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BRIEF HISTORY OF ROCKINGHAM CO., NEW HAMPSHIRE
Rockingham County, New Hampshire was established 29 April 1769, along with four other counties. This county lies in the southeastern part of the state, and is bounded on the north by Strafford County, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Essex County, Massachusetts, on the west by Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties, NH. It is the only county in the state that borders on the Atlantic Ocean, its coast being about seventeen miles in extent. From 1641-1679 the towns of Portsmouth (then Strawbery Banke), Hampton and Exeter were contained within Northfolk County, Massachusetts. The name New Hampshire was first applied to these towns in 1697, as a province separate from Massachusetts Bay Colony, but it remained under the same governor until 1742. There are thirty-seven towns and one city in Rockingham County. The principal rivers are the Piscataqua, Lamprey, Exeter or Squamscot and Pawtuckaway. The principal elevations are Pawtuckaway in Deerfield and Nottingham and Saddleback in Northwood and Deerfield.


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Current communities in Rockingham County New Hampshire include: Atkinson, Auburn, Brentwood, Candia, Chester, Danville, Deerfield, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Londonderry, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, and Windham.

Map of Rockingham Co NH showing towns Rye Raymond Northwood Auburn Epping Deerfield Nottingham Candia Chester Londonderry Windham Derry Salem Fremont Brentwood Sanborn Danville Hampstead Atkinson Plaistow Newton South Hampton East Kingston Kingston Kensington Exeter Seabrook Hampton Falls Hampton North Hampton Stratham Newfields Newmarket Portsmouth Newington New Castle


TOWNS / CITIES IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, New Hampshire

ATKINSON


AUBURN
BRENTWOOD

CANDIA

  • History:The Town of Candia, originally called Charmingfare, was settled about 1743, and was granted a charter 17 December 1763. Some of the early residents were Daniel McClure, William Turner, Benjamin Smith, Winthrop Wells, John Sargent, Theophilus Sargent, Jacob Sargent, Dr. Samuel Moore, Enoch Rowell and Obededom Hull. Reportedly Sarah, daughter of William Turner was the first white child born there.
  • Villages and Place Names: Charmingfare, Bean Island, Candia Four Corners, East Candia, Candia Station, Cunnigham, Kinnecum, Quinnequam, Patten's Hill

  • GOVERNMENT, PROFILE & STATISTICS:
  • PROFILE & STATISTICS:
  • HISTORY & GENEALOGY:
    • Online Book: History of Candia: once known as Charmingfare; with notices of some of the early families - Eaton, F. B. (Francis Brown); 1852; With notices of early families including: Thomas Anderson, David Bean, Aaron Brown, Caleb Brown, Nehemiah Brown, Nathaniel Burpee, Samuel Buswell, John Carr, Benjamin Cass, Henry Clark, Enoch Colby, Lieut. Thomas Dearborn, Samuel Dudley, William Duncan, Moses Dusten, Ephraim Eaton, Paul Eaton, Moses Emerson, Nathaniel Emerson, Abraham Fitts, Samuel Foster, Obededom Hall, John Hills, Jethro Hill, Benjamin Hubbard, John Lane, Moses Martin, David McClure, Andrew Moore, Coffin Moore, Samuel Mooers, Stephen Palmer, Robert Patten, Thomas Patten, Isaiah Rowe, Walter Robie, John Robie, Sargent/Sargeant Family, Oliver Smith, PLUS early ministers, physicians, and college graduates; Illustration of Old Union Baptist Meeting House, The Old Meeting House, Residence of Rev. Moses Bean; The book also lists in the back various early resident documents plus signers of the Association Test, return of soldiers in the Continental Army, etc.; early town clerks and selectmen.
    • Online Book: History of the town of Candia, Rockingham County, N.H. : from its first settlement to the present time - Moore, J. Bailey, (Jacob Bailey); 1893; Illustrations include J. Bailey Moore, Big Boulder, Abraham Emerson, John D. Emerson, John Brown, Samuel Dudley, Francis Patten, Stephen Smyth, Dorothy Smyth, John Moore, Mary Moore, Coffin M. French, James H. Fitts, Joseph C. Langford, Congregational Church, Old Congregational Church, Free Baptist Church, Methodist Church, Henry m. Eaton, George Hall, Samuel Morrill, Mianda Morrill, Charles F. Morrill, Philip A. Butler, Aaron G. Whittier, John T. Moore, J. Lane Fitts, Thomas Lang Jr., Andrew J. Edgerly, Frank P. Brown, Joseph P. Dudley, Residence of W.J. Dudley, Woodbury J. Dudley, Jacob S. Hoit, Map, Cyrus Sargeant, Frederick Smyth, Emma Lane Smyth, Francis B. Eaton, Samuel C. Beane, Albert Palmer, Wam Walter Foss.
    • Online Book: - History of Candia, NH. Early history, geographical description; early town records, early photographs of town buildings; military records of the Civil War; Source: page 234; History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and representative citizens (1915) by Charles A. Hazlett
    • Online Book: Reminiscences of Candia - by Palmer, Wilson; 1905; Illustrations (photographs) of Candia people include: Wilson Palmer, Hon. Abraham Emerson, Daniel F. Emerson, Ruth Abbie Emerson Brown and her child, David Cross, Miss Mary B. Lane, A. Frank Patten, John P. French, Jesse W. Sargeant, Mrs. Jesse W. Sargeant, Frank D. Rowe, Moses F. Emerson, Luther W. Emerson, James Henry Eaton, Albert Palmer, William R. Patten, Daniel Dana Patten, Nathan B. Prescott, James H. Fitts, Mrs. James H. Fitts, Mrs. Mary jane Palmer Dolber, BenjamiN Franklin Brown, Miss Ellen S. Eaton, Rev. George Henry French, Col. & Mrs. John Prescott, Sam Walter Foss, Rev. Henry S. Kimball, Joseph P. Dudley, Frederick Smyth, Henry E. Burnham, Abraham Emerson, A.J. Pitman, George B. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palmer, Alfred Brown, Alvin D. Dudley, John G. Lane and Moses E. Rowe.
    • Online Book: History of old Chester [N. H.] from 1719 to 1869 - Chase, Benjamin; 1869

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CHESTER


DANVILLE
DEERFIELD
  • History: The tract of land now known as Deerfield was originally part of Nottingham, being included in that charter in 1722. Many of the settlers came from what is now Massachusetts. They built a block house in 1740 as a place of safety in case of Indian attack. Some of the earlier settlers in 1756 and 1758 were John Robertson, Benjamin Batchelder and others. Deerfield was once a great place of favorite resort for deer, great numbers of which were taken. While the petition for the town was pending, a Mr. Batchelder killed a deer, and presenting it to Gov. Wentworth, obtained the act under the name of Deer-field, 8 January 1766. The first legal meeting was held at the house of Samuel Leavitt (30 Jan 1766) at which time Wadleigh Cram was chosen moderator, Thomas Simpson parish clerk; Samuel Leavitt, John Robinson and Ediphalet (?Eliphalet) Griffin were chosen selectmen. In the Revolutionary War, Deerfield furnished 74 soldiers, 21 of whom fought at the Battle of Bunker(sic) Hill.

  • Villages and Place Names: Nottingham, "Chase's Hill,"

  • GOVERNMENT & RESEARCH:
  • GENEALOGY & HISTORY:
    • Online Book: - History of Deerfield, NH. Early history, geographical description; early town records; photographs of old buildings; military records of the American Revolution; Source: page 276; History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and representative citizens (1915) by Charles A. Hazlett
    • Online Book: History of Nottingham, Deerfield, and Northwood, comprised within the original limits of Nottingham, Rockingham County, N.H., with records of the centennial proceedings at Northwood, and genealogical sketches .. - Cogswell, Elliott C. (Elliott Colby), by Elliot Cogswell, 1878 [DEERFIELD SECTION HERE]
    • Online Book: The Town register : Epsom, Canterbury, Loudon, Deerfield, Northwood, Chichester (1909), Mitchell-Cony Co. [includes history and prominent people]
    • Major John Simpson of Deerfield NH reportedly fired the first shot at Bunker Hill (sic, Breeds Hill) in the Revolutionary War battle.
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DERRY

EAST KINGSTON
  • History: The town of East Kingston was incorporated 17 November 1738, when it separated from the town of Kingston. [Therefore, the early history of this town is the same as Kingston NH]. The fifty-three original petitioners included Jeremy, Ebenezer, John, Thomas and Andrew Webster; Nathan, Phinehas, Josiah and Ebenezer Batchelder; Ichabod, Caleb, and Theophilus Clough; William and Abraham Smith, Jacob Gale, William Whickee, Benjamin Morrill, Joseph Greele [Greeley], James Tappan, Isaac Godfrey, and Josiah Tilton. Rev. Peter Coffin was settled here in 1739, and was dismissed in 1792. Jeremiah Morrill, Esq. bequeathed $2,000 to this town, the interest of which was to be applied to the benefit of public schools. The Powow River has its source in ponds of Kingston, passing through the southwest part of this town. The first settlers (in no particular order) were William and Abraham Smith, Ebenezer Webster, Ebenezer Stevens, John Swett, Nathaniel Sanborn and Capt. John Webster.
  • Villages and Place Names: Kingston, Monahan's Corner, Powwow River

  • GOVERNMENT & RESOURCES:
  • GENEALOGY & HISTORY:
    • Online Book: - History of East Kingston, NH. Early history, geographical description; early town records; photographs of old buildings; military records (American Revolution and Civil War) of the American Revolution, early settlers, church history; Source: page 300; History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and representative citizens (1915) by Charles A. Hazlett
    • Online Book: Annual reports of the Town of East Kingston, New Hampshire, [includes SOME vital records, births, marriages and deaths] for years ending: 1876, 1896, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1936-1967, 1969-1976, 1978, 1979-1996, 1998-2008.
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EPPING

EXETER

FREMONT

GREENLAND


HAMPSTEAD


HAMPTON


HAMPTON FALLS


KENSINGTON


KINGSTON


LONDONDERRY


NEW CASTLE


NEWFIELDS


NEWINGTON


NEWMARKET


NEWTON


NORTH HAMPTON


NORTHWOOD


NOTTINGHAM


PLAISTOW


PORTSMOUTH


RAYMOND


RYE


SALEM


SANDOWN


SEABROOK


SOUTH HAMPTON


STRATHAM


WINDHAM


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