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John wrote from Greesbanks, near Kilmarnock, North Britain, to his father-in-law Peter Van Brugh Livingston, addressed to Baskinridge [Basking Ridge, NJ]. John is mourning the death of his wife (and Peter's daughter), Mary (nickname Molly) Livingston and the loss of a mother for their children: Margaret [possibly called Mary Frances], William, and George Van Brugh Brown. He enclosed a letter (not present) from people who knew Mary and wrote kind things about her.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1710-1792)

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Greesbanks, near Kilmarnock, Scotland


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 1


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

John Brown to Peter Van Brugh Livingston, April 4, 1780


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