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Elizabeth Gough wrote to Susan Kean, address not included. Eliza visited with Mrs. Ramsey and they had tea together. Joseph Smith, Eliza's son-in-law, enquired about Susan's health frequently, he seemed to be fond of Eliza's daughter Polly. Eliza received a letter from her mother who was not doing well and Eliza feared she would never recover from her sickness. The measles was spreading fast in Beaufort and in Charleston. Eliza was worried Polly would fall ill from the disease. She had not heard from her brother, Robert Barnwell, in five months and was worried that she offended him.


Elizabeth Gough, formerly Elizabeth Barnwell


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

Creation Date

c. 1791 or 1792

Document Type



Location Unknown (presuambly Beaufort, SC)


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Elizabeth Gough to Susan Kean, c. 1791-1792