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New Haven Colony Laws

Single Persons

To prevent, or suppress inconvenience, and disorder in the course and carriage of sundry single persons, who live not in service, or in any Family Relation, answering the mind of God in the fift Commandment.

It is Ordered, That no single person of either Sex, do henceforward board, diet, or Sojourn, or be permitted so to do, or to have lodging; or house room within any of the Plantations of this Jurisdiction, but either in some allowed Relation, or in some approved Family licensed thereunto, by the court, or by a Magistrate, or some Officer, or Officers in that Plantation, appointed thereunto, where there is no Magistrate;

The Governor of which Family, so licensed, shal as he may conveniently, duly observe the course, carriage, and behaviour, of every such single person, whether he, or she walk diligently in a constant lawful imployment, attending both Family duties, and the publick worship of God, and keeping good order day and night, or otherwise.

And shal then complaine of any such disorder, That every such single person may be questioned, and punished, if the case require it.

And if any single person shal dyet, or lodge, or if any housekeeper shal admit, or entertain any such, contrary to the true meaning of this Order;

Or if any Licensed to receive such, shal neglect to complain of any disorder observed, all, and every such persons, shal pay such fine, as the court, or authority appointed for the place, shal judge meet.

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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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