Download Full Text (5.2 MB)


Sarah Sabina Kean wrote from Butternuts to her son, John Kean, addressed to Highland School, Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY.Sarah apologized for not writing to John or his sister Julia, but she was so overcome at hearing of the death of Bishop Hobart she could not think of anything else. She said that she sympathizes with his widow. She also wrote about their family and her trip to Butternuts.

People Included: Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Christine Alexander William Kean, Sarah, Uncle Jacob Morris, Mary, Ann, Mr. Noble, Robert Page, Sophia Pringle Morris, Dr. Watts, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Mrs. Hobart, Lewis Lee Morris and Wife, Robert Rutherfurd, John Rutherfurd

Places Included: Cooperstown, NY, Bellville, NJ, Albany, NY


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


John Kean (1814-1895)

Creation Date


Document Type



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 Elizabethtown, 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

Sarah Sabina Kean to John Kean, September 25, 1830


Book Location