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John Kean wrote from Philadelphia to Susan Kean, his wife, address not included. He wrote about inheritance and what would be left after his death to his son Peter. He also wrote about an enslaved woman named Violet. He instructed Susan to give her away if she could not be sold or have her indent herself to him for 5 or 7 years and bring her to Philadelphia.

People Included: Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Peter Philip James Kean, Miss Meade, Peggy Bayard, G. McEvers, Betsy Bayard, Franks, Violet

Places Included: Elizabethtown, NJ


John Kean (1795-1895)


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

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Philadelphia, 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.

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

John Kean to Susan Kean, June 30, 1793


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