Commodore Melancthon Taylor Woolsey
General Woolsey's grandfather was Rev. Benjamin Woolsey, who graduated Yale in 1709, and
was minister of Dosoris, in Oyster Bay. Another of Rev. Woolsey's grandchildren, Mary
Woolsey, married Rev. Timothy Dwight, the President of Yale from 1795 to 1817. Abigail
Woolsey, a 3rd grandchild, married Henry Livingston, Jr., the brother of General Woolsey's
wife, Alida Livingston.
5 June 1780
Richard Valentine Morris was the son of Declaration Signer Lewis Morris and Mary Walton.
His grandfather, Governor Lewis Morris, was the 2nd great grandfather of Barent Bleecker
Lansing, the husband of Sarah Breese, a granddaughter of Henry Livingston, Jr.
The Adams was a frigate rated at 28 guns-was laid down in 1797 at New York City by John Jackson
and William Sheffield and launched on 8 June 1799. Capt. Richard Valentine Morris took command
of the ship. departed New York in mid-September 1799 and headed for the West Indies to
protect American shipping from attacks by French privateers.
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Chancellor Livingston was Woolsey's 2nd cousin once removed.
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