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Martha Laurens Ramsay wrote from Charleston to John Kean, addressed to Beaufort, SC. John and his wife, Susan had stayed with the Ramsay family while in Charleston. Martha wrote that she never felt more comfortable in the presence of a stranger than she did with Susan and that she hoped her health had improved. She mentioned that Miss Futerell and Fanny sent their best.


Martha Laurens Ramsay, formerly Martha Laurens (1759-1811)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Charleston, 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.

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

Martha Laurens Ramsay to John Kean, December 20, 1788


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