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John wrote to his wife, Susan, addressed at Mr. Ricketts near Elizabethtown, NJ. John writes about enslaved people Jacob (sick) and Celia (factotum: do everything person). John wants Celia to be his cook for the rest of his life. The temperature changes drastically. Construction continues on a new property, but he's interested in a place on Chestnut Street next to Oeller's Hotel and opposite the playhouse. He puts limits on Susan spending money on furniture. Names included: Eoff, Susan's brother, her father's estate, Mr. Bancker, Mrs. Glymer, Dickenson, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Pickney (dead), Mrs. Harry, Franks, Mr. Thomas Willing, and Elizabeth "Betsey" Willing and William Jackson plan to get married.


John Kean (1755-1795)


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

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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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

John Kean to Susan Kean, May 29, 1793


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