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Sarah Sabina Baker wrote to John Kean, her son, addressed to Ursino, Elizabethtown, NJ. She begged John not to push himself too much and to give up bodily labor after he hurt himself with some farm equipment. She also told him that Christine and Eliza, his sister and step-sister, would be coming to visit him this week before school started again.

People Included: Christine Alexander William Kean, Eliza Baker, Philemon Baker, Betsey, Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, Mary Morris, Mr. Collin, Mr. Davis, Dr. Hawk, Mary Rutherfurd, Looe Baker

Places Included: Butternuts, NY, Louisville


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


John Ken (1814-1895)

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New York, 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

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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Sarah Sabina Baker to John Kean, April 13, 1835


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