Mary (Polly) Halstead

20 January 1763–11 June 1835 (Age 72)
Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Mary (Polly)

When Mary (Polly) Halstead was born on 20 January 1763, in Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States, her father, Caleb Halstead Jr., was 41 and her mother, Rebecca Ogden, was 33. She married John Reading Mills on 17 August 1790, in Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died on 11 June 1835, at the age of 72, and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Reading Mills
Mary (Polly) Halstead
Marriage: 17 August 1790
Rebecca Ogden Mills
William R. Phillip Mills
Mary Reading Mills
Phebe Halsted Mills

Spouse and Children

17 August 1790
Elizabeth Township, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America


Parents and Siblings

    Caleb Halstead Jr.





    Dr. Robert Halstead



    Sarah (Sallie) Halsted


    Dr. Caleb Halstead III


    Elihu Ogden Halstead


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 12

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
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:1. habitational name from any of the 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 Old English h(e)all ‘hall’ + stede ‘place’. 2. occupational name for someone employed at ‘the hall buildings’, Middle English hallested, an ostler or cowhand, for instance.

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

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Sources (3)

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

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