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Sarah Louisa Jay Kean wrote from Butternuts, NY to John Kean her brother, addressed to The Brother's Peugnat, No. 3 Nassau Street, New York. She asked that he not return home until they arrive on the 27th of October and told him a little about their time in Butternuts since he left.

People Included: Betsey, Rebecca, Bishop Robert, Christine Alexander William Kean, Richard Morris, Will, Jacob, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Jacob Morris, Morris Cooper, Emily Peugnet, Sarah Sabina Kean, Madam and Mr. Peugnat

Places Included: Utica


Sarah Louisa Jay Kean (1818-1828)


John Kean (1814-1895)

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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

Sarah Louisa Jay Kean to John Kean, September 29, 1827


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