Henry Livingston, Jr.


Paul Schenck and Joanna Livingston

Joanna and Paul
Day Book
Poem by Henry

Paul Schenck
(3 Nov 1741, Millstone NJ)
(14 Nov 1817, Poughkeepsie NY)
(son of Judge Abraham Schenck and Elsie Vandervoort)
+ Joanna Livingston (26 Jan 1776, Poughkeepsie NY)
(16 May 1754)
(16 Jan 1795)
(daughter of Henry Livingston, Sr. and Susannah Conklin)

    Susan Schenck[married John Brinckerhoff van Wyck]
    Elizabeth Catharine Schenck[married John Sloper]
    Joanna Schenck[married Matthew Mesier]
    Captain John Schenck[died age 25]
    Elizabeth Schenck[died age 11]
    Henry Livingston Schenck[died age 21]
    Gilbert Schenck[died age 25]
    Cornelia Schenck[died age 63]
    Sarah Livingston Schenck[died age 64]
    Dr. Peter Dove Schenck[died age 44]

Paul Schenck Dutch Reformed Church Deacon

Paul Schenck Dutch Reformed Church Elder for first time

Joanna Livingston and Paul Schenck

Joanna and Paul lived in Millston, N.J., then in Bushwick, L.I., and later in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. In 1774-78, he was manager of a mill which Leonard Lewis had established on the Val Kill where it enters the Hudson River, and during this period he lived in the Lewis House. The site rapidly increased in importance and became known as "the Upper Landing." In the 1780's he was in New Lebanon, N.Y., and around 1800 he was back in Poughkeepsie, where he was a well-known merchant. He was a member of the Committee for Detecting Conspiracies Aug. 9, 1777, along with Andrew Billings, Peter Tappan, and John Schneck. His name appears on the list of Deputies to the Provincial Congress in 1776, and he was among those who signed the Articles of Association.

Henry's Day Book
Apr 19 '73
"John Schenck Dr to 7 Bus: potatoes -14-"

Sep 16 '73
"John Schenk Crdt by 43 Bus wheat-- Dady has paid him again in wheat & I am to pay Dady when I thresh 1 kid"

Oct 19 '73
"John Schenck Crdt by 1/2 bus Indian Corn very bad"

Nov 19 '73
"John & Paul Schenck have lent me 43 bush of wheat for seed & I have paid them all of it again"

Jan 10 '74
"Carried down to my Fathers over & above what they sent to Schencks for me 12 1/2 bus of wheat"

Feb 3 '74
"Jn & Paul Schenck Dr to 7sh for a bag & Bus. of Indian Corn lost in their mill"

On my sister Joanna's entrance into her 33d year
[16 May 1787]

On this thy natal day permit a friend -
A brother - with thy joys his own to blend:
In all thy gladness he would wish to share
As willing in thy griefs a part to bear.

Meekly attend the ways of higher heav'n!
Is much deny'd? Yet much my dear is giv'n.
Thy health, thy reason unimpaired remain
And while as new fal'n snows thy spotless fame.
The partner of thy life, attentive - kind -
And blending e'en the interests of the mind.

What bliss is thine when fore thy glistn'ing eye
Thy lovely infant train pass jocund by!
The ruddy cheek, the smiling morning face
Denote a healthy undegenerate race:
In them renew'd, you'll live & live again,
And children's children's children lisp thy name.


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