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January 11, 2013

Faithful church founder remembered


McShane writes:

“Mr. Halsey’s starting salary was 100 pounds per year, plus a settlement of 50 pounds, a total of $375.00. He wrote one year that his salary consisted of cash, 1 swine, 14 bushels of wheat, 2 bushels of corn, one-half bushel of salt, a dozen pigeons, 164 pounds of beef, 1,799 pounds of flax, a yoke of oxen, 1½ bushels of smutty wheat and 4 bushels of musty wheat, apple trees, and ‘the makings of a gown.’ His income over the next fourteen years averaged only 74 pounds.”

The Rev. David Dobie, church pastor from 1844 to 1855, writes in “Dobie’s Discourse”:

“A small band of brethren was organized as a Church of Christ, consisting of eighteen persons, viz: Ezekiel Hubbard, John Stratton, Abner Pomroy, Wm. Badlam, Mrs. Badlam, Moses Corbin, Elizabeth Addoms, Catherine Hageman, Catherine Marsh, Lucretia Miller, Phoebe Platt, Esther Stratton, Mary Addoms, Mrs. Mix, Martha Coe, Stephen Mix, Wm. Pitt Platt and John Culver.”


In addition to his school responsibilities, Halsey gave two sermons a week. Before he resigned his pastorate in 1810, Halsey officiated at more than 600 marriages. Halsey’s daughter Caroline married James Bailey, a successful 19th century real-estate entrepreneur.

“He (Bailey) had a lot on South Catherine Street that went back into what is now the (Riverside) cemetery. According to James Bailey’s will, he stated, ‘I want to be buried on my own private lot.’ When he was buried, it was private land. The cemetery expanded and includes the space where Halsey is buried. Halsey is buried next to Bailey,” Bailey explained.

The Battle of Plattsburgh Association has mounted the Rev. Halsey Grave Restoration Fund to repair the exterior walls of the deteriorated vault, which is located near the gravestone of British Naval Commander Downie in Riverside Cemetery.


During the War of 1812, Halsey served as chaplain to the 8th Regiment of Militia organized by his neighbor Col. Thomas Miller.

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