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New Haven Colony Laws

Disturbers of the publick Peace

It is Ordered, &c. That whosoever shall disturb or undermine the peace of this Jurisdiction, or of any of the Plantations, Churches, Families, or persons within the same, whether by conspiring, or plotting with others, or by his own tumultous and offensive carriage, traducing, reproaching, quarrelling, challenging, assaulting, battery, or in any other way, tending to publick disturbance, in what place soever it be done, or shall defame any Court of Justice, or any of the Magistrates, or other Judges of any such Court within this Jurisdiction, in respect of any Act, or sentence therein passed;

Every such offender upon due proof made, either in the Generall Court, Court of Magistrates, or particular Court, (if the tryall, and issuing of the case exceed not their limits) shall be punished by fine, imprisonment, binding to the peace, or good behaviour, disfranchisement or banishment, according to the quality and measure of the offence, or disturbance.

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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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