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William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He had received a letter from John via Thomson, the pilot, and was waiting on the answer. He congratulated John and his wife, Susan on a safe trip. He then wrote short updates on their friends including the marriage of Mr. Davies to Mr. Francis Stebbins, Mr. Deveaux leasing his plantation to General Elbert, and Peter Deveaux and Dr. Hall selling land. Peter Deveaux was selling his land for 10 pounds an acre and made mention of enslaved people in his terms.


William Stephens


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Savannah, GA


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

William Stephens to John Kean, November 27, 1788


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