Robert Livingston

Robert Livingston[1]

Male 1654 - 1728  (73 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors and more than 250 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Robert Livingston 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 13 Dec 1654  Ancrum, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Oct 1728  Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I34726  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Robert Livingston the Elder at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2002 

    Father Rev. John Livingston,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Janet Fleming,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F14709  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alyda Schuyler,   b. 28 Feb 1656, Albany, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1729, Livingston Manor, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 9 Jul 1679  Albany, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Colonel Johannes Livingston,   b. 26 Apr 1680,   d. 19 Feb 1720  (Age 39 years)
     2. Margaret Livingston,   b. 5 Dec 1681,   d. 1 Jun 1758  (Age 76 years)
     3. Johanna Phillipina Livingston,   b. 1 Feb 1683,   d. 24 Jan 1689  (Age 5 years)
    +4. Phillip Livingston,   b. 9 Jul 1686, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1749, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Robert Livingston,   b. 24 Jul 1688,   d. 27 Jun 1775  (Age 86 years)
     6. Gilbert Livingston,   b. 03 Mar 1690, Albany, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1746, Kingston, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     7. William Livingston,   b. 17 Mar 1692,   d. 5 Nov 1692  (Age 0 years)
     8. Johanna Livingston,   b. 10 Dec 1694,   d. 1735  (Age 40 years)
     9. Catherine Livingston,   b. 22 May 1698,   d. 6 Dec 1699  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2001 
    Family ID F14710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Robert Livingston

  • Notes 
    • able secretary of Rensselaerwyck

      Scottish born and Dutch educated pioneer fur trader and Secretary of Indian Affairs in Albany, New York. He acquired land and was granted manorial rights 1686, by Gov. Dougan, for his Livingston Manor in 1686, a 160'000 acres property in nowadays Dutchess and Columbia counties.
      confirmed by Royal Charter of King George I, 1715, known as Livingston Manor.

      To ascertain his wealth and social position, Robert Livingston held numerous public offices, including town clerk and rent collector of Albany, as well as eight terms in the New York Provincial Assembly of which he was a Speaker for eight years. Livingston descendents became the probably most prominent family of Colonial New York.
      first lord of the manor

      Robert accompanied his father in his flight to Rotterdam, and immigrated to America in 1673. After spending part of a year in Charleston, Massachutes Bay Colony, he moved to Albany, New York.

      In Albany, Robert was secretary of the commissaries who superintended the affairs of Albany, Schenectady and the parts adjacent from 1675-1686.
      Acquired two stretches of land in 1683 and 1685, the first one of 2'000 acres close to the Hudson river, the second one of 600 acres at Taghkanic, close to the border to Massachusetts. After the final settlement with the Van Rensselaers, and probably as a reward for Livingston’s readiness to help governor Thomas Dongan out of this politically tricky issue, the ” Lordship and Manor of Livingston “ was instituted on the basis of a patent from the colonial governor Dongan in 1686 and later confirmed by royal charter. Thus Robert Livingston’s two land grants which were separated by 20 miles of Indian land were united and traeted as adjacent properties. In this way, Robert Livingston’s original 2'600 acres grew by simple decree to over 160'000 acres. Manorship conferred the manor lords with the rights to exploit the estate much as a medieval Earlship, using tenant farmers who would become so dependent on the Manor lord as to be little more than slaves. At the beginning, Livingston Manor was of course little more than a few tenements and it took Robert Livingston certainly as much skill and energy to make it function, as it had taken him to establish.
      Also, the upkeeping of Livingston Manor was not easy and due to his political choices Robert Livingston’s fortunes changed several times after 1686, before he could finally ascertain his control of the Manor and the offices that went with it after 1705. Livingston, along with his brother-in-law Peter Schuyler, was challenged by Jacob Leisler in 1689 and only recovered his position after defending it in England in 1696, but the issue would go on and his estates would be confiscated in 1701, until he regained them in 1703 and was reinstated 1705 in his offices of town clerk and rent collector, clerk of peace, and other important functions in the county of Albany NY. Robert Livingston also was involved in the commissioning of Captain Kidd to fight piracy in the American seas. Kidd turned himself a pirate and was hanged in London on May 23rd 1701. Kidd testified against Livingston and his other financial backers but no charges were brought against them.
      Robert Livingston’s political career was rounded by several terms in the New York provincial assembly (1709-11 and 1716-25), where he was also Speaker for 8 years.

      Fortune : 26,000 £ 1700
      52,000 £ 1725
      Activity : Manor Lord
      Main property: Livingston Manor 160'000 acres in later Dutchess and Columbia counties New York
      Other activities: merchant

  • Sources 
    1. [S517] Genealogien van de presidenten van Amerika, Onbekend.

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