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Title: Donald Livingston of the Red River Livingstons
Posted by: Donald (Livingstone) Clink
Date: 18 May 2008

Donald Livingston of our highland clan was a young boatbuilder from the Isle of Islay living at or near the port of Bowmore when 1812 he was recruited along with my ancestor Miles Livingston b.1775, also a boatbuilder to join a party of highlanders primarily from Northern Mull to settle in Lord Selkirk's Red River Settlement. It is believed by some that Donald and his family originated somewhere in Movern Parish near the Isle of Lismore like Miles Livingston and that Donald's father Neil and other Livingston kin including Miles Livingston made the journey to Bowmore a port on the Isle of Islay to find work as boatbuilders and carpenters sometime between 1790 and 1810. If they did not live at Bowmore they resided in a nearby village or Parish. (I will have more on the possibe Movern Donald Livingston connection I am hoping in the next few weeks.)

On June 24th 1812 Donald Livingston about 20 or in his early 20's left with my ancestor Miles Livingston b.1775 and perhaps one other Livingston boatbuilder aboard the "Robert Taylor" destined for Lord Selkirk's Red River colony in what today would be present day Winnipeg, Manitoba and Pembina, North Dakota eventually arriving at the settlement in October of 1812. Following the arrival of the "Robert Taylor" and its passengers at the Hudsons Bay Port at York Factory on August 24,1812, Donald married another settler he met aboard ship, Ann MacGilveray from Torsay Parish at Mull a daughter of Archibald McGilverary and his wife Mary McLean. I think they lived at a place called Camberon Moy if that makes any sense to anyone familiar with Mull. The Selkirk Papers Settler List of Island of Mull settlers indicates that Ann was 22 around in 1811 or 1812 so I assume she was born abt. 1791 or 1790.

Donald and Ann were wed on September 6, 1812 while at York Factory and shortly before the settlers that had arrived on the "Robert Taylor" were to embark on a 800 mile journey southward by small boats and canoes to the Red River settlement. 

As is all too common in records there is a variance in the suggested birth date of Donald Livingston. At least two birth dates are commonly given that of abt.1791 or abt.1785 depending upon which census you are working with. In the 1834 and 1835 Red River Census, Donald Livingston is recorded as being 43 and 44 so I felt safe with the assumption that he was born in 1791. If one relys upon the 1856 Scotch Grove County, Iowa, USA Census then Donald Livingston age 70 was born abt. 1786 or 1785.

The first years of the Red River Settlement were difficult ones with the settlement destroyed in 1815 by Selkirk enemies and the Hudson Bay Company Rival, the North West Company and the settlers removed. Miles, his wife Janet and two children born at the settlement left for Upper Canada at this time, but Donald soon returned and remained through thick and thin until the settlement was rebuilt and some measure of stability returned to settlement. In 1817 he was made a Constable of the settlement. 

His letters to his family back in Scotland encouraging them to join him at Red River, resulted in his father Neil, his brothers James, Hugh and the rest of the family to arrive at the settlement by 1819. His brothers later settled in Iowa in the 1830's and Donald joined them in 1840 perhaps shortly after his elderly father Neil passed away at the Red River Settlement. 

Donald Livingstone died either on 10 March 1876 or August 3, 1878  in Scotchgrove Township, Jones County Iowa. Perhaps someone can confirm one of these dates with Jones County historians who have access to local cemetery or County death records. His will was probated on the 5th October 1877 in Scotchgrove Township and it is said that he was buried in Edenburg Cemetery. 









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