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New Haven Colony Laws


It is Ordered, That if any person in the just and necessary defence of his own life, or the life of another, shal kil any person attempting to Robb, or murther in the field, High-way, or other place, or to break into any dwelling house, if he cannot otherwise prevent the mischiefe, or with safety of his own person take the Fellon, or Assailant, and bring him to Tryal, he shal be holden blameless.

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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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