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Jacob Morris wrote from Butternut Creek to John Rutherfurd, addressed to Broadway, NY. He described his journey to his land in New York that had been given to him to compensate for property loss during the Revolutionary War. He traveled from Albany and Schenectady up the Mohawk and Susquehanna Rivers. He described being the first settlers to travel up Butternut Creek, where he was to build his house, and his decision to build a frame house instead of a log cabin.

People Included: Lewis Morris, Richard Morris, and Monsieur DeVillers.


Jacob Morris (1755-1844)


John Rutherfurd (1760 - 1840)

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Butternuts, Otsego County, NY


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 2, LHC Series 3


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Jacob Morris to John Rutherfurd, June 21, 1787


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