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Sarah Ricketts wrote from Elizabethtown, NJ to Susan Kean, her sister, addressed to John Kean, Cashier of the U.S. Bank, Philadelphia. Sarah was concerned about Susan after hearing about the narrow brush she and John Kean, her husband, had with the Yellow Fever. She wrote about the fever in New York and Elizabethtown and how frightened people were.

People Included: Henry Knox and Family, Mr. Willing, John Kean, Franks. David Franks, Peggy Marshalls, Peter Philip James Kean

Places Included: New York, NY, Boston, MA


Sarah Ricketts, formerly Sarah Livingston


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

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Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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

Sarah Ricketts to Susan Kean, October 7, 1793


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