Benjamin Duvall was born about 1692 at Middle Plantation, All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland. He was the youngest son of Mareen "the Emigrant" Duvall and his second wife, Susannah Brasseur.
His inheritance by his father's will was "Howerton's Range", then in Calvert County. (For a full transcription of his father's will, see Last Will and Testament of Mareen Duvall). A rent roll of Lord Baltimore shows that "Howerton Range" of 400 acres, lying in Patuxent Hundred, was surveyed May 17, 1670, for John Howerton on "ye west side of a branch of the Patuxent River at ye northernmost bounds of land of Gabrl Parrott". About 1707 Benjamin Duvall "an orphan" held 200 acres and William Orrick held the remainder. )
After the destruction by fire of the recorded deeds of Anne Arundel County, Benjamin Duvall "came into Court and produced a conveyance of John Larkin to Mareen Duvall". The instrument proved that John Howerton had transferred "Howerton's Range" in 1671 to John Larkin, of Anne Arundel County, Innholder, who on October 20, 1683 conveyed the tract for 7,000 lbs. tobacco to "Mareen Duvall, Merchant."
On January 13, 1713, Benjamin married Sophia Griffith in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.. They had seven children - Susannah, Sophia, Benjamin, William, Mareen, Charles, and Sarah. (Newman lists only six children, and notes a "tradition" that there was another daughter named Sarah who married Amos Simpson; other sources, such as the Alabama Surname Files, list all seven, including Sarah and Amos.)
In 1720 Benjamin petitioned the Council to release his entail on "Howerton's Range" in exchange for other lands. It was set forth in the petition that Mareen Duvall by his last will and testament had devised to his son, Benjamin, 200 acres or a moiety of 400 acres of Howerton's Range to be held of the heirs of his body, and inasmuch as the land was then worn out, timber destroyed, and it would be to his advantage to exchange with Robert Tyler, of Prince Georges County, for 150 acres of land called North West Corner, being a portion of "Darnall's Grove". On March 9, 17 20/1, the exchange was made, In 1719, Benjamin was Constable of Patuxent Hundred, and in 1733, he appears as a tithable of that hundred, according to the tax list for that year. 
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