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Griffin's Journal - First Settlers of Southold;
the names of the heads of those families, being only thirteen at the time of their landing;
first proprietors of Orient; biographical sketches information. 1st Edition (1857), 312 Pages

Augustus Griffin
A Complete Searchable Publication on CD

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About this unique CD
      This is a rare copy of this important local history of Orient, Long Island. Augustus Griffin was a grandson of one of the original families to settle Southold. During his life, he kept a diary of the many happenings of the area, including national as well as local events. Originally, he produced two manuscripts journals of work, one in 1792 at the age of 25, and the other finishing up in 1865, when he was 98. They cover his life, from before the Revolutionary War to the end of the Civil War, a quite remarkable period of history. Recording everything from daily events - births, marriage, deaths, church services, the coming of the railroad, the changing of town names, and the lives of his neighbors.
      In 1857 Griffin published this book, an abridged version of his journals. It favored the genealogy of his neighbors over the local events of the journals, but there is still an impressive amount of detail of the families, in some cases their arrival in America for the first time, the establishment of Southold, and the evolution of the local community. As such this is an invaluable record of the Youngs, Tuthills, Terrys, and Vails, and the development of the community and the country around them.
      The original that was used to produce this digital edition had some unique features. It was a copy originally belonging to the Vail family. The writings in the front of the book cover the books history - bought by Nathaniel Smith from Miss Young of West Dresden, it was presented to his grand-nephew James G. Vail, whom he asked to "keep this book until I call for it" but it also states that "it being understood by giver and recipient that this would probably never occur". The second inscription states that Nathaniel Smith did and that Vail kept the book as his own - and dated this transaction at 1865. There is also a laid-in article on the Old Horton Homestead of Southold dated February 20th 1879. This is truly a wonderful piece of New York State history.

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