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7574Certificates from Town to move out or in-

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  • Sue Mullane
    Feb 8, 2014
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      While reading the latest microfilm on Exeter, Rhode Island's town meeting minutes (1700s), I noticed that people who wanted to move to another town had to get written permission from Exeter to move.  And, anyone who wanted to move into Exeter had to bring paperwork with them.  More than once when the town fathers learned that someone had moved in without the necessary paperwork, they would order that person out of town.

      I always thought folks came and went in early America.  Didn't realize things were so controlled in early America.

      Has anyone else found this when looking through early records? 
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