Monday, 7 April 2014

Colonial Records ~~ New Haven

New Haven was founded in 1638 as a ``new haven'' for orthodox Puritans, who found that Massachusetts Bay had become to much of a Sodom and Gomorrah.

The colony, lying west of the Connecticut River, never received a Charter. When the much larger Connecticut Colony was grated a Royal Charter in 1662, this encompassed the towns of New Haven. In January 1665 the colony was finally absorbed into Connecticut.

Two records exist (the years between 1649 and 1653 are missing):

Volume 1: 1638 - 1649 (Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven)
Volume 2: 1653 - 1664 (Records of the Colony and Jurisdiction of New Haven)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Map of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth Bay and Rhode Island

Maps tell so much more than words. So, maps will be an important part of a forthcoming publication.

Here a sneak preview of a map for part of New England. Boundaries of provinces (dashed) and counties (dotted) are approximate, and reflect the division of circa 1700.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Musical intermezzo ~~ Jean Baptiste Lully


Jean Baptiste Lully (1632 - 1687)  was the composer of choice for Louis XIV. The above selection of his work is rather nice, and gives an idea what Louis was listening to, and perhaps trying a new dance, whilst relaxing from his ambitions to conquer Europe. Though some of the pieces sounds rather martial.



Thursday, 20 March 2014

Colonial Records ~~ Pennsylvania

Though this province didn't have much of a militia in during the reigns of William III and Anne, because of the Quaker dominance, there are still relevant records available for the colonial period. These are known either as Colonial Records of Pennsylvania or as the Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania. These records form part of the 138 volume Pennsylvania Archives.

Volume 1: 1683 - 1700
Volume 2: 1700 - 1717
Volume 3: 1717 - 1736
Volume 4: 1736 - 1745
Volume 5: 1745 - 1754
Volume 6: 1754 - 1756
Volume 7: 1756 - 1758
Volume 8: 1757 - 1762
Volume 9: 1762 - 1771
Volume 10: 1771 - 1776
After 1776, when the Revolution had broken out, there are six more records called Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, still part of the Colonial Records series.

Secondly, there are four volumes in the Series 1 of the Pennsylvania Archives relevant for the colonial period:

Volume 1: Pennsylvania Archives .. commencing 1644
Volume 2: Pennsylvania Archives .. commencing 1748
Volume 3: Pennsylvania Archives .. commencing 1756
Volume 4: Pennsylvania Archives .. commencing 1760
Volume 5 commences in 1776; in total there are twelve volumes in this series.

There is an index for the Colonial Records and the Pennsylvania Archives:
General Index .. colonial Records .. Pennsylvania Archives ..

Series 2 contains a few additional volumes of interest:
Volume 5: Papers Relating to the Colonies on the Delaware 1614 - 1682
Volume 6: Papers Relating to the French Occupation in Western Pennsylvania 1631 - 1764
Volume 7: Provincial Affairs 1682 - 1750

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Colonial Records ~~ Rhode Island

Next in this series on Colonial Records the Colony of Rhode Island. A small province, with the much larger Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay on its West and North, respectively. Nevertheless, quite extensive material exist published as the Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England.

Volume 1: 1636 - 1663
Volume 2: 1664 - 1677
Volume 3: 1678 - 1706
Volume 4: 1707 - 1740
Volume 5: 1741 - 1756
Volume 6: 1757 - 1769
Volume 7: 1770 - 1776


Friday, 14 March 2014

Colonial Records ~~ New Hampshire

Second in this series of Colonial Records is the province of New Hampshire, for which there are several volumes called Documents and Records related to the Province of New-Hampshire from the earliest period of its settlement: 1623 - 1776. This is a sub-serie of the State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire, which has up to 40 volumes (see here for an overview). Those deemed of interested for the period before the Revolution include:

Volume 1: 1623 - 1686
Volume 2: 1686 - 1722 (mostly Council records)
Volume 3: 1692 - 1722 (containing the journal of the Council and Assembly from 1692 - 1722)
Volume 4: 1722 - 1737
Volume 5: 1738 - 1749
Volume 6: 1749 - 1763
Volume 7: 1764 - 1776

Volume 14: Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, volume 1 (contains some rolls related to Queen Anne's War)
Volume 17: Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, volume 4 (contains  several Provincial Papers 1629 - 1725)

Volume 19: Provincial Papers of New Hampshire (roughly 1679 - 1764)

Volume 23: A list of documents in the PRO in London England relating to the Province of New Hampshire

Another interesting publication is from the New Hampshire Historical Society:

Volume 8: Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society: containing province records and court papers from 1680 to 1692, notices of provincial councilors, and other articles relative to the early history of the state.