Murdoch

(1731-1793); and John (1733-1791). Her sisters
were Catherine (?-1771); Ann; and Mary (?-1792).
Elinor Hall's stepmother Margaret Dulany was
the widow of Dr. Alexander Hamilton (1712-
1756). CHILDREN. SONS: William Murdock (1759-
ca. 1792), who married Ann Duckett; Henry Lowe
(1761-1817), who died without progeny. DAUGH-
TERS: Anne (1762-?), who married Thomas Clark
(ca. 1760-1796); Eleanor (1768-?), who married
first, Dr. David Clarke, and second, (first name
unknown) Magruder; and Catherine (1778-?), who
married John Burgess Bowie. PRIVATE CAREER.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: his grandfather Benja-
min Hall (1667-1721) was a Catholic convert by
his death and his father received his education at a
Jesuit College. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., 1787. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter; he was given one-half of the merchandise
in his father's store in 1772, but did not take own-
ership until his father's death in 1785; he owned a
tan yard at the time of his death. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Prince
George's County, 1st, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775,
9th, 1776 (elected to the Convention after election
of first delegation was voided); Lower House,
Prince George's County, 1779-1780 (Claims 2).
OTHER STATE OFFICE: Constitution Ratification
Convention, Prince George's County, 1788. LOCAL
OFFICE: justice, Prince George's County, commis-
sioned 1750, 1751, 1777, 1778, and 1779. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: his

wife's inheritance amounted to £500 sterling,
1769; 35 slaves, plus one-half of the goods in his
father's store inherited from his father, 1785; 49
slaves, 1798. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: he owned
no land in his own name; but he was probably
living on the land that was later devised to him by
his father. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: inherited
1,844 acres in Prince George's and Frederick
counties, 1785; purchased 80 acres in Prince
George's County, 1787; taxed for 5 tenant and
overseer houses, his own house, and the houses
and outbuildings of his two sons, 1798. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between February and April
1803 in Prince George's County, at an advanced
age. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £3,319.15.6 cur-
rent money (including 64 slaves, 1 84 oz. plate, and
2 stills); FB, £2,101.8.6. LAND: at least 1,924 acres
in Prince George's and Frederick counties.

HALL, CHRISTOPHER (?-1746). BORN in
Kent County, of age by 1722; eldest son. NATIVE:
at least second generation. RESIDED: in Shrews-
bury Parish, Kent County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.

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