Our Town's Great History

The records of the Town Trustees of East Hampton are available in the East Hampton village library.  All viewers are encouraged to consult these histories as they represent a clear tracing of the past to the present and remain an invaluable lesson in the day to day lives of our area's earliest settlers.  The history that follows contains the most recent entries at the bottom of the page.  Hyperlinks to the texts of important documents are underlined. One should also note that early Town records used a calendar year that began on April 1 while current calendar years begin in January.  Records between January 1 and March 31 in early Town Records were therefore dated in the same year as the month of the prior December (see for example, the Nicolls Patent of March 17, 1666). 
The practice continued until the mid-1700's.
 EXCERPTS FROM the Records of the Town Trustees of East-Hampton, Volume I. 1639-1680
Transcribed by Joseph S. Osborne, Jonathan T. Gardiner, Jonathan Baker,
a committee appointed to reproduce the Records by Town meeting,  April 3, 1883.   

April 29, 1648

    An agreement between the Sachems of Manhassett, Wayandanch, Meuntacut, Corchake, Shinnecoke and The Governour of the Colony of New Haven.  The Sachems having sold unto Mr. Eaton and Mr. Hopkins, esquires for the Governour, "all the Land Lyinge from the bounds of the Inhabitants of Southampton, unto the East side of Napeak, next unto Menntacut high Land, with the whole breadth from Sea to Sea, not intrenching uppon any in length or breadth, which the Inhabitants of Southampton, have and do possess, as they by Lawfull right shall make appeare, for and in consideration of twentie Coates, twentie-four looking glasses, twentie-four hoes, twentie-four hatchets, twentie-four knives, one hundred muges.  The Sachems would have Libertie, freely to fish in any or all the cricks and ponds, and hunt up and downe in the woods withough Molestation.  Likewise they are to have the fynns and tails of all such whales as shall be cast up, to fish in all convemient places for Shells to make wampum.  Allsoe, if the Indyans, hunting of any deere, they should chase them into the water, and the English should kill them, the English shall have the body, the Sachem the skin..."
    The assignment to the Inhabitants of East Hampton is as follows:  a purchase was made by Thomas Stanton and others, of a part of the East Part of Long Island of the Indians Sachems, for the sum of Thirty pounds four shillings eightpence by Robert Bond for the inhabitants of East Hampton from Thomas Stanton and others under the direction of Theophilus Eaton, Esq. and Edward Hopkins.
 October 3, 1650
    Thomas Talmage, Jr. is chosen recorder of Town meetings and four men and a constable are chosen in an election.  "At a Cort of election houlden ye first Tuesday of October there are Chosen foure men with the Cunstable for ye ordering of ye affaiers of ye Towne".  
March 15, 1650 - 1651
    "It is ordered that Robert Bond shall goe to Coneticot for to pecure the Evidence for our lands and for an Accquittance for the payment of our money and for a boddie of lawes."
July 14, 1651
    "It is ordered that Thomas Baker & Thomas Tomsin and Ben Price shall lay out Occabonack Meadow betwene this & the 19 of this instant July uppon penaltie of paying 10s every one yt shall neglect the same by the Day.   It is also ordered yt the 3 men before mentioned shall lay out this Occabonack meadow accordinge to their best light & discretion and to be cast by lott & to begin the lott at the Easterne part of the meadow."
 August 23, 1651
    "..It is also ordered that Mr. James shall have for the worke of the Mynistry with us for future time the sum of 50 Lb a yeere & his shall lay Rate fee duringe the time of his standinge in office in the mynistry amonge us.  It is also ordered that whosoever shall withdraw himselfe from any town meetinge shall pay 12d."
October 7, 1651
    "John Mulford, Robert Bond & Thomas Baker is chosen by this Court for the execution of those orders comyted to ther Trust for this yeere.  Ralfe Daiton is chosen Constable for this yere.  Beniamin Price is Chosen secretarie for this yere ensueing....It is ordered that the three men shall have power after the 10th of March to call forth men to burne the woods.  It is ordered that every man that hath a house shal within 6 weekes get a lader that may reach so hie that a man may goe to the top of his house and those that shalbe falty herein shalbe liable to pay 5s." 
November 6, 1651
    "It is ordered yt goodman Mulford shal call ont ye towne by succession to loke out for whale.  It is ordered yt all that are fit to beare armes shalbe sufficiently provided with a good gunne powder shott sword worme and scourer shotbagg rest bolt and a fit thinge to carrie powder in.  It is ordered yt ye town shall traine sixe tymes in a yeare and this to begin ye next March."
November 17, 1651
    "It is ordered and agreed upon by us the Inhabitants that there shall be a meetinge house built 26 foote longe 20 foot broade and 8 foote stoode." 
January 9, 1651 - 1652
    "It is ordered yt 5 Lb worth of goods or Cattell that are attached from William Fithin for his breach of order in sellinge shott to the Indeans shalbe given to his Children as thiers and Comited to his hands for his best emprovement and be comutable to them when the towne shal thinke fit."
February 2, 1651 - 1652
    "It is ordered that Goody Edwards shal pay 3 Lb or have her tongue in a cleft sticke for the Contempt of a warent in sainge she would not come, but if they had bin Govnor or Magistrate then she would come and Desiringe the warrant that she night burne it."

May 17, 1652

    "It is ordered yt every man that hath Sixe Cowes shall keepe a bull to goe with them."
June 1652
    The records of the allotments of the "littell plaine" are recorded and the Meadow at Accobanocke is measured and apportioned.
July 18, 1652
    "It is ordered that the Medow in Accaboneck which shall need a great treanch or treanches for the dreaning of ye medow it shalbe done by them yt stand in need of it & yt others shal have liberty to treanch or treanches their medow into it every man treanching his owne land yt one hinder not another."
October 5, 1652
    "It is by this Court Established & Decreed that if any man be agreived wth any thinge yt is done by the men yt are in Authoritie that then he shall have libertie to make his appeale to the next Generall Court or when the ffremen are Asembled together for their publike ocasions."  
January 24, 1652 - 1653
    "It is ordered yt Penoway an Indian shall pay 3Lb for stealing of a sow from Luke Lillie."
January 24, 1652 - 1653
    "...It is ordered yt whosoever shall see any Indians come to towne without powder and after see him have powder he shall bring him before authority to bee examined and the ofender to be founde vpon pennalty of payinge 20s.  It is ordered that a stocke of powder and lead shalbe sent for to the Gov'nor."
April 26, 1653
    "It is ordered noe Indian shall Come to the Towne unles it be upon special occasion and note to come armed because that the Duch hath hired Indians aganst the English and we not knowing Indians by face and because the Indians hath cast of their Sachem, and if any of the indians or other by night will come in to the towne in Despit of eyther watch or ward upon the third Stand to Shoote him or if thay rune away to shoote him."
May 6, 1653
    "It is ordered yt Goodman Davie shall have 3 akres of land of the further side the second creeke of Georgica for 3 yeares...It is ordered that four men shall be Chosen to the 3 that are already Chosen for the orderinge of Towne afayers...John Hand,  Tho. Baker,  Tho. Chatfield, and Ben. Price."
June 13, 1653  
    "William Edwards hath entered an accon of Defamation against Benjamine Price and his wife,  his wife saying that the wife of William Edwards was a base lieing woman and that shee would prove he a lier in many pticulers." The arguments are heard and the Jury finds for the Benjamin Price Defendant two pence cost and Damage and Court Charges.
July 5, 1653
    The records of the allotments of the Meadow at Norwest and the Meadow at Accabanock. 
November 20, 1653  
    "It is ordered yt evry man shall goe to make a triall with goodman Meggs a days worke a peece for a mill at the harbor."
November 20, 1653
    "It is ordered that noe man shall fell any tree from Ralph Daytons Addition upon the Common Ground....upon penalty of payinge 5s a tree.  nor upon any of the comon land between hook pond and the mill gate nor upon any of the common land betweene the towne and the plaines upon the same penalty."
June 29, 1654
    "Having Considered the Letters that came from Connecticut wherein men are required to assist the power of England against the Duch we doe thinke ourselves called to assist the sd power."
July 6, 1655
    "It is voted by the major part of the towne that Thomase Osborne Senior and his son Thomas Osborne Junior shall have all yt Medow about the place cald the Hogg Creek...It is also ordered by the Major part that Jeremiah Mecham & Rockard Brookes shall have all yt medow along by the beach calld the fire place that is undevided... that Ralph Dayton shall have yt medow at the upper end of the bushes at the Swamp near the towne prvided yt it be not above 5 ackers west: towards the cart way...It is ordered by maior prt yt Mr. James shall have yt medow on the ffurthest side of Hooke pond between the thickett of trees & the Beach & so along the Plaine side according to a row of Bushes by the medow side."   
May 28, 1655
    "It is ordered yt for the prevention of abuse amongst the Indians by selling of strong water ffirst that no man shal carry any to them to sell..."
August 21, 1656
    "It is Ordered yt the order in Conectecote laws for paying of rates shall stand in force among us."
April 1, 1656
    "It is Ordered that Meantaucutt Sacham shall be sent for and his assotiates that sould us our Land to give us possession of that which thay have sold unto us & to set up the bounds."
February 12, 1655 - 1656
    "It is Ordered that the Indians shall have 5s a Woulfe for all that thay Kill in our bounds."
February 22, 1655 - 1656
    "It is Ordered yt the aker of Land where the Mill standeth fformerly Intended for a high Way that there shalbe no loose cattle drove through upon penaltie paying 5s besides damage." 

March 19, 1657 - 1658
    "It is ordered and by a maior vote of the Inhabitants of this Towne agreede upon yt Thomas Backer and John Hand is to goe unto Keniticut for to bringe us under their Government acordinge unto the termes as Southampton is and alsoe to carie up Goodwife Garlick yt she may be delivered up unto the Authoritie there for the trial of the cause of witchcraft which she is suspected for."
May 12, 1659
    Wayandanch, Sachem of Pamanack defines the lands that are given to the Settlers of East Hampton in the presence of David Gardiner and Lion Gardiner, and transcribed by John Ogden.
October 1, 1660
       "Upon Petition ffrom ye Meantaquit Indians on Long Iland and desier divers English there...The Commissioners for the better securitys of them do order yt if the sd Naragansets come within six miles of any of the three English townes wthin any of our Jurisdicitons upon Long Iland we do hereby order the English Inhabitants may remove them thence."
   The New York Colony is organized.  Richard Nicholls is commissioned to be the first Governor by the King Charles II of England.  East Hampton is denied the ability to abide in the Connecticut Colony.
June 9, 1664
    The East Hampton Town Pond is created: "It is ordered and agreed that any that will may dig in the hollow betwne Lift Talmages and Jeremyah Mechems to make a convenient wateringe and carring away the mud for their own use."
March 17, 1666 - 1667
    Patent of Governor Nicholl defines the geographical boundaries of the lands of East Hampton. 
April 1, 1667
    "Thomas Baker is chosen Constable and Rob Daiton and William Fithen are chosenOverseers for this yeare."
July, 1667
    "Jeremyah Osborne was chosen Secretary."
October 18, 1667
   The deposition of Mr. Thomas James taken at East Hampton.  That being earnestly desired by them of South Hampton Towne.  "And that in those tymes the bounds of these Akakkobauk Indians came Eastward of the river Pehikkonuk to a creek which she (Akkobauk Homes Squaw) named.  And they gathered flags for mats within that tract of Land; but since those Indians were conquered that lived at Akkobauk the Shinocut bounds went to the river Pehikkonuk where the Indians catched Alewives:  And the Shinokuk Indians had the drowned deere as theirs one this side the sayd River and one beare some years since : And the old Squaw said by the token she eat some of it pointing to her teeth : And that the skin and flesh was brought to Shinnocut as aknowledging their right to it to a saunk squaw then living there who was the old Mantaukeut Sachems sister : And first wife to Chekkanow : This to the best of my understanding."  Taken upon Oath before me John Mulford per me, Jeremiah Osborne Recorder.
January 4, 1667 - 1668
    "This writing witnesseth an Agreement betweene we the whale Companeys of East Hampton and South Hampton and is as followeth:  That if any of us shall find any dead Whales upon the shore that eyther company should have killed : That Company or person so finding the same shall send immediat word unto the other company; And they shall well reward the bringer of the News. 
        Secondly that if any company or part of them shall find any whale so killed by the other company at sea ; that they shall then endevour to secure them and send word unto the other company and for their paynes they shall have the one halfe of such whales ; only if any Irons shalbe shound in them they shalbe returned to ye owners of such Irons.
        Thirdly if either Company shall meet with any wounded whales and afterward strike and kill them : Then if any Iron shalbe found in them ; they shall restore them unto the first owners there of.
        In witness where of both companys two men of each company in the behalfe of ye rest have heare unto set their hands this 4th Day of Janewary 1667."  
                 Thomas Osborne, John Osborne, Witness hearunto John Mulford, Jeremyah Osborne
                 John Laughton, Obadiah Rogers (original signatures).
January 19, 1667 - 1668
    "At towne meeting then held it is ordered that Mr. James shall have liberty to grind on the Second day of ye weeke when he cometh and shall not be letted by anymen but shall take place before any other that shall tend there before his team cometh except such as shall chance to be grinding before he cometh to ye mill."  
November 3, 1668
    "Stephen Hand hath grant that the towne shall have a highway for one Cart to goe through his Lott in the woods lying one the west side of George Millers Lott by the mill plaine.  The high way is to be twelve foot in breadth and the length of the lott and it is only to drive carts and oxen in the yoake and to ride or lead a horse through : and not to drive cattle through out of the yoake :  and for that hightway the Towne doeth grant that Stephen Hand shall have one acker of Land which acker it was said lay by John Osbornes Land at the end of Thomas Osborns seniors addition which Stephen should have." 
March 22, 1668 - 1669
    Montauk.     "Appeared then before me John Bentley & Alexander le Rond Master & Purser of the ship John & Lucy, now stranded upon this place and shoare as also John Boyles, Timothy Keitey, Morgan Moriar, Andrew Griffin, and Thomas Jones & the said Timothy, Robert, Morgan and Andrew being all the sea men left of the ship John & Lucy to endevour to save for the owners what may be saved, which kind of labor and endevours, all the rest of the seamen did refuse to doe.  The said Thomas was on as a passanger and Cooper to William Reaps who all did according to the solimnity of the place depose and upon pain of perjury declare that on the 10th of February last they wayed anker at Roads Islands and by the direction of the said William Reape shaped their course for Long Island.  That about one houre and a halfe before sunset, the wind shifted about, which caused a course to be shaped for New London.  That about halfe and houre after, and about three miles from Fishers Island, the said ship stuck fast upon a Rock, where she did beat all the night long.  That at the first striking, all the seamen were so dismayed, that immediately John Jennings the chief Mate did put on all the cloathes he could well put on which was a great discouragement to all the rest; for Daniel Gillis the second Mate did likewise, and in this great fear whirein the Master would be not regarded nor obeyed, the Long boat was put out it being very dark, and all the 4 men could hardly keepe her from staving against the ships side, the men in her erged to have the oars, which were watch over by other men who were afraid to venture in the dark whirein but an assurid death appeared there was nothing but a terrible distraction and confusion in the ship all the night long, one ergine this the other that, doing one thing and then undoing it, doing all things and yet nothing :  and at break of day the ship beating so extremely that the Master seemed to keap out of the forkstl, the men fearing the loss of the boates, and the rudder beatin off the hooks, and some of the .... floating upon the sea ; all courage was taken away, and as sudainly .... the boates were full of men ; John Jennings being one of the very first men who went into the long boat."
    The witnessed account continues to describe the men left on board, the items that were salvaged, and the time it took to save them.  Sworn before John Mulford, his Majesties Justice of the Peace, in East Hampton, New England. 
December 18, 1669 
    "Whereas sundry yeares since I Pauquennacut & several of us the Indians of Meantacut, heard the old sachem of Meantacut declare in a general meeting of the Indians yt he had given to Lev. Lion Gardiner & Tho. James Minister of Easthampton upon some considerations knowne to himselfe : all ye whales should be cast up at any time at Meantacut land they being to give what they see meete for ye said whales to ye sd Sachem or his heires after his Decease.
        The Sachem being dead and part of ye land at Meantacut disposed of : we ye sd Pauquinnacut, Wassouman, Aukeeannitt in behalfe of ourselves : And in name of our associates ye proprietors of ye land at Meantacut doe freely grant & confirm to ye sd Tom. James & to Jeremyah Conckling now standing up in ye room of Lion Gardiner all the whales shall be cast up beyond ye Fort Pond att Meantacut, to them their heires or assignes for ever uppon ye same tearms as is before specified was ye grant of ye ould sachem Wayandance."
        I consideration of ye premises wee set forth to our hands & seales.
            PAUQUINNACUT marke, CHEKONOW his marke, AUKEANIT his marke
        Sealed Subscribed and Delivered in the presence of Wm. Welles, John Howell, John Youngs.
February 21, 1669 - 1670
    "It is ordered by the Constable and Overseers that no pines shalbe any way disposed of out of the Town that groweth within our bounds upon the forfeiture of 20s for any peice of such timber any waies put of contrarie to this order."
EXCERPTS FROM the Records of the Town of East-Hampton, Volume II.  1680-1701
Transcribed by Joseph S. Osborne, Jonathan T. Gardiner, Jonathan Baker, the committee appointed to reproduce the Records by Town meeting, April 3, 1883.  
    King James II ascends the Throne of England and overturns the previous institutions that had stated that "No Tax to be levied but by consent of the assembly", the assembly being the freeholders of the County of Suffolk.  A direct tax is decreed.  Six farmers from East Hampton protest the tyranny and are arraigned before Council.
December 9, 1686
    The Dongan Patent to the Trustess of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the towne of Easthampton established The Trustees as the duly authorized and recognized governing body of the towne of Easthampton. It is one of the earliest documents to provide for representative government by elected officials in New Yorke.  

January 24, 1686 - 1687
    "Upon Petition At a meeting of ye Trustees of ye freeholders & Commonaltie of ye Towne of Easthampton it is agreed & ordered by them yt there should a Rate be made to the value of Two hundred Pounds in current money of this Province yt is one Hundred & Twentie pounds upon ye allotments of ye Purchasors & Proprietors of this Towne at home according to every mans allotment in devision of land. And fourscore Pounds to be raised uppon ye land at Meantaucut according to every mans share of Interest there & this to be Raise to defray Charge about the Patten of such as have Interest as above specified & by no others. Also it was agreed & ordered yt a rate be made to defray charge yt did arise about mens Protests to ye value of so much as ye Charge shall arise unto and this to be levied upon ye Purchasors and Proprietors according to their allottments at home."
April 7, 1687
    "The Trustees Chosen by ye ffreeholders of this Town are: Mr. James, John Stretton, Thomas Talmage, Lt. John Wheeler, Ensn. Samll Mullford, Samuell Parsons, Steven Hedges, Thomas Chatfield Jr., John Mullford, Thomas Osborne, Steven Hand, Thomas Mulford.  And Constables for ye yeer Ensn. Enock Fithina, and Nathaniell Tallmage.  The Assessors appointed are Beiamin Conklinge, Samuell Mulford.  The Comissioners are Jermiah Miller, Mermia Conckling Sr., Thomas Chatfield Jr." 
    "The population of the Town of East Hampton:  223 Males, 219 Females, 25 Male Servants, 9 Female Servants, 11 Male Slaves, 14 Female Slaves, TOTAL of 502.  Furthermore, 98 are capable of bearing arms and 2 are merchants."
April 3, 1688
    The freeholders of the Town choose eleven Trustees, (Robert Daiton, Steven Hand, Jeremiah Conckling, Nathaniell James, Lt. John Wheeler, Steven Hedges, Benjamin Osborne, James Diament, Samuell Mulford, Thomas Chatfield, John Mulford), two Constables (Benjamin Conckling and Steven Stretton), three Commissioners (John Mulford, Lt. John Wheeler, Mr. Thomas Backer), and twoAssessors (Steven Hand and Thomas Chatfield). 
April 4, 1693
    The Election Meeting chooses for the following year, two Constables (John Mulford and Enoch Fithin), twelve Trustees, (Richer Shaw, Stephen Hedgis, Cornelios Stretton, Tho Chatfield, Daniel Osborne, Cornelios Conckling, John Parsons, Nath Baker, James Diament, Benjamen Osborne, Samuel Parsons Jr., Thomas Baker), and two Assessors (Capt. Jon Wheeler and Joseph Osborne).
April 7, 1696
    The Election Meeting chooses for the following year, two Constables (Seth Parsons and Richard Shaw), twelve Trustees, (Stephen Hedgis, Beniam Osborn, Lt. Jeremiah Miller, John Stretton, Capt. John Wheeler, Thomas Mulford, James Diament, Nathaniell Talmage, Robert Dayton Jr., Thomas Chatfield, Willm Barnes, Corneios Stretton), and two Assessors (Nathaniell Baker and John Parsonse).
June 16, 1696
    The Reverend Minister James, first minister to the Town of East Hampton,  passes away and is buried as to rise facing his people on the resurrection morn.  A new minister, Rev. Nathaniel Huntting will commence his 50-year ministry in September of this same year.
Trustee Records between 1702 and 1869 to come...


April 2, 1700  

The Election Meeting chooses for the following year, two Constables (Ebinezer Leeke and William Barnes), twelve Trustees, (Joseph Stretton, Ensn. Onesemos Talmage, Edward Jones, John Miller, Seth Parsons, James Diamond, James Hand,  Thomas Osborne Jr., Stephen Hand, John Hedgis, Daniel Osborne, Daniell Bishup), two Assessors (Nathaniel Bushup and Jacob Schellinx), one collector (Ebinezer Leeke), and one Supervisor (Abraham Schellinx).
April 1, 1701
The Election Meeting chooses for the following year, two Constables (Epraim Edwars and Matthias Burnat), twelve Trustees, (Lt. Jeremiah Miller, John Stretton, Nathaniell Talmage, John Wheler Jr., Benj'm Osborn, John Davis, Thomas Mulford, Robert Dayton Jr., Mr. John Gardiner, Mr. John Mulford, Thomas Backer, Thomas Edwards), two Assessors (John Hoping and Steephen Hand), one collector (Ebinezer Leeke), and one Supervisor (Thomas Chatfield).


Trustee Records between 1702 and 1869 to come...

EXCERPTS FROM theRecords of the Trustees of East-Hampton, 1870-1897.  

Transcribed under the direction of a committee appointed in 1925 at the expense of the Town and its authorities. Wm. T. Vaughn, Justice of the Peace, Kenneth E. Davis, Supervisor of the Committee, H.D. Sleight, Historian.   

April 20, 1870  

The Trustees elected at the Annual Town Meeting held April 6th, 1870, David H. Huntting (Chair and Clerk), Edward Dayton, Jeremiah Conklin, Benjamin H. Barnes, Sylvanus M. Osborn, Jacob O. Hopping, Timothy S. Miller, Nathaniel Dominy, Charles J. Mulford, Jonathan E. Payne, James M. Strong, and William C. King.

  Committee on beaches and fisheries- Appointed David H. Huntting, Jeremiah Conklin,and Charles J. Mulford, committee on beaches and fisheries.

  Committee on suits- Appointed David H. Hunting, Edward Dayton, and Benjamin H. Barnes committee on suits.  To defend the Seaweed suit of 1870 of David S. Sherry (relating to the North West beach against the land of Josiah Kirk).


The Eliot Indian Bible sells for $1,050.  Cockenoe, a Montauk Indian that was the counselor and brother-in-law of Wyandanch, acted as interpreter and aided Eliot in translating the Bible to the Indian language.  In 1927, the Gardiners of Gardiners Island were said to have a copy and another copy was able to be seen in at the Jermain Library in Sag Harbor.  The longest word in the Indian Bible is in the 40th verse of the 1stChapter of St. Mark.        It is wutteppdesittukqussunnoowehtunquoh, which is interpreted as kneeling unto him.

April 11, 1871

The Trustees elected at the Annual Town Meeting held April 4th, 1871, David H. Huntting (Clerk), Edward Dayton, Abraham B. Dayton, James M. Hedges, Joseph G. Osborn, Elisha P. Mulford, Abraham S. Parsons, George L. Miller, Albert L. Hedges, Benjamin H. Barnes, George S. Schellinger, David Talmage.

   Letting of fishing rights on Hicks Island- The Clerk reported that the Committee on fisheries of last year had hired to Andrew Racket the privilege of landing nets, pound poles, and fishing apparatus on Hicks Island for the year 1871 for five dollars, payable in advance.

   Lease of Napeague fishing station- Agreed to lease the fishing station at Napeague heretofore occupied by the Luce Brothers to M P. Green for the year 1871 for Thirty five dollars to be paind in advance.

March 25, 1872

The Clerk reported that he had in his hands the sum of $69.60 income of Rysam fund for two years ending Feb 1st 1872.  Whereupon the Clerk was directed to pay with the purpose for which the fund was given as follows to wit to the N West district the sum of $4.60.  To the other districts in proportion to the number of children of indigent persons as shown by the division made Nov 30th 1868 as follow to Wit No. 1- Street, 23 children $8.08, No. 2- Main, 11 children $3.82, No. 3- Amagansett, 28 children $9.72, Springs, 40 children $13.88, Hook, 35 children $12.15, Sag Harbor, 50 children $17.35, Total 187 children $69.60.  

June 17, 1872 

The Trustees elected at the Annual Town Meeting held April 2nd, 1872, Edward Dayton (Clerk), George S. Schellinger, David Talmage, Albert L. Hedges, Abraham S. Parsons, Elisha P. Mulford, Joseph G. Osborn, James M. Hedges, Nathaniel H. Sherrill, James H. Strong, Samuel H. Miller.

   Committee on Beaches- The Clerk George S. Schellinger & Joseph G. Osborn

   Committee on Suits- The Clerk Joseph G. Osborne & Albert L Hedges

   Collection of rents that are due- Agreed that the committee on fisheries be authorized to collect all rents due the Trustees for oil stations, beaches, etc.

February 17, 1873

    Application & Lease of (fish) Oil Station at Napeague- Application made by Capt. Benjamin Payne for an oil Station at Napeague whereupon it was agreed to Lease to him an oil station there for the sum of Twenty dollars per year.

     Application to purchase Hicks Island- Application was made by Jeremiah M Bennett to purchase Hicks Island, whereupon it was agreed not to sell Hicks Island at present.

April 1, 1873 

At the annual Town meeting held in the town of East Hampton, the following persons were elected the Trustees of the freeholders and commonalty of the town of East Hampton, viz : Sylvanus M. Osborn (President and Clerk), Nathaniel Dominy, Sr., Henry P. Osborn, Joseph G. Osborn, William B. Bailey, William J. Bennett, James M. Strong, Alfred Clark, Joseph D. Parsons, Joshua W. Edwards, Samuel M. Mulford, David E. Talmage.

July 7, 1873  

  1. M. Osborne reported that he had been to see Wm Wichkham, Esq. who thought the Leases (of the oil stations at Napeague) might be valid and that an elector who is not a freeholder in the Town of East Hampton is eligible to the office of the Trustees of the freeholder and commonalty of the town of East Hampton


November 17, 1873  

    Resolved that as Josiah Kirk has disturbed parties from carting seaweed from the shore at Northwest, a committee be appointed to prosecute said J. Kirk as said committee may think best and procure such council as they deem expedient, S M Osborne and D E Talmage, committee.

     Resolved that the Committee on Privileges be instructed to protect the waters of our town and deal with all trespassers promptly in every respect.

February 19, 1874  

    Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to give a Quit claim Deed unto the Trustees of School District No. 5 of the town of East Hampton for the land which they now occupy.  Bounded North and East by land of Patrick Lynch and South and West by Highways.

April 7, 1874

At the annual Town meeting held in the town of East Hampton at Clinton Academy, the following persons were elected the Trustees of the freeholders and commonalty of the town of East Hampton, viz : Sylvanus M. Osborn (President and Clerk), Charles J. Mulford, James M. Strong, Samuel F. Filer, Charles B. Barnes, D. Egbert Talmage, Jeremiah Lester, Nathaniel Dominy, Sr., William L. Talmage, Joseph G. Osborn, William B. Bailey, Joshua B. Edwards.

     -Resolved, to renew no Lease for Oil Manufacturing at Napeague Harbor for less that $100, unless obliged to, or to hire any new ones for less that the aforesaid sum viz $100.       

January 18, 1875

The committee on suits reported that upon the warrant the of H.B. Tuthill, Esq., they arrested 6 men in Napeague Harbor violating the Act passed by the Board of Supervisors Nov 15th 1874(that the Trustees will protect and defend from all encroachment the common land of the town of East Hampton), that prisoners resisted the officer in the discharge of his duty with deadly weapons and made their escape to New London.  Whereupon it was Resolved that the Committee proceed forthwith and bring the offenders to justice.  Resolved that the Trustees employ Samuel M. Gardiner Esq. as council in the case of the fugitives who escaped from the Constable. 

April 2, 1878 

At the annual Town meeting held in the town of East Hampton, the following persons were elected the Trustees of the freeholders and commonalty of the town of East Hampton, viz : Charles B. Barnes, D. Egbert Talmage, Joseph G. Osborn, Isaac King, Edward M. Baker, David P. Osborn, Joshua B. Edwards, Sylvanus M. Osborn (President and Clerk), Thomas D. Barnes, Jeremiah Lester, Nathaniel Dominy, Sr. (Chairman pro tem), William Collum

September 23, 1878

The Trustees of School District No. 4, the Springs, applies unto the Trustees of the Town for the land which they now occupy as a site for their schoolhouse bounded by three highways, whereupon the Clerk is authorized to execute a deed for the same unto the said Trustees of said School District for the sum of $3.


A legal case ending in 1851 decided that the lands to the east of Napeague Harbor (Montauk) belonged to their Proprietors and that the Trustees should not continue to administer them. In 1879, just 27 years after the landmark decision, Arthur W. Benson purchased all of these lands from the Proprietors at a referee partition sale for $151,000 and became the sole owner of Montauk.


The Long Island Fish Company built a fishing pier directly opposite the head of Napeague Harbor, on the ocean side.  It was constructed of tubular piles forced down in the sand by hydraulics.  The piles, 20 feet apart, rested upon a circular iron shoe, which was forced down by water power.  As the structure was extended out into the ocean the depth of the piles increased.  The iron pier was completed in July 1881.  Nets were set and the seines were raised every afternoon, taking immense quantities of blue fish, weak fish, Spanish mackerel, flounders, king fish, butter fish, etc.  During the months of November and December, the end of the pier was greatly damaged by action of the waves.  The pier, which extended 1,100 feet into the ocean, cost $25,000.  The fishing season did not come up to expectations and in January 1882, the company was insolvent.  Then came along another winter storm with easterly gales and completely demolished the structure.

March 12, 1888

A massive blizzard commenced to shut down the east coast from Georgia to Nova Scotia.  It was put down and the most extensive and severe snow storm on record.  Snow fell an average of two and a half feet in the vicinity of New York City, with less snow on the east end of Long Island.  The mercury fell to six above zero.  In Peconic Bay quite a number of wrecks occurred.

April 11, 1891

List of the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty elected at the annual Town meeting held in Clinton Hall on the 7th Day of April: William B. Bailey, J. Maxon Schellinger, Benjamin H. Barnes, Charles H. Miller, James M. Strong (Chairman and Clerk), Julious D. Parsons, D. Egbert Talmage, Elias H. Payne, Jeremiah H. Mulford (Chairman pro tem), Nathan H. Dayton, David J. Gardiner, Christian Schenck.

April 15, 1891

Resolved that all persons not residents of the town of East Hampton are forbidden to enter upon the lands under water within the bounds of the patents to the town for the purpose of fishing for floating or shell fish therein, except Fort Pond Bay.

October 9, 1891  

Resolved that the Clerk be and is hereby instructed to deposit fund known as the Rysam Childrens Fund the amount of the fund being Five Hundred dollars in the Sag Harbor Savings Bank for safe keeping.

September 17, 1892

Resolved that notice be given to Jeremiah H. Vail and George M. Vail (of the Village of Orient and Town of Southold) to remove their fishing apparatus from the bottom of Fort Pond Bay immediately and in case they refuse or neglect to do so that suit be begun against them for their ejectment.

November 27, 1894 

Meeting of the town trustees held in the town house on the 27th day of November 1895 pursuant to a call of the Clerk, with James M. Strong in the chair, Trustees present to witt: Elisha H. Payne, Charles H. Miller, D. Egbert Talmage, James M. Strong, Jeremiah H. Mulford, Remington H. King, Julious D. Parsons, Benjamin H. Barnes, Edward M. Baker, David J. Gardiner, and William B. Baily.

    The Clerk stated the object of the meeting as follows, An application having been made to purchase a piece of the South Beach the same being the front of the owned by Henry Mulford situated on Lilly Pond Lane.  The question of the feasibility of selling the Fee of some portion of the South Beach reserving the public privileges was discussed at some length at which it was resolved that the Trustees will sell such portions of the South Beach as has not been previously sold, and give a quit claim deed therefor, such sales to be made only to the persons owning the upland adjoining.  On condition that the person or persons purchasing any part of said Beach shall at the time of the delivery of the Trustees deed, deed back to the Trustees all the privileges the people of this town now have and that all such privileges shall be Specifically set fourth named and described in the deed.  On such terms as the Trustees at some future time agree upon (Caried).

December 26, 1894

The special committee appointed at the last meeting to name the priviledges to be reserved in the sale of the South Beach hereby submit the following report to witt:

    1st- The right of fishing landing fish packing and carting fish.  All fish to be removed within 24 hours.  Landing boats seins nets and fishing tackle of whichever kind.  The drawing up of boats and leaving the same on the premises sold.  Also the spreading and drying of nets and seins upon said premises.

    2nd- The right to land Whale to cut up cart the same or any part thereof.  The right to land and haul up boats and the tackle used in the capture of whale and leave the same upon said premises.

    3rd- The right to pass and repass to walk or ride to sit or stand or lounge on said premises.

    4th- The right to shoot and hunt.

    5th-The right to place bathing houses and safety lines and arbors, but not to obstruct the public travel upon said Beach.

The vote on the foregoing reservations was take by calling the rool of the trustees with the following result to witt.

    Jeremiah H. Mulford Votes Yes  Remington H. King Votes Yes  Charles H. Miller  Votes Yes

    Nathan H. Dayton Votes Yes  David J. Gardiner    Votes  Yes  Benjamin H. Barnes Votes Yes

    -The Chair declared the foregoing adopted.

Resolved that the Beaches opposite the inlets of the ponds known as Hook pond and Georgica pond be reserved for the purpose of draining said ponds.

Resolved that the price fixed for the sale of the South Beach land shall be Fifteen Dollars a rod running parallel with the ocean.

 The vote was taken on the above resolution by calling the roll of the trustees with the following result to witt:

    Benjamin H. Barnes Votes Yes    Remington H. King Votes Yes  Charles H. Miller  Votes Yes

    David J. Gardiner, personally interested, asked to be excused   Nathan H. Dayton Votes No

 The chair declared the above resolution Lost.  

 On motion of Mr. Barnes, the meeting adjourned to a call of the Clerk.

March 30, 1897  

Because Fort Pond Bay was decided to lie within open waters and not solely within the bounds of the Town like the other water bodies presided by the Town Trustees the, Committee on suits and privileges makes report that the case known as the Fort Pond Bay case has been argued and tried in the Court of appeals and that the Court of appeals has decided this case against the Town.  

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EXCERPTS FROM theRecords of the Trustees of East-Hampton, 1926-1939.  

Transcribed by Jeannette Rattray under the direction of Judith Hope, Supervisor, Mary A. Fallon, Councilwoman, and Carleton Kelly, Historian.   

April 15, 1930

The following members were present: Clinton H. Edwards, Capt. John Philips, David G. Mulford, J. Everett Hand,  Emmett C. Miller, George Schellinger, George Sears, W. E. Talmage and Wm. M. Wood.
    Mr. Maurice V. Blomerth came before the meeting with two propositions- No.1 to do dredging in front of his property on the Creek at Hook Pond; the other for the privilege to cross the extreme end of Lily Pond with a road leading from Lily Pond highway in a Northwest direction to the Apaquogue Road." 

    "The whole board of Trustees were invited to inspect a development at the North end of Three Mile Harbor."

March 6, 1931

Be it resolved, that the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton convey to Dennistoun M. Bell of Amagansett, N.Y., all the right, title and interest of the Town of East Hmapton in and to the following described land, viz.:  All that certain tract or parcel of land situate in the Town of East Hampton, County of Suffolk and State of New York lying between the waters of Gardiners Bay and other property of said Dennistoun M. Bell, bounded and described as follows:  Northwesterly by the Southeasterly line or side of Barnes Hole Road; Northwesterly and Easterly by the waters of Gardiners Bay; Southeasterly by the Northwesterly line or side of Albert's Landing Road and Westerly and Southwesterly by other land of said Dennistoun M. Bell."

May 31, 1931

Be it resolved, That the Trustees lease to the Town Board for a term of five years at one dollar per year, the property acquired by the Trustees from Mr. Bell at Fresh Pond; said property to be used for the purpose of bathing and picnicking and to be policed by the Town Board."

June 26, 1931

Regulary moved and carried that the application of the Town of East Hampton for permission to dredge Three Mile Harbor in accordance with the map of Wallace H. Halsey, Inc., as submitted and filed, be granted."

    "Regularly moved and carried that the application of  I.Y. Halsey for permission to dredge his propery fronting on Three Mile Harbor in accordance with map submitted and filed, and that Raymond A. Smith, Counsel for the Board, at the expense of Mr. Halsey draft the proper release and quit claim deed required in this matter."

July 8, 1931

The following members were present:  David G. Mulford, Venus E. King, J. Everett Hand, Wm. M. Wood, Emmett C. Miller, George V. Schellinger, J. Whitman Baker, W. E. Talmage and Capt. John Philips.
    And be it further resolved, that such conveyance be made upon the express condition that said Maidstone Acres Corporation shall, within one year from the date of such conveyance, commence, within two years from the date of such conveyance complete or carry out all of the following improvements or acts in, about, or near the said premises:

    First: Construct a proper and sufficient bulkhead or retaining wall along the entire frontage of the premises granted, separating said premises from the waters of Three Mile Harbor, and also over and across its own property, from the easterly end of the bulkhead or retaining wall first mentioned, as shown on a sketch or blueprint filed with said Trustees.

    Second: Fill in on the landward side of the said bulkhead or retaining wall, so as to eliminate all standing water or marshes.

    Third:  Dredge a channel at least thirty feet in width and at least eight feet in depth from the main channel into Three Mile Harbor, in front of the said bulkhead or retaining wall, into "Maidstone Harbor".

    Fourth:  Dredge "Maidstone Harbor", as shown on a sketch or blueprint filed with the said Trustees, along the entire frontage of the said bulkhead or retaining wall, and for substantially the entire width and length of the said "Maidstone Harbor", as far South as the Southerly end of "Harbor Boulevard", to a depth of about seven feet at mean low water, so as to provide a public harbor for small boats.

    Fifth:  Tender to the Town of East Hampon, for public highways, by deed of dedication, the road shown on the sketch or blueprint, and designated as "Harbor Boulevard" leading from the road to Maidstone Park to and along the Easterly side of "Maidstone Harbor", and also the road shown and designated upon the said sketch as "Twillingate Avenue, " leading from the road to Maidstone Park through and across premises of Maidstone Acres Corporation to an outlet on the shore of Three Mile Harbor and to two outlets into premises of the Town of East Hampton known as "Maidstone Park."

August 17, 1931  

The following members were present:  Emmett C. Miller, Capt. John Philips, Wm. M. Wood, David G. Mulford, J. Whitman Baker, George V. Schellinger, George Sears, W. E. Talmage.
    On motion duly carried, it was resolved that the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton do enact the following law and resolution:

    Section 1 - It shall be unlawful for any person not a citizen of the Town of East Hampton to take from the waters of Three Mile Harbor, Napeague Harbor, Accabonac Creek or Harbor, Georgica Lake, Northwest Creek or other waters within the bounds of said Township, any fish, shrimp, eels, escallops, oysters, clams, periwinkles, or other products of said waters.

    Section 2 - Persons who are residents of the Town of East Hampton are prohibited from taking fish, shrimp, escallops, oysters, clams, or periwinkles, from (these said waters) by the use of dredges propelled or operated in any manner other than by hand power.

    Section 3 - Persons are prohibited from taking shell fish between sunset and sunrise and not more than one dredge from one boat can be lawfully used, and if the boat has two or more dredges it shall be presumptive evidence of a violation of the act.

    Section 4 - It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to take from any waters of the Town of East Hampton escallops which shall measure less than two inches from the centre of the lip or bill nor any round clam less than one inch in thickness nor shall it be lawful for such escallops or clams to be possessed at any time.  Any escallops mearuing less than two inches from teh centre of the hinge to the centre of the lip or bill or round clam less than one inch in thickness, taken from the waters of said Township shall be immediately returned to the waters at the place where taken.

    Section 5 - It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to take from the waters within the bounds of the Town of East Hampton any escallops between the first day of April and the first day of September of each and every year (this text is from 1931, see the East Hampton Town Shellfish regulations for this year's current regulations).

    Section 6 -  It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to take from the waters within the bounds of the Town of East Hampton any soft or long clams between the first day of June and the first day of October of each and every year (this text is from 1931, see the East Hampton Town Shellfish regulations for this year's current regulations).

    Section 7 - Persons shall be deemed to be a resident of the Town of East Hampton at any given date within the meaning of this act when he shall have actually and continuously resided within the said Town for a period of at least six months immediately preceding such date.

    Section 8 -  Any provision of this act to the contrary notwithstanding, shall not be deemed to prevent any person or persons residing within the Town of East Hampton from angling fish for other that commercial purposes.

    Section 9 - All other Trustees' laws in regard to the taking of fish, shrimp, escallops, oysters, clams, periwinkles or other products from the waters within the bounds of said Township are hereby repealed.

    Section 10 - Any violation of this act will be subject to a penalty of not less than Five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars and costs.

    Section 11 - This act shall take effect immediately upon publication.

November 21, 1933  

The following members were present:  Wm. L. Edwards, David G. Mulford, Emmett C. Miller, George V. Schellinger, J. Everett Hand, George Sears,  Capt. John Philips, Edward Baker, W. E. Talmage.
    Motion made and duly seconded granting the Maidstone Club the priviledge of installing a five foot drain pipe from Hook Pond to the Ocean.

     At this meeting a delegation of men interested in the escallop industry asking that the Trustees put a limit on the Escallops taken in any one calendar day.  The law was enacted to read:

    "Section 1 -  It shall be unlawful for any person to take from the waters of the Town of East Hampton more than five (5) bushels of escallops in the shell during any one calendar day."

November 16, 1934   

The following members were present:  George Sears, John Strong, Lyman Ketcham, Everett Babcock, Everett Hand, Herbert Mulford, Emmett Miller, William Collins, Talmage Lester, Robert Pratt.
    On motion duly made and seconded, in was resolved that the Trustees grant permission to George S. Miller to proceed with the work of removing the Star Fish from the bottom of Three Mile Harbor and carry on with the work of removing more bug escallops from shoal water to deep water.  A committee of John Strong, Emmett Miller, and Herbert Mulford are to assist Mr. Miller in connection with this work." 

December28, 1934  

"On motion duly made and seconded, in was resolved to grant George Miller permission to cart Beach Sand from the common land at Napeague to be used as a fill for a new road across the Napeague Meadows.

April 12, 1935   

The following members were present: William Collins, John Y. Strong, Everett Hand, Herbert Mulford, Emmett Miller, Talmage Lester, Robert Pratt, Lyman Ketcham. 

The Clerk was instructed to notify Mr. Palmer that the Trustees unanimously voted against the leasing of any land under water at Three Mile Harbor (in this instance for the purpose of bedding clams in front of Mr. Palmer's property)."

November 13, 1935  

Resolved that the Clerk be and he hereby is instructed and authorized to execute in behalf of the Trustees, all leases to respective lots at Lazy Point, as have been or may be approved by said Trustees and to affix his signature as such clerk, and affix the seal of said Trustees thereto, the said leases to be for the term of one year commencing September 1, 1935, with the right of renewal from year to year as long as the tenancy is continuous, at the rental of five dollars per annum, said leases to be approved before execution by Raymond A. Smith, Esq., Counsel to the Trustees."

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