I am currently writing a research paper on th history of Livermore. I have found what the previous writer wrote to be true, but I also have a few more details. Robert Livermore was born near London. He left home in 1816 to become a seaman. In 1822, he jumped ship near Los Angeles and worked for a short time at Mission San Gabriel. While there he learned Spanish. He later came to the Livermore Valley and was given a land grant from the Spanish govt. which he named Rancho Las Positas. This is the area that is now called Livermore. It is also interesting to note that Robert Livermore became a Mexican citizen in 1844.
This information came from a book entitled "Early Days in the Livermore-Amador Valley" by Merilyn Calhoun. It was written in 1973
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