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April 18, 2006



Dear Race descendants: I am pleased that you found this post and my attempt at balladeering your ancestry enjoyable. From a Livingston definately not "of the Manor born" to those whose forebears suffered under the overseers of my 1st cousin (half a dozen or so times removed), Robert Livingston III, I hope this goes in some way to reconcile the ancient history between us.

John Race Powers

Enjoyed "The Ballad of William Race", my ancestor. Also the historical essay about our family's conflict with the Livingstons. I had hoped to find a link to a genealogy of the Livingstons that lived in the Manor at the time of William and Andreis Race.

John R. Powers

20 Dec. 2006

Donna Race Kneip[

Did a google search and was really surprised to see this. William Race was my 6th Great Grandfather....This is how I descend. William, Abraham, Phillip, Gilbert, Luther E., Clarence G, Harold C, William J. then me Donna Race.....my family came to Chicago 1858 from Mount Washington Ma.

Jo Ann DeBattista

As a Race/Rees decendant, I found this a very interesting bit of family history. Thank you.

Tim Abbott

Thanks for the kind words. There are many legends about the Race family told on the Taconic Plateau: ghost stories about families that died in the flames of lonely cabins. Many of the principals in the border conflict with Livingston had dutch ancestry. Jan Hollenbeck, whose family name endures in a lovely tributary of the Housatonic in Falls Village, CT, was one of these and participated in the raid on the Roeliff Jansen Kill iron works. Another was Jan van Guilder, who some claim was of mixed Dutch and native American ancestry, for whom Guilder Pond in Mt. Washington and Guilder Hollow in the Jug End Reservation in Egremont, MA are named. Jan van Guilder married Mary Karner, and Karner Brook cascades down the ravine along Mt. Washington Road into the flatlands of South Egremont.


Fascinating post... I lived on part of the Livingston property and did a bit of research - you have put together a fascinating and informative perspective

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