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New Haven Colony Laws

Courts for Strangers

For the ease and conveniency of Strangers, who sometimes cannot stay to attend the ordinary Courts of Justice, it is Ordered, That the Governour, Deputy Governour, or any Magistrate within this Jurisdiction, may call a speciall Court, and that in such cases, any three Magistrates, calling in such of the Deputies for the Plantation Court, as may be had, shall have power to hear and determine all causes civil and criminal (triable in Plantation Courts, when two Magistrates are called in) which shall arise betwixt such Strangers;

Or when any such stranger or strangers, shall be a party, whether Plaintiff or Defendant, the Secretary of the place (as in other ordinary trialls) duly Recording the proceedings, all which shall be at the charge of the party, or parties, as the Court shall determine; so that neither the Jurisdiction nor Plantation be charged by such Courts.

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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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