Smith Thompson Collection


Dutchess County Historical Society

549 Main Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Postal Address:

PO Box 88

Poughkeepsie NY 12602

(845) 471-1630

Accession Number

Processed by

Finding Aid Author: Shannon Butler, 2019

Arranged by: Helen Wilkinson Reynolds

Described by: Shannon Butler

Preservation work:

Encoded by:

Date Completed

2019, June, 6th


Smith Thompson

Henry Livingston

Samuel Titus

Catherine Livingston

Eliza (Livingston) Thompson


In linear ft


Inclusive: 1795 - 1855

Conditions Governing Access

No Restrictions



Scope and Content

The collection consists of deeds, mortgages, bonds, fire insurance, and other legal documents pertaining to Smith Thompson and other members of the Thompson/Livingston families.

Historical Note

Smith Thompson was born in Amenia, NY January 17, 1768. He studied at Princeton and practiced law in Troy, and Poughkeepsie. He married Sarah Livingston (1777-1833). Later in 1836 he married Eliza Livingston (1805-1866). He served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1819-1823, and then served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1823-1843. He was a founding Vice-President of the American Bible Society. He died in 1843 and is buried in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.


The Collection was donated to the Dutchess County Historical Society by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds in 1940.

Subject Headings

Deeds; Indentures; Mortgages

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Container List




DR. 2 - DC.0254

Deed from Poughkeepsie female seminary to Smith Thompson

1836 Nov 1

DR. 2 – DC.0255

Deed from John Conklin to others to Thomas Mitchell, Town of Poughkeepsie

1795 Feb 24

 SC Box  DC.0256

Deed for Smith Thompson to Peter Righter

1842 Nov 1

OS.6 – DC.0257

Deed from Henry A. Livingston to Smith Thompson

1830 Aug 10

OS. 6 – DC.0258

Deed from the heirs of Thomas Mitchell to Smith Thompson

1830 Apr 22

VF.1 – DC.0259

Deed from G.S. Thompson to Smith Thompson

1835 Oct 1

DR.2 – DC.0260

Mortgage from Smith Thompson to Matthew and Jacob Van Bunschoten

1813 May 1

VF.1 – DC.0261

Mortgage from John I Northup to Samuel Titus