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New Haven Colony Laws

Damages pretended, and Vexatious Suites

It is Ordered, &c. That if any person or persons in any suit, shall falsly pretend great damages or dets, to discredit, trouble, or vex his, her, or their adversary, the Court upon discovery and proof, shall have power to set a reasonable fine upon the head of any such offendor; and that in all cases, where it appears to the Court, that the Plaintiff hath willingly and wittingly done wrong to the Defendant, in commencing and prosecuting any Action, Suit, Complaint, or Indictment, in his own name, or in the name of others, he shall beside just damages to the party wronged, be find forty shillings, or any lesse sum to the Jurisdiction or Plantation Treasury, as the case may require.

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The Rankin Family History Project began in 1997 with a simple 3 generation family chart.  When our grandmother found out we were researching our family tree, she loaned us her copy of Maryland Catholics on the Frontier by Timothy J. O'Rourke which helped us discover our St. Louis & Perry County roots.  We are also doing research in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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