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Thomas Grimke wrote from Charleston, SC to Peter Kean addressed to Elizabethtown, NJ. He writes regarding the property Peter inherited from John Kean in Beaufort. Since Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, his mother, was entitled to 1/3 of the property that means she can also claim 1/3 of the enslaved people there. He mentions that they also must take Julian Ursin Niemcewicz into account since they are married unless they had renounced his claim by a marriage settlement.

People Included: John Kean (JK1755), Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, Robert Barnwell, Edward Barnwell, Mr. Robertson

Places Included: Beaufort, SC


Thomas S. Grimke (1786-1834)


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

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Charleston, SC


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


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Thomas Grimke to Peter Kean, May 18, 1811


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