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Mss:899 1765-1840 H175

Hall Family. Hall Family Papers, 1734-1857 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:899 1765-1840 H175
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Hall family papers
Date(s): 1734-1857
Quantity: 0.5 linear foot (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Deeds, agreements, releases for land, and account books, of the Hall family of Medford, Massachusetts, dated from 1734 to 1857. The collection includes records of properties bought and sold by Andrew Hall, Stephen Hall, Benjamin Hall, Richard Hall, Ebenezer Hall, and Ebenezer Hall, Jr.

Provenance:

Gift of Charles Gleason in 1945.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 2017
By: Brooke McManus

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Hall Family Papers. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

The Hall family was active in real estate in Medford, Massachusetts, from the 1760s to the 1840s. The family, which included Benjamin Hall, Richard Hall, Ebenezer Hall, and Ebenezer Hall, Jr., bought land in and around Medford, and also traded agricultural commodities and leather, and raised cattle. Benjamin Hall was a distiller and president of the Andover & Medford Turnpike Corporation. Richard Hall was a hatter by profession, and Ebenezer Hall was a tanner.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains deeds, agreements, releases for land, and account books, of the Hall family of Medford, Massachusetts, dated from 1734 to 1857. The collection includes records of properties bought and sold by Andrew Hall, Stephen Hall, Benjamin Hall, Richard Hall, Ebenezer Hall, and Ebenezer Hall, Jr. Some of the deeds include the signatures of women and a statement that she is freely relinquishing her right to dower in the property. There are additionally deeds and agreements of other Medford citizens. An account book dated 1787-1791 contains records of the sales of commodities like beef, rum, salt, leather and skins, and shoes. A receipt book of Ebenezer Hall, dated 1821-1828, records purchases of cattle and oxen. There is also a commonplace book with news clippings pasted in, and one receipt for items lent to an unknown individual including a bed and pillows, dated approximately 1783-1787.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Cattle trade -- Massachusetts -- 19th century.
Commerce -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Commerce -- Massachusetts -- 19th century.
Decedents' estates.
Dower -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Leather industry and trade -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Real estate investment -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Real estate investment -- Massachusetts -- 19th century.
Real estate transactions -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Real estate transactions -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Medford (Mass.)
Account books.
Commonplace books.
Deeds.
Legal instruments.
Hall, Andrew.
Hall, Benjamin.
Hall, Ebenezer.
Hall, Ebenezer, Jr.
Hall, Richard.
Hall, Stephen.
Hall family.

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