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[[Portal:United States of America|United States]] > [[Portal:Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > Barnstable County  
 
  
== History and Tidbits ==
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== [http://www.barnstablecounty.org/ County Courthouse]  ==
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Superior Court House<br> 3195 Main Street<br> P.O. Box 427<br> Barnstable, MA 02630
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== History  ==
  
 
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=== History  ===
  
Barnstable County is part of Cape Cod and was made an island when the Cape Cod Canal was finished in 1914. (besides the two vehicle bridges and a railroad bridge across the canal the only other other access is by boat or plane). Well there is a little piece of the county (part of Bourne) on the north side of the canal, but it is still fun to think of it as an island. In fact, some of the islanders may have advocated closing the canal bridges to vehicle traffic.  
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*Barnstable County is part of Cape Cod and was made an island when the Cape Cod Canal was finished in 1914. (besides the two vehicle bridges and a railroad bridge across the canal the only other other access is by boat or plane). Well there is a little piece of the county (part of Bourne) on the north side of the canal, but it is still fun to think of it as an island. In fact, some of the islanders may have advocated closing the canal bridges to vehicle traffic.
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*The ''Mayflower'' and its 99 passengers landed first on Cape Cod near Provincetown and then at Plymouth on 21 Nov 1620.
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*The ship ''Fortune'' arrived in Nov 1621.
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*The ''Anne'' and ''Little James ''followed so that by 1624 there are about 180 persons in Plymouth Colony.
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*It is the late 1630s when we see settlements formed in what is now Barnstable County.
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*In Sandwich there are some families led by Rev. John Vincent before 1637.
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*We find settlers in Yarmouth before 1639 and the Town of Barnstable in 1638.
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*Eastham is the fourth area settled in Mar 1644.
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*Barnstable County was originally part of Plymouth Colony, separated from Massachusetts Bay colony to the north by "the Old Colony Line." Plymouth Colony was initially centered on the landing place of the Pilgrims, the town of Plymouth. But since the 1620s the population and reach of the colony had grown considerable. At first, Governor Bradford had only one assistant, Isaac Allerton. By 1685 the colony was governed by a governor, a deputy governor, six assistants, deputies and constables from seventeen towns, grand jury members, and highway surveyors. The seventeen towns of Plymouth Colony at that time were governed by selectmen. So in 1685, with government rapidly growing and travel still difficult, the deputies of the General Court which made the laws for the Colony decided to divide the colony into three counties, Bristol to the south and west, Barnstable to the south and east and Plymouth to the north. These three counties would each have a government able to record deeds, operate judicial courts and more closely respond to the needs of the citizens.
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*Barnstable - The County, Town or Village? Town of Barnstable - founded by Rev. John Lothrop and his group after they left Scituate (pronoune Sit'-u-et). September 3, 1639 is the precise birthdate given to Barnstable, which really represents just the best guess of when a band of hardy colonists officially took advantage of Plymouth Colony laws passed in March, 1638 authorizing towns to send deputies to the General Court.
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==== Parent County  ====
  
The ''Mayflower'' and its 99 passengers landed first on Cape Cod near Provincetown and then at Plymouth on 21 Nov 1620. The ship ''Fortune'' arrived in Nov 1621. The ''Anne'' and ''Little James ''followed so that by 1624 there are about 180 persons in Plymouth Colony. It is the late 1630s when we see settlements formed in what is now Barnstable co. 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 Mar 1644.&nbsp;
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*Created 2 June 1685 from the Plymouth Colony lands
  
=== Cities and Towns ===
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==== Boundary Changes ====
  
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Established as a County in the year 1685, the current boundary lines were drawn in 1707 and have not changed since that date.
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*Barnstable
 
*Bourne
 
*Brewster&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
  
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=== Record Loss  ===
*Chatham
 
*Dennis
 
*Eastham&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
  
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== Places / Localities  ==
*Falmouth
 
*Harwich
 
*Mashpee&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
  
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=== [[Barnstable_County,_Massachusetts_Populated_Places|Populated Places]]  ===
*Orleans
 
*Provincetown
 
*Sandwich
 
  
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
*Truro
 
*Wellfleet
 
*Yarmouth&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
  
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[[Dukes_County,_Massachusetts|Dukes ]]| [[Nantucket_County,_Massachusetts|Nantucket ]]| [[Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts|Plymouth]]
  
<br>'''Barnstable County'''
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== Resources  ==
  
Barnstable County was originally part of Plymouth Colony, separated from&nbsp;Massachusetts&nbsp;Bay colony to the north by "the Old Colony Line."&nbsp;Plymouth Colony was initially centered on the landing place of the Pilgrims, the town of Plymouth.&nbsp; But since the 1620s the population and reach of the colony had grown considerable.&nbsp; At first, Governor Bradford had only one assistant, Isaac Allerton.&nbsp; By 1685 the colony was governed by a governor, a deputy governor, six assistants, deputies and constables from seventeen towns,&nbsp;grand jury members, and highway surveyors.&nbsp; The seventeen towns of Plymouth&nbsp;Colony at that time were governed by&nbsp;selectmen. So in 1685, with government rapidly growing and travel still difficult, the deputies of the General Court which made the laws for the Colony decided to divide the colony into three counties, Bristol to the south and west, Barnstable to the south and east and Plymouth to the north.&nbsp; These three counties would each have a government able to record deeds, operate judicial courts and more closely respond to the needs of the citizens.<!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
'''Barnstable - The County, Town or Village?'''<br>Town of Barnstable - founded by Rev Lothrop and his group after they left Scituate (pronoune Sit'-u-et). September 3, 1639 is the precise birthdate given to Barnstable, which really represents just the best guess of when a band of hardy colonists officially took advantage of Plymouth Colony laws passed in March, 1638 authorizing towns to send deputies to the General Court. <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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==== Church  ====
  
=== County Government Site ===
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==== Court ====
  
[http://www.barnstablecounty.org/ [www.BarnstableCounty.org]]<!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --> <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
== Neighboring Counties ==
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==== Land ====
  
Barnstable county is bordered by *[[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth county]] to the west.&nbsp; To the north is Cape Cod Bay.&nbsp; To the east is the Atlantic Ocean.&nbsp; Across Nantucket Sound to the south can be found the island counties of *[[Dukes County, Massachusetts|Dukes county]] (comprised of Marthas Vineyard and other small islands) and the *[[Nantucket County, Massachusetts|Nantucket county]] comprised of the island of Nantucket. <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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==== Local Histories  ====
  
== Resources ==
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==== Maps ====
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==== Military  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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==== Probate ====
  
=== Historical and Genealogical Societies ===
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==== Taxation ====
  
[http://www.falgen.org Falmouth Genealogical Society] serves primarily Upper Cape towns.
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
[http://www.capecodgensoc.org Cape Cod Genealogical Society] serves primarily Mid and Lower Cape towns. If you image Cape Cod as an arm with Provincetown as the hand then Upper Cape corresponds with upper arm and lower Cape corresponds with lower arm (even though Lower Cape town of Provincetown at the tip of the peninsula is "higher" than Falmouth which is located in the Upper Cape) <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
=== Libraries ===
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*[http://www.falgen.org Falmouth Genealogical Society] serves primarily Upper Cape towns.
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*[http://www.capecodgensoc.org Cape Cod Genealogical Society] serves primarily Mid and Lower Cape towns. If you image Cape Cod as an arm with Provincetown as the hand then Upper Cape corresponds with upper arm and lower Cape corresponds with lower arm (even though Lower Cape town of Provincetown at the tip of the peninsula is "higher" than Falmouth which is located in the Upper Cape)
  
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== Web Sites  ==
  
== Genealogy and History Websites  ==
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*T[http://www.plymouthcolony.net/barnstable/ he Barnstable County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Barnstable The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Barnstable County
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=183978&subject_disp=Massachusetts%2C+Barnstable&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library catalog for Barnstable County
  
[http://www.plymouthcolony.net/barnstable/ Barnstable County USGenWeb Site] <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors --><!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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== References  ==
  
 
[[Category:Barnstable_County,_Massachusetts]]
 
[[Category:Barnstable_County,_Massachusetts]]

Revision as of 07:16, 10 September 2008

United States > Massachusetts > Barnstable County
Ma-barnstable.png

County Courthouse

Superior Court House
3195 Main Street
P.O. Box 427
Barnstable, MA 02630

History

Cape.jpg

History

  • Barnstable County is part of Cape Cod and was made an island when the Cape Cod Canal was finished in 1914. (besides the two vehicle bridges and a railroad bridge across the canal the only other other access is by boat or plane). Well there is a little piece of the county (part of Bourne) on the north side of the canal, but it is still fun to think of it as an island. In fact, some of the islanders may have advocated closing the canal bridges to vehicle traffic.
  • The Mayflower and its 99 passengers landed first on Cape Cod near Provincetown and then at Plymouth on 21 Nov 1620.
  • The ship Fortune arrived in Nov 1621.
  • The Anne and Little James followed so that by 1624 there are about 180 persons in Plymouth Colony.
  • It is the late 1630s 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 Mar 1644.
  • Barnstable County was originally part of Plymouth Colony, separated from Massachusetts Bay colony to the north by "the Old Colony Line." Plymouth Colony was initially centered on the landing place of the Pilgrims, the town of Plymouth. But since the 1620s the population and reach of the colony had grown considerable. At first, Governor Bradford had only one assistant, Isaac Allerton. By 1685 the colony was governed by a governor, a deputy governor, six assistants, deputies and constables from seventeen towns, grand jury members, and highway surveyors. The seventeen towns of Plymouth Colony at that time were governed by selectmen. So in 1685, with government rapidly growing and travel still difficult, the deputies of the General Court which made the laws for the Colony decided to divide the colony into three counties, Bristol to the south and west, Barnstable to the south and east and Plymouth to the north. These three counties would each have a government able to record deeds, operate judicial courts and more closely respond to the needs of the citizens.
  • Barnstable - The County, Town or Village? Town of Barnstable - founded by Rev. John Lothrop and his group after they left Scituate (pronoune Sit'-u-et). September 3, 1639 is the precise birthdate given to Barnstable, which really represents just the best guess of when a band of hardy colonists officially took advantage of Plymouth Colony laws passed in March, 1638 authorizing towns to send deputies to the General Court.

Parent County

  • Created 2 June 1685 from the Plymouth Colony lands

Boundary Changes

Established as a County in the year 1685, the current boundary lines were drawn in 1707 and have not changed since that date.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dukes | Nantucket | Plymouth

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Falmouth Genealogical Society serves primarily Upper Cape towns.
  • Cape Cod Genealogical Society serves primarily Mid and Lower Cape towns. If you image Cape Cod as an arm with Provincetown as the hand then Upper Cape corresponds with upper arm and lower Cape corresponds with lower arm (even though Lower Cape town of Provincetown at the tip of the peninsula is "higher" than Falmouth which is located in the Upper Cape)

Web Sites

References