Posted By:Ginny
Subject:Sufferers' Lands
Post Date:December 17, 2006 at 07:47:15
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Forum:Fairfield County, CT Genealogy Forum
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The Firelands or Sufferers' Lands tract was located at the western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. The land was set aside for residents of the Connecticut towns of Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Ridgefield who lost their homes in 1779 and 1781 due to fires set by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. Originally referred to as the "Fire Lands" (two words), it is now spelled as one word, "Firelands."

The sufferers were incorporated under acts of the Connecticut legislature in 1796 and 1797, and under act of the Ohio legislature, April 15, 1803.

Has anyone ever researched the original proceedings of the Connecticut Land Company at the Litchfield Historical Society or the copy at the CT State Library? Did those who lost their homes in 1779 and 1781 have to apply detailing their loss to be eligible for these lands? Do any of the records at the CT State Library contain a record of any such applications??? Are the documents held by the Secretary of State of CT accessible????

According to the Connecticut State Librarian the following documents are in the office of the Secretary of State of Connecticut: Western Reserve Deeds, 1800-1807; Connecticut Land Company, Register of Certificates; Connecticut Land Company, Mortgages of Scrip 1796-1800; Register of Transfers 1795-1807 (Deeds). ******The original proceedings of the Connecticut Land Company belong to the Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut. A photostat copy is in the Connecticut State Library.******

Thank You in advance!