controller, Charles County, 1768; justice, Court of
Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery, Charles
County, commissioned 1772 and 1773; Committee
of Observation, Charles County, elected 1774;
judge, court of appeals, appointed under the Act
to Procure Troops for the American Army,
Charles County, appointed 1778; subscription offi-
cer, Continental Loan Office, Charles County, ap-
pointed 1779; justice, Orphans' Court, Charles
County, 1779— at least 1789. WEALTH DURING
LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value
£1,121.0.0, including 24 slaves and 6 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION 2,840 acres in
Charles County (including 340 acres received as a
gift from his parents, 1738; ca. 1,432 acres ob-
tained through his marriage; at least 948 acres by
purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BE-
TWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold at
least 169 acres in 1775. Gave 392 acres to his son
Hoskins in 1782, but retained a life estate in the
property. By 1783 Hanson was assessed for only
1,466 acres; his sons paid taxes on 710 acres of
their father's property and 200 acres had appar-
ently been given to his daughter Margaret and her
husband. In 1792 Hanson resurveyed and pa-
tented a large tract of his land gaining 82 acres,
but he immediately sold 158 acres of it. All of his
land was in Charles County. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between May 21 and December 1, 1794, in
Charles County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at
least £817.12.2 current money (including 14
slaves). LAND: probably 2,276 acres in Charles
County, of which at least 760 acres were already
in the hands of his sons, Walter, Jr., and Hoskins.
HARBERT (HERBERT), WILLIAM (?-1718).
BORN: perhaps in Maryland, of age by 1690. NA-
TIVE perhaps second generation. RESIDED: in
Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER:
perhaps William Harbert, who died in Calvert
County, ca. 1679. MARRIED first, by 1690 Mary
Sentel. MARRIED second, possibly Elinor, widow
of John Angell; daughter of James Pattison, of St.
Mary's County. MARRIED third, Sarah (?-1718),
probably widow of both John Douglas (?-1705/6)
and Ralph Smith. CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Ann,
who married George Dent (1690- 1754); Catherine
(1692-?). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Charles County,
1708A. LOCAL OFFICES: William and Mary Parish
Vestry, Charles County, 1696-1697; justice,
Charles County, 1700-1714 (quorum, 1708-1714).
MILITARY SERVICE captain, 1705. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: ca.
1,574 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will pro-
bated on July 26, 1718. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,083.14.8 (including 9 slaves, 1 servant,
and 18 books); FB, £1,001.0.0. LAND, over 500
acres. IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS. Career and
origins uncertain; two other William Harberts
lived in neighboring counties.
HARDCASTLE, THOMAS (ca. 1737-1808).
BORN: in either 1736 or 1737, probably in Queen
Anne's County; eldest son. NATIVE: second gener-
ation. RESIDED: in Queen Anne's County (later
became part of Caroline County); Tuckahoe Hun-
dred, Caroline County, 1778; built "Castle Hall,"
Caroline County, in 1781. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Robert Hardcastle (?-1760), immigrated
ca. 1730 from Yorkshire, England; resided in
Queen Anne's County; saddler; planter. MOTHER:
possibly Elinor (?-by 1736), widow of James Lon-
don, of Queen Anne's County, carpenter; or possi-
bly (name unknown). STEPMOTHER: Jamson (?-by
1769), widow of both Richard Eubanks (?-1746)
and Ralph Ellston (?-by 1756). BROTHERS OR
HALF BROTHERS: John; Robert (1740-1831), of
Queen Anne's County and Wheeling, West Vir-
ginia, who married Jane Pratt; Solomon; Peter;
James; and William. HALF BROTHERS OR STEP-
BROTHERS: Richard London; James London. STEP-
BROTHERS: Henry Eubanks; William Elston. SIS-
TERS OR HALF SISTERS: Ann, who married
William Bell; Elizabeth. HALF SISTER OR STEPSIS-
TER: Rebecka London. STEPSISTERS: Rachel Elston
(?-by 1769, died an infant); Elizabeth Elston.
MARRIED on November 8, 1756, Henrietta (1739-
1812), daughter of John Downes, Sr. (?-1758), of
Queen Anne's County. Her brothers were Hynson;
James (?-by 1758); John, Jr.; Henry; Charles; and
Hawkins. Her sisters were Margaret, who married
(first name unknown) Kenton; and Ann, who
married Lodman Elbert. Her first cousins were
Philemon Downes (ca. 1741--ca. 1796); Henry
Downes (ca. 1748-1816). CHILDREN. SONS: John
(1757-1810), who married first, Jane (1759-1786),
widow of Nathaniel Potter (?-1780), and second,
in 1790 Polly Costen (1774-1854); Aaron (1759-
1795), who married in 1788 Arabella Stokely;
Thomas (1763-1824); Robert (1768-1852), who
married in 1796 Sarah Baynard; Philip (1776-
1815); William Molleson (1779-1874), who was
elected eleven times to the Maryland Assembly,
and who married Anne, daughter of Henry Col-
ston, of Talbot County; Matthew (1786-1835);
and Peter, who married in 1797 Mary Baynard.
DAUGHTER. Henrietta (1765-1805), who married