Collection: History of Sullivan County New Hampshire

Sullivan County New Hampshire Genealogy

Sullivan County New Hampshire genealogy is well represented on AccessGenealogy by the following books, histories, biographies and genealogies. Merrimack and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire Biographies History of Acworth New Hampshire History of Cornish New Hampshire Croydon New Hampshire Genealogy A history of the town of Sullivan New Hampshire 1777-1917 Biography of George William...

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Croydon New Hampshire Miscellany

Casualties in Croydon New Hampshire In 1770 Caleb, son of Seth Chase, the first settler in town, wandered into the forest, and was lost, and public opinion was divided as to the probable fate of the child; some believed that he was captured and carried away by some straggling band of Indians, while others thought that he met his death at the hands of a villainous white man. Isaac Sanger, another early settler, perished in attempting to cross Croydon Mountain. Alexander Metcalf, Jr., was killed by the falling of a tree. Abijah Hall was drowned at Glidden Bridge in 1812. Two boys, sons of Thomas Whipple and Giles Stockwell, Sr., were drowned in Spectace Pond. On the 19th of April, 1828, the dwelling-house of Mr. Charles Carroll was burned, and two children perished in the flames. Dr. Reuben Carroll was thrown from a carriage in 1840, while going down the hill near where Caleb K. Loverin now lives, and was killed. A son of Nathaniel W. Brown was killed near the bridge at the East village, by the horse stumbling and falling upon him. In 1846 the wife of the Hon. Paul J. Wheeler was burned to death, by her clothes taking fire while warming herself by the stove. Mr. Cummings, an old gentleman, was found dead between the Flat and Coit Mountain. A son of Simeon Ames fell...

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History of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire

Croydon, in Sullivan County, N.H., is situated on the highland between the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers, is bounded on the north by Grantham, east by Springfield and Sunapee, south by Newport, and west by Cornish. Area, twenty-six thousand acres; distance from Concord, the Capital of the State, forty-five miles; from Lebanon, seventeen miles, and from Newport, nearest railroad station, seven miles. Much of its scenery is wild and picturesque. The soil is diversified. That bordering on Sugar River is rich and productive; as we rise gradually back upon the hills it yields excellent grass, wheat and potatoes, while, as we ascend still higher up the mountain sides, we find only pasturage and forests, and these are overtopped with lofty piles of granite. Mountains – Croydon Mountain, which extends across the western part of the town, is the highest elevation in the county, being nearly three thousand feet above the level of the sea. It commands an extensive and one of the most beautiful prospects in the State, and its charm are attested by its many and enthusiastic visitors. The other elevations are the Pinnacle and Sugar Hill in the central, Baptist Hill in the southern, Pine Hill in the northern, and Baltimore and Camel’s Hump on the southeastern part of the town. On the southern slope of the latter is a magnificent portrait of a human face, known as...

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Civil History of Croydon NH

Town Clerks – The following is a list of town clerks from 1768-1885 inclusive. Moses Whipple, from 1768 to 1772. John Cooper, from 1772 to 1775. Moses Whipple, from 1775 to 1781. From 1781 to 1783, no records. Stephen Powers, from 1783 to 1789. Jesse Green, from 1789 to 1795. Jacob Haven, from 1795 to 1798. Reuben Carroll, from 1798 to 1805. Benjamin Barton, from 1805 to 1806. Reuben Carroll, from 1806 to 1807. Jacob Haven, from 1807 to 1815. Stephen Eastman, from 1815 to 1816. Jacob Haven, from 1816 to 1837. Benjamin Skinner, from 1837 to 1841. Daniel R. Hall, from 1841 to 1850. Nathan Hall, from 1850 to 1861. Daniel R. Hall, from 1861 to 1862. Dellavan D. Marsh, from 1862 to 1864. Nathan Hall, from 1864 to 1865. Dellavan D. Marsh, from 1865 to 1866. Alonzo Allen, from 1866 to 1885. Representatives – The following is a list of the Representatives of Croydon, from 1800 to 1885 inclusive. 1800 Benjamin Barton 1838 Joseph Eastman 1801 Samuel Powers 1839 Joseph Eastman 1802 Samuel Powers 1840 John Putnam 1803 Benjamin Barton 1841 Calvin Hall 1804 Samuel Powers 1842 (none) 1805 Samuel Powers 1843 Alexander Barton 1806 Samuel Powers 1844 Lemuel B. Cooper 1807 Samuel Powers 1845 Lemuel B. Cooper 1808 Samuel Powers 1846 Ruel Durkee 1809 Peter Snow 1847 Ruel Durkee 1810 James Breck 1848 Lester Blanchard 1811...

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History of the Churches of Croydon NH

Congregationalists – The first church was organized September 9, 1778, and was of the Presbyterian order. The following are the names of its members: Moses Whipple, Stephen Powers, Isaac Sanger, John Cooper, Joseph Hall, Jacob Leland, John Sanger, Catherine Whipple, Rachel Powers, Mary Cooper, Anna Leland, Lydia Hall, Hannah Giles and Lucy Whipple. The first meeting-house was built in 1794, and in 1828 it was taken down and converted into a town hall. The first minister, Rev. Jacob Haven, was settled June 18, 1787, and he continued pastor until 1834, after which he remained senior pastor until the time of his death, which occurred March 17, 1845, at the advanced age of eighty-two years. A new and commodious church edifice was built in 1826, which was regularly occupied by the society until 1874 when it was closed. Rev. Eli W. Taylor, a native of Hinesburg, VT., was installed pastor June 10, 1834 and was dismissed December 27, 1837. Aurelius S. Swift, of Fairlee, Vt., was ordained May 16, 1838, and was dismissed in 1841. After his removal the desk was supplied by Rev. Joel Davis, a native of Massachusetts, for several years, after which it was supplied by various clergymen until 1881. At the latter date the Methodists at East Village united with them and settled Rev. D. W. Clark, who remained until 1883. He was succeeded by Rev....

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Military History of Croydon NH

Revolutionary War The sympathies of the first settlers of Croydon were early enlisted in the Revolutionary struggle. Soon after the Battle of Lexington, they sent Eleazer Leland and Abner Brigham to join the Provincial army; enrolled a company of twelve minute-men; raised eight pounds to purchase a town supply of ammunition, and chose Moses Whipple, Stephen Powers, Phineas Sanger, Abner Brigham and Joseph Hall a "committee of safety." In 1777 nine men from Croydon joined a company of militia, commanded by Captain Solomon Chase, of Cornish, and marched to Ticonderoga. Eight men joined the company of Captain Hardy, of Hanover, and united with the forces of General Stark, at Charlestown. Captain Moses Whipple, with a company composed partly of men from Cornish, "turned out" to stop the progress of Burgoyne. Croydon maintained its interest and contributed its full share of men and means until the close of the war.    The following is an imperfect list of those citizens who served in the Revolutionary War:   Bazaleel Barton Stephen Powers Benjamin Barton Urias Powers Abner Brigham David Powers Cornel Chase Samuel Powers John Cooper, Jr. David Putnam Joel Cooper Caleb Putnam Sherman Cooper Jacob Hall Ezra Cooper Benjamin Sherman Benjamin Cutting Ezekiel Rooks John Druce Daniel Rooks Amos Dwinnell David Stockwell Enoch Emerson Phineas Sanger Timothy Fisher John Sanger Ezra Hall Isaac Sanger Daniel Emerson Robert Spencer Edward Hall,...

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Biography of George William Dunbar

The first known ancestor of the Dunbar family in America was Robert Dunbar, a Scotchman who, circumstances indicate, was one of the Scotch prisoners sent over to the Massachusetts Colony in 1652, by Cromwell after the battles of Dunbar and Worcester. It is certain that this Robert Dunbar was the ancestor of the Dunbars of Abington and Bridgewater, if not of all bearing that name in New England. The family has always shown the characteristics which have so favorably distinguished the Scotch people. They are good, law-abiding citizens, with a frugal thrift and industry, a careful economy, and cautious and discriminating judgment in all the affairs of life. Samuel Dunbar was a native of Bridgewater, MA, a farmer, prosperous and respected, and reared a family there, among whom was Elijah Dunbar, born in Bridgewater April 23, 1759, graduated at Dartmouth College, studied for the profession of law, and began practice at Keene, NH, 1790. He was at Claremont from 1797 to 1804, then reopened his office in Keene, was a magistrate, and represented Keene in the Legisla ture in 1806-08 and ’10. He was an officer for many years of the old Cheshire Bank at Keene, and one of the leading members of the Keene bar. He married Mary, daughter of Alexander Ralston, of Keene. His son, George Frederick Dunbar, was born at Claremont, NH, September 9, 1793. He...

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Industrial History of Croydon NH

HOTELS – Benjamin Barton and Reuben Carroll at Four Corners, and Nathan Hall, William Allen and David A. Sargent, at the East village, have been hotel-keepers. STORES – The following are among those who have been engaged in trade: William Cheney, Solomon Clement, Henry Breck, Peter Barton, Hiram Smart, at Four Corners; Putnam & Cooper, Edward Hall, Ruel Durkee, Joel Ferry, George Dunbar and Rufus Hall, at East village, and James Breck, Simeon Edson, Stephen Eastman, Henry Hurd, James and Lyman Hall, Paul J. Wheeler, M. L. Barton, D. N. Adams, Daniel R. Hall, and Harriet Pillsbury at the Flat; Edward Hall, on the hill between Four Corners and East village. A store was run for awhile at the Flat by an association of individuals. FACTORIES – Woolen–Nathan Clark, Jr., and Samuel Morse at East village. Knife-Joel Ferry, East village. Starch-Paul Jacobs at the Flat. Kit Factory–Moses Humphrey at Flat. Excelsior–Pillsbury Brothers at the Flat. There was a distillery at the Flat, where cider brandy in quantities was made for a number of years by James Hall. TANNERIES – Rufus and Ruel Durkee at East Village, and Silas Kempton at Flat. The former was continued for many years. BLACKSMITHS – Levi Dodge, Four Corners; Jasper Back, John Spiller, Harry Leeds, East village; Jacob Dwinnells, Leavit Humphrey, Obid Kempton, Gardner Woodbury, Dennison Humphry at the Flat; David Fletcher, in Brighton...

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History of Acworth New Hampshire

The town of Acworth lies in the southern part of the county, and is bounded as follows: North, by Unity; east, by Lempster ; south, by Cheshire County; and west, by Charlestown and Langdon. History of Acworth, Sullivan County, New Hampshire Church History of Acworth, Sullivan County, New...

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History of Acworth, Sullivan County, New Hampshire

The town of Acworth lies in the southern part of the county, and is bounded as follows: North, by Unity; east, by Lempster ; south, by Cheshire County; and west, by Charlestown and Langdon. This town was first granted by Governor Bentin, Wentworth, December 28, 1752, to Colonel Sampson Stoddard, of Chelmsford, Mass., and sixty-nine others, by the name of Burnet, probably in honor of Governor William Burnet. At this time white people could. not live safely in this vicinity at any great distance from the fort at No. 4, (now Charlestown), on account of the Indians; and the town, with others, was probably granted by Governor Wentworth with a view of asserting New Hampshire’s claim to the territory, which was also claimed by Massachusetts, and at that time in dispute. No attempt was made to settle under this grant, and it was re-granted, September 19, 1766, to Colonel Stoddard and sixty-four others, by the name of Acworth, probably in honor of the Governor’s friend, Lord Acworth, of England. In 1767. three young men from Connecticut William Keyes, Joseph Chatterton and Samuel Smith-located here and commenced clearing farms. The grant of 1766, being forfeited by the non-fulfillment of some of its provisions, was extended by Governor John Wentworth, May 30, 1773, and was bounded as follows “Beginning at a stake and stones & runs North two degrees West six...

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Church History of Acworth NH

The Congregational Church in Acworth was organized March 12, 1773, with eight members, as follows: Henry Silsby, Betbiah Silsby, Thomas Putnam, Rachel Putnam, Samuel Silsby, Elizabeth Silsby, Dean Carlton, Anna Cross. During the first fifteen years the church was supplied by George Gilmore, David Goodale, Isaiah Kilburn and others. The first pastor was settled on the second Tuesday of November, 1789. The first meeting-house, erected in 1784, in front of the present house, was not ready for use till 1789. The present edifice was built in 1821. The Confession of Faith and Covenant were revised by direction of the church, and adopted in their present form by vote of the church, on the 13th of April, 1884. The following is a list of the pastors and ministers Rev. Thomas Archibald, ordained November 1789, dismissed June 13, 1794 Rev. John Kimball, ordained June 14, 1797, dismissed May 4, 1813 Rev. Phineas Cooke, ordained September 7, 1814, dismissed February 18, 1829, died April 28, 1853, buried in Acworth Rev. Moses Grosvenor, installed October 14, 1829, dismissed April 25, 1832 Rev. Joseph Merrill, installed October 16, 1833, dismissed July 11, 1838 Rev. Thomas Edwards, installed August 19, 1841, dismissed February 16, 1843 Rev. R. W. Fuller, acting pastor, 1843-1845 Rev. Edwin S. Wright, ordained January 7, 1846, dismissed March 10, 1856 Rev. Amos Foster, installed February 18, 1857, dismissed June 13, 1866...

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