The township was granted
14th Oct 1766, to Lt. John Webster and others in 68 equal shares.
The First Settlers in 1771 were William Eastman (who became a lifelong resident and was a deacon in Parson Hidden's church for years), Richard
Jackman, David Philbrick, and Jonathan Choat. But, according to Rev. Mr. Cogswell in his "Memoirs of Rev.
Samuel Hidden", published in 1842, says: "The first white man
who settled in Tamworth was Mark Jewell (1772), whose father
resided in Sandwich.
Moulton was the original proprietor. The Bryants, James Head,
Israel Gilman and Jacob Fowler owned land here.
undergone by these early settlers were severe. Jonathan Philbrick
brought cornmeal from Gilmanton on his back. Henry Blaisdell
went to Kingston for a supply of mean and was gone two weeks. During
his absence his family lived on milk alone. Gamaliel Hatch
was inventive enough to make a mortar where he pounded flaxseed into
meal which made a substitute for flour in making bread.