COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO BUILD A MEETING HOUSE; NEGLECT TO ACT--THOMAS FOLLANSBEE NEGLECTS TO BUILD A MILL--CLAPBOARDS SOLD AT JOHN GOFFE'S MILL--LAYING OUT HIGHWAYS--DELINQUENTS NOTIFIED--COMMON LAND ASSIGNED--THOMAS HALL DESIRES TITLE TO THE ISLANDS IN AMOSKEAG FALLS--NAMES OF SOME OF THE EARLY SETTLERS--HABITS AND CUSTOMS OF EARLY SETTLERS
The next meeting of the proprietors was called by the committee, previously chosen for that purpose, and the warrant was directed to the proprietors of that tract of land in the province of New Hampshire known by the name of Goffes town; the insertion of a second "f" is another step in the line of progress in writing the name of the town, as this is the first time the name has been written the same as the person for whom it was named.
This meeting was warned to meet at the house of John Goffe, Esq., at Derryfield on the 15th day of January, 1754, and the second article embraced in the warrant reads as follows: "To Enquire of the Commitee Chosen by said Propriety to build a Meeting house last year in said Goffes town what the reason of their neglecting to prossecute that affair was, and if they or any of them Refuse to serve in that affair to chuse others in their room and to do any thing that they shall think fitt in that affair." At the time of the meeting John Goffe, Esq., was chosen moderator.
The second article before mentioned was dismissed without further action, and with this dismissal ended the meeting-house matter during the propriety. They next chose Capt. John Goffe to represent to the proprietors the neglect of Thomas Follansbee in not building a sawmill as required by the terms of the grant, and instructed him to set forth the hardships and difficulties under which the settlers labored on account of Follanshee's neglect.
He must also represent to the proprietors that Follanshee's neglect to build the sawmill was the cause of the non-construction of the meeting-house and it had likewise hindered many persons from making settlements upon their lots as enjoined upon them by the grant. In fact Thomas Follansbee was at this time vastly more useful for them than his mill would have been beneficial, had he constructed the same, since their neglect in not complying with the terms of the grant could all be shifted from their shoulders to his.
He was also instructed to represent to the grantors the difficulty the proprietors labored under, by reason of Major White and John White, Medford Grant and other persons failing to pay to the treasurer their proportion in accordance with the terms of the grant, and praying the grantors would assist them in their difficulty. The next move at this meeting was a vote instructing Samuel Patten to sell the clapboards at John Goffe's mill in Bedford. These clapboards were manufactured from lumber taken from the common land in Goffstown. Samuel Patten immediately announces that he will then and there proceed to the sale, and the said claphoards were vendued to John Goffe, Esq., at 30s per hundred old tenor, and the meeting adjourned.
The next matter of importance to the people of Goffstown was the laying out of highways, and Alexander Walker and Benjamin Richards proceeded to lay out a highway on the northerly side of Piscataquog River from the meeting-house place to the Merrimack River. A highway from Starkstown line to Hall's Ferry and a third on the south side of the river from William McDole's to Bedford line--William McDole lived upon the farm now owned by James Bartlett on Shirley hill,--and the terminus at Bedford line was a short distance easterly of the Joseph George place.
We give the transcripts of each and by the aid of the town plan they are readily traced:
1. Beginning at the meeting house spot Runing Southeasterly by marked trees across No five in the North Rang on the northerly side of Piscataquog river then by marked trees upon the westerly Side of Harry Brook to Follansbees upper Dam then across the brook into No ten in the River Rang to James Karrs Then Easterly across No 11 to Catemount brook thence more Southerly by marked trees across No 10 then southeasterly across No 11 over Shugar spring then across No 50 in the twelveth Rang and No 49 in said Rang then on a piece of Common to Thomas Halls then Easterly by the South Side of Thomas Halls house to the river.
2. Begining at Starks town Line on the Lott No 1 in the Eleventh Rang on the north side of Piscataquog River from thence Runing South by marked trees across No two and No three by Aaron Wells house then across No four and No five and into No Six in the twelveth Rang then into No Six in the Eleventh Rang to Black Brook from thence across Number Seven in Said Rang then into No Eight in the twelveth Rang then across No Fifty Three in the twelveth Rang then across the Northwes Corner of Blodgets Farm into Fifty two and then more Easterly into the Road that Lead from the meeting house lott to Halls Ferry.
3. Begining at William McDoells Lott No Nine in the first Rang on the south side of Piscataquog River from thence across No Eight and No Nine in the second Rang then East across No ten and No Eleven in the second Rang and No twelve and across the Northwest Corner of No thirteen to Medford farm then along upon the south side of Medford farm then across the North End of No Fifteen in the second Rang then south easterly across No Sixteen then across No Forty five then across a peice of Common then across No Forty four to Bedford Line.
From 1754 until 1757 nothing seems to be gleaned from the records, and it is probable that their attention was occupied by matters especially distinct from the propriety, as a portion of this time the war was in progress. On the 13th of October, 1757, John Goffe and James Walker addressed as the "Prudential Committee of the Propriety of Goffes town" were supplicated by Matthew Patten, James Karr, William McDoell, Thomas Miller, John Smith, Thomas Karr, Alexander Walker, Parish Richardson, Moses Wells, Eleazer Wells, Jr., Robert Davidson, Thomas Hall and Thomas Karr, Jr., to call a meeting of the proprietors and insert such articles in the warrant as were mentioned in the petition, the principal of which was, that they were laboring under many difficulties, prominent among which was the want of preaching, highways, bridges, settlement of accounts, etc.
In accordance with the foregoing petition the proprietors were notified to meet at the house of James Karr in Goffes town on the 8th day of November, 1757, as requested in the petition. James Karr lived where G. Ernest Whitney now lives and meetings were holden at his place after this, and in subsequent years preaching was at James Karr's barn. Thomas Karr was chosen moderator.
The committee chosen for laying out highways were dismissed, and Thomas Hall, James Karr and William McDoell named in their places to serve until the following March.
The first named committee began their official duties in August, 1750, and laid out all the highways of which there is any record to be found during the existence of the propriety. The treasurer was requested to call in what money was due, and an adjournment was made until the 2Oth day of December, 1757. Whether the treasurer had been negligent of the duty imposed upon him no one knows. The delinquents had failed to respond. The money had not been forthcoming, and at the adjourned meeting Matthew Patten was instructed to inform all those who had neglected to pay to the treasurer, the amount stipulated by the grant for defraying the charges of the propriety, that they make payment, and if they do not, they may expect to be dealt with, according to the terms of the Grant.
After the lots had been drawn there remained a considerable area of what was known as common or undivided land, and the proprietors proceeded to assign to parties rights or shares and half shares in the common and undivided land. It is presumed this was assigned upon the same terms as was stipulated by the grant. In making the assignments of the common or undivided land, quality was taken into consideration for quantity, and likewise quantity for quality.
The following are the descriptions of the lots laid out or voted by the propriety to different individuals:
1. We the subscribers agreeable to a Vote of the proprietors of Goffes town so called To Jonathan Martain or his assigns of one full Right or share in the common and undivided Land in Said town according to Quantity for Quality And Matthew Patten of Bedford in the Province of New Hampshire Esqr being the assign to the Said Martain of one half of the aforesaid Right or Share We have Laid out of the common and undivided Lands in Said township The Lands herein after Discribed to the said Matthew Patten for and on account of the said half Right so Voted to the Said Jonathan Martain (Viz) About Sixty Acres of Land be the same more or less and is Bounded as followeth Beginning at the south east corner of Number four in the North Rang on the River and thence Easterly on Number six and Seven in the Rang on the River to Number Eight in the Sixth Rang on the North side of Piscataquog River thence Northerly on said number Eight and Seven in Said Sixth Rang to the North west Corner of Said No Seven Thence west on Number Six in the fifth rang on the North side of said Piscataquog river to the North east Corner of Said No four Thence Southerly on Said No four to the Bound first Mentioned.
And about Forty four acres of Land be the same more or less Bounded as followeth Begining at the South east Corner of Number Nine in the North Rang on the River and Runs Easterly on Common land to the west line of Number Eight in the Eleventh Rang on the North side of Piscataquog River thence Northerly on said No Eight and Seven in said Eleventh Rang to the Northwest Corner of said Number Seven Thence West on Number Six in the tenth Rang on the north side of Piscataquog River to the Northeast Corner of said No Nine Thence Southerly on said No Nine to the bound first mentioned.
And about Twenty nine Acres of land be the same more or less Bounded as followeth Begining at the Southeast Corner of Number Eleven in the third Rang on the South side of Piscataquog River and Runs Easterly on No Eleven in the second rang on the South side of Piscataquog river to its northeast corner on the west line of No Twelve in said second rang Thence Northerly on Said No twelve to its North west Corner on Number Sixty five Thence west on said No Sixty five to its Southwest corner on said Number Eleven Thence Southerly on said No Eleven in said third rang to the Bound first mentioned
2. Agreeable to a Vote of the Proprietors of Goffes town to Jonathan Martain or his assigns of one full Right or Proprietors share in the common and undivided land in said town according to Quantity for Quality and Thomas Hall of said Goffes town being the assign to the said Martain of one half of the aforesaid Right or share We have laid out of the common and undivided land in said town the land hereafter Described to the said Thomas Hall for and on account of the said half so Voted to said Martain (Viz) about one hundred and seventy three acres and three Quarters of an Acre be the same more or less bounded as follows Begining at said Bedford line where the Easterly line of the Twelveth Rang in said Goffes town comes to said Bedford line and from thence Northerly as the line of said Rang Runs untill it comes to about Twenty four Rods distance from the Northeast corner of No 48 in said Rang to a stake and from thence East one hundred and twelve Rods to stake thence South Twenty four Rods thence South Twenty four Degrees Thirty two Rods thence South forty Rods thence South Forty Degrees Easterly Six Rods thence East to the River thence by the River to the Land granted to H. Ramsey and said Hall thence joyning on the Northerly side and westerly end of said land and on the Westerly part of that land Voted to Mesurs Parker and Bradley to said Bedford line thence on said Bedford line to where it began there is a highway containing three acres and three Quarters of an acre (from the Road now improved to and from said Halls ferry) to the land Reserved at the common landing place from the fishing Island in Namoskeag falls
3. Whereas in Dividing the Township of Goffes town into Lotts among the Several Grantees and Grantors There Remained or lack one lott to the Right of John Wentworth Esqr which was not then laid out And there being common or undivided land in said town sufficient to lay out said lott We have laid out to the said John Wentworth Esq for said lott so Omitted at the time of laying out the Lands in said township (viz) a peice of common lying at and on Catamount brook so called on the North side of Piscataquog River in said Township for and in the line of said lott containing one hundred acres be the same more or less and is bounded as follows Begining on Piscataquog River where the Westerly line of No 11 in the 11th Rang comes to said River and from thence Runs North as the Westerly line of said 11th Rang Runs joining in part on said No 11 and on No 10 and on No 9 and on part of No S in said Eleventh Rang to the Southeast corner of that tract of land laid out to the Right of Jonathan Martain to Matthew Patten Esq. assign to said Martain from thence Runs west joining on said peice of land and is part on No 9 in the North Rang on the River so called to the Northeast corner of Capt James Karrs land from thence South joining on said Karrs land to his South east corner from thence East to Samuel Richards Northeast corner joining on said Richards land from thence South to said Piscataquog River joining on said Richards land thence down said River to where it began Reserving the highway through the same.
And also No Seven in the North Rang on the River which was then laid out but was not then Drawn be to the Right of the said John Wentworth which with the lott which he drawed he and is in full of his Right or share in said Township
4. We have laid out Thirty Acres of land as an Amendment to the original Right of Robert Walker in the Common in said Goffes town taking part of what is commonly called penny Meadow Agreeable to a Vote of said Propriety said land is bounded as follows1 (Viz) Begining at the south east corner of No 63 and from thence Runs South about Eighty Rods joining on Medford farm to the North east corner of No 64 being a stake and heap of stones from thence West about sixty Rods joining on said No 64 to a Young Oak tree with stones about it thence North to the South line of said No 63 thence East to the bound first mentioned Reserveing the highway through the same
5. The discription of a tract of land of 25 acres laid out to Robert Richardson on account of Robert Pumroys2 heirs above Amoskeig falls in Goffes town the 27th of Novr 1757 Begining on the Bank of Marrimack River at the southeast corner of that tract of land laid out to Lieut Samuel Gregg and James Moor and from thence Runs west joing on said Gregge and Moors land (so far that a south Runing line will come to the north-east corner of that land laid out to Thomas Hall on acct of Jonathan Martain) to a stake with a stone by it standing in the line of Greggs and Moors land from thence south to the said northeast corner being a stake from thence East 45 Rods to a pine tree marked from thence south 58 degrees East 34 Rods to a stake and stones from thence North 83 degrees East 32 Rods to a stake and stones on the bank of said River from thence up said River to the bound first mentioned there is nine acres within said bounds more that 25 acres which is Resarved for highways when needed
6. Whereas the lott No 9 in the Rang on the River in Goffes town was Drawn by a mistake to the Origenal Right of William Cumings which Right was purchased by Col Joseph Blanchard Esqr And the said lott was Intended for and was Voted to Capt Thomas Follensbee for to Build Mills on And for the End that the said Cumings Right should be made up to the said Col Blanchard We have laid out to the said Blanchard the following peice of land in the common in said Goffes town in the lieu and stead of said No 9 which peice of land so laid out is bounded as follows (Viz) Bounding southerly on land Granted to Majr White Westerly on the town line Northerly on No three in the first Rang on the North side of Piscataquog River Drawn to the Origenal Right of Joseph Blanchard Junr And Easterly on Rang second on said North side of Piscataquog River containlng about Sixty Acres be the same more or less Raserveing four Rods wide across the East end for a highway Which peice of Common is in full for said No 9 of which the said Blanchard accepted
7. The Lots which Alexander Walker Drew he being a grantee in that tract of land Granted by the Proprs of the Pattent or Right Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esqr to Thomas Parker and Others otherwise known by Goffes town (Viz) Number three in the Sixth Rang on the South Side piscataquog river Number four in the joint Sixth Rang on the North Side Piscataquog River Number fourty nine in the twelveth Rang on the North Side piscataquog River Number three in the Sixth Rang (on the South Side piscataquog River) Contains an hundred acres Being one hundred Rods in breadth and one hundred and Sixty Rods in Length bounding as Followeth Beging at the North-westerly Corner of Sd No three at a white pine and runing South 2 Degrs East one hundred and Sixty four rods to a Stake and Stones on No 2 in Sd Sixth rang thence East one Degr South one hundred rods by Rang fifth to a Stake and Stones thence North 2 Degr West one hundred and Sixty four rods to a stake and Stones on No 4 an hundred and fourty acre Lot Drawed by Coln Thos Walenford thence West one hundred Rods by the Rang which is Called the North rang on the River to the bound first mentioned with an alowance of four Rods wide cross the north end for a highway Number four in the Sixth Rang (on the North Side piscataquog River) contains an hundred Acres and is Bounded as Followeth Beging at the Northwesterly Corner of said No four being a Stake and runing South 2 Degr East by the needle one hundred and three Rods by Rang fifth to a Stake and Stones thence East one hundred and Sixty four to a Stake and Stones by No five with an alowance of three Rods wide Lengthwise of Said Lot on the South Side for a highway thence North 2 Degrs west one hundred and three Rods to a--by rang Seventh with an alowance of four Rods wide cross the East end for a highway thence West one hundred and Sixty four Rods by No three to the Bound first mentioned Number fourty nine in the twelveth Rang on the northSide piscataquog River Contains one hundred and fourty acres and Boundeth as Followeth Begining at the Northwesterly Corner of Said No fourty nine and thence runs South one Deg East one hundred and five Rods by Rang Eleventh to a Stake thence East two hundred and twenty four Rods to a Stake by No fourty Eight thence North one Degr West one hundred & five Rods to a Stake with an Alowance of four rods wide across the East end for a highway Joyning to Comn Land thence west two hundred and twenty four Rods to a stake on Nofifty with an alowance on the north Side of three Rods wide for a highway
|A true Record Attest||Matthew Patten Propr Clerc|
8. The Lotto which Joseph Kennedy had voted to him for his propriety right in Goffes town So Called Viz Number Eleven in the Second rang on the South Side of Piscataquog river and contains one Hundred acres and is Bounded as followeth Begining at a Stake and Stone the South East Corner of Number ten in the Said Second rang and runs North two Degrees west one Hundred and fourty four rods to a stake and stones thence East one hundred and fourteen rods and one Quarter of a rod by Common to a thence South two Degrees East one hundred and Fourty four rods to a by Number twelve then west by rang first to the Bound first mentioned alowing four rods inside across Lot for a highway and Number one in the Eighth rang on the North side of Piscataquog river and Contains one Hundred Acres and is Bounded as followeth Begineth at a Stake and Stones the South west Corner of Said Number one and runs North two Degrees west one hundred rods by rang Seven to a in the Line of Said Goffes town and Starks town then East one hundred and sixty four rods to a then South two Degrees East one hundred rods to a stake and Stones thence west to the Bound first mentioned alowing four rods wide across said lott for a highway and Number ten in the Eleventh rang on the North Side of Piscataquog river and Contains one hundred and fourty acres and is Bounded as followeth Begining at a Stake the South west Corner and runs North two Degrees west one hundred and four rod to a thence East two hundred and twenty four rods to a by Number nine in Said Eleventh rang thence South two Degrees East one hundred and four rods by Number fifty three and fifty two to a thence West to the Bound first mentioned alowance for highways in Said Lot being four rods cross and two rods Lengthwise
|A true Record Attest||Matthew Patten Propr Clerc|
9. Number Eleven in the third rang on the South Side of Piscataquog river (is one of the Lotts which Joseph Blanchard Junr Drew in his right in Goffes town) and contains one hundred acres and Bounds as followeth Begining at a stake the South east Corner and runs west one hundred rods by rang Second to a thence North two Degrees west one hundred and Sixty four rods by Number ten in Said third rang to a thence East by rang fourth to a Stake one hundred rods thence South two Degrees East by third Division & Common to the Bound first Mentioned four rods wide alowed across said Lott for a highway
|March 8th 1753
A true Record Attest
Matthew Patten Propr Clerc
In 1759 Thomas Hall a tavernkeeper sets forth his3 petition that he has been in possession of the Islands in Ambaskeeg Falls for the space of eleven years last past, that he is desirous of obtaining a clear and undisputed title, and he requests that the same be granted him on such terms as may seem reasonable and proper by the proprietors. He was evidently beginning to realize what an advantage it would be to him if he had a title to these Islands, and also the income that would accrue, since at certain seasons of the year they were the most important fishing grounds in this section of the state.
He evidently never gained exclusive control of the Islands, or at least we find no record to that effect. We find no further record concerning the propriety, and no authentic record regarding the proprietors or inhabitants of Goffstown until the incorporation, and in the meantime let us look over town and locate some of the early settlers, and observe their habits and customs, although no attempt will be made to show who was the first settler, or the order in which settlements were made:
Job Dow located where Eliphalet Richards now resides, on the Mast Road in Goffstown Village.
Asa Pattee lived in a part of the identical house now owned by Mrs. Mary Goodhue.
Timothy Ferrin settled somewhere in the vicinity of Shirley Station.
William McDole on Shirley Hill, upon the farm now owned by James H. Bartlett. He is given the credit of constructing the second log house in that section of the town.
Thomas Miller upon the next lot north.
Joseph Kennedy on the farm now owned by Andrew McDougall, not far from Bedford line; the site of his ancient dwelling is plainly visible.
Antipas Dodge upon the north Uncanoonuc Mountain near where the new road enters the old road northerly of the buildings.
James Eaton near the house of William L. Roberts.
Enoch Page settled upon the Abram Buzzell place.
George Addison upon what is known as the Addison place.
Benjamin Stevens resided at the present residence of Mben S. Tirrell.
James Barr is supposed to have made the original settlement upon the farm afterwards owned by Samuel M. Barnard.
Samuel Richards on land now owned by Hilisborough County Farm.
Benjamin Richards is supposed to have made his first attempt at founding a settlement on land now owned by Benjamin Greer, northerly of his residence.
Caleb Emery in the valley of the Harry Brook, easterly of the Samuel Little or Amos Annis place.
Alexander Walker upon the farm now owned by George E. Waite, and by which name it has been known through succeeding generations.
The Martins at Martin's Ferry; the station on the easterly side of the river on the Boston & Maine Railroad is named on their account.
Peter Harriman upon the farm now owned by William W. Merrill.
James Karr on the southerly side of the highway near the house of G. Ernest Whitney.
Thomas Hall early settled at Amoskeag where he was a tavernkeeper, also owned a ferry which bore his name.
Aaron Wells in the easterly part of the town upon the farm of Hezikiah Blaisdell.Job Kidder upon the farm of Henry Blaisdell in the field in the fork of the roads south of the present house.
Dea. Thomas Karr upon the northerly side of the river at the Center.
James Moor at Amoskeag.
Hugh Ramsey at Amoskeag, southerly of the Falls.
Samuel Blodgett upon what was known as the Blodgett farm, Black Brook running through the same. The farm bordering on the Merrimack River about a mile above the bridge.
The Hacketts settled on Hackett Hill in Hooksett.
The habits of these early settlers were very simple, their wants were few and easily supplied. Their houses were constructed of logs, boxed or cut in at each end that they might fit as closely as possible, and the cracks were filled with mud or clay; the floor in some cases was of hewn logs and a hole dug in the ground underneath which was used as a cellar.
The chamber or attic had a flooring of poles closely lain together, which was reached by a ladder; this was usually used as the sleeping-room.
There was an immense fireplace, taking in wood four feet long, constructed of stone laid in clay, as bricks were not then in existence, surmounted with a low, wide chimney. In these mammoth fireplaces was first placed a large back log, and some houses were so constructed that this could be drawn in with a horse, and on top of the back log was placed a back stick somewhat smaller. Against the back log and a short distance from each end were placed two oblong flat stone which took the place of andirons, or rather andirons later took the place of the stones. Upon the stones was a large fore stick and the smaller wood was placed between the back log and fore stick; it required no small quantity of fuel to warm a house of this kind. The fire was kept burning night and day, and it was one of the greatest cares upon retiring at night to so cover up fire brands as to keep fire until morning. If the fire was lost during the night some member of the family must go to a neighbor for live coals, and the remainder await their morning meal until their return.
Imagine a person obliged to go from Job Kidder's (Henry Blaisdell's place) to Alexander Walker's (George E. Waite place), or from William McDole's to Joseph Kennedy's in a winter morning, the thermometer below zero after a fire brand before a breakfast could be cooked. Had it not been for the immense fires which they kept burning people would have suffered in these loosely constructed houses. There were no glass windows, but generally two openings which were closed in the winter time by a kind of shutter made from thin boards split out of pine logs the same as shingles.
The facilities for cooking were very primitive, a pole of green hard wood served the purpose of the crane, to which they attached pot hooks and trammels of different lengths, and upon these were hung pots, kettles, etc. The roasting and baking was wholly carried on at the open fireplace. Their food was very plain, consist-mg of the little they could raise from the land, principally beans, corn and rye, the latter it was necessary to take to Haverhill, Mass., or Concord, to have ground.
Later small rude gristmills were constructed where a few bushels of corn could be ground in a day. Joseph Kennedy and Dea. Robert Moore each had one in the southerly part of the town, and Dea. Thomas Cochran one in New Boston. Wild game secured from the forest took the place of domestic meat, and fish from the neighboring streams and ponds, supplemented by a trip or two to Amoskeag Falls.
The water was secured from a nearby spring or brook, and if this was not convenient from a well and the water was drawn by a huge sweep, so weighted at one end as to balance a pail of water at the other. It required about as much effort to pull down the weight as it would to raise the water from the well without it.
Tallow candles or pine knots furnished the light for long winter evenings, and with little or no reading matter they must have been long and dreary.
Their clothing was home spun and coarse, and the early settlers sometimes made use of the skins of wild animals. The men wore tow shirts, striped woolen frocks and leather aprons. In the winter they wore shoes, excluding snow with a pair of woolen leggins. In the summer neither men nor women wore shoes at home.
Their farming utensils were coarse and clumsy, and mostly home made. With these early settlers the seed was planted by hand, and a heavy cumbersome eye hoe, with a wooden handle, was used to dig up the soil; a plow was no use on account of the stumps and roots. Later when the stumps had been partially extracted a plow was used. The plows of that day had wooden mould boards covered with bits of steel or pieces of old iron, and a wrought iron point, which had to be carried to the blacksmith to be sharpened.
The cooking utensils and household furniture were very meagre. In place of tumblers, cups and saucers, etc., they had mugs and a few wooden, and later pewter plates.The household furniture consisted of a rude bedstead, a few rudely constructed stools or benches, a settle and sometimes a table; no table spread was used. From these settlements in the forest scattered here and there throughout the town, with few conveniences and comforts sprang the men and women who in after years became the prominent citizens of the town. In these humble homes were born those who helped free the colonies from the yoke of oppression and tyranny in the days of the American Revolution, and later on, they and their descendants helped shape the destiny of the town.
1This is part of Hillsborough County Farm. Return
2Robert Pomeroy died at Louisburg. Return
3S. P., Vol. XXVII, p.317. Return