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1785 Windham Connecticut Court State Attorney’s Payment for the Prosecution Against a “Woman” Being a Criminal

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September 24th, 1785-Dated, Manuscript Document Signed pay order to State Attorney Jedediah Elderkin, by Samuel Wyllys and George Pitkin, against a Woman “Criminal,” at court at Windham CT., Choice Very Fine.

This is an original Manuscript Document, dated 1785, Windham Court, Connecticut, payment to Jedediah Elderkin for his services in the prosecution of Sally Pettis a Criminal, held at Superior Court... Signed on front by Samuel Wyllys and George Pitkin, Clerk, and on back Endorsed by “Jed(ediah) Elderkin” who was as a Member of the Convention to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America. Document measures 5” x 8”, 1 page, with Docket, overall well written on very clean laid period paper and signed and written in rich brown ink.
Jedediah Elderkin (1718-1793) was born in Norwich Connecticut. He was a prominent lawyer of Windham and a member of the General Assembly of Conn. for 17 years. He served as a justice of the peace in Windham for 30 years. Jedediah was an ardent American Patriot.

During the Revolutionary War he served on the Governor's Safety Committee. At the March Session of the General Assembly (1775) Jedediah was commissioned Colonel of the 5th Regiment of Connecticut Militia. He served with honor and bravery during the entire Revolutionary War. His last important public service was as a Member of the Convention to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.

Samuel Wyllys (January 4, 1739 - June 9, 1823) was an American military officer in the American Revolution.In 1775, he was appointed lieutenant colonel in Colonel Joseph Spencer's 2nd Connecticut Regiment.

On July 1, he was promoted to Colonel, and commanded the regiment until January 1, 1776, when the 2nd Connecticut was reorganized as the 22nd Continental Regiment. Wyllys remained in command of the regiment, serving in the Siege of Boston until the British Evacuation on March 17th, and then marched with General George Washington to New York.

He saw action in the Battle of Long Island and served in the New York vicinity until the end of the year.

From 1777-1781, Colonel Wyllys commanded the 3rd Connecticut Regiment in the Connecticut Line, serving under General Samuel Holden Parsons. His regiment served in the New York area throughout the remainder of its service. Wyllys was discharged from the Army, along with his regiment, on January 1, 1781. He later served as a Major General of the Connecticut Militia from 1793 to 1796.
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