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Mary Livingston Brown wrote with her husband, John Brown, likely from Greesbanks, near Kilmarnock, North Britain, to her sisters, Susan and Bess [Elizabeth] Livingston and Mrs. L. Mary shared her faith in God. John thanked Susan for a New Years' gift. Son William stayed with his grandmother, daughter Mary [Margaret] remained with John and Mary. Mary continued the letter. B. intended marriage but Mary was cryptic about whether it will happen. Notable quote: "The strongest efforts are making here by all ranks to muster up a large number of Scotch Boys, to make a grand push, which they think will decide in their favor; it appears to me to be the last Croak of a dying Swan." People included: Mc Coomb's Uncle, L.C., A.B., Susy R., a Lady at Glasgow (a sister of Mr. Rutherfurd), Mr. Randal, Daughter Dowager of Eglintow, Kennedy.


Mary Brown


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

Elizabeth "Eliza" or "Bess" Livingston, later Elizabeth "Eliza" Otto (1761-1787)

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Not stated, but likely Greesbanks, near Kilmarnoch, North Britain


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 to 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 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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Mary Brown to Susan and Elizabeth Livingston, January 3, 1778