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Major Surnames from LI History
(1st Spouse) Elizabeth Wheeler
"This family is descended from the Halseys of Great Gaddesden in Hertfordshire, England. The first mention of this family by Cussan, in his history of England, was of a Richard Halsey of Great Gaddesden in 1458. In 1559, when the parish registers commence, there are four families of this name in that place: Halsey of the Parsonage; Halsey of the Wood; Halsey of Northend and Halsey of the Lane. John Halsey of the Parsonage was living in 1512."
Halsey acquired 100 acres in Lynn, MA in 1638. He was a resident
of Lynn during 1639 and most of 1640. A number of the colonists of Lynn
had resolved to leave and to settle in another place and on 10 March
1639, Edward Howell with others contracted for transport to the future
Southampton, Long Island. Thomas was not, at the beginning, one of the
in this project; but upon acceptance by the rest of the party and
contribution of eighty pounds, he was included as one of them. The
final agreement to settle Southampton was dated at Lynn, 17 April 1640,
and the colonists
arrived 13 Dec. 1640. The settlers gave the local Indians 16 coats and
60 bushels of corn for the land.
Thomas was a Marshall of Southampton in 1646. He was chosen as Townsman of Southampton from 1650 to 1659, chosen as committee member to partition town meadows on 5 November 1652, chosen as squadron member to dispose of beached whales in 1653, chosen a committee member to establish town boundaries between Southampton and Easthampton in May 1661. He served as Deputy to the General Court on 25 April 1664 in Hartford, CT.
Will proved: 8 JUL
1679 Southampton, Suffolk Co., NY
Sons Isaac and Thomas were confirmed as executors. Some sources show the will proved Mar 1679