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Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Sarah Sabina Kean, and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz wrote from Ursino, Elizabethtown, NJ to John Kean (JK1814), addressed to New York, NY. Julia wrote with updates on family activities, Sarah wrote that she was pleased with his desire to have his letters corrected, inquired about his health and gave updates on Christine. Susan wrote briefly at the bottom that she hopes he writes frequently as that is the best way to improve.

People Included: Peter Philip James Kean, Thomas Biddle, Jacob Morris, Phebe Ogden, Pyne, Cousin Palmer, Julia Palmer, Cousin Mary, Lily (?), Sheldon, Sally, Mrs. Barber, Miss Chapman, Cousin Rosa, Emily, Mr. Peugnet


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

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

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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Sarah Sabina Kean, and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz to John Kean, February 7, 1828


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