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John Kean wrote to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, his grandmother, addressed to Ursino, near Elizabethtown, NJ. He had just received a letter from Mrs. Palmer, his cousin, about the birth of Cornelia Livingston Kean and had been trying to see Julia, presumably Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean.

People Included: Sarah Sabina Kean, Cornelia Livingston Kean, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. B Robinson, Bishop Family, Dr. Stevens, Mrs. S, Dr. Watts, Mr. P

Notable Quote: "I don't know for what the baby is to be called CL. I think that ut ought to be after Mother. C Sabina L Kean."


John Kean (1814-1895)


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

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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.

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


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John Kean to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, April 14, 1829