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Margaret Livingston wrote from Clermont Estate to John Kean, addressed to New York. She wrote she was glad to hear of John's improved health and his and his family's return to New York. She wrote about the Tillolson (?) family that had been experiencing a lot of health problems. She wrote that only Mrs. Tillolson and one enslaved man were healthy at one point. Her husband and children, Robert and Mary, were all sick and three enslaved women were giving birth at once.

People Mentioned: Mrs. Lewis, Joanna, T, Peggy, General Armstrong, Mrs. Armstrong, and Mrs. De LaForest.


Margaret Livingston, formerly Margaret Beekman (1718-1800)


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Clermont Estate, or Clermont State Historic Site


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

Margaret Livingston to John Kean, November 22, 1789


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