History of the town of Marlborough, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

In the fall of 1873, I was induced, partly by my own tastes and pleasures, and partly by the earnest request of several citizens and former residents, to commence the collection of items for the History of Marlborough; and now, after more than seven years of labor in this direction, with reluctance I lay down my pen, feeling that, though so much time and labor have been spent in the preparation of this work, it is yet imperfect in many of its details. Still I have done the best I could with the material at hand. He who has not entered upon an undertaking of this kind can form no adequate idea of the vast amount of labor required to complete it. The work has been delayed beyond expectations and to the disappointment of many ; bat it must be remembered that the writer is one of that unfortunate class who is dependent on his own hands for support, and therefore has been unable to devote his whole time to this work, as he has received no aid financially.

The town loaned him a sum not exceeding $1,000, which is to be refunded from the sale of the book. Many of the following pages have been compiled at night after toiling ten hours at my handicraft.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 1 4

CHAPTER I.
THE MASONIAN CHARTER 5 22

CHAPTER II.
SETTLEMENTS, ETC 23 44

CHAPTER III.
REVOLUTIONARY HISTORY 45 70

CHAPTER IV.
ADOPTION OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION. WAR OF 1811. INCORPORATION OF THE TOWNS OF ROXBURY AND TROY 71 79

CHAPTER V.
THE CENTRE MEETING-HOUSE 80 97

CHAPTER VI.
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY 98 126

CHAPTER VII.
HISTORY OF THE METHODIST, BAPTIST, AND UNIVERSALIST CHURCHES 127 141

CHAPTER VlII.
SCHOOLS 142 162

CHAPTER IX.
THE REBELLION 163 167

CHAPTER X.
MILLS AND MANUFACTORIES 168 188

CHAPTER XI.
TAVERNS AND STORES 189 199

CHAPTER XII.
PHYSICIANS 200 211

CHAPTER XIII.
SKETCHES OF PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS 212 266

CHAPTER XIV.
MISCELLANEOUS 267 317

CHAPTER XV.
The Centennial Celebration. 318 390

GENEALOGICAL REGISTER.

APPENDIX.

INDEX.

 

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The town of Marlborough in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, is situated in latitude 42 64', and longitude 4 49'. It is bounded on the north by Roxbury; east by Harrisville, Dublin, and Jaffrey; south by Troy, and west by Troy, Swanzey, and Keene. Its distance from Keene is five miles, from Concord fifty miles, and from Boston ninety-three miles.