Biography of Hugh Halsey
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Halsey, Hugh, the pioneer head of a family who settled in Lansing about or soon after the war of 1812, came from Suffolk county, L. I. He had been a sailor and as such acquired a fortune, but on his last voyage was robbed of his property, and emigrated to this country a poor man. He had a family of two sons and several daughters. One of these sons, Hampton Halsey, was born April 16, 1801, and in Lansing became a farmer. He married Eliza Ann Sweazey, by whom he had five children: Hugh, Rachel, Ezra,and two others (twins) who died at birth. Hampton Halsey died in March, 1849, and his wife in August, 1846. Hugh Halsey was born January 23, 1822, was brought up and has always lived on a farm. At the age of twenty two he began life for himself, and in addition to his farm work taught school during the winter. March 12, 1863, he married Jane H., daughter of Alanson T. Howell, and they have had eight children, seven of whom are still living. In politics Mr. Halsey is an earnest Republican, and as such held the office of justice of the peace over nine years, being first appointed, then elected to fill a vacancy, and afterward elected for two full terms. Mr. Halsey's farm is located in the northeast part of the town of Groton, and he is recognized as one of the leading farmers of the locality.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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