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General Court of the Colony of Connecticut

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  • Matthew Allyn, of Braunton & Windsor (bef.1605 - 1670)
    Matthew Allyn* Baptized: Apr 17 1605 - Braunton, Devon, , England* Death: Feb 1 1670 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut* Parents: Richard Allen, Margaret Wyatt* Married: Margaret Wyott Another name for Mat...
  • Deacon Hugh Calkins (1603 - 1690)
    “Hugh Calkins was a radical, in religion a non-conformist, and living in the troublous times of Charles, the First, soon became satisfied that there were safer countires than England and Wales—for men ...
  • George Hull (1590 - bef.1659)
    'The Hull family was founded in America by George Hull, who sailed from Plymouth, England, 30 March 1629 in the “Mary and John” [unproven] and settled first at Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he fille...
    Ensign William Goodrich (1621 - 1676)
    Ens William Goodrich Sr. BIRTH 13 Feb 1622, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England DEATH 14 Nov 1676 (aged 54), Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA BURIAL Wethersfield Vi...
  • Lieut. Thomas Minor (bef.1608 - 1690)
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This is a place for all men who served as members of the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut during the 1636 - 1776 period, before it was replaced by the Connecticut General Assembly (which remains today).

The seat of the Court was originally at Hartford, then began alternating with New Haven when that colony merged with the Connecticut Colony.

Other information will be here when someone adds it!

Some tidbits:

  • The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639) is usually considered the first written constitution in Western tradition and served as the basis for much of the United States Constitution, hence Connecticut being known as "The Constitution State"
  • The General Court was suppressed following the ascension of Andros and the Charter Oak incident
  • The original seal of the General Court featured grapevines, in reference to the southeastern part of the colony having a winemaking trade; the seal and state flag have continued to have vines
  • It is common to see the body referred to as the General Assembly as early as the 1700-1710 decade, though the name had not yet officially changed