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Susan Kean wrote to John Kean, her husband, address not included. Susan's sister, Elizabeth Otto died in childbirth. Susan was also pregnant and wrote out her wishes should she die as well. She wrote that she felt their child should spend it's infancy with her father Peter Van Brugh Livingston, as he loved children. She said if it was a girl she would like her to be raised as a sister with Elizabeth's daughter Eliza Julia Otto. She said her sister Sarah Ricketts had offered to be a mother to her child should it need one.

People Included: Lewis William Otto and Mr. Rutherfurd.


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


John Kean (1755-1795)

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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


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

Susan Kean to John Kean, January 13, 1788