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Richard Law

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Wood Ditton, Cambridge, England
Death: circa March 12, 1686 (71-87)
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Law
Husband of Margaret Law
Father of Abigail Seleck; Jonathan Law, Sr. and Sarah Selleck

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About Richard Law

Richard Law by William Edwin Selleck in Selleck and Peck Genealogies


Father Of Abigail Selleck (4)

He was King's Attorney from England to America, settled in Stamford, Conn., about 1640, where he died. Married Margaret Kilborn, early emigrants to Boston. Came to this country in 1635. Lived in Wethersfield before moving to Stamford.


By local historians of Stamford he is styled "the first gentleman of the Colony."

He was scribe of the Colony, and because of his legal lore the "Councellor and Adviser of the Community." His home was one of the most honored of the Colony, and the family furnished names that gave a lustre to the state whose highest civil and judicial seats its members filled.

Was perhaps the first civilian among the Stamford Settlers; the acknowledged legal adviser of the community for more than a quarter of a century. His scholarly and clerical abilities gave him a great advantage among the settlers. From the first he seemed to have been the scribe of the Colony. His pen was equally ready for the records of the town, the church, and the courts. He was the only town clerk appointed for about twenty-four years. He was oftener a deputy in the General Court at New Haven than any of the settlers, and apparently more in demand when there. As constable he was noted for a fearless and tireless efficiency. He had a misunderstanding with John Mead; the latter claimed as he desired his services as constable and did not do as he (Mead) wanted that he (Law) neglected his duty and pressed an action in court. It resulted in Mead being sentenced to make a full acknowledgment to the satisfaction of the church and Mr. Law; to pay Mr. Law £10 for his expenses in the trial; to pay £10 more for disturbing the jurisdiction and then he and his brother, or some other acceptable man, be bound over for his good behavior. After the trial Mr. Mead made the fullest confession and retraction.

A paper dated Feb. 15, 1680, was recorded in 1686, which speaks of the misunderstanding under which he had given his son certain land. It seems the son moved from Stamford to Milford against his wishes. Still adhering to the former grant to his son, he insisted on dividing the lands which had come into his hands since the former gift, to his two daughters, the two Mrs. Sellecks (Abigail and Sarah), so they may each have as much as he, for which he says, "The word of God is clear, and good reason for it, and why any Christian man that loveth righteousness and equity should be against this. I see not."

Huntington's History of Stamford, p. 276.

Rev. Chas. Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., p. 437.

"King's attorney came from England in 1635. He moved from Wethersfield, to Stamford, CT about1640, soon after the original settlers. He was the first and only Town Clerk for 24 yrs., 1641-1664; Selectman for 6 years; Representative in New Haven 1653-1665; Representative to the Conn. Legislature 1666, 1669, 1672... Constable, noted for a fearless and tireless efficiency." (BAG).

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Richard Law's Timeline

Wood Ditton, Cambridge, England
Age 30
Probably England
Age 30
Probably Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 42
March 12, 1686
Age 79
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
December 26, 2000
Age 79
January 4, 2001
Age 79