The Second Fort

The chief item of interest in the call for the annual meeting of the proprietors was the erection of a second fort. The meeting was held May 20, and the following vote was passed : ” Voted to raise £200 old tenor to be laid out in a building a..Read more

The Original Land Grant

A plot of township of land granted at [by] the Court to John Coffin and others lying on Merrimack River above Penacook, surveyed by Richard Hazen and two chainmen on oath being bounded as follows: beginning at the middle of Contoocook River, where it empties into the Merrimack, where it..Read more

Hannah Dustin

Hannah Webster (Emerson) Dustin (1657 – 1736) – Hannah Dustin was a 40-year-old colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of eight during King William’s War who was taken captive with her newborn daughter during an Indian raid on Haverhill. On 15 March 1697, Hannah witnessed the brutal killing of her baby and..Read more

The First Survey

A meeting of the proprietors was held July 4, 1733 at John Mancher’s tavern in Newbury, Massachusetts : “Voted Mr. Richard Hazen surveyor, shall have ten pounds for his service for taking a plan of the plantation & the three chainmen that were with said surveyors, six days a pice,..Read more