Act of Assembly on Memorial of Richard Ranney
At a General Assembly holden at Hartford in the Colony of Connecticut on the Second Thursday of May A.D. 1757
Upon the memorial of Richard Ranney of Newtown in the County of Fairfield, representing to this Assembly that he is one of the heirs and descendants of Robin, an Indian sachem, late of Middletown in the County of Hartford, deceased, to whom with other Indians certain lands in said Middletown on the east side of Connecticut River were granted by the proprietors of said Middletown, which are still owned and claimed by the descendants of said Indians. That he has been educated among the English and been Christianized, and is desirous to have his right and proportion of said lands aparted and set out to him so that he may enter upon and improve such his proportion after the English manner, but by reason of the confusion and uncertainty of the Indian title’s descents, etc., he is unable to determine in certain his proportion of right in said lands, or to adjust the same with the other Indian claimants of said lands, praying the aid of this Assembly therein and that a committee may be appointed to enquire, etc., as by the memorial on file appears.
Resolved by this Assembly that John Chester and Thomas Welles, Esqs., be and they are hereby appointed a committee to enquire into and concerning the matters and things set forth and requested in said memorial and make report of what they shall find with their opinion thereon to the General Assembly of this Colony to be holden at New Haven in October next.
Legislative Action: In the Lower House, resolved that the within mentioned committee be
reappointed and to make their report to the General Assembly in Hartford
May next. Test, Jabez Huntington, Clerk. Concurred in the Upper House.
Test, George Wyllys, Secretary. General Assembly at New Haven,
October Sessions A.D. 1757
October 1757 / Passed Lower House / Passed Upper House, October 26,
a.m. / Bill / Passed Upper House, October 27, p.m. / Passed Lower House /
Notation: Richard Ranney’s memorial, Act of Assembly / Copy / No. 1058 /
Indians / Duplicate
Copy: A true copy, examined by George Wyllys, Secretary
Cataloguing: 25a, 25b, 31