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Eliza Gough wrote from Beaufort to Susan Kean, addressed to Philadelphia. She wrote that John Kean, Susan's husband, could have a post for life at Northward and part her hoped he would so Susan would be closer. She mentioned the death of Mr. Eveleigh (presumably Nicholas Eveleigh who died in 1791). She had heard from someone in the neighborhood of Mr. Ropell that her daughter Polly was sick at the Ferry and sent a servant to check if it was true. Polly had a slight fever but was well and Eliza was going to get her the next day.


Elizabeth Gough, formerly Elizabeth Barnwell


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

Creation Date

c. 1791

Document Type



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


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Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Eliza Gough to Susan Kean, 1791


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