Connecticut General Assembly Resolve Ratifying Timothy Root's Deed from Solomon Adams' Heirs

Upon the petition of James Wawowos,[1] and Philena Wawowos, his wife, Jacob Thomas, and Damaris Thomas, his wife, of Brothertown, in the State of New York, and Ellen Adams of New Marlborough, in the State of Massachusetts, which said Philena, Damaris, and Ellen, are the only children and heirs of Solomon Adams, an Indian, late of Farmington, in Hartford County, deceased, and Timothy Root of said Farmington, shewing that in the year A.D. 1783, the said Solomon died, leaving estate real and personal; that his estate was settled by the Court of Probate for the District of Farmington in the same manner as other estates of deceased persons are settled; that said estate, both real and personal, subject to the incumbrance of the widow's dower[2] was sold for payment of debts, and that the said Timothy Root was the grantee and has since become the assignee of the greatest part of said real estate, that the said James, Philena, Jacob, Damaris, and Ellen have since sold and released to said Timothy Root, all their right and title to the real estate of said Solomon, lying in the First Society in said Farmington, in and by their two deeds of quitclaim, by them executed agreeable to law, and bearing date the 7th and 23rd days of September and the 2nd day of October AD 1801, for a consideration paid them by the said Root, praying that this Assembly would ratify and establish the proceedings of said Court of Probate relative to said estate and also approve of, and ratify the aforesaid deeds, as per petition on file.
Resolved that this Assembly do approve of and ratify and allow the aforesaid two deeds mentioned in said petition; that said deeds shall be as good and effectual in law, as though the same had been approved and allowed of, by the General Assembly, previous to the execution thereof.  October 13, 1801.  Passed in the House of Representatives, test William Edmond, Clerk.  Concurred in the Upper House, test Samuel Wyllys, Secretary.
Bill in form on petition of James Wawowos ditto.  Entered.


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[1] Also spelled Warkous, Wacus, and other similar forms.

[2] In order to provide for the maintenance and comfortable support of widows, Connecticut law required that the Court of Probate distribute the estate as follows: "one third part of the personal estate to the wife of the intestate (if any be) forever, besides her dower or thirds in the housing and land during life, where such wife shall not be otherwise endowed before marriage, and all the residue of the real and personal estate, by equal portions, to and among his children," Hamersley, J. in Brown's Appeal, 44 A. 22 (Conn. 1899).