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

(Manufactories 1); 1780-1781 (elected to the 1st
session to fill vacancy; Grievances 1; resigned on
May 25, 1781). LOCAL OFFICES sheriff, Charles
County, 1744-47, 1749-1750; justice, Charles
County, 1755-at least 1778 (quorum, 1769-at
least 1778); justice, Court of Oyer and Terminer
and Gaol Delivery, Charles County, commis-
sioned 1772; justice, Orphans' court, Charles
County, commissioned 1777 and 1778; judge,
court of appeals, appointed under the Act to Pro-
cure Troops for the American Army, Charles
County, appointed 1778; subscription officer, Con-
tinental Loan Office, Charles County, appointed

1779. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: pro-
vided for the care, schooling, and manumission of
his slaves in his will. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,321.0.0,
including 25 slaves and 69 oz. plate, 1783. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: 5,225 acres in Charles and
Frederick counties (ca. 370 acres inherited from
his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: gave at
least 283 acres in Charles County to his son
Thomas in 1776, and 1,770 acres in Charles
County to his son Samuel Hanson, of Samuel (ca.
1752-1830) between 1776 and 1779. Hanson pur-
chased approximately 227 acres in Charles County
and sold 423 acres in Charles County. He appar-
ently also divested himself of his land in Frederick
and Montgomery counties prior to his death.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on No-
vember 25, 1794, in Charles County. PERSONAL
PROPERTY TEV, £3,498.8.5 current money (in-
cluding 26 slaves); FB, £439.1.8. LAND: 2,005
acres in Charles County. IDENTIFICATION PROB-
LEMS. The legislative service and officeholding
attributed to Samuel Hanson (1716-1794) was the
result of an analysis of records pertaining to the
six men of that name living in Charles County
during the period 1774-1784. However, these con-
clusions cannot be positively verified. See also the
profiles of Samuel Hanson, Jr. (?-1817) and Sam-
uel Hanson, of Samuel (ca. 1752-1830).

HANSON, SAMUEL, JR. (?-1817). BORN: in
Charles County, of age by 1759; second son. NA-
TIVE fourth generation. RESIDED in Port Tobacco
Parish, Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER Maj. Samuel Hanson (1705-1749), son of
Robert Hanson (ca. 1680-1748) and wife Bene-
dicta; a justice of Charles County from 1736 to at
least 1747/48 (quorum, 1741-at least 1747/48).
MOTHER Mary (?-ca. 1759), daughter of John
Fendall (1674-1734) and wife Elizabeth. HALF
AUNTS: Dorothy Hanson (1721-1752), who mar-

ried Richard Harrison (?-1780); Mary Hanson,
who married Daniel Jenifer (?-1795). BROTHERS:
Robert; Josias (?-1764). SISTERS. Elizabeth; Bene-
dicta (?-1790); Mary; Dorothy; and Martha (?-
1765). FIRST COUSINS: Philip Richard Fendall (?-
?); Sarah Fendall (ca. 1732-1793), who married
Thomas Contee (ca. 1729-1811); and Josias Beall
(ca. 1725-1803). MARRIED first, by 1759 Margaret
(?-by 1793). MARRIED second, ca. 1793 Sarah,
widow of Basil Beall (?-1792). CHILDREN. SONS:
Samuel (?-ca. 1823), a physician and justice of
Charles County from 1799 to 1801 and in 1803,
who married Elizabeth Fendall, daughter of
Thomas Marshall (?-1801); John Beall, who mar-
ried Elizabeth Marshall. DAUGHTERS: Margaret
Beall, who married John Fendall Beall; Charity
Fendall Noble; Mary Fendall, who married (first
name unknown) Cawood; Elizabeth Beall, who
married (first name unknown) McPherson. STEP-
SONS: William Beall; Benjamin Beall. STEPDAUGH-
TERS: Elizabeth Duvall; Elinor MacGill; and Mary
Beall. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1759. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County,
1778 (elected to the 3rd session of the 1777-1778
Assembly to fill vacancy; discharged on June 17,
1778, for serving as a field officer at the time of his
election). MILITARY SERVICE: second major, Up-
per Battalion, Charles County Militia, appointed
1776; called major, 1783. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value
£324.10.0, including 5 slaves, 1783; 34 slaves,
1798. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 1,192
acres in Charles County (82 acres by purchase; ca.
1,100 acres inherited from his father). SIGNIFI-
CANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH: assessed for 860 acres in
Charles County in 1783; deeded 800 acres in
Charles County to his son Samuel in 1797; as-
sessed for 513 acres in 1798. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between September 21 and October 15,
1817, in Charles County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
inventory totaled $10,262.00 (including 29 slaves,
plate, and books). LAND: about 250 acres in
Charles County. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS.
There were at least six Samuel Hansons of age in
Charles County between 1774 and 1784. At least
three of these men were known as "junior." The
Samuel Hanson dismissed from the 1777-1778
General Assembly was referred to in the proceed-
ings of that Assembly as both "junior" and "ma-
jor." After an analysis of the records pertaining to
all of the Samuel Hansons, this service was as-
signed to Samuel Hanson (?-1817), but it can not

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