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John Kean wrote from Beaufort to Susan Kean, his wife, addressed to be left at Mr. Otto's, No. 3 Hanover Square, New York. He had just arrived from Hilton Head and was anxious to hear news of Susan and the baby. He directed Mr. Chisom to send $200 making the total sent $700. He has had not had to sell any property other than the horses. He found means to quiet all his creditors and the only one who still pressed him for money was his brother-in-law Bartholomew Corvaisier. He inquired about Lewis William Otto.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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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.

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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 Archive, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Livingston, February 20, 1788


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