The Family of William Leete: One of the First Settlers of Guilford, Conn., and Governor of New Haven and Connecticut Colonies

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Alvan Talcott
Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, printers, 1884 - 168 pages
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Page 8 - During the term of forty years," says Dr. Trumbull, the Historian, "he was Magistrate, Deputy Governor, or Governor of one or other of the Colonies. In both Colonies he presided in times of the greatest difficulty, yet always conducted himself with such integrity and wisdom as to meet the public approbation." When two of the Judges of King Charles I, Goffe and Whalley, fled to New England for safety, upon the restoration of Charles II to the throne of his father, Mr. Leete exerted himself for their...
Page 7 - Court as the last and highest for this jurisdiction. . . . 5. Besides the Plantation Courts and Court of Magistrates, their shall be a Generall Court for the Jurisdiction, which shall consist of the Governor, Deputy Governor and all the Magistrates within the Jurisdiction, and two Deputyes for every plantation in the Jurisdiction, which Deputyes shall from time to time be chosen against the approach of any such Generall Court, by the aforesaid free burgesses, and sent with due...
Page 6 - He was bred to the law in England, and served as a clerk for a considerable time in the bishop's court at Cambridge, where observing the oppressions and cruelties then practiced on the conscientious and virtuous Puritans, he was led to examine more thoroughly their doctrines and practice, and eventually to become a Puritan himself and to give up his office.
Page 5 - Argent, on a fesse gules between two rolls of matches sable, fired proper a martlet or. Crest — On a ducal coronet an antique lamp or, fired proper.
Page 7 - When the church was formed, he was selected as one of the seven pillars " for the foundation work." Samuel Disborough and William Leete were chosen to meet the court at New Haven in 1643, when the combination of the jurisdiction of the New Haven Colony was planned and...
Page 6 - When they had agreed upon Guilford as a place to settle, he was one of six selected to purchase the land of the native Indians, in trust, for the plantation until their organization.
Page 6 - Rev. Mr. Whitfield's company, and was one of the signers of the Plantation Covenant on shipboard, June 1, 1639, arriving in New Haven about July 10.
Page 6 - ... upon Guilford as a place of settlement, he was one of the six selected to purchase the land from the native Indians in trust for the plantation until their organization. When the lands in the village were surveyed and laid out for individual ownership, he selected for his residence a lot opposite that of William Chittenden, on the corner of what are now Broad and River Streets, a site overlooking the Menunketuck river as it winds its way through meadows reclaimed from the sea, as green then as...
Page 7 - ... for the foundation work." Samuel Disborough and William Leete were chosen to meet the court at New Haven in 1643, when the combination of the jurisdiction of the New Haven Colony was planned and organized, and Guilford, Milford, Stamford, and other plantations, hitherto independent colonies, united in one jurisdiction with New Haven, establishing a General Court for the whole jurisdiction, to sit twice a year at New Haven in April and October, and to consist of the governor, deputy governor,...
Page 5 - for private circulation," and was generously sent to public libraries in this country by Joseph Leete, Esq., of Eversden, South Norwood Park, SE Surrey, England. In l907 a second edition of this work was published by the same author, and from these volumes we learn that the first of the name was of England, and that there the records of the family reach back to the reign of Edward the Confessor, who lived just before the Norman Conquest.

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