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The town of Temple, NH was incorporated 26 Aug 1768, & named for the Hon. John Temple. It is located in the southwestern part of
. Hurd reports that this township embraced several tracts of land granted to individuals by the government of Massachusetts prior to 1740, & the territory was granted by the Masonian proprietors in November, 1750. For a number of years it was called Peterborough Slip, and included the present town of Sharon, NH, & when Temple was incorporated, in 1768, a tier of lots on the west side of Wilton & the easterly portion of Peterborough Slip (or Sliptown) was included. Later, areas from New Ipswich, HILLSBORO County Peterborough, & Lyndeborough were also annexed into . Temple, NH
The boundary disputes between Massachusetts & New Hampshire, and the various annexations and redrawn boundary lines between the towns in this area, make colonial research quite a challenge. I've learned to be flexible, & search surrounding towns vital records, histories, etc. One of my
Temple, NHancestors, Joshua Todd, was reported by one source to have been born in Rowley-Canada...Though I still don't know if that is true, I did discover that Rowley-Canada was an area that encompassed a small bit of , and parts of Rindge, Jaffrey, & Sharon. Temple
My ancestor, Joshua Todd, was among the first to settle in
, arriving about 1758 with his wife & children. Their daughter, Elizabeth Todd married Zebadiah Dinsmore who had relocated from neighboring Hollis, NH with his father, Abraham, about 1764. I am descended from this union of the Todd & Dinsmore families. Temple
Though I myself have only visited
Temple, I have learned a great deal about this town through my family research, & have developed a special affection for this wonderful little New England town nestled in the hills of . I hope the following information & links will help others to learn about this town as well. Hillsboro County, New Hampshire
- The lyrics to "The Cruel War" are a theme for this page, because I discovered that my ancestor, Zebadiah Dinsmore married Elizabeth Todd 13 MAR 1777, & the "Alarm" calling
men to NY came shortly after. Temple
Zebadiah answered that call and marched with Capt. Drury's Company, to serve at Ticonderoga & Saratoga. He appears to have left Temple for this purpose about 2 months after the wedding. Zebadiah again fought during the War of 1812. He died during the War of 1812.
Ann McRoden Mensch, Professional Genealogist
Researching at the Allen County Public Library
Just a thought: It is strange to think that I may have been "warned out" or sent to
by my ancestors...or maybe not.
Looking for origins/ information on Ephraim Brown and wife Sibbel. (Ephraim's family is listed in Blood's family birth records on this site below.) Their daughter Milley b. 1/24/1787 later married Joseph Dickey in Litchfield, Herkimer Co. NY. Mail to Dick
Do you have a web page which includes
· familysearch.org – 1790 Census
· familysearch.org – 1800 Census
· familysearch.org – 1810 Census
· familysearch.org – 1820 Census
· familysearch.org – 1830 Census
· familysearch.org – 1840 Census
· familysearch.org – 1850 Census
· familysearch.org – 1860 Census
· familysearch.org – 1870 Census
· familysearch.org - 1880 Census Index - Excellent resource!!!
· familysearch.org – 1900 Census
· familysearch.org – 1910 Census
· familysearch.org – 1920 Census
· Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities), by Stephen P. Morse, PhD, Joel D. Weintraub, PhD and David R. Kehs, PhD
· familysearch.org – 1930 Census
· familysearch.org – 1940 Census
National Archives and Records Administration [Micro copy no. 637, Roll no. 5.].
Temple, NH 03084
Temple, NH 03084
The Historical Society of Temple, New Hampshire, Editorial Committee: Anne D. Lunt, Editor; Ruth C. W. DeQuoy, Research Editor; William Nathaniel Banks; James L. Haddix; Priscilla A. Weston. History of Temple New Hampshire 1768-1976. Dublin: William L. Bauhan Publisher. 1976. This wonderful history of Temple, NH may still be available for order from the Temple Historical Society.
Main Street - P.O. Box 210
Temple, NH 03084-0210
· New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900 – An Index
Old Village Burial Ground in Temple, NH - located at Village Green
· Temple Village Cemetery – inscriptions on Find A Grave
· East Cemetery – inscriptions on Find A Grave (may be partial)
Miller Cemetery – located near the intersection of Gen. Miller Hwy. and Thomas Maynard Drive
· Miller Cemetery – inscriptions on Find A Grave (may be partial)
o Prologue, Spring 1996, Vol. 28, No. 1, "First in the Path of the Firemen" The Fate of the 1890 Population Census,” by Kellee Blake.
4. "Any woman who is now or hereafter may be married... Women and Naturalization, ca. 1802-1940", by Marian L. Smith (Prologue, Summer 1998)
5. By Way of Canada: U.S. Records of Immigration Across the U.S.-Canadian Border, 1895-1954, By Marian L. Smith (St. Albans Lists) (Fall 2000) — A guide to using immigration records of the U.S.-Canada border.
7. Military Service and Pension Records: Requesting Pre-WWI
8. Civil War Records: An Introduction and Invitation, By Michael P. Musick (Prologue, Summer 1995)
9. Women Soldiers of the Civil War, by DeAnne Blanton (Prologue, Spring 1993)
10. Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War: The Legacy of USS Maine, By Rebecca Livingston (Prologue, Spring 1998).
11. They Answered the Call: Military Service in the United States Army during World War I, 1917-1919 (Prologue, Fall 1998). -- A guide to looking for information about World War I army veterans - By Mitchell Yockelson.
12. The World War II Army Enlistment Records File and Access to Archival Databases, by Theodore J. Hull (Prologue, Spring 2006).
13. State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean Conflict (1951-1957) and the Vietnam Conflict , By Theodore J. Hull, (Prologue, Spring 2000).
§ Snakes & Scribes: The Dawes Commission and the Enrollment of the Creeks, By Kent Carter, in "Prologue" (Prologue, Spring 1997)
§ Genealogical Fallout from the War of 1812, By Ruth Priest Dixon (Prologue, Spring 1992) - "...The impressment of American seamen by the British was one of the causes of the War of 1812. The practice also resulted in the creation of extensive records about merchant seamen that are of great value to genealogists and historians..."
§ Genealogical Records of the War of 1812, By Stuart L. Butler (Prologue, Winter 1991) - "...National Archives records created during and after the War of 1812 offer the genealogist a diverse and fertile ground in which to obtain invaluable family information..."
§ Preserving the Legacy of the United States Colored Troops, by Budge Weidman (Prologue, Summer 1997)
§ A Guiding Light: Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives, By Debra Newman Ham (Prologue, Special Issue, Summer 1997).
§ From Slave Women to Free Women: The National Archives and Black Women's History in the Civil War Era, By Noralee Frankel (Prologue, Summer 1997)
§ Riding the Rails Up Paper Mountain: Researching Railroad Records in the National Archives, By David A. Pfeiffer (Spring 1997).
· Military Service and Pension Records: Requesting Pre-WWI
· Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System - includes rosters and unit histories
The following VITAL records were transcribed by Ann
Mensch, in June 1998, from Blood, Henry Ames. (1860). The
Nov. 13, 1771. Aaron Marshall and Esther Townsend, both of
"Under this list of Marriages occurs the following note: 'The deficiencies and imperfections to be found in ye above entries are to be attributed to ye defects of ye minutes from whence they were taken. But, if needed, perhaps some further light, in some respects, may appear by the certificates lodged in ye Rev'd N. Miles' hands. SAM'L HOWARD, T. Clerk."
"Marriages by the Rev'd Noah Miles:"
"Oct. 6, 1782. Moses Wheeler ye 3d of
Rowley, in ye Massachusetts, to Sally Searle, of
"Aaron Felt, son of Aaron Felt & Tabitha, his
wife, Dy'd December ye 17th, 1770.
Henry Ames. (1860). The History of
"The sum total is 491 men, women and children. The public stock of powder at this time is the largest in th county ; New ipswich stands second in this respect, but possesses only 74 lbs. The census, in detail, is exceedingly curious. I doubt that another such anywhere remains."
1775 Census of
Source: Blood, Henry Ames. "The History of
In July, seventeen men "marched to
Note: The article is quoted as found, with the exception that the surnames have been capitalized for easier identification.
Town’s 150th Anniversary
Rainy weather did not cause a postponement of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the town, on Wednesday of this week. The rain put the roads in bad condition, but fully 400 people were in attendance. The morning ball game between Greenville and Temple had to be omitted and the celebration began with a dinner at noon in the town hall, followed by a musical and literary program in the Congregational church in the afternoon, and a concert in the evening, at the town hall, followed by a dance. The church and town hall were handsomely decorated with festoons and the national colors. The interior decorations consisted of potted plants and cut flowers, which were tastefully arranged.
Dinner was served by Sawyer of
Winchendon. Old residents, many of whom
had not seen each other for years, went over the old days when they were boys
and girls together. It was necessary to
set three tables to accommodate all.
Prominent among the old-timers, and one who had the distinction of being
the oldest native of the town present, was Isaiah WHEELER of
Mrs. ---- 89 years of age, was there, too. While she was not born in
The exercises in the Congregational
church, which was taxed to its capacity, were presided over by A. A. SPOFFORD
Mr. SPOFFORD stated briefly the occasion
of the celebration. The
The history of the town was assigned to
Dr. Joseph A. HILL of Washington, chief of a division in the
Dr. HILL said that it was in October,
1758, that the first settler, a man by the name of Joshua TODD, came over the
mountain from Peterboro, to establish a home for himself and family in the
southwestern portion of what is now the town of
Dr. HILL gave a very interesting
description necessarily imaginative, of Joshua TODD’s early experience as a
pioneer of this section. Continuing, he
said that the HEALD brothers, Peter and Ephraim, came to
Fifteen years after the arrival of Joshua TODD the town had a population of 400 or more than it has today. Ten years after the first settlement, people who had settled in this region, found themselves sufficiently numerous and of enough importance to be incorporated as a town. Continuing, Dr. HILL said:
Only two other
The COLBURN farm has the distinction of being the only one of these three farms which has passed into the possession of the fifth generation, the other two being owned, at present, by representatives of the first generation only.”
Dr. HILL described the town as it was on
the occasion of its centennial celebration.
He also dwelt on the
Dr. HILL was followed by Samuel M. CHILDS of Boston, formerly assistant corporation counsel of that city, a descendant of one of the old families of the town, who presented to the town several historical documents which had been in his family for years. They were suitably framed.
Mr. CHILDS was followed by the Temple quartet, which sang “Old Folks at Home.” Three-minute speeches followed by several of the prominent people present, and an original poem was read by Mr. BRAGDON. Another selection by the quartet brought the afternoon’s exercises to a close.
Ashby’s band, of Ashby, assisted in the musical program.
In the evening at the town hall, a concert
program was given by Wright’s Ashby orchestra, assisted by the
The expenses of the celebration were defrayed by popular contribution, and of the $442 pledged, $135 has been received.
The several committees who were in charge of the affair were:
President, A. A. SPOFFORD,
The town of
One of the pleasantest occurrences of the
afternoon, not down on the program, was the presentation to the town by the
Bunker Hill Historical society of Boston, of an historical cane made from a
plank taken from the deck of the Chicago, the first flagship of the White
squadron. The head is made from a piece
of wood taken from the warship
Ington, and a piece of stone taken
from one on which Isaac DAVIS, who was the first commissioned officer of the
Revolution to be killed, fell and bled to death. One of the men who served under
The presentation was made by Abner HOLT of
This page was created June 15, 1998, & is maintained by Ann McRoden Mensch.
Last updated July 2013.
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