Northwood Historical Society

A chronology of events in the history of Northwood, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
Submitted by Joann Weeks Bailey

1722
Royal Charter for Nottingham granted by King George

1732-33
Surveying and laying-out of previously undivided lands of Nottingham. What was later to be Northwood includes the 7th - 11th ranges. First drawing of these lots began in 1732-33.

1747
Final drawings, begun in 1732, are completed. Benjamin Bickford drew lot 19, 8thrange, and lot 28, 9th range.

1762
First permanent settlers arrive to begin clearing land.

1763
First families arrive to begin living in Northwood. Moses Godfrey, with John & Increase Batchelder build the first frame house.

1764
Solomon Bickford, son of Solomon and Susan (Fox) Bickford, is the first child born in Northwood, June 25.

1765
Samuel Johnson slept first night in Northwood, in a crevice in ledges in the Narrows.

1773
Northwood separated from Nottingham and incorporated as a separate town. February 6.
First town meeting. First officers elected. March 23.

1775
Benjamin Hill elected delegate to congress in Exeter. March 21.
Eight Minutemen chosen to represent Northwood, April 22.

1776
Petition pledging to defend with arms the United Colonies. Sixty-two men 21 years and older signed. Lunatics, idiots, negroes and women were excluded. This paper is known now as the Association Test. One man, a Quaker, refused.
First census finds 313 persons in Northwood.


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