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Sarah Ricketts wrote to Susan Kean, her sister, address not included. She and her family were living in England, however they were having some severe financial difficulties due to an Estate in Jamaica. They had not been receiving much income from it and then received notice form Mr. Ewart that the man they trusted it to, John had run the estate into the ground. He accumulated a lot of debt and other judgements against the property which James Ricketts, Sarah's husband would be responsible for. They planned to travel to Jamaica to sort everything out, but Sarah was hesitant to leave her children, James, Maria, Phil, and Julia, especially since Maria was sick.


Sarah Ricketts, formerly Sarah Livingston


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston, and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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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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Sarah Ricketts to Susan Kean, February 3, 1789