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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Elizabethtown to John Kean, his son-in-law, addressed to Beaufort, SC by the care of Mr. Chisholm, Charleston, SC. He responded to two letters John had sent and told him about Eliza Otto's death. He said that he was unable to give Kean a loan to help with the fire damage done to his property. Susan, John's wife and Peter's daughter had given birth to a baby boy at Elizabethtown. She had gone there to stay with her father, step-mother, Elizabeth Livingston, and sister, Sarah Ricketts.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1712-1792)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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 Archive, Kean University

Peter Van Brugh Livingston to John Kean, February 28, 1788


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