Petition of Lucy Cooper to the Connecticut General Assembly concerning Leave to Sell Land

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut Now in Session

The petition of Lucy Cooper of Mohegan humbly sheweth that she is the owner and possessor of a certain piece or lot of land situated in said Mohegan, which was set out to her in the division or distribution of the Mohegan Tribe lands, so called, which lot contains about twenty acres and is surrounded by the lands belonging to1 several individuals of said tribe and lands belonging to Joseph Howland, Esq., and that the same is so situated that it is extremely difficult to fence and rent the same, and that in consequence of the sickness and death of her daughter, she is unable to discharge her just debts and supply herself with necessary clothing and provision.  She, therefore, prays Your Honors to grant her liberty to sell the said lot of land under the direction of the Honorable William Hillhouse or such other person as Your Honors may direct.

And she as in duty bound will ever pray,

Lucy Cooper, her mark
Dated Mohegan, October 15, 1806


We, the subscribers, Indian overseers appointed by the Mohegan Tribe, deem the prayer of the foregoing petition reasonable and certify that the facts therein stated are true and therefore pray Your Honors to grant the same.

Robert Ashbow, his mark
John Cooper, his mark
Andrew Ashbow, his mark
Montville, October 15, 1806

Legislative Action:

In the Upper House, the prayer of the within petition is granted with liberty of a bill, etc.       Test, Samuel Wyllys, Secretary.  Concurred in the House of Representatives.  Test, Sylvanus Backus, Clerk / Petition of Lucy Cooper, Mohegan Indian Woman, etc. / October 1806 / Granted Upper House / Concurred House of Representatives / Bill / Passed Upper House / Passed House of Representatives / Copy Paid


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