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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 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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Sarah Sabina Kean to John Rutherfurd, July 21, 1829


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