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, New Yorkmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Nov 2008
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Sarah Van Brugh Livingston was the eldest daughter of the New Jersey Governor William Livingston and his wife, Elizabeth French. Sarah married John Jay when she was just 17 and he was 29.


See 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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corrected the mother on this profile
posted by Robin Lee

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