1898 Austin Thomas Livingston

Born: June 26, 1898 in Windsor, Broome Co., NY Died: Feb. 19, 1979 in Sidney, Delaware Co., NY He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton, Chenango Co., NY His father was: 1857 Myron James Livingston. His mother was: 1866 Caroline Lucretia Burhyte. He was married June 24 (or 26), 1917 to Norma Rose Pulis at Afton, Chenango County, NY. They had these children together: 1918 Kenneth Austin Livingston died 1918 (died at birth) 1919 Margaret Caroline Livingston died 1989 1921 Kenneth Austin Livingston died 1970 (same name as his brother above) 1923 Betty Jane Livingston died 1923 (lived one week) 1924 Dorothy Euphemia Livingston died 1926 (died at age 3) 1928 (un-named son) Livingston died 1928 (died at birth) 1929 Irma Dorothy Livingston died 2014 1931 Alta Mae Livingston died 2006 1939 Robert N. Livingston died 2014 Austin and Norma operated a dairy farm near Afton, New York for many years. They were neighbors of the Merritt family. They had taken over the farm that belonged to Oscar Pulis, Norma's father. The farm is on state route 41, next to Bettsburg Corners, in Vallonia Springs (Afton). This photo of Austin appears to have been taken about 1937, but that is only a guess. It was taken on the family farm. Family history recounts that about 1949, the barn was struck by lightning and was totally destroyed. It was partly rebuilt with the help of neighbors, but required a large outlay of money to be totally rebuilt, money which the family did not have and could not raise...as a result the family went bankrupt and had to start over. Apparently the farm, at only 80 acres, was too small to support a dairy herd large enough to pay for the barn to be rebuilt adequately in order to operate the farm. Also in that same lightning strike, a pet goat was killed by the lightning; young Robert was heartbroken by this and never got over it. Due to the bankruptcy (about 1954) they held a large auction at which everything was sold. Austin and Norma moved in with son Kenneth and his family for a time. Austin later worked at the Bendix plant in Sidney, NY as a janitor. Kenneth also worked at the same plant, as a lathe operator, during the same time. Also working there was Austin's son-in-law, Homer E. Dutcher. Here is a photo taken about 1947 shows Austin and Norma with four of their surviving children: Alta, Margaret, Irma and Robert. Kenneth is missing from this photo. This appears to have been on the occasion of their 30th wedding anniversary.
Of their nine children, one died in less than three years, another lived less than one week, and two died at birth. Two more photos show Austin and Norma in the 1970's, standing in front of their house on West Main Street, Sidney, New York, or Norwich, New York; the location is not certain at this time. This was after their retirement and the sale of the dairy farm. What I remember about my Grandpa Livingston was that he smelled nicely of pipe tobacco, and he was a very congenial person who loved kids. I remember going to visit my grandparents when I was about five or six. Grandma Norma was impatient and crabby and worried that we would make a mess or break something. Grandpa sat in his rocker, smiling, and I remember climbing up on his lap and getting a bear hug from his big dairy-farmer arms. James Alan Sherman My cousin Robert N. Livingston (Jr.) writes: I talked to my Dad 'Robert Livingston Sr.' this eve. He remembered his Grandpa Pulis's Colt 45. He said that his mother gave the pistol to a friend of the family when he was about 12 years old. For some reason, she didn't want Dad to have it. He wasn't able to recall who she gave the pistol to. The Livingston farm my father (1939 Robert N. Livingston) grew up on, was originally Great-Grandpa Pulis's farm. My Grandpa Livingston went to work on the Pulis farm when he was 16 years old and ended up falling in love with with my Grandmother. They never left the farm until late in life when they sold the farm and moved to Sidney NY to work at a factory (N.B. this was the Bendix plant in Sidney, N.Y.). They retired in Sidney, and stayed there until Grandpa passed on. I consider myself lucky to know my Grandma and Grandpa Livingston when I was growing up, and have many fond memories of them visiting us and working with us on our pig farm. I don't remember Grandpa doing much hard work due to his age. However, he always had his harmonica in his pocket and was willing to provide some background music while Grandma and I would be working together repairing roofs and doing chores. They loved to travel around in their 1964 Rambler on the weekends and go to flea markets and craft fairs to look for items Grandma collected. I remember she collected the ruby colored glassware, clocks and music scrolls for her player piano. While Grandma was walking around rummaging and socializing, Grandpa would whip out the trusty harmonica and play a few tunes for all to hear. The Pulis/Livingston farm was built on the border of two counties, Chenango and Broome county. The farm's street address was in the town of Nineveh, Broome County NY, and the other half of the farm was in Vallonia Springs, Chenango county, NY. I attached a picture of the farmstead and how it looks today. The current owners have replaced the old farmhouse with a ranch style. I was shocked the last time I saw the farm from the highway when I drove by on route 88. Here are some photos of the Livingston farm/homestead, from about 1949 or 1950. Genealogy HOME Search Tool.