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Peter Van Brugh Livingston wrote from Abyssinia to Susan Kean, his daughter, addressed to Beaufort, SC. He was happy to hear of her, John Kean, and Peter Kean's safe arrival in Charleston from New York.His wife, Elizabeth Livingston had been ill and he had not left the house since Christmas. He also remarked that he was in debt to Dr. Ramsey for his attention to Susan when she gave birth to Peter.


Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1710-1792)


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

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Abyssinia (possibly in New York)


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

Peter Van Brugh Livingston to Susan Kean, January 16, 1789


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