HALSTED - New
Jersey Biographical Sketches, 1665-1800
Robert Halsted was descended from Timothy Halsted, the
first of the name in America, who came from England as
early as 1660, and settled at Hempstead, L. I. His son,
Timothy Halsted, Jr., removed to Elizabethtown early in
the eighteenth century, where he d. Feb. 27, 1734-5, in
his 77th year. The latter's eldest son, Caleb, of
Hemstead and later of Elizabethtown, d. at the latter
place in 1721.
He left a son, Caleb, b. July 8, 1721; m. Sept. 16, 1744,
Rebecca, daughter of Robert Ogden, 1st, and Phebe
(Baldwin) Roberts; he d. at his residence, Halsted's
Point, Elizabeth, June 4, 1784; she d. March 31, 1806.
They had twelve children, the eldest being Robert, b.
Sept. 13, 1746.
After graduating from Princeton College at the age of
nineteen he studied medicine, and practiced his
profession in Elizabeth and vicinity for nearly sixty
years. He was held in high esteem as a physician. It is
said that he was demonstrative, bold, energetic and
sometimes brusque in speech and manner. He was strict in
his observance of the Sabbath, a regular church-goer, and
always in his seat at the hour of worship.
Being decided and outspoken in his patriotic sentiments
at the beginning of the Revolution, he became obnoxious
to the loyalists, and it is said that he was arrested and
taken to New York and confined in the old Sugar House. He
m., 1st, April 15, 1773, Mary Wiley; 2d, Oct. 1, 1787,
Mary Mills, dau. of the Rev. William Mills, a grad, of
Princeton, 1756; he d. Nov. 25, 1825; she d. May 20,
1841, aged 78.
Dr. Halstead is probably buried in the First Presbyterian
Churchyard, Elizabeth, but there is no tombstone to his
memory in that burying ground. He had ten children: five
by his first wife, and five by his second. Among his
brothers were William, Sheriff of Essex County, 1790;
Caleb, licensed as a physician, 1774, and who practiced
until his death in 1827; Matthias, a Brigade Major in the
Continental Army. See Descendants of Rebecca Ogden,
1729-1806, and Caleb Halsted, 1721-1784, and Wickes's
Medical Men of New Jersey.
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