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Susan Ursin Niemcewicz wrote from Ursino to Sarah Sabina Kean, her daughter-in-law, addressed Ballston Spa, NY. Although the letter is addressed to Sarah, sections of it seem to be directed to Peter Philip James Kean, and it began with "My dear children". Susan asked Sarah about their plans and gave updates about home and Sarah's children.

People Included: John Kean, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Mr. Lawrence, Julia Lawrence, Mr. Vaughn, Mrs. Armstrong, Jacob Morris, Rachael, Cousin Mary, Judge Dessaur, Jane DeHarts, Betty, Mr. Trumb, Maria Palmer, Ricketts Family, Armstrong Family

Places Included: Butternuts, NY, Cooperstown, NY


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


Sarah Sabina Kean, formerly Sarah Sabina Morris, and later Sarah Sabina Baker (1788-1878)

Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

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Ursino, Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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

Susan Ursin Niemcewicz to Sarah Kean, August 13, 1818


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