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John Kean, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, and Sarah Louisa Jay Kean wrote from Butternuts, NY to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, their grandmother, addressed to Ursino, near Elizabethtown, NJ.They all gave general updates about their time in Butternuts.

People Included: Peter Philip James Kean, Sarah Sabina Kean, General Jacob Morris, Mary Cox Morris, Lewis Lee Morris, John Cox Morris, Jacob Morris, Heywards, Miss Packard, Cousin Morris Cooper, Miss Merrill, Uncle Ricketts, Cousin James, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Betsey Bedient, Angeline, Mrs. Armstrong, Dr. Buchanan


John Kean (1814-1895)

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, later Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Fish (1815-1887)

Sarah Louisa Jay Kean (1818-1828)


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

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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 Archives, Kean University

John Kean, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, and Sarah Louisa Jay Kean to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, September 24, 1825


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