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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:899 1765-1840 H175

Hall family papers

Overview

The Hall family was active in real estate in Medford, Massachusetts, from the 1760s to the 1840s. The Hall family papers consists of deeds, agreements, releases for land, and account books, 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.

Dates

  • 1734-1857

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

0.5 linear foot (1 box)
The Hall family papers consists of deeds, agreements, releases for land, and account books, 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 who were relinquishing their dower rights in property. There are additionally deeds and agreements of other Medford citizens. An account book dated 1787-1791 contains 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.

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.

Physical Location

MANU

Provenance:

Gift of Charles Gleason in 1945.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2017

By: Brooke McManus
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Creator

Subtitle
Hall Family. Hall Family Papers, 1734-1857
Author
Baker Library
EAD ID
bak00413

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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