Resolution of the Connecticut General Assembly upon the Petition of Esther Mazeen

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut to be Holden at Hartford in and for said State on the Second Thursday of May 18081

The petition of Esther Meazon, one of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians, humbly sheweth, that she is the owner and possessor of a certain lot of land lying in said Mohegan, containing about one acre and three quarters and is bounded northerly by land belonging to Hannah Raymond, westerly and southerly by land belonging to George Raymond, and easterly by land belonging to John Leach.  And your petitioner would beg leave to state to your Honors that said lot has descended to her from the ancient and respectable Uncas family, and that she is the only true and legal surviving2 heir of the said Uncas family and that said lot never was claimed by said Mohegan Tribe but was always attached to and considered as the sole property of said Uncas family.

And your petitioner would further state that said lot is separate more than half a mile from any other lands to her belonging and that the fences on said lot are much out of repair, and she cannot rent nor improve the same to any advantage to herself or family. And your petitioner would further state to Your Honors that she is a widow woman and has a family of five children wholly dependent on her for support, that she has, at considerable expense, erected a frame of a house on her other lands and partly covered the same.  And more, she humbly prays Your Honors that you would grant her liberty to sell said lot of land under the direction of James Fitch, Esq., one of the overseers of said Mohegan Tribe, or such other person as Your Honors may see fit to appoint, that from the avails of said land, she may be enabled to so far finish said house as to afford a shelter to herself and fatherless children.

And she as in duty bound will ever pray,

Esther Meazon, her mark
Dated Mohegan, May 6, 1808

Legislative Action:

In the House of Representatives, the prayer of this petition is granted with liberty of a bill, etc.  Test, Lyman Law, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House.  Test, Samuel Wyllys, Secretary / May Session 1808 / Entered / Petition of Esther Meazon / Granted House of Representatives / Granted Upper House / Bill / Passed Upper House / Concurred House of Representatives / Copy Intra / Paid


74 a, 74 b, 74 c, 74 d, 98, 99

  • 1. The second Thursday in May of 1808 was the 12th.
  • 2. Deleted Text: family