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Robert Barnwell in Beaufort, South Carolina wrote to Susan Kean, unaddressed. Robert informed Susan that he worked as trustee of the late John Kean's property without legal trusteeship. He discussed the issue of remittances, debt, and property. John Kean, according to Barnwell, offered the the revenue of a property for twelve years to pay of his debts before the revenue went to his family. Barnwell advised contacting Judge Grimke if she wanted to terminate ownership of the property. He discussed the issue of bonds. People included: Mr. Kean, Peter Kean, Grimke, Philip Livingston, Banker, Holmes, Odleton, Shubrice, Mr. Ricketts, Mrs. Ricketts. Places included: Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina.


Robert Barnwell (1761-1814)


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

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Beaufort, South Carolina, USA


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 (1799 and earlier)


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 Archive, Kean University

Robert Barnwell to Susan Kean, October 23, 1796


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