U.S. States: New York: Delaware County
The Halstead family lived in Delaware County, NY from the beginning of the 19th century onward, though most of the branches had moved elsewhere or died off by the 1880s. Three sons of James Halstead (c1736-c1786) of Halfmoon, Saratoga Co., NY -- John 1768-1854, William c1774-1840+, and Nicholas c1776-c1810 -- had families in Delaware County. The most prolific of these branches was William's family; he had probably seven children, six sons and a daughter. The daughter, Hannah Halstead, never married; she had an 88 acre farm in Bovina Valley, near the intersection of Rte. 6 and Rte. 28, where there is an old cemetery. There are only three visible stones -- all Halsteads. Was this a Halstead family cemetery? William's other sons were Joel (who moved to Brooklyn, NY) c1805-1854; William c1806-bet. 1870 and 1874; James c1807-1860's?; John c1816-1881; and possibly two others, if one follows the US Census. If these males in William's household are indeed his sons, their births can be dated to late 1799-early 1800 for the elder of the two, and either c1803 or late 1810 for the younger. Whether other Halsteads who later lived in Delaware County are descendants of theirs is not known. Joel, William and James all had numerous descendants, but John never married.
Interested to know more about the little cemetery in Bovina, and anything about the lives of William or his children. In particular, no research has yet discovered the name of William's wife. Can anyone out there be of assistance?