Barrington

Strafford co. It lies 20 miles North West from Portsmouth, 10 West from Dover, and 30 East from Concord. The surface of Barrington is some-what broken and rocky, the soil being principally a gravelly loam. — The town is abundantly supplied with ponds, of which there are no less than thirteen of considerable magnitude, from whence issue streams afforded excellent mill seats. At one of these mill seats on the Isinglass river, is a perpendicular fall of 30 feet. There is, about two miles from the center of the town, a remarkable cavern, or fissure in a rock, commonly called the Devil’s den. The entrance is on the side of a hill, and is sufficiently large to admit a person in a stooping posture. Having entered 5 feet in a horizontal direction, there is a descent of 4 or 5 feet, on an angle of 45°, large enough only to admit the body of a middling sized man. After squeezing through this passage, you enter a chamber 60 feet in length, from 10 to 15 in height, and from 3 to 8 in width. — Communicating with this, are several other fissures of equal height, and from 10 to 15 in length. Barrington was incorporated May 10, 1722, and the settlement commenced in 1732.

South Main Street, Rochester, New Hampshire

Marriages By Rev. Joseph Haven, 1776-1785

Rev. Joseph Haven was the third minister of the First Congregational Church in Rochester New Hampshire. He was elected to his position after the death of Rev, Samuel Hill in 1776. These marriage records were kept from his initial election for 10 years, or 1785. The First Congregational Church moved it’s location during the tenure of Rev, Haven, relocating and improving their existing building at Haven Hill to the Rochester Common, the new center of activity. Marriages By Rev. Joseph Haven 1776 Febr 29th Robert Walker with Dorothy Leaghton, both of Rochester March 7th Joseph Tucker with Abigail Heard both …

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The Square in Rochester New Hampshire showing the statue of Parsons Main

Marriages By Rev. Amos Main, 1745—1757

Rev. Amos Main was the first settled minister in Rochester and arrived in 1737. Rochester as a township, however, was formed in 1722, fifteen years earlier, and had likely been settled since 1657. What happened to Rev. Main’s marriage records prior to 1745 is not known, and the existence of other ministerial records for Rochester prior to this collection of marriage is extant if any ever existed. In the listings below, the town of Towow references Lebanon Maine and Summersworth references Somersworth New Hampshire. There appears to be early interaction between families in these communities and certain families in Rochester, …

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Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogical Notes on the Clark Family of Durham New Hampshire

Genealogical Notes on the Clark family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. Abraham Clark’s land is mentioned in 1680. He lived near the northern boundary of Oyster River Parish. He may have been the Clark of unknown name who was killed in the massacre of 1694. Deliverance Clark, who married Nathaniel Lamos before 1700, was doubtless his daughter, and so, probably, was Mary Clark, who married Bartholomew Stevenson, 10 Oct. 1680. Clark’s Plains are on the line of Dover and Madbury southeast of Pudding hill. Abraham Clark, aged 59 when …

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Garrison House of Capt. Jonathan Chesley, Built in 1716

Genealogy of the Chesley Family of Durham New Hampshire

7 generational genealogy of the Chesley family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources.

Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogy of the Buzzell Family of Durham New Hampshire

A genealogy of the Buzzell family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. First Generation 1 Family of John Buzzell of Oyster River New Hampshire John Buzzell (Samuel2, Isaac1 of Salisbury, Mass.), born 7 Aug. 1659, had a grant of forty acres, 19 March 1693/4, laid out to him 13 June 1694, on the south side of the mast path that goes from John Knights to Newtowne. He was baptized at Oyster River, New Hampshire 1 April 1722. His will, 24 Nov. 1737-28 Feb. 1738/9, names wife, Sarah, and children as …

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Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogy of the Bunker Family of Durham New Hampshire

A genealogy of the Bunker family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. 1 Family of James Bunker of Oyster River, New Hampshire James Bunker, born about 1628 according to a deposition, is incidentally mentioned in the court records of York County in 1648. In 1652 he bought land below Johnson’s Creek, on the north side of Oyster River. His will, 14 Oct. 1697-24 June 1698, names wife, Sarah, and three sons. 2. James Bunker m. prob. (1) Anne Thomas, (2) Martha Downes. 3. Joseph Bunker m. _______ _______. 4. John …

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Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogy of the Boody Family of Durham New Hampshire

A genealogy of the Boody/Boodey family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. 1 Family of Zechariah Boody of Oyster River and Durham New Hampshire Tradition says that Zechariah Boody came over in a French ship and deserted it in Boston. He had wife, Elizabeth, who was baptized by the Rev. Hugh Adams, 31 March 1716/7. He died about 1755. [Cf. Boody Genealogy.][1]The editor of this page has been unable to identify the work titled “Boody Genealogy” by Stackpole. He welcomes any suggestions. Elizabeth bapt. 31 March 1716/7; m. Ebenezer Pitman; widow …

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Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogy of the Bodge Family of Durham New Hampshire

A genealogy of the Bodge family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. 1 Family of Henry Bodge of Kittery, Maine Henry Bodge and wife, Elizabeth, were living in Kittery, near the head of Spruce Creek, as early as 1669. He died in 1696, leaving wife, Rebecca. He had six children, of whom: Henry went to Charlestown, Mass. 2. Benjamin Bodge, m. Sarah. Second Generation 2 Family of Benjamin Bodge of Oyster River, New Hampshire Benjamin Bodge settled at Oyster River about 1714. He and wife, Sarah, and their children were …

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Durham Village New Hampshire

Genealogy of the Bickford Family of Durham New Hampshire

A genealogy of the Bickford family of Durham New Hampshire as extracted from the History of Durham New Hampshire and other sources. George Bickford and William Bickford were inhabitants east of the Kennebec River in 1664. Andrew Bickford, Lawrence Bickford and William Bickford and others had a grant of the lower end of Arrowsic Island, near the mouth of the Kennebec, in 1679. John Bickford was of the Isles of Shoals in 1642, and his estate was administered by Philip Tucker in 1662, Edward Bickford was of Portsmouth, 1660-86, and had wife and children. He was a carpenter and lived …

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