Petition of Dolly Poquiantup to the Connecticut General Assembly Requesting Leave to Sell Land

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut to Be Holden at Hartford in said State on the Second Thursday of May AD 18091

The petition of Dolly Poquiantup, one of  the Niantic Tribe of Indians in said State, humbly sheweth that her father, Joseph Poquiantup, one of the aforesaid tribe of Indians, some years past purchased a certain piece of land of Ezra Ely, late of said Lyme, deceased, and that during the life2 of the petitioner's Father, he disposed of almost all the wood growing on said piece of land and that said Joseph in May last past petitioned to the General Assembly for leave to sell said piece of land, stating that he was in need of the avails of the same to support him in his old age, and that Your Honours granted leave to him to have said land sold for his support, and that last year he had no chance to sell the same, and that said Joseph had a long lingering sickness and is since dead of a consumption.  And that he contracted several debts in his sickness which your petitioner is willing to pay but is unable to discharge the same without selling said piece of land that the said debts amount to about thirty dollars.  And that the land, as it is very ledgy and poor and without fence around the same, is of no value scarcely to your petitioner.  Wherefore your petitioner prays that Your Honours would take her case into consideration and order and direct some proper person to dispose of said land and to pay out the aforementioned debts, as far as your petitioner knows of and is willing

to pay the same, and to pay over the surplusage, after gitting a small pair of gravestones for the deceased, to your petitioner and the other heir of the deceased, in such way as Your Honours shall think best, and your petitioner would state to Your Honours that the aforesaid tract of land would in a likely way fetch about four dollars per acre, and that there is about eighteen or twenty acres of the same. 

And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray,

Dolly Poquiantup, her mark
Dated in Lyme, May 9, 1809


Andrew Griswold, Eunice Griswold

Post Script:

Note Bene: It  appears by said Ely's deed that said land contains eighteen acres and forty rods, not know exactly when this was drawn.

Legislative Action:

In the House of Representatives, May Session 1809, the prayer of the within petition granted with liberty of a bill, etc.  Test, William T. Williams, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House.  Test, Samuel Wyllys, Secretary / Petition of Dolly Poquiantup / Granted House of Representatives / Granted Upper House / Bill / Passed Upper House / 3Concurred House of Representatives / Copy Within Paid / Entered


100 a, 100 b, 139

  • 1. The second Thursday in May in 1809 was the 11th.
  • 2. Deleted Text: time
  • 3. Deleted Text: Passed House of Representatives