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Narrative of the Captivity of Frances Noble – Indian Captivities

Narrative of the captivity of Frances Noble, who was, among others, taken by the Indians from Swan Island, in Maine, about the year 1755; compiled by John Kelly, Esq. of Concord, New Hampshire, from the minutes and memoranda of Phinehas Merrill. Esq. of Stratham, in the same state; and by the Former Gen. Tleman communicated for publication to the editors of the Historical Collections of New Hampshire.

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Captivity and Redemption of Mrs. Jemima Howe – Indian Captivities

A particular account of the captivity and redemption of Mrs. Jemima Howe, who was taken prisoner by the Indians at Hinsdale, New Hampshire, on the twenty-seventh of July, 1765, as communicated to Dr. Belknap by the Rev. Bunker Gay. As Messrs. Caleb Howe, Hilkiah Grout, and Benjamin Gaffield, who had been hoeing corn in the meadow, west of the river, were returning home, a little before sunset, to a place called Bridgman’s fort, they were fired upon by twelve Indians, who had ambushed their path. Howe was on horseback, with two young lads, his children, behind him. A ball,...

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Biographical Sketch of Levi Todd

Levi Todd, born in Rindge, N. H., in 1797 or ’98, was educated in the common schools of his neighborhood, and came to Hinsdale when about twenty-one years of age. He was a shoemaker by trade, and built the first shoe shop in the town, and about six months after he came he married Nancy Corey. of Ashburnham, Mass. He followed his trade several years, then gave his attention to manufacturing brick, his brick-yard being the first in the town. He finally bought the farm now occupied by his son “alter C., where he found excellent clay beds. He continued to manufacture brick in all about twenty-five years, then he sold his brick-yard and gave his whole attention to farming. He died in 1873, aged seventy-six years. Mrs. Todd died in 1872, aged seventy-three years. They were the parents of six children, only two of whom are living-Nancy A. (Mrs. James Boyce), of Keene, and Walter C., as previously...

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Thomas

Daniel, Amos, Israel, and Nathan Thomas, sons of one of the early pioneers, all settled here themselves as pioneers. Nathan married Marion Coats, and settled as a farmer in the northern part of the town. His children were Nathan, Charles, Frederick, Gideon, Thankful, Eunice, Electa and Marion. Nathan Thomas, Jr., was born in Fort Hinsdale, and settled on the place where his son Franklin and Waldo Rouillard now reside. He married Abigail Butler, and had born to him ten children, only two of whom now reside in the town-Mrs. Ellen Tyler and Franklin. The latter, at the age of seventy-three years, resides on the homestead with his son-in-law, Waldo Rouillard. Nathan, Jr., continued to reside on the place upon which he first settled, until his death, at the advanced age of ninety-five years. Charles, son of Nathan, Sr., was also born in Fort Hinsdale. in 1776. He married Sally Barrett and settled as a farmer on the Brattleboro road. His children were Perley, Arnold, William, Ann and...

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Biographical Sketch of Kimbal C. Worden

Peter Worden was among the early pilgrims of our country. He was from Clayton, Lancashire, Eng., and. lived for a short time in Lynn, Mass., it is certain, though the year of his arrival in America is not known for certain, Eighteen years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, however, or on the 19th of February, 1638, he made his last will and testament, which ancient document is now in the possession of his descendants, in Hinsdale. The fact that he died soon after is established, as the will was proved on the 9th of March of the same year. Kimbal C. Worden, a descendant of Peter, was born in Chesterfield, January 6, 1807, and died at Hinsdale in June, 1883. He married, first, Belinda T. Thomas, March 6, 1834, who was born January 22, 1815, bore him . four children and died May. 17, 1864; second, Mrs. David Blanchard, November 5, 1874, who survives him. Of their four children, Lucian K., born July 4, 1835, married Lizzie A. Bilby, of Claremont, N. H., January 26, 1861, and has two children. Elisha A., born February 27, 1840, married Mary C. Stevenson, of Winchester, N. H., September 28, 1864, who bore him one son, Charley C., who died in infancy. She died, and for his second wife he married Helen A. Hunt, of Winchester, February 6, 1884. Diantha...

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Town of Hinsdale, New Hampshire

HINSDALE (p. o.) is an enterprising, beautiful, and rapidly growing manufacturing village, situated in the southeastern part of the town, in a deep valley, and on the Ashuelot river, about a mile above its confluence with her more majestic sister. “the beautiful Connecticut.” Its principal streets are Main, Canal, Brattleboro, High and Pleasant, which contain many elegant residences, while nearly all the others are remarkably neat and tidy. It contains five church edifices- Baptist, Congregationalist, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and Universalist, and all are in fine condition. The Baptist and Catholic churches are especially fine structures. The business portion is located on Main and Canal streets. There are two quite extensive mills for the manufacture of woolen goods, two large paper-mills, a large machine shop, where are manufactured lawn and field mowing machines; a manufactory of chisels, an iron foundry, and several other manufacturing concerns. The special pride of its 1,600 inhabitants are its public High School, its large and commodius brick Town House, and Hotel Ashuelot, the latter built and owned by its present proprietor, Mr. C. D. Whitaker, and managed by his genial son Charlie. The house is heated by steam, lighted with gas, and supplied with convenient bath-rooms. The large lodging rooms are conveniently and finely furnished, and the tables in the spacious, airy dining-room are always bountifully supplied. Surrounding this gem of a village are many...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. Jeremy Packer

Rev. Jeremy Packer, was born in Groton. Conn., July 2, 1762, and at a very early date his father removed to Guilford, Vt., where Jeremy was reared. He had no early advantages for obtaining an education, except those afforded by the common schools and academies, but he eventually became a clergyman of the Baptist church, and was ordained pastor of the church in Guilford, September 11, 1800, where he officiated till 1818. He then accepted a call from the Baptist church in the northern part of Hinsdale, where he was installed and continued its pastor twelve years, when his health failed and he was obliged to give up his charge. He purchased a small farm near his church, and remained in this home until his death, April 28, 1843. He married twice, and was the father of ten children. Most of his seven children by the first marriage went west. November 14, 1804. he married, for his second wife, Lydia Jewett, of Putney, Vt., who became the mother of three children, two of whom are living-Mrs. Lydia J. Wellman and Mrs. Zilpha H. Wellman-and reside in Hinsdale...

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Biographical Sketch of Nelson Richardson

Nelson Richardson was born in Hinsdale, February 13, 1817. His educational advantages were limited, but by careful study and reading he has acquired a good business education- At the early age of eighteen years he began to assist in the navigation of the Connecticut, and in 1841 was made captain of a flat-boat, continuing in that capacity until the close of 1847, when the railroad was completed, and the river navigation abandoned. About two years later he purchased a farm in the northern part of the town, upon which he has resided until the present time. He has the confidence of his townsmen, and has served them repeatedly as selectman, and is frequently called upon to act as executor and administrator in settling...

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Biographical Sketch of Amos Thomas

Daniel, Amos, Israel, and Nathan Thomas, sons of one of the early pioneers, all settled here themselves as pioneers. Nathan married Marion Coats, and settled as a farmer in the northern part of the town. His children were Nathan, Charles, Frederick, Gideon, Thankful, Eunice, Electa and Marion. Nathan Thomas, Jr., was born in Fort Hinsdale, and settled on the place where his son Franklin and Waldo Rouillard now reside. He married Abigail Butler, and had born to him ten children, only two of whom now reside in the town-Mrs. Ellen Tyler and Franklin. The latter, at the age of seventy-three years, resides on the homestead with his son-in-law, Waldo Rouillard. Nathan, Jr., continued to reside on the place upon which he first settled, until his death, at the advanced age of ninety-five years. Charles, son of Nathan, Sr., was also born in Fort Hinsdale. in 1776. He married Sally Barrett and settled as a farmer on the Brattleboro road. His children were Perley, Arnold, William, Ann and...

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Biography of Capt. Thomas Taylor

Capt. Thomas Taylor, a son of Thomas and grandson of John, was a colonial captain and one of the grantees of Northfield. He was born in 1717 and learned the trade of a shoemaker. As a sergeant he was in command of seventeen men who were attacked in this town by twenty-six French and eighty Indians, July 14, 1748, while on a march from Northfield to Fort Dummer. After a desperate resistance Mr. Taylor was captured and carried to Canada, where he was kept in close confinement till September 2d, when he was released, arriving at his home on September 27th, and at once returned to his duties. In November, 1748, the general court of Massachusetts, in consideration of his bravery in this action, “voted Sergeant Taylor £50.” It is related by Dea. Shattuck, of Hinsdale, that after the action Taylor was seated upon a log between two Indians. One of them, an acquaintance, said to him: “Tom, I am going to kill you, because you killed my brother.” “But,” replied the Sergeant, “he shot first.” The Indian, dropping his head. remained silent a moment, and then replied, “So he did.” The captive’s life was spared. Captain Taylor settled on land in Hinsdale, where he died, March 24, 1778. He kept a tavern on the Charlestown road, which his widow continued and made quite popular for many years after...

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General History of Hinsdale, New Hampshire

HINSDALE lies in the southwestern part of the county, in lat. 4z° 48′, and long. 4° 32′, bounded north by Chesterfield, east by Winchester, and southwest by the left bank of Connecticut river, the township being triangular in outline. It originally comprised within its limits the township of Vernon, on the opposite side of the river. This land, as it originally stood, was granted by Massachusetts at a very early period. Even after the river had been declared the boundary line between the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, and the township had in this manner been divided, the different parts, though under distinct organizations, still retained their original name, and were thus known until the zest of October, 1802, when the name of Hinsdale, in Vermont, was changed to that of Vernon. The date of the first grant is not accurately known. In a petition, still extant, from Samuel Hunt, by his attorney, Oliver Willard, which was presented to the provincial government of New York on the 3d of November, 1766, it is stated, that the tract of land comprised in this township, “was purchased of native Indians and granted by the province of the Massachusetts Bay, near one hundred years ago, and was soon afterwards cultivated and settled; and that it was afterwards found to be in the province line of New Hampshire, and was then...

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Biography of Walter C. Stearns

Walter C. Stearns, born in Northfield, Mass., was one of the pioneer fathers of Hinsdale. He married Tryphenia, daughter of Makepeace Shattuck, and was blessed with a family of thirteen children. By dint of industry and frugality, as a farmer, he succeeded in comfortably raising his large family, allowing them fair educational advantages, only one of whom survives, via, Maria (Mrs. Worden), who resides on Canal street, in Hinsdale. Of his five sons, only two settled in town. John Stearns, who died at his home in Hinsdale, December 2, 1884, at the ripe age of eighty-three years, had been a resident of the town nearly all his life, during which time he was one of its most prominent and influential citizens, taking an active interest in all public affairs. Although owning and managing one of the large and fertile farms which skirt the Connecticut, he found time to deal largely in horses and cattle, and was widely known through Northern New England as a man of excellent judgment in all these matters, and also as being upright and honest in all business transactions. He was also interested in real estate. For a time he was owner, with John Kay, of the old American House, at Brattleboro, and the Ashuelot House, at Hinsdale, was more than once his property. In private life Mr. Stearns was a most genial companion, given...

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Biographical Sketch of Simeon Horton

Simeon Horton, born at Milton, Mass., in 1784, came to Hinsdale about 1816, and finally located a home on road 15, where his son’s widow, Mrs. Mary A.. now resides. Here he remained till his death in 186o, aged seventysix years. He was a prominent man in town affairs, held the offices of selectman and justice of the peace several terms, and was the father and leader of the temperance cause here. Of his three sons and three daughters, one son died in infancy, and the others all settled in the town, though only one is now living, Mrs. Ivory S. Ide, residing on a place upon the banks of the Connecticut. Elbridge G. Horton, the youngest son, came with his father on to the old homestead, when about thirteen years of age, and resided thereon until his death, April 27, 1884, aged seventy-two years. He married Mary A. Darling, who survives him. Her only daughter, Ida A., resides with her. Their only other child, a son, died in...

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Biographical Sketch of David Crowninshield

David Crowninshield, one of the pioneer settlers of Hinsdale, came from Rhode Island at a very early date and settled on road 7, where his grandson Samuel T. Crowninshield, now lives. His farm at first contained only enough cleared land to place his house and barns upon, and here he lived and labored until his death,, at the age of forty-eight years. He was the father of four children, viz.: Artemas, Philo, Leonard and Lydia. Artemas and Leonard settled on the homestead. Philo married and removed to Guilford, Vt., and Lydia (Mrs. Butler) now resides in Chesterfield. The only descendants now in the town are Samuel T., and his family, previously...

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Biographical Sketch of Elihu Stebbins

Rowland Stebbins, born in 1594, came from Ipswich, Eng., on the Francis in 1634, landed at Roxbury, but probably went to the Connecticut River the following year with William Pynchon, the founder of the city of Springfield. Thence he moved to Northampton, about 1656, where he died, December 14, 1671. His wife died at Springfield, October 4, 1649, aged fifty-eight years. Elihu Stebbins, whose ancestors resided in Northfield, was a lineal descendant of Rowland. He was born in 1762, settled in Hinsdale, and married, March 24, 1786, Lucretia,. daughter of Eldad Wright, who was taken from him by death, December 7, 1843, at the age of eighty years. Elihu died April, 23, 1846, aged eighty-four years. Elihu, Jr., born here in 1794, married Sarah G., daughter of Seth Hooker and granddaughter of Rev. Bunker Gay. She organized the first Sunday-school in town, and the venerable Lewis Taylor was appointed its first superintendent. Mr. Stebbins located as a farmer on the homestead of his father, where he remained until his death, at the ripe age of seventy-seven years. He ever took an active interest in town affairs, and repeatedly represented his townsmen in the state legislature and held the office of selectman. His children were John Mills Stebbins, born December 27, 1825, who graduated at Dartmouth college in 1848, and is now a lawyer of Springfield. Mass., of which city...

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