The Virginia Halsteads

History and Genealogy

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My Genealogy site is a compilation of over 20 years of researching, collecting, and exchanging of information on the Virginia branch of the Halstead family. It begins with Henry Halstead of Middleton, Lancashire, England; his son Nathan Halstead who was born in Lancashire, England, and brought his family to Concord, Massachusetts as a member of the Bay Colony Company; and, Nathan's son Henry Halstead who came to Virginia in 1651. Henry settled on the West Side of Indian River, south of the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River in old Norfolk County, Virginia. A small plot of land known as Plymouth Park contains the graves of some of Henry's descendants, and are still on this land now located in the city of Chesapeake.

Virginia's first Halsteads worked the land and gradually, with each generation spread out over the southeastern counties of Virginia and the northeastern counties of North Carolina. Some of the later generations migrated out of these areas. Presently Halsteads can be found in most, if not all, the states.

The records of the early Halstead generations in Virginia are meager. Every attempt has been made to verify the names, dates, and locations of the family data. But the data is only a good as the sources cited. The surname of "Halstead" is used throughout this document, though several spelling variations were found, and are still in use today.

The Halstead line that originates in Virginia is but one of many Halstead lines here in the United States. I maintain several databases of other Halstead lines and am willing to share data with others.

This continues to be a work in progress, Additions and corrections are welcomed.

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John A. Halstead
Chesapeake, Virginia

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