Petition of Henry Matthews and Others of the Mohegan Tribe

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Connecticut to Be Holden at New Haven  on the First Wednesday of May A.D. 18501

The petition of Henry Mathews, Mercy A. Mathews, Adeline C. Mathews, and Delana E. J. Mathews respectfully represents that they are members of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians, a tribe of located in the town of Montville, County of New London and State of Connecticut.  That they desire to remove from said Montville to the State of Wisconsin,2 that they are unable to make such a removal without disposing of their real estate and using the proceeds thereof for the purpose aforesaid.  That a part of their said real estate was given them by Parthenia Horsecoat deceased by a will duly executed, that the real estate so given was the individual property of the said Parthenia Horsecoat and that a part is in the undivided lands of said tribe.  That the situation of their property is such that it is nearly worthless to them.  They, therefore, pray Your Honorable Body to grant them the right to sell and convey to the tribe or individuals of the tribe or to other persons their real estate as above set forth and that the overseer of said tribe be authorized to purchase in the name of the tribe said interest in said tribe lands and that some person may be authorized to execute a deed in the name of the petitioners of all their said interest in said tribe lands and land held as their individual property or in some other way to grant relief.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray,

Henry Mathews
Mercy A. Mathews
Adeline C Mathews
Delana E. J. Mathews                                           
Dated at Montville April 22, 1850



  • 1. The first Wednesday in May 1850 was May 1st.
  • 2. I.e., to the Brothertown community.