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Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean and Sarah Sabina Baker wrote from Wheat Sheaf to John Kean, their brother, and son, addressed to Highland School, Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY. Julia's portion of the letter is in French. Sarah updated John about family and friends including the death of Dr. Watts and that William Palmer seemed to be recovering and "writes rationally to his mother."

People Included: Julia Palmer, Anthony Rutgers, Dr. Watts, Looe Baker, Susan Ursin Niemcewicz, Christine Alexander William Kean, Eliza Baker, Mr. Lawrence, Cousin Peggy, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, William Palmer

Places Included: St. Ives, Ursino, Edgerston


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

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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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Wheat Sheaf, Bucks County, PA


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

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz and Sarah Sabina Baker to John Kean, February 15, 1831


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