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New Haven Colony Laws


That Justice may be the better executed, the Jurisdictions occasions carried on, And that the Marshal and other Officers may know how to demean themselves in their places: It is Ordered, That in case of Rates and Fines to be leavied, and in case of Debts, and executions in civil action; The Officer shall first demand the summ due of the party, or at his house, or place of usual abode, but upon refusal or non-payment, he shal have power (calling in such assistance as the case may require) to break up the door of any house, chest, or place where he shal conceive, or have notice, that any goods liable to such leavy or execution shal be;

And if he be to take the person, he may do the like, if upon demand he shal refuse to render himself;

And whatever charges the Officer in any such case shal be put unto, he shal have power to leavy the same, as he doth the Debt, Assesment, or Fine;

And in case the Officer be put to leavy any such goods, as cannot without considerable charge, he conveyed to the place where the Treasurer, or party dwelleth, who should receive the same, he shal levy the said charge also, with the rest; provided it shal not be lawful for any such Officer, to leavy any mans necessary bedding, Apparel, Tooles, Armes, or such implements of Houshold stuff, as serve for his necessity, without express direction from the Court, upon whose sentence, the execution or seizure was grounded, or at least, of some Magistrate of the Jurisdiction, but in such cases he shal leavy his land or person.

And in no case shal the Officer be put to seek out any mans estate, further then his place of abode;

But if the party wil not discover his goods, or Lands to a sufficient value, the Officer may take his person.

And to prevent the inconveniences which may grow by the slightness of some mens spirits, who are apt to neglect and violate wholsome Orders and Laws, made in the Jurisdiction, or Plantations, It is Ordered, That whosoever shal be Fined by any Court for any disorder, or breach of Law, every such person shal forthwith pay the Fine, or penalty, or put in security speedily to do it, or else shal be imprisoned, or kept to work if the Court upon due consideration of persons, and circumstances judge it not meet to make other seizure.

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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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