I don't find any direct connections in my research but some of the addresses are very similar and would indicate some connection.
My gggrandfather, Thomas Halpin 1836-1891 owned a "morocco" or leather processing factory in Brooklyn. He married Annie Heary in Newark in 1863. From 1867 to 1871 they lived at 726 Myrtle Ave, Bklyn. From 1871 until at least 1882 they lived at 505 Flushing Ave, Bklyn. On 1884/1/3 the two story, wood framed factory burned down. It supposedly had been vacant for about a year.
During my research I have notes about your relative, Edward Halpin. Brooklyn Directories showed the following for him:
1872 Morocco 80 Walworth St
1874 " "
1875 " "
1876 Liquor 508 Flushing
Thomas's factory was in Brooklyn, the address was 192-206 Wallabout St, Brooklyn but his store was on Spring St in Manhattan. Before the fire, the factory was abandoned but being watched by a John Halpin, who lived in on the premises as a caretaker. The insurance compny did not want to pay for damages saying the factory was abandoned. The civil case went to the NY Supreme court and the insurance company, Aetna Fire Ins Co of Hartford Conn, was forced to pay because the factory was not abandoned as John was living there at the time. The fire was also reported as having an "incendiary origin". I have never learned who John Halpin was.
Here's the info on Thomas, if there might be some connections or if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Thomas Halpin b1836 Ireland m1863/11/26 in Newark NJ to Annie Heary. d1891/6/5 at 380 Central Ave, Newark buried in Cemetary of the Holy Sepulcher.
Father-Michael Halpin Mother-Allice Martin
Michael J. b1865 in NY d1882-1885
James R. b1866 in NY d before 1935
Margrett A. b1868 Brooklyn d1896/5/29 Sister of Charity
Allice T. b1873/9/24 Brooklyn d1935/9/10
Anna M. b1874/7/21 Brooklyn d1927/9/13 Sister of Charity
The fact that Edward, a Halpin, lived on the same streets as Thomas and worked in leather for a while might indicate some connection.
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