Biography of William R. Halbert of Le Roy, NY

William R. Halbert was born in Glasgow, Scotland, September 14, 1819. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Russell) Halbert, were born in Edinburgh and Glasgow, respectively. William Halbert was a stonecutter by trade. In May, 1827, he came to America, landing at Quebec, and shortly after came to Utica, N. Y., where he was employed in theNew York mills as a weaver. His wife and six children left Scotland in May, 1828, and were eight weeks on the ocean and six days coming from New York city to Utica. About 1840 with his family he moved to Middlesex County, Canada, and located on a farm of 100 acres. He was. a leading member of the Presbyterian Church, and was an elder for many years. He died, at Ailsa Craig, Canada, aged 86 years. He had nine children, viz.: a son who died at Albany when the family was on their way to Utica, William R., Mary (Mrs. Alexander Henderson), deceased, Margaret (Mrs. Ross), Elizabeth (Mrs. Henderson), Jane (Mrs. Hover), Bethiah (Mrs. Wyllie). Caroline (Mrs. Menzie), and Isabella (Mrs. Forbes). William R. Halbert received a common school education, and lived three years in Canada. In 1843 he came to Le Roy, and worked two and one-half years by the month. He married, March 17, 1852, Ellen E., daughter of Linus and Nancy (Wilcox) Pierson, who came from Killingworth, Conn., to Genesee County about 1808, and first settled in Bergen, and later at Churchville, where he died. He was a soldier of 1812, and a farmer. Mr. Halbert's first wife died at the age of 53. He located where he now resides in 1853, and where he has a beautiful and pleasant home. He is a good neighbor and citizen, and respected by all who know him. He and his wife are active members of the Presbyterian Church.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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