History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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THE HALL FAMILY.   The pioneer ancestor of this family was Mathew HALL, who came from Birmingham, England, about 1725, and settled in Buckingham township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, where he married in 1731 Sarah (SCARBOROUGH) HAWORTH, widow of George HAWORTH, daughter of John and Mary SCARBOROUGH, and granddaughter of John SCARBOROUGH, a coachsmith of St. Sepulchre, London, England, who came to America in 1682 accompanied by his son John.  Sarah was born in Solebury township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 2 mo. 4, 1694, and married George HAWORTH at Falls Meeting, 9 mo. 20, 1710.  Mr. HAWORTH, who died in 1725, purchased 500 acres on the north corner of Buckingham and settled thereon, and at his demise was seized of 339 acres thereof which descended to his six children; George, Stephanus, Absalom, James, Mary, who became the wife of John MICHENER; and John.   Of these George and John remained in Bucks county, the former dying in 1749, and James and Absalom removed to the Shenandoah valley in Virginia.  Mathew HALL settled on the land belonging to the estate of his wife’s first husband, nearly the whole of which he subsequently purchased of his step-children.  His wife died 3 mo. 4, 1748, and on 7 mo. 13, 1750, he married Rebecca (RHOADS) MASSEY, widow of Mordecai MASSEY, of Marple, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and daughter of Joseph and Abigail RHOADS.  On 8 mo. 3, 1752, with a certificate to Haverford Meeting, he removed with his family to Blockley, Philadelphia, where he purchased a large tract of land, and in 1756 removed to Marple, Delaware county, and purchased 194 acres of land there, whereon he died 9 mo. 1766.  His second wife, by whom he had no children, died prior to his death.  He was not a member of the Society of Friends on his arrival in Bucks county, but became a member after his first marriage.  He was an overseer of Springfield (Chester county,) Meeting from 3 mo. 28, 1757, to 3 mo. 23, 1759.   The children of Mathew and Sarah (SCARBOROUGH) (HAWORTH) HALL were as follow;

1.        David, born in Buckingham, 7 mo. 7, 1732, died in Marple, Delaware county, 1802, He married, 12 mo. 21, 1758, Deborah FELL, daughter of Edward Fell, of Springfield, and had children; Beulah, who married William BROOMALL; David, who married Hannah PARNELL; Sarah, who married Joseph LEVIS; (sic) Edward and Joseph. 

2.        Mahlon, born in Buckingham, 11 mo. 12, 1733-34; see forward. 

3.        Margery, born 1 mo. 23, 1734-35, married, 11 mo. 10, 1753, at Merion Meeting, Arnold WARNER, of Blockley, son of Isaac and Veronica WARNER, of Blockley, and had four daughters, of whom Gulielma, wife of William WIDDIFIELD, was for many years an accepted minister of Friends in Philadelphia. 

4.         Sarah, born 11 mo. 24, 1736-37, married at Buckingham Meeting.  5 Mo. 12, 1756, John PEARSON, and had children, Enoch, Margaret, Mahlon and William.  The family removed to Bush River, South Carolina, in 1772, with the exception of Enoch, who removed to Gunpowder, Maryland, in 1780.

                Mahlon HALL, second son of Mathew and Sarah Hall, born in Buckingham, 11 mo. (January) 12, 1733-34, took a certificate from Buckingham Meeting to Falls in 1752, and from there to Chester Meeting in 1756.  He married at Bristol, Bucks county, 4 mo. 21, 1757, Jane HIGGS, daughter of James and Elizabeth (ANDREWS) HIGGS, of Bristol.  Jane was born 8 mo. 17, 1728, and died 5 mo. 10, 1812.  On their marriage they settled on a tract of land in Blockley township, Philadelphia, devised to him by his father later, much of which is now within the limits of the park.  It adjoined Belmont, the residence of Judge PETERS, and Lansdowne, the residence of Governor John PENN, the last of the colonial governors.   Mahlon HALL related to his granddaughter, Matilda HESTON, that during the revolutionary war a party of British soldiers visited his home, and the officer in command after some conversation with Mahlon HALL told him that he was a native of Birmingham, England, and on learning that the father of Mahlon HALL was also a native of that place gave strict orders that nothing about the place should be disturbed by the soldiers.  Mahlon HALL, died 7 mo. 26, 1818, and he and his wife are buried at Merion Meeting.  Their children, were as follows;

1.        John, born at Blockley, 6 mo. 16, 1758, died there 1 mo. 17, 1842, married, 11 mo. 21, 1783, Anna MORRIS, daughter of Edward MORRIS, of Montgomery township, now Montgomery county, Pennsylvania; she died 6 mo. 17, 1845, aged ninety-one years; they had children; Martha, who married Nathan DICKINSON, and was the mother of Mahlon Hall DICKINSON, late president of the State Board, of Charities, and an eminent Philadelphian; James, George, John, Morris, Hannah, Sarah and Charles. 

2.         Mahlon, born 11 mo. 289, 1759, died 4 mo. 7, 1805; see forward. 

3.         Sarah, born 4 mo. 16, 1763.  Died 8 mo. 18, 1856, married 11 mo. 18, 1784, Edward Warner HESTON, the founder of Hestonville, now part of the city of Philadelphia.  She was his second wife, he having previously married Mary GRIFFITH, by whom he had children; Abraham, Isaac, Bathsheba, Mary, who married Mahlon HALL; Jacob F. and Thomas W.  The children of the second wife, Sarah HALL, were; Jane, who married Joseph WORSTALL, of Newtown, Bucks county, in 1808; Rachel, Anna, Matilda, Isaac, Sarah, William Penn and Louisa.

                Mahlon HALL, second son of Mahlon and Jane (HIGGS) HALL, was born in Blockley township, Philadelphia county, 11 mo. 29, 1759.  He married 5 mo. 15, 1791, Mary HESTON, born 3 mo. 26, 1775, died 12 mo. 12, 1858, daughter of Edward Warner and Mary (GRIFFITH) HESTON, of Blockley, before mentioned.  Edward Warner HESTON was born in Bucks county, and was a son of Jacob and Mary (WARNER) HESTON, of Makefield, and a grandson of Zebulon and Dorothy HESTON, early settlers in Wrightstown, Bucks county.  He inherited from his father the lands at what was named Hestonville, in Blockley township, and was the founder of the village.  He was an officer of the Seventh Battalion, Pennsylvania Militia, during the revolution and saw active service and was subsequently one of the judges of the court of common pleas of Philadelphia county.  His second wife was a sister of Mahlon HALL, who married his daughter.  On his marriage Mahlon HALL erected a house on what is now Elm avenue, West Philadelphia, close to Fairmount Park, where he died 4 mo. 7, 1805.  He was an active businessman of Philadelphia.  His widow married William SANDERS, and had one son, Jacob SANDERS, born 5 mo. 22, 1810.  Mahlon and Mary (HESTON) HALL were the parents of nine children;

  1. Edward H., born at Hestonville, 4 mo. 30, 1792, died in Columbiana county, Ohio, 4 mo. 10, 1831, married at West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2 mo. 5, 1816, Jane PAXSON, daughter of Benjamin and Jane (Ely) PAXSON, of Solebury, and removed to Ohio in 1820. 
  2. Mahlon, born 3 mo. 11, 1793, died in Doylestown township, Bucks county, 11 mo. 3, 1872; see forward.  
  3.  Thomas W., born 3mo. 4, 1795, died in Caln township, Chester county, 4 mo. 7, 1896, aged over one hundred and one years; he married Mary HESTON, daughter of Abraham HESTON, and had nine children.
  4.  Isaac, born 4 mo. 29, 1796, died 4 mo. 21, 1810.
  5. John, born 8 mo. 17, 1797, died 2 mo. 3, 1897, at West Chester.  He married, 10 mo. 23, 1862, Sarah (THATCHER) YARNALL, a widow, who survives him.  He was a farmer at Hestonville for many years and removed to West Chester in 1872. 
  6.  Jane, born 11 mo. 24, 1798, died at West Chester, 10 mo. 4, 1876, unmarried.
  7. William H., born 1 mo. 21, 1801, died in West Chester, 5 mo. 20, 1886, married Ann PAXSON, but had no children.
  8. Sarah, born 12 mo. 28, 1802, died at West Chester, 2 mo. 3, 1900, married Edward DICKINSON, leaving no issue. 
  9. Ann, born 3 mo. 29, 1804, died 12 mo. 23, 1813.  This family was very remarkable for longevity, one of them having exceeded the century mark, another came short of it but six months, while four others passed four score years.

                Mahlon HALL, second son of Mahlon and Mary (HESTON) HALL, born at Hestonville, Philadelphia, March 11, 1793, was the father of Mathias H. HALL and the grandfather of William W. HALL, sketches of whom follow.  He was a blacksmith by trade, and came to Buckingham, near Pineville, Bucks county, when a young man and followed his trade there for some years, returning later to Philadelphia where he was a partner with his brother John in the milk business.  Subsequently he removed again to Bucks county, and in 1836 purchased a farm of fifty acres in Doylestown township, where his son, Isaac H. HALL, still lives, and thereon died November 3, 1872.  He married (first) Hannah P. HAMPTON, of Buckingham, by whom he had five children: Thomas, a prominent businessman of Philadelphia; John; William; Moses P., for many years a merchant in Buckingham; and Benjamin, the father of Squire Hall. Mr. HALL married (second) Isabella ROBINSON, daughter of John ROBINSON, who was a soldier in the war of 1812 and stationed at Marcus Hook, by whom he had twelve children, of whom eleven survived him; Mary, who never married; Hannah, who married her cousin, Albert P. HALL, son of Edward H. and Jane (Paxson) HALL, who is a dry goods merchant at West Chester, Pennsylvania; Jane H., who married William SEAL; Martha R., who married George Geil; Edward D.; Isaac H., who lives on the homestead in Doylestown township; Sarah D., who married J. Gilpin SEAL; Matthias H., a prominent farmer of Upper Makefield township; Charles Henry; George W., and Emma P. HALL.  Isabella (ROBINSON) HALL, widow of Mahlon HALL, died in Doylestown township, June 29, 1879.

                Benjamin HALL, third son of Mahlon and Hannah P. (HAMPTON) HALL, was born in Bnuckingham, (sic) Bucks county, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1823, and resides with his son, William W. HALL, at Danboro.  He went to Philadelphia when a boy, and for sometime drove a milk wagon for his uncle.  Returning to Bucks county he clerked in the store of his brother Thomas at Mechanics Valley until 1850, when in partnership with his brother, Moses P. HALL, he purchased the store at Buckingham, which they conducted for four years.  On April 1, 1854, he purchased and removed to the present homestead farm at Danboro where he resided for the following thirteen years.  In April, 1867, he purchased a property at Smith’s Corner in Plumstead township and opened a store, which he conducted for two years.  He then removed to Mechanics Valley, where he conducted the store for six years, and in 1875 returned to the old homestead, where he has since resided.   Mr. HALL was the pioneer milk shipper to Philadelphia market from Doylestown. He married Sarah CARLILE, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth CARLILE, of Plumstead, who was born on the present Hall homestead, where her father died January 9, 1833.   Benjamin and Sarah (CARLILE) HALL were the parents of two sons and a daughter, of whom William W., mentioned hereinafter, alone survives.

Test taken from page 147-149 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed February 2001 by Joan Lollis of IN. as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

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