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Fines and Recoveries

 Item — Volume: Fines and Recoveries, 1727-1750
Identifier: C#00461

Scope and Contents

Recording book of the General Court of Trials & later Superior Court relevant to cases heard / monies collected for the “docking” or conversion of estates either wholly or partially from that of Fee Tail (form of land ownership limited to the individual & direct descendents) to that of Fee Simple (owners having the right to sell, mortgage or will lands).


  • 1727-1750

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

The recording of writs for fines & recoveries authorized from several acts of the legislature "An Act for docking and Cutting of Estates Tail, Pursuant o the Laws of Great Britain"; June Session, 1725; "An Act for Recording of Fines & Common Recoveries", May, 1728 & "An Act for Establishing of Inferior Courts of Common Pleas, in the Several Counties of this Colony", June 1729


0.14 Cubic Feet (1 volume (410 pp.)) ; 9 ½” x 13”


Recording book of writs for fines & recoveries authorized from several acts of the legislature




No accruals are anticipated at this time.

Related Materials

C#0204 - Rhode Island Colony Records

C#0210 General Assembly - Acts & Resolutions Passed May Session, 1728, "Act for recording fines & recoveries"

June Session, 1729, "Act establishing Inferior Courts of Common Pleas & Superior Courts to adjudicate"

Also abstracts, Public Laws, 1730, pp. 138, 156.

Bartlett, John Russell, RI Colony Records, 1636 – 1792, 10 Vols., Providence, 1856 – 1865
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Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

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Providence RI 02903 USA