RG 001/RG 001.02. Colony of Rhode Island (General Courts, Courts of Commissioners & Courts of Trial), 1646-1776
Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:
Single volume contains a transcription of the acts passed by the General Assembly during the colonial period. Subjects vary.
Cast of the Great Seal of Charles II, a gift of Sir Ellis H. Minns of Pembroke College.
Function: To record actions of the General Assembly acting as a Council of War. Includes: Date and place of sessions, names of members of the Council present,text of orders issued by the council. Most of these orders had to do with military preparedness in the Newport area. In same volume with minutes of the Supreme Court of Probate (C#00497).
Information concerning cases brought before the Court of Magistrates includes: names of complainant and respondent, offense, judgment, court fees, witness fees, counsel fees, disposition, amount paid by the accused, totals of various categories, signature of the clerk. This information was presented to the General Assembly in the form of an annual report.
Dockets of cases to be tried before the General Assembly lists plaintiffs and defendants and the session of the General Assembly. Some gaps.
Town returns of "freeman" admitted & men chosen to act as Deputies in the General Assembly
Recording book of writs for fines & recoveries authorized from several acts of the legislature
The Fones Record consists of deeds and other land records, dating from 1659 to 1679, pertaining to a portion of the Colony of Rhode Island that was known as Narragansett country.
The volumes are organized alphabetically by town. Two of the volumes are then organized alphabetically by the last name of the voters. They list the voters names and the years they voted in elections. The third volume consists of transcripts of votes cast in each town in an election April 1767.
Communications received from various colonial, state, federal or military officials, municipalities, individual citizens, religious groups or organizations as relating constitutional issues, boundaries, pending legislation, revenue & tarrifs, resignations or commission acceptences, lotteries or other matters of national or local importance.
"Book of Records Containing the Acts and Orders made By the Governor and Councill Both General & Perticular Since the First of May 1667"
Record of early deeds & land grants/maritime related matters
Claims brought before the General Assembly for damage to the property of Martin Howard, Augustus Johnston, and Dr. Thomas Moffatt during a riot in Newport in August of 1765. Included are estimates of the damage done, testimony by varius parties as to the extent of the damage, and the decision of the General Assembly as to monetary damages.
Orders form the King (or Queen) in council. Orders concern such topics as the final decisions of cases begun in RI, enforcement of laws passed in England, changes in the Book of Prayer, and other varied topics. Contains seals of King in council.
The Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, Vol V includes the date of session, actions taken by the General Assembly, reports to the British Board of Trade, and other documents relative to the RI colonial government. This is published material.
Bills and receipts of the RI Colony Agent for his lobbying before Parliament and other activities representing the colony in Great Britain. Most of the documents are accounts of charges payable to the agent for expenditures made in the service of the colony. Information includes: date of account, date of expenditure (sometimes), nature of expenses, amount of expense, total owed. This record has been microfilmed.
Proceedings of the General Assembly, 1641 - 1851
Document confirming & defining a united government of the colony of Rhode Island as obtained from/issued by King Charles II, July 8, 1663.
The Royal Charter Seal Box was used to transport the Royal Charter and Seal from England.
Function: To record the actions of the General Assembly acting as the Supreme court of Probate. Includes: Minutes of the General Assembly acting as the Supreme court of Probate. Information includes: date and place of session, names of parties present, name of deceased, decisions of lower courts regarding the case, and the decision of the Supreme Court of Probate. In the same volume with letters from the Governor (C# 00499) and Orders of the Council of War (C#00498).