Thursday, February 18, 2021

Losing the Duel

          We have written here in the past about the successful duel that Brockholst Livingston fought over the size of his nose (Read all about it here) but not all the Livingstons had as much luck when they fought duels.
            First we have the case if William Alexander Livingston, who was Sarah Livingston Jay's cousin.
Sarah Livingston Jay

In 1776 he was living in Florida where he sided with the Loyalists. He traveled from there to New York to join them. But in 1777 he apparently had second thoughts, expressed a desire to change sides but traveled to the West Indies instead. In 1779 when he attempted to return to America he was captured at sea and brought to Connecticut as a prisoner. 
William Livingston

William Livingston wrote "I am sorry that a single individual of his name should chuse to be such a subject. But all families are liable to have degenerate members. Even Adam's had its Cain, that of Isaac its Esau and among the Twelve Apostles there was at least one traitor."
            Soon Livingston was  on parole from Connecticut and back in New York City. Then comes the mystery. Livingston, the presumed loyalist, was in the American Army camp in September of 1780 when he found himself in a duel with one Mr. Steaks or Stakre. No reason for the duel is given and no information on who incited the duel is given. Either way Livingston lost the duel and was buried outside the camp on September 6, 1780.
            The other duel we've recently discovered involves John Livingston of Livingston Manor. Born in 1782 the young man found himself in a duel in 1801 at the age of 18 or 19. His opponent was "Young Williamson" of Elizabethtown, New Jersey. John R. Livingston, Chancellor Livingston's brother wrote to tell him of the results. The younger John was "shot through the head and immediately expired."

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