The ancient documents preserved within the Town Clerk’s Historic Division begin with the Disposall of the Vessell, a contract with Captain Daniel How, whose ship brought the first settlers and their households from Lynn, Massachusetts to the Southampton colony in 1639. The minutes of their subsequent meetings, land swaps and purchases from the Native Americans, highway construction and granting of rights to construct mills and other amenities for the fledgling colony – all of this and more is chronicled in the record books and manuscript material that make up the archives of Southampton Town.
Selections from this extensive historical collection may be found here. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Town Historian for further inquiries.
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