Petition of James Orris [Warris] Guy to the New London County Court

To the Honorable County Court now sitting in the town of Norwich within and for New London County
                
The representation, petition and memorial of James Guy, a colored man now residing in said Norwich, humbly sheweth, that some years since the memorialist was lawfully married to and became the husband[1]of Thankful Charles, an Indian woman of the Groton or Pequot Tribe, who is still alive.  That in right of said Thankful, he was entitled to the use and improvement of a certain tract of the Indians lands in said Groton containing about seven[2] acres, together with such other interest as might appertain to his said wife in the Indian property and concerns during their intermarriage.  That their joint rights and enjoyment of said lands and property were recognized by the Honorable County Court for the time, being a number of years since.  That soon after said intermarriage the memorialist built a house upon the land and occupied the same together with the lands, contiguous, that about five years since said Thankful became unsteady and dissipated and absconded, and eloped with another man. And has ever since continued so to absent herself unlawfully from the bed and board of the memorialist, leaving him alone.  That for several years past the memorialist has not been allowed by the overseer anything on account of the use of said property although he has expended hundreds of dollars on account thereof in improvements.  The memorialist, therefore, humbly begs Your Honors as he is liable for the debts and maintenance of said Thankful, and as his own wants require it, that you would examine into his unhappy case and grant him relief in the premises as the laws of humanity and the State enjoin, and the high duties of Your Honors in the case require.
 
And he in duty bound will ever pray,
 
James Orris [Warris] Guy
Dated at Norwich, February 11, 1835
          
Notation:
Memorial of James Guy / Application of James
Cataloguing:
Pequot,  [February 11, 1835] in pencil
 
 

[1] The marriage took place in July of 1822 but was received for recording in February 18, 1835, thirteen years after the union and within a week of the petition for relief filed by James Guy.

[2] The original has a space between seven and acres suggesting that perhaps it was filled in later.