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Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Butternuts, Otsego County, NY to John Rutherfurd, her uncle, addressed to Edgerston, near Belleville, NJ. She wrote that she was shocked to hear of the death of Mary Ricketts. She knew she should return to Elizabethtown, but felt that in her current state of health she would just be a burden.

People Included: Mary Ricketts, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Jacob Morris, Dr. Watts, Mrs. Palmer, Mr. Peugnet, John Kean


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


John Rutherfurd

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Butternuts, Otsego County, 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 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 Elizabethtown, 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 3


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Sarah Sabina Kean to John Rutherfurd, July 21, 1829


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