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Gustavus Risberg, Philadelphia, PA, wrote to Susan Kean, addressed to Elizabeth Town, NJ. Gustavus Risberg received a copy of the deed from Mrs. Kean. The property dispute arose from two problems. When Dr. Rush constructed two back buildings that created water stoppage that in turn flooded the Kean property, especially during the rain. The previous owner of the properties, Mr. Ketlands, gave a slice of the property twice. This created a dispute between Mrs. Kean and Dr. Rush over who owned the property as their deed stated both did.

People included: Peter Kean, Mr. Kean, Mr. Willing, Dr. Rush, Mr. Ketlands, Mr. Meades.

Places included: Kean lot, the Rush lot.


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 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.

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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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Gustavus Risberg to Susan Kean, June 26, 1796


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