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John F. Grimke in Savannah, GA wrote to John Kean, addressed to Philadelphia, PA. This letter involved a variety of topics. It discussed property and deeds of prominent citizens from the South. This also dealt with the legal issues in Charleston, SC concerning the Bryan estate. Grimke received payment in that regard from the sale of nine enslaved. Mr. Wercat planned not to take land for his claim. The letter discussed commercial, debt, and tax issues. Native Americans apparently threatened them with "mischief." People included: Richard Shubrick, Mr. Grimke, Conyers, Barnard, [Hart], Goodgion, Barnwell, Bryan, Mr. Wercat, Dr. Channing, Tom Miller, Miller's Mother, Bryan, Wade, Mrs. Stephen, Mrs. Kean, Capt. Collings.


William Stephens (1752-1819)


John Kean (1756-1795)

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Savannah, Georgia


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


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 Archives, Kean University

William Stephens to John Kean, June 19, 1792


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