George Albert Thomas papers  1829-1847
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Biography

Lucretia Elizabeth Hamersley Rylance, the compiler of this scrapbook, descended from the Watkins and Livingston families. She married George Leib Morgan and had three children, Thomas Hamersley Morgan, Brokholst Morgan, and Joseph H. Rylance.

Lucretia Rylance's maternal great-grandfather was William Livingston (1723-1790), Constitutional Congress and Constitutional Convention delegate and first governor of New Jersey. He had thirteen children (nine of which survived infancy); several of the Livingston children are represented in the scrapbook, including Susannah (1748-1840), Catharine (1751-1813), Mary (b. 1753), William (1754-1817), Sarah Van Brugh (1756-1802), Henry Brockholst (1757-1823), and Judith (1758-1843).

Susannah (or Susan) Livingston (1748-1840) married John Cleve Symmes in 1794 and traveled with him and his daughters to Ohio. One daughter, Anna (1775-1864), married William Henry Harrison. Susan Symmes left John in 1808 and eventually lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with her niece, author Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, and her husband Theodore Sedgwick, Jr.

Catharine Livingston (1751-1813) married Matthew Ridley in 1787, and had two daughters, Susan and Matilda. Susan Ridley married Theodore Sedgwick, Jr., became an author, and worked with Catharine Maria Sedgwick. Susan later married her cousin, John Livingston.

Mary Livingston (b. 1753) married James Linn in 1771 and eventually divorced.

William Livingston (1754-1817) married Mary Lennington.

In 1774, Sarah Van Brugh (1756-1802) married John Jay (1745-1829), diplomat and statesman, governor of New York, and Chief Justice of the United States. Together they had six children, Peter Augustus, William, Susan, Maria, Ann, and Sarah Louisa. Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843) was a lawyer and politician.

Henry Brokholst Livingston (1757-1823) was a lawyer and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judith Livingston (1758-1843) married John W. Watkins (1757-1813), who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and later became a merchant. Although their marriage was an unhappy one, they had five children, Lydia, Susan Brockholst, Charles, John, and William Livingston. Susan Brockholst Watkins married Thomas Hamersley and has at least one child, Lucretia Elizabeth Hamersley.