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Maria Banyer wrote from Bedford to Peter Kean addressed to Ursino. Her sister, Sarah Louisa Jay, had recently died and she thanked Peter for keeping her memory alive by naming his daughter after her.

People Included: Sarah Louisa Jay Kean, Sarah Sabina Kean, Jacob Morris, Jay Family


Maria Banyer, formerly Maria Jay (1781-1857)


Peter Philip Jay Kean (1788-1828)

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Bedford, NY


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. 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 Elizabeth-Town, 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 who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


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

Maria Banyer to Peter Kean, June 29, 1818


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