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Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean wrote to John Kean, her brother, addressed to Mr. Watson's at Cold Spring, Putnam County, NY. She updated him on family and friends in Elizabethtown. She also wrote about the Polish Revolution and how their step-grandfather, Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, was being called the Lafayette of Poland. Susan Ursin Niemcewicz was worried for his safety and that he might be arrested and spend his final years in prison.

People Included: Sarah Sabina Baker, John Rutherfurd, Christine Alexander William Kean, Clermont Baker, Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, Lawrence Family, Palmer Family

Places Included: Wheat Sheaf, New York


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


John Kean (1814-1895)

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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

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean to John Kean, February 5, 1831


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