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Thomas Hall
(c.1603 - after 1629) U.K. - U.S.A.

Thomas Hall

Colonial settler


Thomas Hall (Thomasine Hall); soldier, then lacemaker, finally Virginia settler and plantation household servant.

In April, 1629, a person named Hall was brought before the General Court in the Virginia colony. Hall had not committed a crime, but had been reported to the authorities for one simple reason: people were confused about Hall's sexual identity. At times Hall dressed as a man; at other times, as a woman. Virginians attempted to come to grips with the problems presented to them by a sexually ambiguous person.

The Virginia Court began deliberating the case of Thomas/Thomasine Hall, who claimed to be both male and female and who often changed his attire to suit his gender over the course of his life.

The decision of the court was that Hall (despite lack of evidence of female genitals) was both "a man and a woeman, that all the Inhabitants there may take notice thereof and that hee shall goe Clothed in mans apparell, only his head to bee attired in a Coyfe and Crosecloth with an Apron before him."


A full account of Thomas/Thomasine Hall story appears in the book Martin's Hundred by Ivor Noel Hume.

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