David Augustus Clarkson
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David Augustus Clarkson

David Augustus Clarkson (September 6, 1793 - November 24, 1850) was a Hudson River valley landowner and member of several prominent families.

Early life

Clarkson was born on September 6, 1793 in New York City. He was a son of Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson Sr. (1763-1844) and Elizabeth (née Van Horne) Clarkson (1771-1852).[1][2]

His paternal grandparents were David Clarkson Jr. and Elizabeth (née French) Clarkson. Through his younger brother Thomas Jr., he was an uncle to Thomas S. Clarkson, the namesake of Clarkson University.[3] His maternal grandparents were Thomas Van Horne and Anna Maria (née Van Cortlandt) Van Horne.[4]

Career and personal life

Clarkson was an 1810 graduate in arts of Columbia College.[5]

Front of Chiddingstone, 2018.

On October 4, 1827, Clarkson was married to Margaret Livingston (1808-1874) at Clermont, the Livingston family estate on the Hudson River. Margaret was the daughter of Lt. Gov. of New York Edward Philip Livingston and his wife, Elizabeth Stevens Livingston (eldest daughter of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston and granddaughter of Continental Congressman John Stevens).[6] The Clarkson country estate, a wooden frame home called "Chiddingstone," had a quarter mile front on the Hudson River and was one of the five subdivisions his father-in-law made to his children.[7] Together, they were the parents of:[8]

  • Edward Livingston Clarkson (1828-1829), who died in infancy.[1]
  • Elizabeth Clarkson (1830-1860), who married George Gibbes Barnwell (1826-1902), grand-nephew of Robert Barnwell, in 1854.[1]
  • Thomas Streatfield Clarkson (1834-1898),[9] who was involved in real estate and who married Mary Whitmarsh, daughter of Richmond Whitmarsh and Cornelia (née de Peyster) Whitmarsh.[10]

Clarkson died on November 24, 1850. His wife died in New York City on April 28, 1874. After this death in 1850, his wife divided their Hudson River estate into two, with the north lot (containing Chiddingstone) going to son Thomas, who razed the elder Clarkson's home and, around 1860, constructed a new Italianate and classical brick home in its place, also called Chiddingstone.[11] Their daughter Elizabeth received the southern half. After her death in 1860, the property was sold to William H. Hunt of New Orleans for his wife Elizabeth Ridgely (a great-granddaughter of Chancellor Livingston through his daughter Margaret).[12]


Through his daughter Elizabeth, he was a grandfather of Robert Morgan Gibbes Barnwell (1858-1930), who married Elizabeth Marie (daughter of Albin Marie)[13] in 1883.[1]

Through his son Thomas, he was a grandfather of David Augustus Clarkson (1858-1952),[7] an 1881 Columbia graduate who served as president of the Real Estate Board of Brokers. Clarkson served as a trustee of the New York Dispensary for many years and "once conducted, by order of Gov. Charles Evans Hughes, an investigation into the system of giving title to real estate brokers."[14]


  1. ^ a b c d Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1331. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "FOR SALE". The New York Times. 26 February 1864. p. 3. Retrieved 2019. IDELE, THE COUNTRY SEAT OF the family of the late T. Streatfield Clarkson, formerly known as Clermont, the residence of the late Chancellor Livingston.
  3. ^ "FOUNDERS' NIECE AIDS CLARKSON COLLEGE; Miss Annie Clarkson Made It Chief Beneficiary of Her Estate of More Than $300,000". The New York Times. October 8, 1929. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2013. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-58839-491-0. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ University, Columbia (1882). Officers and Graduates of Columbia University, Originally the College of the Province of New York Known as King's College: General Catalogue ... Columbia University. p. 61. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Livingston, Edwin Brockholst (1910). The Livingstons of Livingston Manor: Being the History of that Branch of the Scottish House of Callendar which Settled in the English Province of New York During the Reign of Charles the Second; and Also Including an Account of Robert Livingston of Albany, "The Nephew," a Settler in the Same Province and His Principal Descendants. Knickerbocker Press. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b Society, Dutchess County Historical (1928). Year Book of the Dutchess County Historical Society. The Dutchess County Historical Society. p. 65, 66. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Burke, Arthur Meredyth (1991). The Prominent Families of the United States of America. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-8063-1308-5. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Thomas S. Clarkson". The New York Times. 13 December 1898. p. 7. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Obituary 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. 14 December 1898. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Larson, Jamie (September 10, 2018). ""Life Along the Hudson" Shows The Style To Which The Livingstons Were Accustomed". www.ruralintelligence.com. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "The Woods Road Estates: A Primer". Schoolfield Country House. May 9, 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Mrs. Robert Morgan Gibbs Barnwell, (Elizabeth Marie, 1860-1940)". www.nyhistory.org. New-York Historical Society. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "David A. Clarkson" (PDF). The New York Times. 21 February 1952. Retrieved 2019.

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