Citizenship Papers from New London County Towns
Images of citizenship papers required of every head of household wishing to move from one town to another. The towns of Connecticut were responsible for the welfare of its inhabitants. If an individual became ill or destitute, the town was financially responsible for the person. Typically, the town would guarantee to pay for any unforeseen expenses for a period of one year if one of its citizens moved to another town. These certificates are part of the Eva Butler Manuscript Collection. Note that transcribed names are spelled exactly as they appear on the certificate.

Groton Connecticut Tax Lists for the Year 1775
Images of the Groton Connecticut tax list for the year 1775. The American Colonies were at war with Great Britain, and every citizen was called upon to help the cause. These tax lists include a list of men who enlisted into the Colonial Army. Other individuals are listed with military/militia ranks. Names are transcribed exactly as they appear on the tax lists.

Freeman’s Oaths and Oaths of Fidelity – Groton Connecticut
William Williams was a prominent citizen and justice of the peace. These images are from the Williams Family Collection. Williams administered the Freeman’s Oath that recognized a man as a citizen of the town. Once the Revolutionary War began, Williams used his ledger to record the Oaths of Fidelity (loyalty to the Colonial cause) that he administered. Many individuals named served in the Colonial Armed forces. Some died at the Battle of Fort Griswold in 1781. Names are transcribed exactly as they appear in the ledger. The creation of these databases was made possible through a generous gift by the National Society, Daughters of Founders Patriots of America. Information about the organization can be found at www.nsdfpa.org.