Edmond Humphrey Halley

Derbyshire, England
Death 22 Apr 1684 (aged 84–85)
Greater London, England
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 182584655 · View Source
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Citizen and Soapmaker of Winchester st., London

Father of Edmond Halley, Astronomer

"1684, April 22. Mr. Edmund Halley of London, merchant, murthered and buried in linnen, £2-10-0 pd. to this Parish for the use of the poor.”

- "Mr. Beevor has discovered an interesting article on Barking, in, 'Notes and Queries,' (London) 3rd Series, vol. 3, p. 284, from which he makes this extract"

[The amount of £2-10 probably refers to the levy placed on burials that were NOT in Wool, at this time]

in, p. 26, "Extracts from British archives on the families of Halley, Hawley, Parry, Pyke, etc. : (Third series)"
by McPike, Eugene Fairfield, 1870-1946,Publication date 1910
Publisher New York

The facts concerning Edmond Halley's father's [Edmond Humphrey Halley] death are obscure.

The following extracts from the London Gazette do not seem to have been noticed in the biographies, and as they have some slight connection with Shoreditch, may be interesting:

— "Mr. Edmund Hally the elder went from his house in Winchester Street on Wednesday last, promising to return home the same evening, but hath not since returned, and upon all enquiries made after him cannot be heard of, which makes it feared violent hands have been laid upon him. He is a tall man, of about 60 years of age, had on a black cloth suit, with an iron gray cloth coat. Whoever gives notice of him to his wife in Winchester Street shall have twenty guineas reward." (March 6–10, 1683–4.)

"Mr. Edmund Hally, who went from his house in Winchester Street on Wednesday the 5th inst. about 1 of the clock, not having yet been heard of, otherwise than that it's thought he was seen that evening towards Hogsden with two men, the one a tall, the other a short man. The said Mr. Hally is a tall man of about 60 years of age, having a mole on his right cheek, with a plain Band, a brown short Perriwig, and a broad brim'd black Beaver, having a black cloth suit on, his Breeches wide at knees, and an iron gray cloth coat over it, and black worsted stockings on. Whoever brings true notice of the said Mr. Halley, to his wife, Mrs. Halley, in the said Winchester Street, where he is alive or dead, shall have £100 for a reward, which shall immediately be paid, by her, or at a goldsmith's." (20–24 March, 1683–4).

from:'Historical introduction: Haggerston', in Survey of London: Volume 8, Shoreditch, ed. James Bird (London, 1922), pp. 31-39. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol8/pp31-39 ; http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol8/pp31-39#anchorn59

1st Spouse:
An Robinson,
b. ?, d. 1672, Oct. 24, Ann wife of Edmond Hawley.m. abt. 1656

-- Edmond Halley, born (29th October, 1656) "in Shoreditch parish, at a place called Haggerston, the backside of Hogsdon," - the authority for this statement rests on the authority of Aubrey, (fn. 56) a contemporary. It has not been found possible to obtain confirmation of the statement.
d. 1742

-- Humphrey Halley, d. about 1684

2nd Spouse:
Joane (2ndly she married Robert Cleeter)

See also:
Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas, by Alan H. Cook, Clarendon Press, 1998

p. 36
Winchester street
Edmond (senior) owned thirteen houses in Winchester Street and had lived in one of them from 1679 at least.
Halley lived there until his marriage in 1682, when he moved to Islington.

p. 134 -
The father was buried in linen at St. Margaret's, Barking, the last known connection of his family of that place (Chapt 2).

p. 142,
Anne Halley died in the parish of St. Gile's, Cripplegate, but was buried at All Hallows, Barking

p. 36 - Joane's second husband was Robert Cleeter
p. 143 - Joane, widow of Edmond Halley, remarried in 1685

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