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New Hampshire Glossary: Gundalow

A Gundalow is a small boat, “a shallow drafted type of cargo barge,” built to be used on rivers and estuaries in the early days of New Hampshire and Maine history.  There are records showing they were also used on … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Manners and Customs of Olden Time [1760s]

It may be amusing and entertaining to have some account of the customs and manner of living, of the people, sixty-five, seventy, and seventy-five years ago [i.e. 1760’s]. As to what took place in sea-port towns, and places which had … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Little Known Colonial Governor–Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont (c1655-1701)

When someone brings up the topic of colonial governors of New Hampshire, I’m sure that the name “Coote” does not pop into your head first. But perhaps from now on it will. In March 1697 he was appointed governor of … Continue reading

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Prominent Events in Early America (and New Hampshire) History

PROMINENT EVENTS  in Early America, New England and New Hampshire (including the American Revolution) The following was gleaned from the History of Barnstead NH from its first settlement in 1727 to 1872, by Jeremiah P. Jewett, Lowell Mass., Marden & … Continue reading

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New Hampshire: Run-Aways, Desertions & Elopements of the 18th Century

When we think about ‘Run-Aways’ of colonial times, what first comes to mind is often run-away slaves.  In fact the majority of these ‘errant’ individuals, at least in colonial New Hampshire, were either wives, apprentices or indentured servants. Indentured Servants … Continue reading

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