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John Kean, Julia Usin Niemceiwcz Kean, and Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Butternuts, NY to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, their grandmother and mother-in-law, addressed to Ursino, near Elizabethtown, NJ. John and Julia talked about their trip and what they had been doing in Butternuts. Sarah updated Susan on their plans to return home and other matters.

People Included: Peter Philip James Kean, Sarah Louisa Jay Kean, Charles Valentine Morris, John Cox Morris, Richard Morris, Jacob Morris, Cousin Elizabeth (Morris?), Cousin Phil (Palmer?), Betsy, Miss Merrill

Places Included: Niagara, Boston, MA, Moira, Utica, Trenton Falls, Cooperstown, NY


John Kean (1814-1895)

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

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


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

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

John Kean, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, and Sarah Sabina Kean to Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, August 25, 1827


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