RG 001:006, Records of the Particular Court and County Court, 1649-1677.

RG 001:006, Records of the Particular Court and County Court

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Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Inventory

Records 1649-1677


RG 001:006, Records of the Particular Court and County Court

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Particular Court
Creator: Connecticut. County Court(Hartford County)
Title: Records of the Particular Court and County Court
Dates: 1649-1677
Quantity: 2 volumes
Abstract: Court cases and documents, wills and inventories.
Identification: RG001_006
Accession: T002513
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The first Connecticut judicial proceeding were probably held on April 26, 1636 at “A Corte holden in Newtown” (Hartford) under the commission granted to eight leaders by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay.

In 1638, the General Court established the Particular Court (often called the “Quarter Court” because it was required to meet every three months). While the General Court, later called the General Assembly, controlled the administration of justice, the Particular Court was the principal body until the union of the New Haven and Connecticut colonies and the granting of the Charter from King Charles II in 1662.

In 1665, with the new Charter, the Particular Court was abolished and two new levels of courts were established: the Court of Assistants in 1665, and the county courts one year later. Separate probate courts were established in 1698 to handle such matters as wills and estates.

The Court of Assistants was abolished in 1711. Its powers of original and appellate jurisdiction were assumed by the newly created Superior Court, the forerunner of the sole trial court of general jurisdiction, which exists in Connecticut today.

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Scope and Content

Court cases and documents, wills and inventories.

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Arrangement

Arranged in 2 volumes numbered 2 and 3 and also numbered within the larger collection of Early General Records as volumes 55 and 56.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

See Volume 1 of The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776 [StLib Conn Doc G25] Available online through Internet Archive's American Libraries.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources
County courts -- Connecticut
Court records -- Connecticut -- Hartford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Hartford

Alternate Creator:

Connecticut. Court of Assistants

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Available on microfilm on Reel LH 4420/21 (LDS 0004572).

Volume 2 published as Records of the Particular court of Connecticut, 1639-1663 [StLib Stacks F91 .C7 v.22].

Information from Volume 3 (EGR Vol. 56) is transcribed in Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes: Volumes 3 and 4, 1663-1687, 1697 [StLib Stacks F102.H3 U46 2005].

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Bibliography

Books

Manwaring, Charles WilliamA Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records.Hartford: 1836.Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.,1995.

T[rumbull]. A[nnie] E[liot], ed.Records of the Particular Court of the Colony of Connecticut: Administration of Sir Edmund Andros, Royal Governor, 1687-1677.Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1935.

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Inventory

Records, 1649-1677
Vol/EGR Vol
Connecticut colonial records, vol. 2, county court, 1649-1663 2 / 55
Court cases and documents. Volume in reverse is wills and inventories.
Inscribed in volume: "This is the Second Book of the Records of the Acts of the County Courts and Courts of Probate in the County of Hartford, and of Wills and Inventories which said County Courts are called sometimes Quarter Courts, sometimes a Court of Magistrates and sometimes Particular Courts / No. 2.
Manuscript index in front of volume. A typed index is also present.
Connecticut colonial probate records, vol. 3, county court, 1663-1677 3 / 56
Wills and inventories. Volume in reverse is court cases and documents.
Inscribed in volume: "This is the Third Book of [ ] the Acts of the County Courts [ ] of Probates in the County of H[artford] of Wills and Inventories. [ ] County Courts are sometimes stiled a Qu[arter] Court, sometimes a Court of Magistrates and a particular court and sometimes a court [ ]. And also in this book is recorded the Acts of the first Courts of Assistants in the Colony of Connecticut / No. 3"
Manuscript index in front of volume. A second manuscript index compiled at a later date is also present.