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submitted by Douglas C. Huggett

NICOLL HALSEY

Political Graveyard:

Internment at Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, New York. Member of the New York State Legislature 1816. United States Representative from New York, 1833-1835; State Court Judge, 1834.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:

Halsey, Nicoll, 1782 - 1865

Halsey, Nicoll, (son of Silas Halsey and brother of Jehiel Howell Halsey), a Representative from New York, born in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, March 8 1782, moved to Herkimer County in 1793 with his parents, who settled in what is now the town of Lodi, Seneca County, attended the common schools; moved to Tompkins County and settled near Trumansburg in 1808. engaged in agricultural pursuits and milling; supervisor for Ulysses in 1812, 1814, 1815, 1818, 1821 and 1826, member of the State assembly in 1816 and again in 1824, Sheriff of Tompkins county 1819-1821, elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty Third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); was not a candidate for renomination in 1834; appointed Judge of the Tompkins County Court on February 11, 1834, resumed the milling business ; died while on a visit in Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan, March 3, 1865, interment in Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, New York.

Extract from a paper written by Gladys Duddleston in 1971
and a History written in Nicholl Halsey's handwriting -
now owned by Miss Estelle D. Stone:

In the spring of 1793, when 12 years of age, together with his father's family, Nicholl Halsey came from the town of Southampton, County of Suffolk, N.Y. , to the Town of Ovid, then called Herkimer county. The Halsey family left Southampton by sloop to Albany, then by land to Schenectady, thence in three batteaux and overland portages to Lodi, where they lived in a log hut with an earth floor. Nicholl's father was Dr. Silas Halsey, who was married three times. Nicholl being a child of his second marriage. Nicholl married Euphias (Euphemia) McDowell August 10, 1806. After living with his parents for two years, they moved to Halseyville, where they erected a home, mills, shops, etc. Their first home was undoubtedly a log cabin. The present Halseyville house is said to have been built in 1829, with timbers from the forest, sawed split and planed in the mills already erected on the the creek. In a letter Carolyn Halsey Tyler, niece of Nicholl Halsey wrote, she speaks of the race and the creek on which her uncle had a wheat mill, six saw mills, a fulling mill, lanyard. the logs from which Halsey House were built were floated for a year in the pond and later dried in a kiln. Hardware in the house was cast in a shop on that site. Halseyville Community was composed of six houses, as well as the mills and the shops. A very picturesque covered bridge spanned Taughannock creek.

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