New Hampshire Family Stories
Did your ancestor live in 1623?
New Hampshire began life in 1623, under the authority of an English land grant that sent Captain John Mason sent David Thomson and Edward and Thomas Hilton to establish a fishing colony. In time, the area grew up around a large scale fishing community, which then expanded thanks to trade in furs and timber
After being administered as a royal province by a long line of royal governors, New Hampshire finally returned to its provincial status with a governor of its own, Benning Wentworth, who served as chief magistrate from 1741 to 1766. During the first two decades of his term, New Hampshire was beset with Indian wars, with little aid from England, but at the wars’ end, the area was ready to be explored, surveyed and populated.
Early New Hampshire Patriots
During the Revolutionary War, many New Hampshire troops were at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill, and eventually the Declaration of Independence was signed by New Hampshire’s Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton and William Whipple.
In 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to join the union. Commonly known as the Granite State, it’s state flag is a field of blue and in the center is the state seal surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves with nine interspersed stars. The state motto is “Live Free or Die.”