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April 18, 2006



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

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.

Jo Ann DeBattista

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

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