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Susan Ursin Niemcewicz and Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean wrote from Ursino to John Kean, their grandson and brother, addressed to Highland School, Putnam County, NY. They wrote about family and what was going on in Elizabethtown. Susan also mentioned that she was interested in the events happening in Europe, referring to the King of France and Dey of Algiers possibly meeting in Italy.

People Included: Mr. Rutherford, Walter Rutherford, Sarah Sabina Kean, Christine Alexander William Kean, John Cox Morris, Palmer Family, Lawrence Family

Places Included: Butternuts, NY, Belleville, NJ, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ


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

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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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Ursino, Elizabethtown, County of Essex, NJ


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 Archive, Kean University

Susan Ursin Niemcewicz and Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean to John Kean, September 10, 1830


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