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Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, New York 1653-1688, Volume I
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Charles R. Street. Softcover, originally published in 1887, reprinted here 2000, 5.25 x 8.25, as new, Errata, Index, 578 pages. The publisher writes: The town of Babylon formed part of the old town of Huntington until the passage of an act in 1872 made it a separate town. This first volume embraces what may be termed the foundation history of the town. It tells us of the pioneers who first settled Huntington, where they first established their homes; how they acquired title to their lands; the character of the Indian tribes they found here and the treaties they made with them. It tells us when and where the early settlers founded churches and schools; their long and bitter contests with rival communities to maintain the boundaries of their town; their methods of land division; their persistent hostility toward the Dutch government of New Netherlands, and their friendship with the New England colonies. In short, it affords a view of the social, political, religious and personal lives of our ancestors during this remote period of American history. Documents are organized by date under a brief head line, ending with a reference to the volume and page of the records or the file of papers where the original is found. This book contains all Indian deeds, grants and patents from colonial governors, minutes of town meetings and grants of land by town meetings, deeds and miscellaneous records. A few wills and inventories of estatcs appear, chiefly before 1665. Includes an index of deeds (alphabetical by grantor's surname; includes date and full name of grantee) and original full name index. [1493-H]