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    Mashantucket Pequot Indian Related Manuscript Connecticut Land Deeds


    (CONNECTICUT). (PEQUOT INDIANS). Three (3) Deeds of Land in Groton, Connecticut, Purchased by William Williams. 1721-1742. 7 pp. Small folio. Folds, edge fraying & small breaks, browned. $2,750.00


    (1)¬?¬?Robert Borrows (sic) of Groton sells to William Williams husbandman of Groton his "division of the common lands into Groton at a place called Mashentucket on the South Hill" comprised of about twenty acres. December 9, 1721. Signed by Robert Burrows. Witnessed by Thomas Dunbar and __ Crary, Nehemiah Smith, Justice of the Peace. Docketed and recorded Robert Borrows to Ensign Wm Williams, October 22, 1722. 3 pp.

    (2)¬?¬?William Wallworth of Groton sells to William Williams "Mashuntuckit land which the Pequot Indians have a privilege of planting upon" April 24, 1722/3. Signed by Wm. Wallworth and witnessed by Humphrey Avery and Robert Geer Jun. Docketed and recorded 1733. 7.5 x 12 inches. 2 pp.

    (3)¬?¬?John Packer of Groton, New London sells to William Williams of Groton, land comprising of six acres in Groton previously owned by Richard and Samuel Packer. Signed by John Packer, January 10, 1742/3, witnessed by Humphrey Avery and Henry Pelton. Docketed Capt. William Williams from John Packer. 7.75 x 12.5 inches. 2 pp.

         Deeds which refer to land transfers in early Groton, Connecticut, with reference to some lands¬?previously owned by the Pequots. The town of Groton separated from New London in the year 1705. About one hundred years from the date of establishment, the area was occupied by Indians of the Nehantic tribe but they were sacked by red-skinned invaders and many of the tribe fled to Rhode Island. Later the Pequot tribe occupied the land (descendants of the Algonquian) and built a reputation quickly as a courageous and vicious tribe. However, the Pequot War and the Mystic Massacre eliminated most of this tribe. White settlers came in the 1600s and 1700s to colonize the territory. Today, however, the few remaining members of the tribe are organized into the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation which owns one of the largest resort casinos in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino, along with several other major economic ventures.

         The purchaser named in these deeds was Groton patriot William Williams IV (1740-1814) who served in the Revolution and was made a Captain in 1781. He married Prudence Chesebrough Stanton and had many offspring.


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