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Establishment and former town name(s)
Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].
1643: Nawsett mentioned in a list of towns having freeman able to bear arms. (Plymouth Colony Rec. Vol. VIII, p.177.)
3 March 1645: "...those that goes to dwell at Nossett..." granted land. (Ply. Col. Rec., Vol. II, p.81.)
2 June 1646: Nawsett established as a town. (Ply. Col. Rec., Vol. 11, p. 102.)
7 June 1651: "That the Towne of Nawsett be henceforth called and knwne by the name of Eastham..." (Ply. Col. Rec., Vol. XI, p. 59.)
Section/Villages within the town: Eastham Center, Great Pond, Long Pond, Nausett, North Eastham, South Eastham
Wikipedia: Eastham, Massachusetts
5 March 1678: Eastham and purchasers on both sides to settle the bounds.
16 June 1763: Part established as the district of Wellfeet.
14 July 1772: Part of Harwich annexed.
3 March 1797: Part established as Orleans
9 March 1839: Part annexed to Orleans.
26 April 1847: Part annexed to Wellfeet.
23 March 1867: Bounds between Eastham and Orleans established and part of each town annexed to the other town.
6 May 1887: Bounds beteen tidewaters of Eastham and Wellfleet established.