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Goodhue Livingston Family
Remarks: The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) papers and personal possessions came to the NYHS through the generosity of his great-grandson, Goodhue Livingston, Sr. (1867-1951). However, Goodhue did not inherit these items directly from his great-grandfather, grandfather and/or father, but rather through a distant cousin, Richard Montgomery Callendar Livingston (1861-1945). According to the story told from the legal papers of the settlement of his will, and reiterated in a story published in the NYHS Annual Report of 1950, v. 34, pp. 15-18, Richard M. C. Livingston had inherited the family treasures from his father, Eugene Augustus Livingston (1813-1893). As the story unfolds, Richard never even saw the material, he merely continued to pay the rent for their upkeep at the Manhattan Storage and Warehouse Co. where his father had stored them since the 1860s. Richard, and most of his siblings, spend their adult lives in Nice, France. In fact, all of the children except for Mary Colemen (Livingston) Delafield, had died while in residence in Frnace. Richard's father, Euguene Augustus Livingston, had originally inherited the Livingston material from his mother, Margaret Maria Livingston (1783-1818), who in turn had received them from her father the Chandellor himself. Richard M.C. Livingston's will, written in 1933, was contested by certain relatives and intersted parties. By 1950, after a series of litigations and appeals, Goodhue received the estate as his cousin had orignally directed in article two of his last will and testament. At the time, the NYHS began to actively pursue the Livingston collection, including its precious manuscripts.