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Susan U. Niemcewicz wrote from Elizabethtown, New Jersey to John Rutherford near Trenton, New Jersey. Susan informed her cousin, John, that the Suit in Chancery that her uncle thought John would like to hear was not yet decided. Judge Gibbons, a man of great wealth from Georgia, purchased Colonel Cranes’ land near the new Ferry and likely also purchased one-third of Ogden and Dayton’s part. Gibbons had several conversations with Stiles about the property and Stiles claimed he was cheated out of his part. Mr. Barnwell was in Elizabethtown and wished to settle as much of the business of the bonds as possible, three were to be canceled. If John could not favor Susan with a visit, she asked him to forward the bonds to her. In the postscript, Susan wished there could be some way devised that their good old aunt might recover her Dower from some of the rich speculators who were in possession of their uncle’s property.

People mentioned: Judge Gibbons, Colonel Crane, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Dayton, Robert Barnwell, Julian Niemcewicz, and Peter Kean.


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


John Rutherford

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Elizabethtown, New Jersey


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 2


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Susan U. Niemcewicz to John Rutherford, July 18, 1802


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