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About Barnstable County
 
Barnstable County was formed on 2 June 1685 when Plymouth Colony was
divided into three counties.  The county seat is the Town of Barnstable.
Bristol and Plymouth counties were also named after their county seats.
 
Towns of Barnstable County

Barnstable , Town of - county seat - formed 3 Sep 1639
(Indian name - Mattacheese, Mattakesse).
Bourne , settled 1637 , incorporated 1884
(formerly part of Sandwich)(Manomet)
Brewster , settled 1653 , incorporated 1803
(formerly part of Harwich)(Potenumacut)
Chatham , settled 1656 , incorporated 11 June 1712
(Monomoy)
Dennis or Dennus - settled 1639 , incorporated 1793
(formerly East Precinct of Yarmouth)(Nobscusset)
Eastham , settled 3 March 1645 , incorporated 2 June 1646
(Nauset)
Falmouth , incorporated 1636
(Succonessett)
Harwich , settled 1688 , incorporated 1694
(Satucket)
Mashpee , incorporated 1694
(Satucket)
Orleans , settled 1777 , incorporated 1797
(Namskaket)
Provincetown , settled 1714 , incorporated 14 June 1727
(seperated from Truro)(Meeshaum)
Sandwich , " On 3 April 1637 the court gave permission for ten
men, from Saugus in the Bay Colony, to search out sufficient
lands to settle sixty families." , incoroporated 1639
(Shawme)
Truro , settled 1676 , incorporated 1769
(Pamet)
Wellfleet , settled 1644 , incorporated 1763
(from the North Precinct of Eastham)(Pononakrnet)
Yarmouth , " On 7 January 1638/39, the Court of Assistants
granted lands at "Mattacheeset, now called Yarmouth' to
Mr. Anthony Thacher, Mr. Thomas Howes, Mr. John Crow,..."
(pg 65 , ibid)

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It is interesting to note that if you extend the original town lines out into
Cape Cod Bay, they intersect at one point in the middle of the bay. This
is probably the location of the anchored survey ship that was used to
survey the lines (Possibly at night with the aid of a light on the ship.)

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Barnstable Boundry
 
Barnstable County is bounded by Cape Cod Bay ( north ) , Nantucket
Sound and the Islands ( Dukes County and Nantucket ) ( south ) ,
the Atlantic Ocean and Plymouth County ( west ) .
 
Barnstable County , Massachusettes History
Pre - European Settlement

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Plymouth Colony and Barnstable County
 
The - Mayflower - and its 99 passengers landed at Plymouth on
21 November 1620.  The - Fortune - arrived in November 1621.
The - Anne - and the - Little James -  followed so that by 1624
there are about 180 persons.  It is the late 1630's when we see
settlements formed in what is now - Barnstable County - .
In Sandwich there are some families led by Rev. John Vincent
before 1637.  We find settlers in Yarmouth before 1639 and the
town of Barnstable in 1638.  Eastham is the fourth area settled
in March 1644.

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Unless your heritage is American Indian, your ancestors came
to American shores from someplace else in the world.
Most new arrivals flocked to areas already settled by
fellow countrymen who had immigrated earlier.

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