From SVT p36, (Joseph Wadsworth, Reunion#1451, married to Elizabeth Talcott #1450, SVT#40) :- "He it was who on the night of the 31 Oct. 1687, aided by Lt.-Col. John Talcott, seized the Charter of Connecticut given by Charles 2d, and secured it in an Oak tree in Hartford."
From The History of Connecticut:- "In 1662 John Winthrop, Jr., governor of the Connecticut Colony, obtained a royal charter that gave the colony considerable self-government and control of New Haven Colony.The latter reluctantly agreed to unite with the Connecticut Colony in 1665.Between 1685 and 1689, James II attempted to organize New England under one government; Connecticut, however, resisted and refused to turn over its charter.Colonists are believed to have hidden (1687) the document in the CHARTER OAK tree in Hartford."
"Charter Oak, large white oak tree that stood in Hartford, Connecticut, until blown down in August 1856, when it was computed to be nearly 1000 years old. Tradition has it that when Sir Edmund Andros was appointed governor-general of New England, he went to Hartford in 1687 to procure the colonial charter. The colonists were loath to surrender the document, but, appearing to submit, they carried it to the council chamber. During the debate the lights were extinguished, and in the ensuing confusion the charter was carried from the room to its hiding place in the hollow of the tree. It remained there until 1689, when Andros was deposed, making further concealment unnecessary." "Charter Oak," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.