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Robert Livingston
Born November 20, 1846

ROBERT LIVINGSTON, farmer, Scotch Grove Twp., Sec. 32; P.O. Center Junction; was born in Scotland in 1847; he came to Jones Co. with his parents in 1854; his father settled in Madison Township; he died in 1874. Mr. Livingston was married to Celia Kline; they have two children—Lily M. and. John W. Has 130 acres of land. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Publishing Company, Chicago, 1879, page 656.
Submitted by: Lori J. Mentzel

Robert Livingston owns and operates a highly improved farm of two hundred and forty acres, situated on section 32, Scotch Grove township, and he has been identified with its cultivation for the past thirty-two years. Mr. Livingston was born in Perthshire, Scotland, November 20, 1846, a son of John F. and Margaret (Ferguson) Livingston, who were likewise natives of Scotland, where they were reared and married. About 1855 the father emigrated with his family to the new world and seeking a home in the west, located in Madison township, Jones county, Iowa, following farming there until his death, which occurred in 1872. His widow survived for many years but is now deceased.
Robert Livingston was a lad of nine years at the time the family emigrated to the new world and the experiences of the voyage across the Atlantic were of deep interest to his young mind and are still vivid in his recollection. When the family became settled in their new home the son was sent to school during the winter seasons, while in the periods of vacation he assisted in the work on the home farm and thus year by year his knowledge of agriculture was increased, so that when he attained his majority he was qualified to engage in farming on his own account. He purchased eighty acres in Scotch Grove township and with his newly acquired possessions as an incentive to hard labor, he began work in earnest.
This was merely a start for him, for his ambitious spirit led him on to greater success and he is today the owner of two hundred and forty acres, located on section 32, Scotch Grove township. He has made many improvements on the place in the way of good buildings and his fields respond in bounteous harvests to the care and labor he bestows upon them. In addition to his land Mr. Livingston also owns stock in the Lovell State Bank, of which he was one of the organizers.
In 1874 Mr. Livingston was married to Miss Celia A. Cline, of Anamosa, Iowa, and to this union were born seven children, but the youngest, Robert C., is deceased, as is also the mother, whose death occurred April 3, 1890. The sons and daughters, who with the father were left to mourn her loss, are: Lillian A., the wife of A. W. McDonald, cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Hopkinton, Iowa; John W., a farmer of Scotch Grove township: Nellie, at home; Charles C., also at home; Minnie B., who is engaged in teaching in the school near her home; and Florence L., a stenographer in the law office of J. W. Doxsee, of Monticello.
A republican in his political affiliations, Mr. Livingston has served as trustee of Scotch Grove township at various times for nine years and is the present incumbent in the office. He has also been a school director for many years. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church, in which he is serving as a trustee. Inheriting the sterling characteristics of a long line of sturdy Scotch ancestry and endowed by nature with a good constitution, he early developed all the attributes which make the successful man. He has ever taken a lively interest in public affairs, lending his aid and influence in the cause of every good movement and heartily promoting the progress and advancement of his community.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 584.

Robert Livingston

Florence Livingstone, daughter of Robert Livingston.Shelley Cardiel has provided this photo of Florence and says, "I am hoping to locate someone from Florence's family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to the care of her family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me."


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