Samuel was among the signers of "New Plantation and Church Covenant" of Branford on 20 Jan 1667. From Trumbull's Connecticut Colonial Records, we learn that: "At General Court", held at Hartford, Connecticut on 9 May 1672, Samuel Pond of Branford, was propounded for a Freeman. Residence in the country then was not considered sufficient to entitle the resident to the elective franchise. It appears they were made such by a special act of the General Court (Legislative body), as a favor granted, being previously propounded as a fit subject for such favor; and before they could enjoy the elective franchise they had, also, to take what was called the "Freeman's Oath", which latter feature was retained in some, if not in all, the Eastern States for a number of years subsequent to the American Revolution, requiring all citizens on arriving at the age of majority to take the "Freeman's Oath" before they could enjoy the elective franchise.
Father: Samuel Pond b: 1609 in Groton, Suffolk, England
Mother: Sarah Ware b: JAN 1616/17
Marriage 1 Miriam Blatchley b: 1 MAY 1653 in Branford, New Haven Co., CT
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