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

"I can't say I hold with many of the rules of our
Court. In particular in that of their Making Every
Juryman prove his Attendance or loose his Al-
lowance, and think there is too much Counte-
nance shown to Swearing the peace." Mackall
was one of a few men in his neighborhood to lend
money to the war effort in 1780. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: received as his

wife's portion of her father's estate £200.0.0 cur-
rent money and three slaves in 1758 and £159.6.0
current money in 1773. Assessed value £25.0.0
for 1 slave in Calvert County, 1783. Assessed
value £620.0.0, including 24 slaves and £2 plate,
St. Mary's County, 1793; owned 26 slaves in St.
Mary's County, 1798; assessed value £937.10.0,
including 33 slaves and 2 oz. plate, 1808; assessed
value $2,626.27, including 39 slaves and 5 oz.
plate, 1813. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 2,024
acres in Calvert and St. Mary's counties (180 acres
in Calvert County inherited from his mother, 60
acres acquired through marriage, and remaining
land in Calvert County by purchase; ca. 750 acres
in St. Mary's County by purchase in 1774). SIG-
NIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELEC-
TION AND DEATH, sold ca. 300 acres in Calvert
County by 1783; purchased 17 acres in Calvert
County in 1785; sold 117 acres in Calvert County
in 1791 and resurveyed several of his tracts in that
county into a 919-acre parcel in 1811; sold 25
acres in Calvert County shortly before his death
in 1813. In 1785 Mackall initiated a suit in the
Chancery Court to obtain clear title to his St.
Mary's County land purchased in 1774, which in-
cluded most of St. Mary's City, and to adjust the
amount he owed on his purchase bonds because
of deficiencies in a resurvey. The case remained
in litigation until 1812, when the decree con-
firmed Mackall's title and set the amount of his
debt. Throughout this period Mackall was as-
sessed for the land in varying amounts of acreage
averaging ca. 725 acres. He purchased an addi-
tional 239 acres in St. Mary's County by 1794 and
another 60 acres by 1796. In 1801 and 1802 he
patented three small tracts or additions in St.
Mary's County totaling ca. 60 acres, of which he
sold 10 acres in 1803. He continued to increase
his holdings in that county and was assessed for
1,559 acres in 1806 and 1,699 acres in 1808. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on August 16, 1813,
in St. Mary's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
at least $9,926.11 (including 40 slaves); FB,
$9,360.24 after first account. LAND: probably 2,961
acres in St. Mary's and Calvert counties (1,715
acres in St. Mary's county according to 1813 as-

sessment, plus 894 acres in resurveyed Calvert
County tracts, and probably at least 352 acres
elsewhere in Calvert County). IDENTIFICATION
PROBLEMS. Since this John Mackall owned land
in Calvert County even after he had moved to St.
Mary's County, it is possible that he was the John
Mackall who served in the Ninth Convention of
1776. Refer to John Mackall (1740-1799).

MACKALL, JOHN (1740-1799). BORN: on May
10, 1740, in Christ Church Parish, Calvert County;
eldest son. NATIVE: fourth generation. RESIDED:
in Calvert County; also in Anne Arundel County
by 1772; probably moved to Virginia after 1791.

FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: James John Mack-

all(1717-1772), son of John Mackall (1669-1739).
MOTHER. Mary, daughter of Benjamin Hance
(1684-1738) of Calvert County. UNCLE: Samuel
Hance (?-?). BROTHERS: Benjamin Mackall IV
(1745-by 1810); James (1747-ca. 1837); Richard
(1749-by 1772); and Thomas Mackall (1751-1799).
SISTERS: Susannah (ca. 1737 -by 1782), who mar-
ried Thomas Gantt, Jr. (?-1808); Mary (1742-
?), who married Edward Reynolds (?-by 1820);
Elizabeth (ca. 1743- ?); Sarah (1752- ?); Ann
(ca. 1753 - ?); Margaret (1755-1799); Barbara
(1755- ?); and Priscilla (1758- 1823), who mar-
ried Robert Bowie (ca. 1750-1818). MARRIED first,
ca. 1762, Mary, daughter of Thomas Reynolds (?-
1778) and wife Frances Holland. Her brothers
were Edward Reynolds (?-by 1820); William Hol-
land (?-1801). Her sisters were Elizabeth (?-
1801); Frances (?-by 1805), who married Wool-
man Gibson, Jr. (?-ca. 1798); Margaret (?-by
1800); Ann, who married in 1780 Thomas Gantt
(?-ca. 1802); Sarah; and Rebecca. MARRIED sec-
ond, on April 9, 1780, Sarah, daughter of Samuel
Lane (?-1795) of Anne Arundel County. Her
stepmother was Providence, widow of Richard
Lane (?-1785). Her brothers were Samuel M.
(ca. 1730-ca. 1790); John; Nicholas; Nathan; and
Joseph. Her stepbrothers were Richard; Benja-
min; and Thomas. Her sisters were Hester; Rachel,
who married Gavin Hamilton Smith. Her step-
sisters were Elizabeth; Providence; Sarah; and
Rebecca. MARRIED third, on January 11, 1788,
Jane, widow of Alexander H. Magruder (1745-
1782). CHILDREN. SONS: James John; Benjamin
Hance (1767-1835), who married Mary Wheeler
Bond; Edward; Richard; and John James. STEP-
SON: Alexander Magruder (ca. 1769- ?). DAUGH
TERS: Mary, who married Alexander Magruder,
probable son of Alexander H. Magruder (1745-
1782); Frances Holland. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-

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