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Legal Indenture from John Bergen of South Brunswick, NJ to Peter Kean for $391 for the sale of three enslaved people, Cirus, Peggy, and Peggy's infant Elias. Peter would hold Cirus for eight years. Writing on the back indicates that Elias is Cyrus's son and that Peter purchased them for Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, his mother.

Enslaved People Included: Cirus or Cyrus, Peggy, Elias

People Included: Susan Ursin Niemcewicz


John Bergen


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

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South Brunswick, County of Middlesex, 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 1686-1847. 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 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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, 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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Legal Indenture John Bergen to Peter Kean, March 18, 1811


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