Biography of John Livingston
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John Livingston was born in Monaghan Co., Ireland, Feb. 26, 1811. He is a son of Samuel and Sarah Livingston, the former born Feb. 14, 1790, and died Jan 16, 1872; the latter born Jan. 12, 1790, and died Dec. 9, 1867. The family came to America in 1816, and settled in Dutchess Co., N. Y., removing in 1824 to London District, now Elgin Co., Pr. of Ontario. In 1840 Mr. Livingston engaged in the sale of general merchandise in Bayham. He received the appointment of Bailiff and Deputy Sheriff, serving 10 years. In 1853 he was appointed Commissioner in the Court of the Queen's Bench. Three years later he bought 145 acres in this tp. and lived on it till the spring of 1871, when he moved to the village of Ada. He was married July 22, 1835, to Matilda, daughter of James H. and Penelope Woods, born in Wayne Co., N Y., Aug 19, 1817 Seven of their nine children are living:- Samuel H., Sarah, John D., Victoria B., Carrie E., Happie L. and Ada M. The two youngest daughters are successful teachers. The parents belong to the Baptist Church. Mr. L. is a Republican.

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