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William Stephens wrote from Savannah to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He wrote primarily regarding property and John's financial matters. He paid the taxes due in paper money and said that although John's lands were as valuable as any others he would have a hard time selling them. There was an on going issue in Southern Georgia with the local Native American which made it difficult to sell the property.

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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.

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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 Archives, Kean University

William Stephens to John Kean, January 10, 1789


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