|The following history is from "The History of Merrimack and Belknap
Counties, New Hampshire". Edited by D. Hamilton Hurd and Published in 1885.
Sanbornton, New Hamphire
Sanbornton lies in the western part of the county, and
is bounded as follows:
West, by Merrimack County; East, by Great Bay; South,
by Tilton; North, by Meredith and New Hampton.
The township was granted by Masonian proprietors, December
31, 1748, to John Sanborn, of Hampton, and others. The grantees were residents
of Hampton, Exeter and Stratham, twelve of whom were named Sanborn; hence
the name of the town. Settlements were retarded by reason of trouble with
the Indians, and none were permanently made until 1764. In 1768 there were
thirty-two families in town.
The first settlers were Moses Danforth, Thomas Danforth,
Solomon Copp, Daniel Fifield, Samuel Shepard, John Sanborn, David Dustin
and Andrew Rowen, in 1764.
It is certain from the "Proprietors' Records", as below
(says Rev. Mr. Runnels, in his excellent "History of Sanbornton"), that
the two Danforths, Solomon Copp, Daniel Fifield and Samuel Shepard, and,
as we know from other sources, Andrew Rowen, and perhaps David Dustin (1766?),
had moved to town during the season of 1764. Also that Daniel Sanborn and
probably his cousin John were in town- the former as builder of the mill-
early that year, but that they did not move their families till the late
winter or early summer of 1766. We find the clerk of the proprietors, by
order of the committee, calling a meeting March 2, 1765,
"To consider of a petition of a number of inhabitants
of said town, setting forth theair inebility to support their families
by reason of the scarcity of provisions", for which they "Pray the proprietors
wold help them."
At the first meeting, March 18th, it was voted
not to give them any help; but at a second meeting, March 27th, motives
of humanity triumphed, this former vote was reconsidered, and it was then
voted that "The above s'd petishoners, namely Moses Danford, Thomas
Danford, Solomon Cops, Daniel Fifield and Samuel Shepprd, shall receive
of the proprietors 100 lbs o.t. for theair help, the money to be equely
divided among them."
It seems, therefore, certain that soon after the encouraging
vote of February 6, 1764, and during the following season, in which Daniel
Sanborn's first mill was built and destroyed, the first actual settlers,
with their families came to town. They must have passed the winter of 1764-65
in their settlements, as their petition had reached Exeter prior to March
2, 1765, and they could not have moved hither in the dead of winter. The
conclusion is, that the persons above mentioned, and probably one or two
others of the first settlers who were in easier circumstances, made a commencement
during the spring or summer of 1764.
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