Mary "Polly" Halstead

Female20 January 1763–1 June 1832

Brief Life History of Mary "Polly"

When Mary "Polly" Halstead was born on 20 January 1763, in New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, Caleb Halstead Jr., was 41 and her mother, Rebecca Ogden, was 33. She married Maj John Reading Mills on 17 August 1790, in Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 1 June 1832, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States.

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Maj John Reading Mills
Mary "Polly" Halstead
Marriage: 17 August 1790
Rebecca Ogden Mills
Mary Reading Mills
William Phillip R Mills
William Phillip Mills
Phebe Halsted Mills

Sources (3)

  • Mary Halsted Mills, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Halsted Family Bible and notes
  • Descendants of Rebecca Ogden, 1729-1806, and Caleb Halsted, 1721-1784

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  • Marriage
    17 August 1790Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America
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    Age 13

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1776 · The Declaration to the King

    Age 13

    """At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

    1783 · A Free America

    Age 20

    The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from any of various places bearing this name, for example in Essex (Haltesteda in Domesday Book), Kent, and Leicestershire, all of which are probably named from Old English h(e)ald ‘refuge, shelter’ + stede ‘site’, or possibly Hawstead in Suffolk, which has the same origin. However, the name is now most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where it is from High Halstead in Burnley, named as the ‘site of a hall’, from Middle English hal(le) + sted(des), stud(es) ‘hall buildings’ (Old English h(e)all ‘hall’ + stede ‘place’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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