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John Kean wrote to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. Mrs.Cuthbert had given birth to a baby boy, he hoped Susan's birth had been as easy and lamented that Eliza Otto's had not been. He had received a letter from Bartholomew Corvaisier his brother-in-law, that said he had been ill and his son died, But Jane Corvaisier was better now. He wrote about Mrs. Gough and her daughter and that her brother, Robert Barnwell, had been elected as a delegate to Congress. He had not heard from Saltus, presumably because of the harsh weather. He had sent some birds to Mrs. De La Forest, but was sure they were not doing well. In a postscript, he inquired about Congress and if New York had afopted the Constitution.


John Kean (1755-1795)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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Location Unknown (presuambly Beaufort, SC)


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other wealthy, prominent, colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabethtown, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families. The collection includes second hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Kean, February 25, 1788