Person:Samuel Hazard (5)

Samuel Hazard, Merchant of Philadelphia
  1. Ebenezer Hazard1744 - 1817
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Name Samuel Hazard, Merchant of Philadelphia
Gender Male
Birth? 1714
Death? 1758

Samuel Hazard was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


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Samuel Hazard's land (Borden Tract bordering Beverley Manor's southwest boundary, 220 acres, 1756) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note: both images show the same tract of land - the first showing the adjoining properties in Beverley Manor, and the second showing the adjoining properties in the Borden Tract.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 364.—16th November, 1756. Borden's executors to Samuel Hazard, gent., 220 acres of 92100, cor. Jno. Lusk; cor. Jno. Montgomerie's new survey, line of Beverley Manor. Delivered: Jno. Cunningham, 14th February, 1774.

Information on Samuel Hazard

There is little record of Samuel Hazard in Augusta County, Virginia. The only record listed in Chalkley's is the above-mentioned acquisition of 220 acres in the Borden Tract on the border with Beverley Manor. This is likely because the Samuel Hazard, who purchased 220 acres of land in the "Borden Tract" in Augusta County, VA is likely the same Samuel Hazard, merchant of Phildelphia, that died just two years after this acquistion in 1758 and is mentioned in the following publications:

From "Western Pennsylvania" ( )

  • The idea of new colonies in the West was in the air even before the outbreak of the French and Indian War. Apparently the organizers of the Ohio Company did not contemplate the establishment of a colony, though that might. have been the result had their project been developed. The plan of union adopted by the Albany Congress in 1754 contemplated the setting-up of additional colonies beyond the mountains, and soon thereafter Benjamin Franklin drew up a plan for two new colonies, one to be located south of Lake Erie and the other in the upper Ohio Valley. In 1755 Samuel Hazard, a merchant of Philadelphia, proposed a colony to embrace most of the Ohio Valley west of Pennsylvania and the central portion of the Mississippi Valley, and he even persuaded Connecticut to agree to relinquish her claims to territory in this region and enlisted many prospective settlers. Lewis Evans, the map maker, in his Analysis of a General Map of the Middle British Colonies, published in Philadelphia in 1755, pointed out the advantages that would accrue if "his Majesty would be pleased to appoint a Colony to be made in Ohio, with a separate Governor, and an equitable Form of Government, a full Liberty of Conscience, and the same secured by Charter." Soon after the fall of Fort Duquesne, Evans' argument was reprinted in the Newport (Rhode Island) Mercury and the Maryland Gazette; and on March 22, 1759, the latter paper published a letter from a correspondent in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, reporting that "a Proposal is on Foot in this Province, for an immediate Application to be made to His Majesty and the British Parliament, (on the first notice of a Peace) for a Royal Charter; with proper Encouragement to settle a New Colony on the OHIO, by the Name of PITTSYLVANIA, in Honour of that worthy Patriot WWilliam Pitt, Esq."

From “That Dear Man of God:” Edward Evans and the Origins of American Methodism, by Joseph F. DiPaolo; ( )

  • 20 J. A. Leo Lemay, The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. II: Printer and Publisher, 1730–1747 (Philadelphia: U. Pennsylvania P., 2006), 435-436; and Lippincott, 16-17. This statement of purpose is decidedly evangelical, if non-sectarian, and contradicts Benjamin Franklin’s recollection that the building would be open to any religious leader, “even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a Missionary to preach Mahometanism to us.” There were actually two boards of trustees; one held title to the land, and included Edmund Wooley, the builder of Independence Hall; John Coats, a brickmaker; John Howell, a tanner; and William Price, a carpenter. The second board “for Uses” consisting of Whitefield; his secretary, William Seward; John Stephen Benezet, a Philadelphia merchant; Thomas Noble, a Whitefield supporter from New York; Samuel Hazard, a local merchant; Robert Eastburne, a blacksmith; James Read, “gentleman;” Charles Brockden, “gentleman;” and Edward Evans.

From Rootsweb Bucks County, Philadelphia site:

  • The bulk of their fathers' estate (Evan Morgan) was divided equally among the six sons. Morris and Evan, the oldest, received additional specific bequests, while to john and the three youngest boys their father left a silver spoon each. By the terms of the will the children's uncle, Thomas Morgan of Chester, and Evan's friend, Samuel Hazard of Philadelphia were named executors (Evan Morgan died in 1748). In addition Evan appointed four trustees for the minor children. One of these was the Baptist minister Jenkin Jones; another was William Allen.

From From ‘’Famous Americans’’ Samuel Hazard

  • HAZARD, Samuel, merchant, born in 1714; died in 1758. He was engaged in business in Philadelphia, and was one of the chief movers in a scheme of colonization, having for its ultimate aim the Christianization of the Indians. To carry the project into effect he explored the territory to be colonized, had meetings with the Indians, with whom he bargained for the land, and obtained a release from Connecticut of its claim to that section of country. The defeat of Braddock at Fort Duquesne, near Pittsburg, and the early death of Mr. Hazard, prevented this project from being executed. He was one of the original trustees of Princeton, and before his removal from New York to Philadelphia was one of the elders in the Wall street Presbyterian church.--His son, . Ebenezer, author, born in Philadelphia, 15 January, 1744; died there, 13 June, 1817, was educated at Nottingham academy, Maryland, and at Princeton, where he was graduated in 1762. From 1770 till 1775 he was a member of the publishing firm of Noel and Hazard, of New York. In the latter year he was appointed postmaster, and while acting in this capacity under the committee of safety he applied to Connecticut for a confirmation of the grant made to his father, but was refused. On 28 January, 1782, he was appointed to succeed Richard Bathe as postmaster-general, retaining the office till 29 September, 1789. He removed to Philadelphia in 1791, and engaged in business. He was active in efforts to improve the moral condition of the Indians, was a trustee of the Presbyterian general assembly, and one of the founders of the North American insurance company, of Philadelphia. He aided in writing Gordon's "History of the American War," in the preparation of Thompson's translation of the Bible, and in the publication of Belknap's "History of New Hampshire." He published "Historical Collections" (2 vols., 1792-'4) and "Remarks on a Report concerning Western Indians." An extensive collection of his autograph letters is in the Massachusetts historical society's library.--Ebenezer's son, Samuel, archaeologist, born in Philadelphia, 26 May, 1784; died there, 22 May, 1870, spent his early life in commercial pursuits, and made several voyages to the East Indies before he began his literary career. He published "Register of Pennsylvania" (16 vols., 1828-'36); " United States Commercial and Statistical Register" (6 vols., 1839-'42); "Annals of Pennsylvania, 1609-'82" (Philadelphia, 1850): and "Pennsylvania Archives, 1682-1790" (12 vols., 1853).