Henry Livingston, Jr.

Henry Livingston's Siblings

Gilbert LivingstonCatharine Crannell
Rev. Dr. John Henry LivingstonSarah Livingston
Henry Livingston, Jr.Sarah Welles
Jane McLean Patterson
Cornelia LivingstonMyndert Van Kleeck
Joanna LivingstonPaul Schenck
Susan LivingstonGerardus Duyckinck
Lt. Robert Henry LivingstonCaty Tappan
Beekman LivingstonCatharine Marsh
Helen LivingstonJudge Jonas Platt
Alida LivingstonGen. Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey
Mary Sylvester WellesJohn Davenport

Gilbert Livingston and Catherine Crannell
Gilbert Livingston
(17 Dec 1742, Poughkeepsie NY)
(14 Sep 1806, Poughkeepsie NY)
+ Catherine Crannell 27 Feb 1763
(20 Apr 1745, Duchess County NY)
(17 May 1830, Poughkeepsie NY)

Sarah Livingston [marries Supreme Court Justice Thompson]

Dec 20 '84
"This day Thomas W. Jacock gave me in the presence of my brother Gilbert Livingston a full certificate that he was satisfied with my conduct as his late guardian & allowed me L12 for all my trouble on his behalf."
Henry Livingston Day Book

Education with Rev. Chauncey Graham
Member Anti-slavery Society 1787
Letter to Henry Jr. 1770

NY Convention to Approve U.S. Constitution
Gilbert Speech Jun 24, 1788
Gilbert Speech Jul 2, 1788
Gilbert Speech Jul 4, 1788
Gilbert's Vote Jul 26, 1788

Clerk for new Academy 1790
Underwater Land Speculation 1791
Master of Chancery 1793
Obituary 1806

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Livingston Genealogy Reuben Hyde Walworth, p. 46
Gilbert Livingston was a distinguished lawyer of Dutchess County. He was a member of the state convention of New York that in 1788, ratified the constitution of the United States. He, with his colleague Melancthon Smith, and some others of the republican members of the convention voted in favor of adoption, (in opposition to most of their political friends) after it had been ratified by a sufficient number of States to put it in Operation in relation to those States. He was one of the Masters of the Court of Chancery; and was one of the Presidential electors, in 1800, who cited for Thomas Jefferson. Catherine Crannell was the daughter of Bartholomew Crannell, a lawyer of Poughkeepsie.

Catherine Crannell's sister Elizabeth was married to Dr. Peter Tappan. Peter Tappan's sister was married to Governor George Clinton. Still another Crannell daughter Gertrude was married to Rev. John Beardsley, the Rector of the Episcopalian Christ Church in Poughkeepsie. Crannell and Beardsley were forced to escape to British held New York City during the Revolution, and Crannell's home and property was confiscated, quite possibly by Henry Jr.

When the New York government moved to Poughkeepsie during the war, Governor Clinton took up residence in Crannell's home. The building is now known as the Clinton House, and is the home of the Dutchess County Historical Society.

After the Revolution, Crannell and Beardsley emigrated to New Brunswick Canada, and Crannell's property was put up for auction and sold to his son-in-laws, Gilbert Livingston and Peter Tappen.

The Gilbert Livingston Collection
New York Public Library
Rev. Dr. John Henry Livingston and Sarah Livingston

Rev. John Henry Livingston
Rev. John Henry Livingston

Rev. Dr. John Henry Livingston
(30 May 1746, Poughkeepsie NY)
(20 Jan 1825, New Brunswick NJ)
+ Sarah Livingston 26 Nov 1775 [dau of Philip, the Signer]
(7 Dec 1752-1814)

Colonel Henry Alexander Livingston

Nov 8 '82
"Brother John to 28 lbs honey at 9 Last summer my wife made for him."
Henry Livingston Day Book

Memoir Excerpts

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Livingston, Ruth Lawrence, p.52-54
REVEREND JOHN HENRY LIVINGSTON, D.D., second son and child of Henry and Susanna Storm (Concklin) Livingston, was born May 30, 1746, at Poughkeepsie, Duchess County, New York. There being no school in his home town, he was, when seven years of age, sent to Fishkill and committed to the care of the Reverend Chauncey Graham. After three years he returned home to study under the tutor procured by his father. This tutor, Mr. Kent, was an able man, and under his teaching, John Henry Livingston made rapid strides, so that at the age of eleven he was able to enter the grammar school at New Milford, Connecticut. Another year carried him into Yale College, a member of the freshman class, though only slightly more than twelve years of age. He was naturally at some disadvantage in the higher branches of learning because of his extreme youth. yet he attained a high standing in his class and was graduated with honor in July, 1762.

After leaving college he began the study of law under the well-known counselor and advocate, Bartholomew Crannel, Esquire, of Poughkeepsie. He pursued this work with such assiduity that he undermined his health and had to give up all thought of studying for some time. After months of rest, however, his health improved, and his former vigor was restored. He had during his period of ill health taken time for serious reflection. He decided to leave the law for the ministry, to which he now felt a distinct call. Advised by a good friend, the Reverend Dr. Laidlie of New York, to prepare for this vocation by crossing the ocean for further study, John Henry Livingston went to one of the universities of Holland. At that time the Dutch Reformed Church in this country was laboring under certain grievances, which he thought his residence in Holland might help to remove. he sailed for Amsterdam in 1766 and attracted by the reputation of Professor G. Bonnet, one of the most eminent divines and scholars then on the Continent, he took up the study of theology at the University of utrecht, where he spent four years. On June 5, 1769, he appeared before the Classis of Amsterdam to be examined for licensure, and his success in this made him a regular candidate, or proponent, for the ministry.

He was then invited to become the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in New York City. With the degree of D.D. from Utrecht, and ordained by the Classis of Amsterdam, he returned via England to New York and began his labors as a young divine. He applied himself almost at once to help effect a reconciliation between the famous Coetus and Conferentie parties which unhappily divided the church; in two years he had the satisfaction of finding harmony restored. In 1775 Dr. Livingston's ministry at the Dutch Reformed Church of New York was disrupted by the Revolution and hte invasion of New York City by the British. After his marriage at Kingston, Dr. Livingston remained with his father-in-law at that place for some time, visiting in New York, whenever practicable, what was left of his flock. Invited by the Consistory of the Dutch Church in Albany to minister to their spiritual needs, he moved there with his family and supplied the pulpit for nearly three years in conjunction with the Reverend Dr. Westerlo.

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Mrs. Livingston's health did not thrive in the climate of Albany, and hoping to procure more beneficial conditions for her, he took up his abode in the summer of 1779 at Livingston Manor, preaching regularly in the village of Linlithgow where he lived, and extending his labors into the surrounding congregations whenever the call came, preaching both in the Dutch and in the English tongue. In April 1780, he refused a call to become associate pastor in his former church at Albany. After eighteen months residence at the Manor, he moved to his father's residence in Poughkeepsie, serving there the congregation which lacked a pastor. In this work he persevered until New York being evacuated in 1783, when he returned to his old charge in that city. He was the only one of the four ministers connected with the church at the beginning of the war who was permitted to resume his labors.

Previous to the disorganization of the churches in New York City because of the war, Dr. Livingston's name had been recommended by the Classis of Amsterdam as the best possible person to be appointed professor of theology in New York. Peace again permitting organization, the convention of ministers and elders that met in October, 1784, chose Dr. Livingston unanimously as professor of theology, and he was inducted into office May 17, 1785, on which occasion he delivered an elaborate and elegant Latin oration on "The Truth of the Christian Religion."

For nearly three years he alone performed the pastoral duties of the church which had been served by four ministers. He was obliged to seek rest in the country for a time, but the following winter he again resumed his labors, somewhat lightened by the help of a collegue. In 1787 Dr. Livingston was chairman of a committee to select psalms for the church in public worship. He was also a valuable member of a committee to form the church constitution.

For a time the synod made it possible for Dr. Livingston to devote a larger part of his time to his duties as professor. He moved to Bedford, a small village about two miles from Brooklyn, New York, and opened his Divinity Hall, at considerable pecuniary sacrifice. The plans fo the synod changing, he again took up his work in the city. When Dr. Livingston's associate was obliged, in 1805, to resign because of ill health, the duties that devolved upon Dr. Livingston taxed his strength overmuch, and he was finally transferred to New Brunswick, New Jersey, to fill the double office of theological professor and president of Rugers College, and here he continued his scholarly and effectivie activities to the end of his days. He prepared for the ministry more than one hundred and twenty young men, and his death occurred while in the midst of his duties. He was the author of many published sermons and addresses besides the Latin oration.

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Henry Livingston, Jr. and Sarah Livingston
and Jane McLean Patterson
Henry Livingston, Jr.
(13 Oct 1748, Poughkeepsie NY)
(29 Feb 1828, Poughkeepsie NY)
+ Sarah Welles 18 May 1774 [dau of Rev. Noah Welles]
(7 Nov 1752, Stamford CT)
(1 Sep 1783, Stamford CT)
+ Jane McLean Patterson 1 Sep 1793 [dau of Matthew Patterson]
(22 Jan 1769, Paterson NY)
(26 Aug 1838, Poughkeepsie NY)


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Cornelia and Myndert Van Kleeck
Cornelia Livingston
(29 Sep 1750)
(14 Feb 1810, NYC)
+ Myndert Van Kleeck Jul 1788
(2 Feb 1744/45, Poughkeepsie NY)
(14 Dec 1799, Coxsackie NY)

Henry Van Kleeck [died age 2]

My very good landlady, Mistress Van Kleeck,

American Farmer 12/24/99
Obituary New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p.235
1769. Feb. 15. Livingston, Cornelia, and Lawrence Van Kleeck, M.B., xiv. 34

In her will, dated Jan 24, 1801 and proved Apr 10, 1810, Cornelia Van Kleeck, widow of Myndert, left her real estate to her brother Beekman Livingston, other property to her sisters Susan Duyckinck, Alida Woolsey, and Helen Platt, and to the five daughters of her deceased sister Joanna Schenck. "Providence having blessed my brothers Gilbert, John, Henry, and Robert Livingston with ample estates, I have for that reason omitted them, but as a pledge of my affection, my executors are to give each of them 10 pounds for a piece of plate." The executors were Smith Thompson, George Taylor and Henry Welles Livingston (Lib. CL 448-Pok.) There is no mention of any children as an only son died in childhood.

Joanna and Paul Schenck
Joanna Livingston
(16 May 1754)
(16 Jan 1795, Poughkeepsie NY)
+ Paul Schenck 26 Jan 1776
(3 Nov 1741, Millstone NJ)
(14 Nov 1817, Poughkeepsie NY)

Susan Schenck
Elizabeth Catharine Schenck [married John Sloper]
Joanna Schenck
Captain John Schenck [U.S. Army; died unmarried at 29]
Elizabeth Schenck [died unmarried? at 28]
Henry Livingston Schenck [died unmarried? at 21]
Guisbert Schenck [died unmarried at 25]
Cornelia Schenck [died unmarried at 63]
Sarah Livingston Schenck [died unmarried at 64]
Dr. Peter Dove Schenck [died unmarried at 44]
Catharine Schenck [married Philip Belin of Whitestown]

Store moves
Joanna dies

On my sister Joanna's entrance into her 33rd year
'To my good brother Paul an embrace and a squeeze.'

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Joanna and Paul lived in Millston, N.J., then in Bushwick, L.I., and later in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. In 1774-78, he was manager of a mill which Leonard Lewis had established on the Val Kill where it enters the Hudson River, and during this period he lived in the Lewis House. The site rapidly increased in importance and became known as "the Upper Landing." In the 1780's he was in New Lebanon, N.Y., and around 1800 he was back in Poughkeepsie, where he was a well-known merchant. He was a member of the Committee for Detecting Conspiracies Aug. 9, 1777, along with Andrew Billings, Peter Tappan, and John Schneck. His name appears on the list of Deputies to the Provincial Congress in 1776, and he was among those who signed the Articles of Association.
Susan and Gerardus Duyckinck
Susan Livingston
(21 Sep 1755)
(Poughkeepsie NY)
+ Gerardus Duyckinck 28 Nov 1775
(6 Jun 1754)
(12 Jan 1814, Poughkeepsie NY)

Anne Duyckinck [married George Taylor]

Gerardus Dies
Estate Matters

To his charming black-eyed niece,

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Gilbert Livingston Descendants - Kinkead
There is ever reason to suppose that Susan is buried in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, but no tombstone for her can be found and it can be assumed that it was one of the many destroyed or carried away (Duyckinck Fam. 1908, pp.181 & 185).

Gerald was, in his early days, proprietor of the "Universal Store" in New York, "whose advertisements and display of wares was the most curious and unique of the period." He then lived on Pearl Street (Lamb, Hist. of N.Y. City, 1877, v.2, p.308). However, he was in Poughkeepsie by 1784, as deeds of Chancellor Livingston in that year speak of him as "formerly of New York but now of Pokeepsie." There is a letter in the Gilbert Livingston Collection in the N.Y. Public Library, dated Aug. 7, 1790, from him to his brother-in-law Gilbert Livingston, concerning his bankruptcy. An obituary notice in the Poughkeepsie Journal of Jan. 19, 1814, states that "he held a commission among the first troops that were embodied [sic] in the City of New York at the commencement of the late war."

Lt. Robert Henry Livingston and Caty Tappan
Lt. Robert Henry Livingston
(25 Oct 1760, prob Poughkeepsie NY)
(21 May 1804, Poughkeepsie NY)
+ Catharine (Caty) Tappan29 Feb 1792
(1 Dec 1772, Poughkeepsie NY)
(1 May 1841, Philadelphia PA)

Elizabeth Livingston [married Episcopalian Rev. George Boyd]
Susannah Livingston [died unmarried at 37]
George Henry Livingston [may have married in the Carolinas]

Sessions of the Peace

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Gilbert Livingston Descendants - Kinkead
Catharine Tappan was a daughter of Peter & Elizabeth (Crannell) Tappan. Her mother was a sister of Catherine Crannell who married her husband's oldest brother, Gilbert Livingston. The announcement of the marriage appeared as follows in the New York Weekly Museum of Saturday March 10, 1792: "Robert H. Livingston, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, and Caty Tappan, eldest daughter of the Hon. Judge Tappan, were married on Wednesday."

Mr. Livingston succeeded his father, Henry Livingston, as Clerk of Dutchess County in 1789, and held the office until his death in 1804. His obituary in the Pokeepsie Journal of Tuesday, Sep 4th of that year says: "On Friday last, at his house in this village, in his 44th year, Robert Henry Livingston, Esq., Clerk of Duchess County. The mild manners and sweet disposition of this gentleman endeared him to all and render his loss the subject of universal regret. Early in life, he became a soldier of his country and he was not 17 when he was embodied with the force which filled this village when the British fleet and army spread desolation along the shores of his native river. The two following campaigns he was an officer in the service of the State on the northwest frontier and in 1780, received a commission attaching him to the corps of artillery in the army of the United States. With that army he assisted at the siege of Yorktown, and only sheathed his sword when every sword on the continent was returned to the scabbard." During the Revolutionary War he was a Lieut. of Levies under Col. Lewis Dubois July 1, 1780 to reinforce the army of the U.S. and also under Col. Albert Pawling Apr 27, 1781, for immediate defe nse of the State. On June 29, 1781, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieut. in the Second Continental Artillery and served to June 1783 (Liv. of Liv. Man. pp.231, 522 & 532).

His will, dated June 26, 1804 and proved Oct. 12, 1804, provided for his wife and three children and distribution of his estate was made after $300 had been set aside for the education of his only son. As a widow Catharine Livingston was received into the Dutch Church in Poughkeepsie Feb. 9, 1811, on Confession of Faith. Sometime after the marriage of her daughter, Elizabeth, she went to live with the latter in Philadelphia where she died May 1, 1841.

NY Mag or Lit Repos, March 1792
At Poughkeepsie, Robert H. Livingston, Esq: to Miss Caty Tappen

Beekman Livingston and Catharine Marsh
Beekman Livingston
(11 Dec 1762, Poughkeepsie NY)
(Aft. 1831, Syracuse NY)
+ Catharine MarshAbt. 1786
(Abt. 1772, Poughkeepsie NY)
(Aft. 1854)

Henry M. Livingston [married Hannah Huett]
Maria Caroline Livingston [married Hon. John Watts Cady]
Susan Livingston [married Dr. Thomas Goodsell]
Cornelia Livingston [married Joseph P. Rossiter]
John Beekman Livingston [died unmarried 1830]
Robert Livingston [merchant; died unmarried? 1849]
William Livingston [lived near Ogdensberg NY]

Receipt for Settlement with Henry Jr.
Store Ad
Signed Notes Due
Organization Secretary

To my dear brother Beekman I sit down to write,

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From Mary Keckhut:
Beekman Livingston was born Dec. 11, 1762, in Poughkeepsie and in 1781 he was a proprietor of one of the two stores in that village. It was located on the southeast corner of Market and Cannon Streets and carried an assortment of dry goods, groceries, drugs, hardware, etc. On the night of Oct. 19, 1781, he illuminated the store when word was received of the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown (James Hl. Smith, Hist. Dutc. Co., 1882, p.142). The records of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie show that he lived there in 1784 and 1790, but he was in New Lebanon, N.Y., in 1786, helping in the store of his brother-in-law, Paul Schenck.

There are conflicting accounts as to his family and where he spent his last years. Hiw wife is known to be Catharine Marsh of Poughkeepsie although there is some evidence that he had previously been married to a Miss Kelcey. On leaving Poughkeepsie he went to the Genesee Valley and an extant letter, written by his nephew Dr. Charles P. Livingston, to the latter's father in 1817, gives an account of a trip he took in northern New York. He visited a daughter of Beekman, Mrs. John W. Cady in Johnstown, N.Y., and he relates of having been told that his uncle had removed to a farm 25 miles out of Johnstown. Another family account states that Beekman died in Syracuse but a diligent search through a large number of cemeteries and inquiries at many Surrogates' Courts have yielded no results.

Helen Livingston and Judge Jonas Platt

Judge Jonas Platt
Judge Jonas Platt by S.F.B. Morse

Helen Livingston
(15 Oct 1767, Poughkeepsie NY)
8 Apr 1859, Yonkers NY)
+ Judge Jonas PlattJune 1790
(30 Jun 1769, Wappingers Creek NY)
(22 Feb 1834, Peru NY)

Mary Platt [died young]
Susan Platt [married Judge Richard Ray Lansing]
Attorney General Zephaniah Platt [married Cornelia Jenkins]
Helen Livingston Platt [married Truman Parmelee and Dr. Bell]
Cornelia Platt [died at 18]
Henry Livingston Platt [married Sarah M. Morey]
Elizabeth Platt [died young]

'Twas summer, when softly the breezes were blowing,

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Jonas Platt was a mentor to Henry's daughter Catharine and son Henry Welles. He was also helpful to Catharine's son, Sidney Breese.

Memoir of DeWitt Clinton - Letter from DWC to Jonas Platt
On the 8th of October [1823] the first canal boat will pass into the Hudson at this place, and a celebration will take place under the direction of the citizens and corporation of Albany, correspondent with this auspicious event. Your signal services in initiating, and promoting, our great system of internal navigation will be remembered to your honour when we are no more.

[It was Jonas Platt who first proposed that the Erie Canal be created.]

Erie Canal

Congressional Biography
PLATT, Jonas, 1769-1834
PLATT, Jonas, (son of Zephaniah Platt), a Representative from New York; born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., June 30, 1769; attended a French academy at Montreal, Canada; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1790 and practiced in Poughkeepsie; county clerk of Herkimer County 1791-1798 and of Oneida County 1798-1802; member of the State assembly in 1796; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Sixth Congress); resumed the practice of law; general of Cavalry in the State militia; was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor [of NY] in 1810; member of the State senate 1810-1813; member of the council of appointment in 1813; served as associate justice of the supreme court of New York 1814-1821; delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention in 1821; resumed the practice of law; died in Peru, Clinton County, N.Y., February 22, 1834; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Plattsburg, N.Y.

Jonas Platt for Governor

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The Platt Lineage
JONAS PLATT, second son of Judge Zephaniah Platt, and Mary Van Wyke, was born in Po'keepsie, N. Y., June 30, 1769. After he had finished his preparatory studies at a French academy in Montreal, he entered the law office of Richard Varick, in New York, and under his able guidance prosecuted his legal studies. He was admitted to the bar in 1790.

The same year he married Helen, the youngest daughter of Henry Livingston, of Po'keepsie, a sister of Dr. John H. Livingston, President of Rutgers College, N. J. Soon afterwards he was made clerk of Herkimer County. He made his home in Whitesboro', near Utica, in 1791.

Oneida was set off as a county in 1798, and he was made the first county clerk. He had previously, in 1796, represented this district and Onondaga in the Legislature at Albany. He was General of Cavalry in the State militia. He was two years a member of Congress, from 1799. He was four years in the State Senate, from 1809.

In 1814 he was made Judge of the Supreme Court, with Judges Kent and Spencer as associates. He filled this high office with distinguished ability upwards of eight years. He was a member of the Convention which framed the State Constitution of 1821. Under its amended provisions he lost his judicial position. He returned to the practice of his profession, and opened a law office with his oldest son, Zephaniah, at Utica.

In three or four years he removed to New York, where he prosecuted his profession with assiduity and success. But warned by coming infirmity, he retired in 1829, to his farm, seven miles from Plattsburg, on the shores of Lake Champlain.

It should be recorded that in 1810, he was the popular candidate of his party for the governorship of the State, and though beaten by his opponent, Daniel D. Tompkins, he made a well-contested canvass.

It should be stated, too, that he was the earliest of the promoters of the Erie Canal enterprise. When Thomas Eddy applied to him as a leader in his party, for his influence to authorize the building of a canal from Oneida Lake to the Seneca River, he said: No; a canal should be constructed from Lake Erie to the Hudson. The Senator persuaded him that this was the true plan. At Mr. Platt's suggestion they invited to their counsels De Witt Clinton, a prominent leader of the democracy. He approved the project. Senator Platt then moved the first resolution, preparatory to building it, which was seconded in the Senate by Clinton; and this was finally passed by both houses of the legislature. Renwick, the biographer of De Witt Clinton, says of Judge Platt, "he was well entitled to the merit of having made the first efficacious step towards the attainment of the great object of uniting the lakes with the Atlantic."

His honors and his public positions show how he was appreciated, as a man, a jurist and a statesman. He had a well-trained intellect, a well-stored mind and a well-balanced character. A strict regard for what was just, eminently distinguished him. His life, public and private, is without spot, and his distinguished career still sheds honor upon those who bear his name, and those who are numbered among his kindred. He died at his home near Plattsburg, February 22, 1834, in his 65th year. Helen Livingston his wife, died at the residence of her son Zephaniah, at Yonkers, N. Y., April 8, 1859, aged 93.

It is with reference to Judge Jonas Platt and his father's family that the N. Y. Genealogical Record justly says: "Few families have furnished so many distinguished names, and all in close proximity to each other, to the civil service of the State." Every one of the nine sons of Judge Zephaniah Platt and Mary Van Wyck, with one exception, held prominent positions in public life. Mrs. Bayard Boyd, ne Manetta Lansing, has very valuable portraits of Judge Jonas Platt, and his wife Helen Livingston, painted shortly after their marriage. Another one of the Judge, painted later by Trumbull, is in the possession of her sister, Mrs. Judge Willard. These paintings are at the residences of the grand-daughters in Washington, D. C. There is an interesting incident about the last portrait. Trumbull's wife was an English lady, and he petitioned the New York Legislature to allow her to own property in this country. On the final vote, (it was in the midst of the excitement just before the war of 1812), Senator Platt stood alone in favor of granting the petition. He deemed it just, and though it periled his popularity when he was in nomination for the governorship of the state, yet he strenuously defended his position. Trumbull put on the back of his portrait of the Judge the date of this vote, and this motto--"Justum et tenacem propositi virum, non civium ardor prava jubentium mente quatit solida." A just man and tenacious of the right, no popular passion shakes him from his firm purpose. This is an admirable estimate of his character. Trumbull, who had been an aid to Washington, was indignant at the refusal, and highly appreciated his friend's wisdom, justice and courage.

The New York State Historical Association
Mr. Platt was the son of Hon. Zephoniah Platt, and was born at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., June 30th, 1769. The father was a member of the Continental Congress, the Committee of Safety, the Provincial Congress of New York and later, State Senator and first Judge of Dutchess County. He was a very wealthy man and a very extensive landholder, including among his possessions a one fourth interest in the Sadequada or Saquoit patent of six thousand acres, located in Whitestown.

Jonas Platt had not been trained to a life of ignoble ease and very early turned his attention to the study of law, which he prosecuted under Richard Varick, the Attorney General of the State.

He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court, July 27th, 1790, and in the following month located in Whitesboro, where with his young wife he was soon installed in a log cabin.

He was County Clerk of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and in 1799 was elected to Congress. In 1810 he was elected to the State Senate, remaining for two terms.

His success as a standard bearer of the Federal party, in a hitherto invincible district of the Jeffersonian Republicans, led to his nomination in 1810 for Governor, but resulted in defeat.

While in the State Senate he drafted the resolution for the appointment of a commission to examine and survey the route from Lake Erie to the Hudson River, which was consummated in the Erie Canal. The passage of the resolution followed the united efforts of Mr. Platt and DeWitt Clinton.

During the more than twenty years since his advent in Whitesboro, he had been an active practioner in the courts. He drew the bill in equity, referred to earlier in this paper, laying due emphasis upon the outrage perpetrated upon his client's rights in the effort to coerce the complainant to become a Presbyterian and though defeated in the trial court, success came to him in the Court of Errors. His opponent was Thomas R. Gold, who, doubtless knew well of the long controversy in which the Rev. Hezekiah Gold, senior, upbore the standards of Congregationalism with the rector of the Episcopal Church in Stratford.

As early as 1807, he had been seriously considered for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, but failed by one vote. In 1814, he succeeded by one vote, though the Federalists were in a minority in the Council of Appointment.

The first three terms of court in Oneida County held by Judge Platt, were December, 1817, at Whitesboro, at Rome in June, 1818, and in November at Utica. At the first term there were two hundred and fifty causes on the calendar and one hundred and one jury trials took place. At the second term, which lasted four days, there were thirty-four jury trials and at the Utica term he presided at seventy-two. He opened the court early in the morning and held the sessions until nearly midnight. Stenographers were unknown in the courts. A voice from the past might well address many of the trial judges of the present days, exclaiming, "Go tot he ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise."

The influence of Judge Platt, as early as 1820, located a term of the Supreme Court at Utica, thus enhancing throughout the state the importance of the locality, Albany and New York being the only other places where the court sat in bane.

From the first session in 1820, the people became familiar with the distinguished lawyers of the State.

A gentleman long a resident of Utica informed me that he well remembered Col. Aaron Burr in his visits to the city and said that he was much impressed by his dignified bearing. Col. Burr was always followed at a short distance by a negro in his employ, who bore a bag of breen baize, containing the legal documents of Col. Burr.

Judge Platt is perhaps better known to the bar for his judicial attainments, by reason of a vigorous dissenting opinion in Vosburg vs. Thayer, 12 Johnson's Rep. 461. The high sense of morality there displayed undoubtedly forced the majority of the court, in order to defend their action, to take a position on the question of the admissibility in evidence of books of account, which has exhausted the ingenuity of succeeding courts, in their efforts to do justice and sustain that decision.

Upon his retirement from the bench, his personal fortune was nearly exhausted and he at once resumed the practice of the law at Utica, his son, Zephaniah Platt, (Hamilton 1815), being associated with him. Patronage came to him from all parts of the State and he soon located in New York City.

"His morals were perfectly pure, he posessed a high sense of honor and had acquired, apparently, an entire control over his passions. His address was unobtrusive, modest and conciliatory. He had a high regard to courtesy in respect to political conduct as well as in the private and social concerns of life."

In middle life he became interested in religion and was for many years president of the Oneida Bible Society.

In 1830 the condition of his health induced him to retire to a farm in Clinton County, where he died, very suddenly, February 22nd, 1834.

His son, before mentioned, removed to Michigan and became Attorney General of the State and later settled in South Carolina, where he was appointed judge of one of the courts.

Judge Platt, General Kirkland, Thomas R. Gold and Erastus Clark with other members of the bar united in the movement to found Hamilton College and served on its board of trustees.

Families of Olde Whitesborough 1784-1824 p. 33
Jonas Platt was born on June 30, 1769 at Poughkeepsie, NY the son of Zephaniah and Hannah (Saxon) Platt (his first wife). He was 6th in the line of descent from his immigrant ancestor, Richard and Mary Platt, who were from Rickmansworth, England to New Haven in 1638, their son, Capt. Epenetus, settling in Huntington, Long Island, NY.

Jonas Platt was not in the Revolutionary War but his father, grandfather and brother (all named Zephaniah) were. His father, Zephaniah, Jr., served as a Colonel, a Delegate to the Provincial Congress, member of the Dutchess County Committee, and of the Associated Exempts from the State of New York. His grandfather served as a P.S. from New York.

Jonas Platt received his education in a French Academy in Montreal, Canada. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1790. He practiced his profession in Poughkeepsie, NY for a very short time and was in Whitesboro in 1791. He was County Clerk of Herkimer County from 1791 to 1798.

When Oneida County was created he assumed the same post there, where he served until 1802. During this period he also served in the New York State Assembly in 1796.

On April 1, 1793 he was on a Committee of Resolutions in the formation of The Untied Presbyterian Societies of Whitestown and Old Fort Schuyler. On March 23, 1799 he became one of the original members of the Aqueduct Association of the Village of Whitesboro. He also became one of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church. he was one of the pioneer lawyers in the state of New York west of Johnstown.

His political preference was that of the Federalist Party and he served as a Federalist in the 6th Congress March 4, 1799 - March 3, 1801. He then resumed the practice of law and entered into a partnership with Arthur Breese (q.v.). He was the first Congressman who resided in what is now Oneida County.

He was appointed an associate judge of the Supreme Court in February of 1814 and during his term of office he presided over 250 cases - 101 of which were jury trials. He held this office until 1821 when the new State Constitution legislated the office out of existence. He was a member of the Convention in 1821 which framed the new constitution.

He was elected by the Federalists in 1809 to the New York State Senate where he served until 1813, during which time he was very active in promoting legislation to look into the construction of the Erie Canal.

In 1810 Jonas Platt was the Federal Party's candidate for Governor, but he was defeated by Daniel D. Tompkins. In the year 1811 he became associated with many prominent men, among whom were Seth Capron, Thomas R. Gold, Newton Mann, Theodore Sill and William G. Tracy in the manufacturing of woolen goods. On January 12, 1813 he was appointed a member of the Council of Appointments.

He had a length career in the New York State Militia. Following the erection of Herkimer County, the Governor formed a militia of Herkimer County into a brigade. Jonas Platt was made Captain of a trip of horse in this brigade, which position he held until the formation of Oneida County in 1798, when he assumed a similar position in the Oneida County Militia.

In 1800 he was appointed Brigadier General of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade. He held this position until 1811 when he resigned.

His first home was a log cabin which he erected on the corner of Mohawk and Main Streets.

Evidently at some time during his service in the State Legislature he moved temporarily to Albany, as the records of the Presbyterian Church, Whitesboro, state thusly: Sept. 19, 1817, Jonas Platt and his wife, formerly members of this church, were received again by letter from the First Presbyterian Church in Albany.

Jonas Platt married Helen Livingston in 1790. She was the daughter of Henry and Susan (Conklin) Livingston. Jonas and Helen had eight children, two sons and six daughters.

The wife and daughter of Jonas Platt were evidentally civic minded, as wife Helen, and daughters Susan, and Cornelia are listed as members of the Female Charitable Society of Whitestown.

Upon leaving Oneida County area Jonas went first to New York City where he practiced law for a short time. He later moved to Clinton County where he died in Peru, NY, Feb. 22, 1834 and was interred in the Riverside Cemetery, Plattsburg, NY. This is the city his father, Zephaniah Platt, founded.

Father's Congressional Biography
PLATT, Zephaniah, 1735-1807 PLATT, Zephaniah, (father of Jonas Platt), a Delegate from New York; born in Huntington, Long Island, Suffolk County, N.Y., May 27, 1735; received an English education; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Member of the Provincial Congress 1775-1777; member of the council of safety in 1777; served in the State senate 1777-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1785 and 1786; member of the council of appointment in 1778 and 1781; county judge of Dutchess County 1781-1795; founded the town of Plattsburg in 1784; delegate to theState constitutional convention in 1788; moved to Plattsburg, N.Y., in 1798 and continued the practice of law; regent of the State university from 1791 until his death; one of the projectors of the Erie Canal; died in Plattsburg, N.Y., September 12, 1807; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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Alida Livingston and General Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey
Alida Livingston
5 May 1768, Poughkeepsie NY)
(12 Jul 1843, Oswego NY)
+ General Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey 3 Mar 1779
8 May 1758, Queens Village, L.I. NY)
(29 Jun 1819, Trenton NY)

Commodore Melancthon Taylor Woolsey [married Susan Tredwell]
Henry Livingston Woolsey [married Eunice Hubbell]
Cornelia Woolsey [married Harvey DeWolf]
Mary Elizabeth Woolsey [married Wolcott Hubbell, Jr.]
James Lloyd Woolsey [married Roxalana Ackerman]
Susan K. Woolsey [married Samuel O. Auchmuty and James Platt]
Rebecca Nelson Woolsey [married John Borland]

Jul 12 '77
"My brother-in-law Melancthon Welles [Sarah's younger brother] came here according to agreement with Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey. I am to school and maintain him till he is grown up at his charge."
Henry Livingston Day Book

General Woolsey was, most likely, the young boy's godfather, and took on the care of the boy after the death of Rev. Welles, six months previous.

Recommends Girls' School
General Woolsey dies

Melancthon Taylor Woolsey was a first cousin of Henry's wife, Sarah Welles, the daughter of Rev. Noah Welles and Abigail Woolsey. Another first cousin was Mary Woolsey, the wife of Yale President, Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight. The common ancestor of the three was Yale graduate, Rev. Benjamin Woolsey.

Livingston Descendants, Kinkead
During the Revolution, Melancthon T. Woolsey was an aide to Gov. George Clinton, but after the war was made a Major General of the N.Y. State Militia. In 1787, he moved to Plattsburg where he was Collector of U.S. Customs for many years. He died on his way to Sacketts Harbor from his home in Plattsburg NY, and was buried in the Old Barnveld Cemetery in Trenton N.Y. on the main highway from Utica.

Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary Pension Files,
Vol III, p3958
BLW #2326-200-6 Mar 1792 Woolsey, Melancthon Lloyd, Cont & NY Lines, Alida, W18379, (BLW issued as having srv in the MA Troops, no papers) sol m Alida Livingston 3 Mar 1779 at Poughkeepsie NY & they had a son born there named Melancthon Taylor Woolsey b 5 Jun 1780, sol appl 26 Jun 1818 at Plattsburg in Clinton Co NY aged 60, sol d 29 Jun 1819, a daughter Susan K. Platt made aff'dt 17 Aug 1839 in Oswego Co NY aged 51, sol's wid appl 15 Sep 1838 at Oswego in Oswego Co NY aged 80, a James Platt of Oswego NY made aff'dt 15 Sep 1838 & stated sol's wid had lived in his family for 7 years

John Davenport and Mary Sylvester Welles
Mary Sylvester Welles
(20 Oct 1754)
(25 Jun 1847)
+ John Davenport 7 May 1780
(16 Jan 1752, Stamford CT)
(28 Nov 1830)

Elizabeth Huntington Davenport
John Alfred Davenport [married Miss Wheeler]
Mary Welles Davenport
Theodosia Davenport
Theodore Davenport
Rebecca Davenport
Matilda Davenport

Oct 1 '83
"My daughter Catherine began boarding with Maj. John Davenport at Stanford at the rate of 4 sh NYork money a week - I am to pay for her schooling & cloathing."
Jun 1 '84
"Paid sister Mary Davenport in cash for boarding my daughter Catherine (including a guinea I paid her last winter). I also paid for schooling shoes besides."
Jul 17 '85
"Gave Maj. John Davenport 10 dollars to pay to Mrs. Welles in full for boarding Harry -- I gave him 6 dollars for Mr. Davenport to pay out in necessarys for Caty."
Henry Livingston Day Book

Henry's wife Sarah's sister and brother-in-law

John Davenport, the first child of Hon. Abraham and Elizabeth (Huntington) Davenport, was born in Stamford, Jan. 16, 1752. He graduated at Yale in 1770. His scholarship is indicated in his appointment to a tutorship in 1773. Entering on the legal profession, he was soon called to take an important place among the revolutionary patriots of that day. With a major's commission he was employed in commisary department, and his duties here were often onerous and difficult. When the patriot cause was suffering for the want of a suitable public interest in the welfare of the new nation just ordained by the declaration of independence, he was appointed by the Assembly of the state as one of a commission to visit the principal towns and arouse the people to a just sense of their dangers and move them to corresponding exertions.

On the death of his brother James, in 1799, he was chosen to take his place in the national Congress, and held his seat in the House of Representatives until 1817, when he declined a reelection. He was a member of the Congregational church in Stamford, of which he was appointed deacon in 1795. This was the office in which his eminent goodness was best shown. He was, to his death, an example of earnest, living piety, whose fruits were ever manifest in the character of a benevolent, fervent and exemplary christian. His death occured Nov. 28, 1830.

Political Graveyard

Davenport, John (1752-1830) Brother of James Davenport. Born in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., January 16, 1752. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1776; U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1799-1817 (at-large 1799-1805, 2nd District 1805-07, at-large 1807-09, 3rd District 1809-11, at-large 1811-17). Died November 28, 1830. Interment at Franklin Street Cemetery, Stamford, Conn.

Congressional Biography

DAVENPORT, John, (brother of James Davenport), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Stamford, Conn., January 16, 1752; pursued academic studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1770; engaged in teaching there in 1773 and 1774; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1773 and practiced in Stamford, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1776-1796; served in the commissary department of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, attaining the rank of major in 1777; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1817); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Seventh Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1816; died in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., November 28, 1830; interment in North Field (now Franklin Street) Cemetery.


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