Deposition of John Lewis about Property on an Island in the Connecticut River

John Lewis of Saybrook, formerly of Haddam, of lawful age, testifies and says that when he was a lad he lived with Deacon Joseph Arnold of Haddam and while there an Indian man known by the name of Cob came there to receive rent for the Island called Thirty Miles Island.  Deacon Arnold kept a public house at that time and the Indian, wanting more liquor than the Deacon thought he needed, refused him anymore, told him he had enough for that time, on which the Indian replied you need not be afraid to trust Cob.  You know there is island yet.  The deponent further says that he heard Deacon Arnold say that he hired the island of Cob, and he never heard that any other person pretended to lay claim to said island.

And further the deponent saith not,

John Lewis
Haddam, May 5, 1789


Personally appeared John Lewis and made oath to the foregoing deposition before Nehemiah Brainerd, Justice Peace.  Haddam, May 5, 1789


Opened in General Assembly per Adonijah Strong [ illegible ] / May 1789             


146 a, 146 b, 174