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Peter Kean wrote from Ursino to Mary Morris, his mother-in-law, addressed to Butternuts, Otsego County, NY. Peter expressed sympathy for a loss in the family and drew a comparison to Mary Mother of God's grief. The letter is possibly referring to the death of Mary's son, William Augustus Morris, but he is not named in the letter.

People Included: Jacob Morris, Sarah Sabina Kean, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean


Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)


Mary Morris, formerly Mary Cox (1758-1827)

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Ursino, Elizabethtown, County of Essex, 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 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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Peter Kean to Mary Morris, February 3, 1820


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