Sarah (Livingston) Jay
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Sarah Van Brugh (Livingston) Jay (1756 - 1802)

Sarah Van Brugh Jay formerly Livingston
Born in Albany, New Yorkmap
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Wife of — married 28 Apr 1774 in Liberty Hall, Elizabethtown, NJmap
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Died at age 45 in Bedford, Westchester, New York, United Statesmap
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Sarah Van Brugh Livingston was the eldest daughter of the New Jersey Governor William Livingston and his wife, Elizabeth French.

Her uncle Philip was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, her cousin Robert was a member of the elite committee to compose the document. Her uncle Peter was president of the New York Provincial Congress and her aunt was Lady Sterling, wife of General William Alexander. Sarah accompanied her husband in October 1779... re Spain...[1].

Sarah married John Jay 28 April 1774 at Liberty Hall, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, when she was just 17 and he was 29.


  1. The Women of '76 by Sally Smith Booth, Hastings House publishers, New York, 1973. E276 B66. page 213-5

See also Sarah Livingston Jay at the John Jay Homestead Museum website.


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When Sally's husband was named minister to Spain, "twenty-three year old Sally, alone among the American wives during the war, decided to make the treacherous trip with her husband." In Octover 1779, they set sail but two months in, misfortune came upon the ship and they had to set course for Martinique via trade winds. A few days after landing, they left for Cadiz and landed in early 1780 after being chased by a English frigate; then continued across land in one horrendous excursion after another. Sally, traveling pregnant, and her husband finally arrived in Madrid six months after their departure from America. <ref> Roberts, Cokie,Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, First Perennial, 2005.</ref>
posted 12 Dec 2018 by Elizabeth Coltrane   [thank Elizabeth]
Sarah Jay wrote her husband in October 1801: "I have been rendered very

happy by the company of our dear children . . . I often, I shd. say daily, bless God for giving us such amiable Children. May they long be preserved a blessing to us & to the community."

posted 18 Nov 2008 by Anonymous McCann
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