1. The Firstcomers - 1639 - 1691
The area that was settled was known as New Boston, and would become known as the East Parish of Yarmouth before it was incorporated as the Town of Dennis. The Family Names of that time are Crows (later to become Crowell) Howes, Halls, Vincents, Eldridges, Taylors, Sears and Bassetts. Their settlements were on the North side of the Cape.
The Town of Yarmouth was settled in 1639 by Anthony Thacher, along with first comers Thomas Howes and John Crow. The lands that formed Yarmouth originally belonged to Natives of the Mattakeese and Nobscusset tribes. The eastern portion of Yarmouth broke away to become the Town of Dennis in 1793. Little is known from town records as they were burned in 1677.