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Julian Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Peter Kean, and Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Ursino, Elizabethtown, NJ to John Kean (JK1814) addressed to New York, NY. Julia wrote about an upcoming reading party, a pending visit from their grandfather, and other family news. Peter wrote complimenting John on his improved handwriting and correcting the spelling in his letter. He also gave some updates about home. Sarah has a short note at the end instructing him not to wear a shirt that was sent as it is the wrong one.

People Included: Cousin Mary, Betsey, Julia Lawrence, Cousin Palmer, Julia Palmer, Jacob Morris, Christine Alexander William Kean, Sally Jay, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz

Places Included: Philadelphia, PA, Butternutts, NY, Connecticut


Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, later Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Fish (1816-1887)

Peter Philip James Kean (1788-1828)

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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Peter Kean, and Sarah Sabina Kean to John Kean, January 22, 1828


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