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2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

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 Thomas Lloyd Halsey Papers

 Merchant, of Providence, R.I.

 Papers, 1772-1849

 Size: 0.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 170

 Processed by: Harold Kemble, March 1984

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Thomas Lloyd Halsey (1751-1838) was born in Boston. He settled in Providence and became a leading shipping merchant. He also served as a French consular agent during the American Revolution. He married Sarah Bowen (1751-1782) and, after her death, Mary Smith (1767-1846). He had the following children who survived to adulthood:

Thomas L. Halsey Jr. (c.1777-1845), unmarried, had daughter in Argentina

Sarah Halsey (c1779-1864), unmarried

Harriet (Halsey) Creighton (d.1849)

Frances M. (Halsey) Cross (1794-1879)

Charles B. Halsey (1802-1829), unmarried

Ann E. (Halsey) Wright (1806-1832)


Chapin, William W. "Thomas Lloyd Halsey." Typescript at R.I.H.S.

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Scope and content:

            Chiefly correspondence, deeds, notes, genealogical materials, and other papers, relating to properties owned by Halsey in Providence and Canterbury, Conn.; accounts of the French Army from 1787-1802; and other papers. Persons represented include Zaccheus almy, Nicholas Brown, John Brown, Edward Carrington, Rebecca Clarke, John Corlis, Henry H. Dexter, and Reuben Potter.

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            The bulk of these papers were donated by Angela Brown Fisher in 1982. The John Brown letter was donated by Eleanor Washburn in 1982, as part of the Washburn Family Papers; it was transferred to the Halsey Papers in 2000. The papers relating to the French Army wee donated by George C. Nightingale in 1910.

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Processing note:

            These papers were processed by Harold Kemble in 1984. They were cataloged on RLIN in 1993. This finding aid was compiled by Rick Stattler in 2000, but Kemble's typescript finding aid is still more comprehensive.

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Folder 1. Letters, deeds, notes re Zaccheus Almy of Canterbury, Conn., 1819-1849

Folder 2. Genealogy notes; baptism certificate of grand-daughter, 1823; estate records.

Folder 3. Deeds, 1772-1799 (see typescript for full list)

Folder 4. Deeds, 1800-1820 (see typescript for full list)

Folder 5. Deeds, 1821-1838 (see typescript for full list)

Folder 6. Correspondence, 1829-1832; accounts, 1783-1807

Folder 7. Papers and accounts re French Army, 1783-1802

Folder 8. Letter from U.S. Rep. John Brown in Washington, February 13, 1801

Folder 9. Memorandum re railroad to Fox Point, undated

Folder 10. Accounts re sloop Industry, 1785-1786

Folder 11. Thomas L. Halsey Jr. deeds, 1792-1849

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*added in 2000

Almy, Zaccheus

Brown, Nicholas (1769-1841)

*Brown, John (1736-1803)

Carrington, Edward (1775-1843)

Clarke, Rebecca

Corlis, John


Dexter, Henry H.

France - Relations - United States

France. Armee.


Ives, Thomas P. (1769-1835)

Landowners - Rhode Island

Potter, Reuben

Real property - Connecticut

Real property - Rhode Island

*Tea - Taxation - Rhode Island

United States - Relations - France

*United States - Politics and government - 1797-1801

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