Guide to the Newark Historical Sketch of Charles H. Halsey Historian, Episcopal Minister 1833 MG 954
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Inventory prepared by Bob Golon as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Rev. Charles H. Halsey was born in Newark, N.J. on February 22, 1810. Charles lived with his uncle William after his father’s death, and he and William, who became the first mayor of Newark in 1836, studied law together. Charles became a historian focusing on the city of Newark, and also practiced law. He married Mary Boerum Smith of New York. Mary died in 1838, and Charles entered the New York Theological Seminary shortly thereafter. He married a second time, to Eliza Gracie King, whose father, Charles King, was President of Columbia College in New York. Halsey was ordained a deacon in Trinity Church in Newark, and eventually became Rector of Christ Church, which had previously been part of the Trinity Church.
Reverend Halsey was seeking to erect a parsonage for his church, and visited a construction site at Union Square in New York on May 2, 1855, to obtain some ideas for its design. While on the fourth floor, he approached an open window that extended close to the floor, lost his balance, and fell some sixty feet to his death.
This collection consists of forty-seven autograph manuscript pages by Charles H. Halsey entitled “An Historical Sketch of the Town of Newark,” which was presented by Halsey to the Newark Young Men’s Society on April 22, 1833. It covers Newark’s history from the original grant of the land by King Charles II of England to his brother James, the Duke of York, in 1664 to the census of Newark in 1826. It contains the names of the significant events of the city, such as early religious history, the establishment of courts, erection of the first grist mill, the early forms of government in Newark, revolutionary period activity in Newark, the founding of the College of New Jersey, and a break down of the number of citizens involved in various professions in Newark according to the census. Halsey also covers the breaking of ground for the Morris Canal in 1830.
Many notable early Newark citizens receive mention in the collection, among them Robert Treat, John Curtis, Jasper and John Crane, Abner and Thomas Pierson, Samuel Swain, Lawrence Ward, Thomas and Aaron Blatchly, Edward Ball, John and Richard Harrison, Thomas Huntington, Samuel Rose, Aaron Burr and Jonathan Dickinson.
This text was later given to William Burnet Kinney for use in The Newark Daily Advertiser in 1834.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 954, Charles H. Halsey Newark Historical Sketch, The New Jersey Historical Society.