Col. Philip Livingston, 2nd Lord of the Manor

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Philip Livingston

Also Known As: "2nd Lord of the Manor", "Colonel"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Albany, New York
Death: Died in New York, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Livingston the Elder (author) and Alida Schuyler
Husband of Catrina Livingston
Father of Robert Livingston, 3rd Lord of the Manor; Peter Van Brugh Livingston; John Livingston; Philip Livingston, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"; Hendrick (Henry) Livingston and 5 others
Brother of Johannes Livingston; Margaret Vetch; Robert 'of Clermont' Livingston; Lt. Col. Gilbert Hubertus Livingston; William Livingston and 2 others

Occupation: Albany's Secretary of Indian Affairs (1728-1749), Colonel, 2nd Lord of the Manor, lawyer, public official, businessman.
Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Col. Philip Livingston, 2nd Lord of the Manor

He was born in Albany, New York. Upon the death of his father, Robert Livingston the Elder, he became the Secretary of Indian Affairs, as well as the second Lord of Livingston Manor. He was a member of the Provincial Council for most of his life. He married Catherine van Brugh, the only daughter of Albany mayor Pieter Van Brugh. His sons included United States Declaration of Independence signer Philip Livingston and United States Constitution signer William Livingston.

Philip Livingston was born in Albany in 1686. He was the fourth child and second son of Robert and Alida Schuyler Van Rensselaer Livingston. He grew up learning the intricacies of business, trade, and the marriage of opportunity and public service from the most successful entrepreneur in the Hudson Valley. From an early age, Philip Livingston acted as his father's assistant, deputy, and then surrogate. By the time he reached adulthood, the pupil was well on his way to becoming a master himself.

In 1708, he married Catharina Van Brugh - the nineteen-year-old daughter and only heir of a former Albany mayor. The new couple set up housekeeping in Albany at the Elm Tree Corner. Like their father, the twelve Livingston children were born in that landmark home. From there, they would go forth to further elevate the family name and enhance its status across the colony and beyond.

After Robert and Alida Livingston relocated to Livingston Manor, Philip took over his father's Albany enterprises. He also succeeded to the key positions of city and county clerk and Secretary to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs. Early in his career, Philip Livingston surveyed land titles. Although appearing in court for many years before, in 1719 he was licensed to practice law. But it was his long-time hold on the Albany clerk's office that connected him to public activities at several levels and placed him first in line to take advantage of business, real estate, and other opportunities. Clerk in practice under his father for many years, Philip Livingston was officially appointed in 1721 and held that position until his death. Livingston expanded his Albany holdings, held property at Schaghticoke, was a partner in other countryside patents , and concealed still others with deeds in the names of his children.

In 1725, he was appointed to the provincial Council. He served on this influential board until his death. As his older brother had died in 1720, Philip became lord of Livingston Manor on the passing of his father in 1728. However, he was entrenched in business and public office in Albany - preferring to live at the yellow brick house on the Elm Tree Corner while often travelling to New York. Still, he found time to further develop the Livingston estate adding new tenants and establishing the colony's first iron works at Ancrum by the 1740s.

Over a long career, Philip Livingston cemented and even added to the extensive holdings first garnered by his more famous father. Well-schooled in the politics of opportunism, he was able to take advantage of several key positions during a long period of peace to develop the manor and increase the family's real estate holdings. He laid the groundwork for the success of the next generation by sending the sons away for training and his daughters to be married into the best families in the region.

Philip Livingston died in New York on February 11, 1749. His body was transported upriver and buried on Livingston Manor.

Catharina Van Brugh was born in 1689 the only child of Manhattan trader Pieter Van Brugh and Sara Cuyler. Within a few years, Catharina's parents followed the Cuylers to Albany where they too found success in fur trade-related business.

Catharina grew up in the new city of Albany where her father was appointed mayor in 1699. As the only heir of wealthy and advantaged parents, in September 1708 nineteen-year-old Catharina was married to Philip Livingston - eldest son of the most important personage in the entire region. Three months later, the first of her twelve children was baptized in the Albany Dutch church. A year or two younger than most Albany brides, her family was larger than most with the last child born in 1733 when Catharina was forty-three-years-old.

These Livingstons moved into the landmark Livingston home on the Elm Tree Corner. For several decades Catharina and Philip were Albany mainstays with their numerous offspring growing up and succeeding to places of prominence throughout the colonies. As Philip's public and personal business took him more to New York and to the Manor, Catharina managed the Albany home and its business. Their forty-year marriage ended when Philip Livingston died in New York City in February 1749.

Catharina inherited substantial property. She filled the years that followed with family and friends from Albany to New York. She died suddenly on February 20, 1756 while visiting in New York City. She was in her sixty-seventh year and was mourned by her children as the "best of mothers." Other family members called her "a good woman" and noted for her "sweetness of temper and good sense."

Secretary of Indian Affairs

The second Lord of Livingston Manor

A member of the Provincial Council

His personal donation established the Livingstonian Professorship of Divinity at Yale University.

Philip Livingston (July 9, 1686 – 1749) was an American politician.

He was born in Albany, New York. Upon the death of his father, Robert Livingston the Elder, he became the Secretary of Indian Affairs, as well as the second Lord of Livingston Manor. He was a member of the Provincial Council for most of his life. He married Catherine van Brugh, the only daughter of Albany mayor Pieter Van Brugh. His first son was Robert Livingston (1708-1790). Two other prominent sons were Philip Livingston (1716-1778) and Gov. William Livingston (1723-1790). A daughter Sarah Livingston was the wife of Lord Stirling.

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Philip LIVINGSTON was born 9 JUL 1686 in Albany, New York, and died 4 FEB 1748/49 in New York, New York. He was buried 6 FEB 1748/49. He was the son of Robert LIVINGSTON and Alida SCHUYLER.

He married Catherine VAN BRUGH, who was born 1689, and died 20 FEB 1756.


Children of Catherine VAN BRUGH and Philip LIVINGSTON are:


i. Robert LIVINGSTON was born 16 DEC 1708, and died 27 NOV 1790 in Clermont, New York. He married Mary THONG 20 MAY 1731 in New York, New York. She was born 3 JUN 1711 in Albany, New York, and died 30 MAY 1765. He married Geertruy VAN RENSSELAER 26 JUL 1766 in New York, daughter of Kiliaen VAN RENSSELAER and Maria VAN CORTLANDT. She was born 1 OCT 1714, and died 1790.

ii. Peter Van Brugh LIVINGSTON was born OCT 1710 in Albany, New York, and died 16 OCT 1792 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He married Mary ALEXANDER 3 NOV 1739. She was born 16 OCT 1721, and died 27 SEP 1769 in New York, New York. He married Elizabeth 9 APR 1771 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

	  iii.	John LIVINGSTON was born 1714, and died 1788. He married Catherine DE PEYSTER 3 DEC 1742. She was born 3 DEC 1724.
	  iv.	Philip LIVINGSTON was born 15 JAN 1715/16 in Livingston Manor, Albany, New York, and died 12 JUN 1778 in York, Pennsylvania. He married Christina TEN BROECK 14 APR 1740. She was born 30 DEC 1718, and died 29 JUN 1801.
	  v.	Henry LIVINGSTON was born 1719, and died FEB 1772 in Jamaica, New York.

vi. Sarah LIVINGSTON was born 1721, and died OCT 1722.

vii. William S. LIVINGSTON was born 8 NOV 1723 in Livingston Manor, Albany, New York, and died 25 JUL 1790 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He married Susannah FRENCH 1745. She was born 1723, and died 17 JUL 1789 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.


viii. Sarah LIVINGSTON was born 1725, and died MAR 1805. She married William ALEXANDER 1 MAR 1747/48. He was born 27 DEC 1725, and died 15 JAN 1783 in Albany, New York.


ix. Alida LIVINGSTON was born 1728, and died FEB 1790. She married Henry HANSEN 26 SEP 1750. She married Martin HOFFMAN 26 SEP 1766.


x. Catherine LIVINGSTON was born 1733. She married John L. LAWRENCE 18 APR 1759.
Second Lord of the Manor. Had 4 sons, all were educated, at the time of the Revolution there were 16 or17 college graduates in NY, these were 4 of them, lawyers (Wm Sr.) Descendents of this man incluled a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a signer of the Constitution. Also the man who negotioated the buying of the Louisoana Purchase.

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Col. Philip Livingston, 2nd Lord of the Manor's Timeline

July 9, 1686
Albany, New York
July 26, 1686
Albany, New York
December 16, 1708
Age 22
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
October 30, 1710
Age 24
Albany, New York
April 13, 1714
Age 27
Albany, Albany County, NY, USA
January 15, 1716
Age 29
Livingston Manor, Albany, New York
Age 32
May 7, 1721
Age 34
November 30, 1723
Age 37
Albany, New York, United States