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The Last Will and Testament of John Kean. In his Will, John Kean leaves the majority of his personal property and real estate to his son, Peter Philip James Kean, with the exception of some land to Robert Barnwell, money to his sister Jane Corvasier, and land to his wife Susan. He also freed an enslaved woman Celia upon his death and granted her $50 a year for life in addition to a regular salary if she continued to work for Susan Kean for as long as Susan would hire her.

People Included: George Campbell, Susan Kean, Robert Barnwell, Peter Philip James Kean, Richard Shubrick, Thomas Shubrick, Jane Grove, Jane Corvaisier, Celia, Philip Peter Livingston, John Wallace, Gustavus Risberg


John Kean (1755-1795)

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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA


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

John Kean, Last Will and Testament, April 18, 1795


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