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Samuel wrote to John, addressed to New York, with updates on a store, house, land, enslaved people, crops, and livestock. He has not received any money since John Kean left. The attornies have dismissed both the Overseers and procured others in their places. There have been five births among John Kean's negroes "one of which is dead besides one abortion- they are in general all healthy in which you are fortunate for Mr. Godin Gerard not far from your place has lost 26 negroes while you have not lost one." Also included are the type and number of livestock. Names included: General Bull, Mr. Greene, Mr. Ash, and Major Wigg.


Samuel Wilcox


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Samuel Wilcox to John Kean, December 16, 1785


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