Thomas Hall of Exmouth

???? - 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for three estates in St James Jamaica, for Williamsfield estate as tenant-in-tail for life, for Worcester estate after counterclaiming as trustee of two indentures from 1800 and 1803 against Thomas Dehany Hall (q.v.), and for Kempshot Pen. Reputedly the model for Mr Woodhouse in Jane Austen's Emma although the origin of this assertion is not clear.

  1. Will of Thomas Hall of Exmouth Devon proved 23/11/1839. In the will he rehearsed his marriage settlement of 1787 and its provisions to secure £6000 on the Williamsfield and Hermitage Penn for the younger children of the marriage, whom he delineates as including Eliza Ann, the deceased wife of Thomas Newman.

  2. The Dehany and Hall families were intertwined: Mary (c. 1749-1815), the wife of Richard James Lawrence of Fairfield Jamaica was the daughter of Thomas Hall of Kirkpatrick and Worcester by Mary, daughter of David Dehaney (died c. 1753) of Barbican and The Point ('of a noble Dutch family').


T71/873 St James Nos. 151, 155 (which identifies him as of Exmouth Devon) and 157. E.g. [accessed 23/08/2016].

  1. PROB 11/1908.

  2. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 3, pp. 289-291, Dehaney of Jamaica.

The Register of Hall Family Papers and Sugar Plantation Records, 1709 - 1892, with a wealth of information about the Hall family and the networks in which they operated, is available online at [accessed 24/03/2014].

We are grateful to Pamela Miller for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Thomas Hall

Associated Claims (3)

£4,998 15s 1d
Awardee (Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman)
£3,629 5s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)
£866 19s 7d

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1773 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman

Shown as owner in the Accounts Produce and Slave Registers, and as 'tenant-in-tail for life' at the time of compensation. Williamsfield was left to him for life by his father Thomas Hall (q.v).

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Father-in-law → Son-in-law

Addresses (1)

Exmouth, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England