William C. Helme- Providence, RI

William C. Helme (1805-1865) was a master machinist in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was part owner of Helme & Dorrance, Manufactures of Jeweler’s and Machinists Tools.   He married Celinda Elizabeth Gould in 1857, in Providence, Rhode Island.  They had 8 children, one of which was George Edwin Helme.   George had a son named Arthur Helme (picture on the left) whom is my Great Grandfather. Arthur moved to Michigan for a job.  William and his family resided at 26 Halsey Street, Providence, Rhode Island for many years.  This house was built in 1814 (somewhere unknown) and was moved to 26 Halsey Street in 1840.  In 1854 this house according to the tax ledger it was valued at $1,800.00.  The family sold the house in 1876 to a John Heathcote.  If walls could only talk!  The house is now classified as a Historical house due to the Preservation Society which saved hundreds of homes along the East side of Providence.  Now this area is beautifully preserved with plaques indicating original owners and builders.   The home is now 2,824 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, a partial bath, fireplace and a full basement.  It is amazing that this house still exists!  This house was for sale in 2004 for a mere $924,00.00.

26 Halsey Street

I was very lucky to receive the pictures of the William C. and Nathaniel Helme’s houses by a Steven Aguiar whom was living in this house at the time in 2004.  He knew that the Helme family had lived in the house due to the Preservation Society.   Steven found me through genealogy a web site in order to find out more about the people who lived in his historical house.  It is great to be able to see the house where my ancestors lived.  I visited Providence, Rhode Island in 2011 and saw the outside of these houses in person.  I would love to see the inside of them.  William C. Helme had a brother named Nathaniel G. Helme who lived at 22 Halsey Street which was valued at 1.5 million in 2004.


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