History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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MATTHIAS H. HALL. Third son of Mahlon and Isabella (ROBINSON) HALL was born in Doylestown Township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1844.  He was reared to the life of a farmer and acquired his education at the public schools of that vicinity.  His whole life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits in the county of his birth.  The following spring after his marriage he began farming for himself in Wrightstown township, and after five years; residence there he removed to Upper Makefield, and in 1883 purchased his present farm in that township, on the line of Wrightstown, near the site of the historic Indian village of Playwicky, where he has since resided.  While conforming to the tenets of the Society of Friends, in which faith his paternal ancestors were reared, he is not a member of the society.  Though deeply interested in the affairs of his county, state and nation, he has taken little part in partisan politics.  He is an active member of the Bucks county historical Society, and a regular attendant of its meetings.  He recently contributed a valuable paper to its archives on the local history and folk-lore of his locality, so rich in historic interest as the border line between the original settlement of the pioneers of Penn’s colony in America and the land taken up by their descendants and the later arrivals.  He married, November 18, 1874, Sarah WIGGINS, daughter of Jesse and Margaret (HAMPTON) WIGGINS, of Wrightstown.  She is a descendant of Benjamin WIGGINS, one of the earliest settlers in the locality in which she lives, and who is said to have, come thence from New England.  He married in 1708, Susan JENKS, widow of Thomas JENKS, of Shropshire, England, on the borders of Wales, who came into Bucks county with her infant son Thomas, about 1700, and is the ancestress of the prominent family of that name in Bucks county.  By her second marriage with Benjamin WIGGINS she had one son, Benzaleel WIGGINS, born in 1709, from whom the prominent family of that name as well as numerous others of Wrightstown, Buckingham, Solebury and Makefield are descended.  The pioneer maternal ancestor of Mrs. HALL was John HAMPTON, of Ephingstoun, East Lothian, Scotland, who purchased land at Amboy Point, East Jersey, November 23, 1682, and later settled at Freehold, New Jersey, where he died in February, 1702-3, leaving sons: John, Joseph, Andrew, David, Jonathan and Noah.  Joseph HAMPTON, his son by a second marriage with Jane OGBURN, widow of John OGBURN, and mother of Sarah OGBURN, wife of Edmund KINSEY, was one of the first ministers among Friends of Buckingham.  Jane was four times married and came to Buckingham about 1720, then the widow SHARP, and died there in 1731.  Joseph HAMPTON either accompanied or preceded his mother to Bucks county and located in Wrightstown.  He married Mary, daughter of Thomas CANBY and has left numerous descendants.  He died in 1767, leaving two sons, John and Benjamin, and three daughters.  The children of Matthias H. and Sarah (WIGGINS) HALL are: Frances, Margaret, Hanna, Jesse, and Emma, all of whom reside with their parents. 

Test taken from page 149-150 of:

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

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