Robert "Cambridge" Livingston

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Robert "Cambridge" Livingston

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: 1790 (47)
Hudson, Columbia County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Livingston, 3rd Lord of the Manor and Maria Thong
Husband of Alice Swift
Father of Thomas Ferguson Livingston; John Swift Livingston and Robert Swift Livingston
Brother of Philip Livingston; Sarah Livingston; Col. Peter Robert Livingston; Walter Livingston; Maria Duane and 6 others

Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Robert "Cambridge" Livingston

Source: Genealogy of the Kollock family of Sussex County, Delaware, 1657 - 1897, by Edwin Jaquett Sellers, J. B. Lippencott, Philadelphia, 1897. (available at Google eBooks).

[Added by Robert Engelhardt] Robert "Cambridge" Livingston's status during the American Revolution is somewhat ambiguous. His motives were apparently suspect to both sides. He was educated at Cambridge, hence the "Cambridge" appellation. He returned to England in 1775, allegedly for his health, but may have been spying for the American cause, or just collecting information for business purposes. Upon his return to America aboard a British ship in 1778, he was held as a prisoner by the British due to some compromising papers found in his possession. After his subsequent release, his loyalty was then questioned by some on the American side, and the fact that his wife's family were Loyalists probably didn't help.

The DAR has accepted a new ancestor lineage to Robert "Cambridge" Livingston for patriotic service based on his prisoner-of-war status.

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Robert "Cambridge" Livingston's Timeline

December 26, 1742
New York, New York, United States
Age 38
Age 40
May 15, 1785
Age 42
New York, New York, United States
Age 47
Hudson, Columbia County, New York, United States