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 New Hampshire State Papers

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 

TOWN CHARTERS

 

GRANTED WITHIN THE PRESENT

 

LIMITS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

BEING THE CONTINUATION AND CONCLUSION OF THE. GRANTS OF TOWNSHIPS

ISSUED BY THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, PRESENTED

IN ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT, AND INCLUDING

ALL SUBSEQUENT TO THE LETTER E, WITH ILLUSTRATIVE

MAPS, PLANS, BIBLIOGRAPHICAL

CITATIONS AND COMPLETE

INDEXES,

AND AN APPENDIX

CONTAINING DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE MOST ANCIENT TOWNS OF THIS

STATE, AND HISTORICAL NOTES AND MONOGRAPHS.

VOLUME XXV.

TOWN CHARTERS, VOLUME II.

ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR,

EDITOR OF STATE PAPERS.

CONCORD:

EDWARD N. PEARSON, PUBLIC PRINTER.

1895.

JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hamp­shire.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropri­ated, to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such por­tions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire as the Governor may deem proper, and that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows: namely, one copy to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the public libraries in the state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by other states.

Approved August 4, 1881.

PREFACE.

The character of the papers published in the series of which this is the second volume, and their relations and value in the documentary history of the state, were the subjects of comment in the preface to the volume immediately preceding this. In that publication were included the township charters or grants issued by the government of Massachusetts in the period when its jurisdiction was asserted over territory north of the present boundary line, and a part of the charters emanating from the provincial government of New Hampshire. An alphabetical arrangement was adopted as one that would render the documents most readily accessible to such as might have occasion to consult them in the printed form. It was found that only a part of the New Hampshire charters proper, could be included in the preced­ing volume. Those. falling under the letters A to E inclusive, however, found place there. Those remaining are included in the present volume. Important historical documents and the results of researches in the early history of the state by eminent students of that epoch are given in the appendix. The motes under each town title are of the same character as those which are found in the former volume. They contain numerous citations to authorities in local and general history relative to the several towns. While it is not to be presumed that a complete exposition of titles in our local history has been accomplished in these notes, it may be said that they are the result of a careful examination of the best accessible collections of works devoted to local history, and of an extensive correspondence with those supposed to be the best informed in this class of literature. The plan of illustration and indexing is that previously followed. The Blanchard and Langdon, Jeffries, and Holland maps of the province were reprinted for volume XXIV, and accompany it. They are useful as aids to an understanding of the grouping of the towns which were the subjects of grants by New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Masonian authority, and which appear in the current series of publications. The volumes to follow will include, first, the grants made in the disputed territory west of the Connecticut River and known in history as the New Hampshire Grants, and next in order, the so-called Masonian Grants.

In the prosecution of this work the editor has realized the value of official co-op­eration from His Excellency Charles A. Busiel and all the members of his council. To the other gentlemen named and to the many to whom, on former occasions, a more general allusion was made as efficient coadjutors in connection with the prepa­ration of preceding volumes, the assurance of a continuing sense of obligation is most cordially renewed.

THE EDITOR.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Farmington                                                                   3

Fitzwilliam                                                                    3

Francestown                                                                 5

Franconia                                                                     6

Franklin                                                                      16

Freedom                                                                      16

Fremont                                                                      16

Gilford                                                                         16

Gilmanton                                                                   17

Gilsum                                                                        21

Goffstown                                                                    30

Gorham                                                                       33

Grafton                                                                       33

      George King                                                           43

Grantham                                                                   46

      Green's Location                                                    54

Greenland                                                                   59

Greenville                                                                   59

Groton                                                                         59

      Hale's Location                                                      70

Hampstead                                                                  73

Hampton Falls                                                             77

Hanover                                                                      77

      Dartmouth College and Eleazer Wheelock              85

      Dartmouth College Ferry                                       89

Harrisville                                                                   90

Hart's Location                                                            91

Haverhill                                                                     93

      John Parker                                                           99

      Johnson's Ferry                                                   102

      Porter's Ferry                                                       103

      Benjamin Whiting                                                104

Hebron                                                                      106

      John Fenton                                                        107

Henniker                                                                   110

Hillsborough                                                              113

Hinsdale                                                                    115

Holderness                                                                124

 

 

 

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Hollis                                                                        134

Hudson                                                                      137

Jackson                                                                     139

      David Gilman                                                       140

      Richard Gridley                                                   144

      Charles Rogers                                                    148

      Wentworth, Rogers, and Treadwell                       152

Jaffrey                                                                       158

Jefferson                                                                   160

Keene                                                                       169

Kensington                                                                173

Kilkenny                                                                    174

Kingston                                                                    179

Kingswood                                                                 183

Laconia                                                                     186

Lancaster                                                                  187

      Joshua Barker                                                     194

Landaff                                                                      197

Langdon                                                                    209

Lebanon                                                                    209

Lee                                                                            214

Lempster                                                                   214

      James Hickey                                                      230

Lincoln                                                                      233

      Gilman and Waldron                                            238

Lisbon                                                                       241

Litchfield                                                                   255

Littleton                                                                    257

Livermore                                                                  268

      Stephen Holland                                                  269

Londonderry                                                              272

Loudon                                                                      278

Lyman                                                                       279

      John Hurd                                                           285

Lyme                                                                         287

      Benjamin Grant                                                   293

      Greene's Ferry                                                     296

      Matthew Stanley Parker                                       297

Lyndeborough                                                            300

Madbury                                                                    302

Madison                                                                     302

      Blair, McNeal, et als.                                             303

Manchester                                                               306

      Goffe's Ferry                                                        312

      Merrill's Ferry                                                      314

 

 

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Marlow                                                                      315

Martin's Location                                                       325

Mason                                                                       330

Meredith                                                                   332

Merrimack                                                                 334

      Lutwyche's Ferry                                                 338

Milan                                                                         339

Milford                                                                       343

Millsfield                                                                   344

Milton                                                                        349

Monroe                                                                      349

Monson                                                                      349

Mont Vernon                                                              353

Nashua                                                                      353

Nelson                                                                       356

New Boston                                                               358

New Castle                                                                361

New Durham                                                             364

New Hampton                                                            366

Newington                                                                 366

New Ipswich                                                              366

Newmarket                                                                372

Newport                                                                     372

Newton                                                                      383

Northfield                                                                  392

North Hampton                                                          392

Northumberland                                                        393

Northwood                                                                 401

Nottingham                                                                402

Orange                                                                      404

Orford                                                                       409

      William Simpson                                                  415

      Simpson's Ferry                                                   418

Pelham                                                                      419

Pembroke                                                                  422

Peterborough                                                             423

Piermont                                                                   427

      Thomas Martin                                                     432

Pittsburg                                                                    436

Pittsfield                                                                    436

Plainfield                                                                   436

      Jonathan Chase                                                   442

      Lemuel Smith                                                      446

Plaistow                                                                     449

Plymouth                                                                   452

 

 

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Plymouth

      John Atkinson                                                      457

      Samuel Holland                                                   460

Randolph                                                                   464

Raymond                                                                   468

Richmond                                                                  469

Rindge                                                                       476

Rochester                                                                  479

Rollinsford                                                                 480

Roxbury                                                                     480

Rumney                                                                     481

      Elias Warner                                                        490

Rye                                                                           493

Salem                                                                        493

Salisbury                                                                   501

Sanbornton                                                                503

Sandown                                                                   505

Sandwich                                                                  507

Seabrook                                                                   513

Shelburne                                                                 513

South Hampton                                                          521

South Newmarket                                                      524

Springfield                                                                 524

Stark                                                                         528

      John Winslow                                                      533

Stewartstown                                                            537

Stoddard                                                                    541

Strafford                                                                    543

Stratford                                                                    543

Stratham                                                                   552

Success                                                                     553

Sullivan                                                                     557

Sunapee                                                                    557

Surry                                                                         562

Swanzey                                                                    562

Tamworth                                                                  567

Temple                                                                      571

Thornton                                                                   573

Tilton                                                                        582

Troy                                                                           582

Unity                                                                         582

Wakefield                                                                  591

Walpole                                                                     593

      Theodore Atkinson                                               598

      Bellows's Ferry                                                    600

 

 

 

 

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Warner                                                                      601

Warren                                                                      603

Waterville                                                                  609

Weare                                                                       610

Webster                                                                     612

Wentworth                                                                 612

Wentworth's Location                                                 619

Westmoreland                                                           621

Whitefield                                                                  628

Wilmot                                                                       633

Wilton                                                                       633

Winchester                                                                637

Windham                                                                   642

Woodstock                                                                 643

John Goffe                                                                 652

APPENDIX.

 

Boycott of John Hurd and Asa Porter                          659

Notes on First Planting of New Hampshire                  661

Thompson Indenture                                                  711

Combinations for Local Government in N. H.               741

Origin, Organization, and Influence of Towns in N. E. 749

Index.

 

 

GRANTS

OF

NEW HAMPSHIRE.TERRITORY

BY THE

GOVERNMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.