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Henry Halsey/Holsey
ca 1843 - Jan 26, 1896


Henry Holsey was born ca 1843 in Grundy County, Illinois. On October 28, 1861, he enlisted in Company B of the 53rd Illinois Infantry at Morris, IL. He was discharged November 13, 1864, at the expiration of his term of service at Chattanooga, TN. On November 15, 1890, he applied for admission to the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, IL. His admission paperwork provides the following disabilities: Rheumatism, disease of the heart and general impairment of his system. He was admitted on November 27, 1890, registered number 1791. He received a pension under certificate # 21450. He was a widower upon admission with two children under the age of 16. His brother, Martin Holsey, lived in Mazon, Grundy County.

Henry Holsey died on January 26, 1896, at the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Hospital; the cause of death or burial information was not provided in his paperwork.

Lea Sharp provided the following information:

Grundy Co, IL Probate File #550
Estate of James I. Halsey
dated 7 June 1849
Barton Holderman & Nancy Marcus guardians of Martin Halsey & Henry Halsey minor heirs of James Halsey.
James I. Halsey died on or about 11 Dec last (document signed 14 Jan 1845 by L. P. Robbins regarding death)
On 13 Jan 1845 widow is called Nancy Halsey. On 3 July 1855 widow is called Nancy Marquis widow of James I. Halsey.

James Halsey married in LaSalle Co, IL 31 Aug 1837 Nancy Marquis (d/o William & Mary Marquis). Nancy married 2d John M. Marquis before the 1850 census.

Henry Halsey m. Grundy Co, IL 1 May 1868 Angeline Emily (d/o Francis & Josephine Specie Emily). They had some 7 children. In 1880 Angeline Halsey is living on Canal Street in Morris. Henry Halsey in 1880 was an inmate at the IL Northern Penitentiary in Joliet. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary out of eight and was sentenced to twelve years at hard labor at Joliet (stealing chickens) -- Morris Herald, Dec 12, 1879.

By about 1884 Angeline had married Thomas Sullivan. I believe that she was still living in 1939 in South Dakota.


Please click on the links below to view images of Mr. Halsey's file from the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, IL. You will need the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.

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