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(Chiswick)

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Littleton, New Hampshire, USA - Main Street, Littleton, N.H., in the White Mountains

Called Chiswick (Saxon for "Cheese Farm") in 1764, the area was settled in 1769. The town was part of Lisbon until 1770, when it was granted as Apthorp in honor of George Apthorp, head of one of the wealthiest mercantile establishments in Boston, Massachusetts. The land was later passed to the Apthorp family's associates from Newburyport, Massachusetts, headed by Colonel Moses Little. Colonel Little held the post of Surveyor of the King's Woods, and the town was named in his honor when it was incorporated in 1784, the same year New Hampshire became a state.

Located along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River is the Littleton Grist Mill. The historic mill first opened in 1798, and has been fully restored to its original appearance. Between 1867 and 1909, the local Kilburn Brothers factory published photographs, stereoviews, and sold stereoscopes, double-picture viewers popular in the Victorian age.

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Main Street, Littleton, N.H., in the White Mountains
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Main Street, Littleton, N.H., in the White Mountains
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Carnegie Library, Littleton, N.H.
The Elliott Hall Hotel, Littleton, N.H.
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Franconia Range from Littleton, N.H., 1920
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1839 - Littleton
Littleton, New Hampshire
Grafton county. On Connecticut river. Its extent on Connecticut river is about 14 miles. It is 30 miles N. by E. from Haverhill and 80 N.N.W. from Concord. Connecticut river, in passing down the rapids called Fifteen Mile Falls, extending the whole length of Littleton, runs in foaming waves for miles together, which render it impossible to ascend or descend with boats in safety. There are three bridges over the Connecticut in Littleton. Amonoosuck river waters the S. part, having on its bank small tracts of excellent intervale. The principal village is on this river, in the S. part of the town, and is called Glynville. Raspberry, Black, Palmer's and Iron mountains are the most prominent elevations. Near Amonoosuck river, there is a mineral spring, the water of which is said to be similar to the Congress spring in Saratoga. The land comprehending Littleton was first granted in 1764, by the name of Chiswick. It was re-granted in 1770, by the name of Apthorp. In ... Read MORE...

1895 - Littleton
Littleton, a post-village in Littleton township, Grafton co., N.H., on the Mink or Lower Ammonoosuc River, and on the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, 113 miles N. of Concord. It has a national bank, 3 churches, a graded school-house which cost $36,000, 2 newspaper offices, an iron-foundry, a savings-bank, and manufactures of wool, axes, scythes, &c. Pop., about 2000. The township is bounded N.W. by Connecticut River. Pop. in 1890, 3365.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Littleton, a banking post-village and resort in Little ton township (town), Grafton co., N.H., on the Ammonoosuc River and on the Boston and Maine R., 113 miles N. of Concord. It is on the outskirts of the White Mountain region. It has manufactures of gloves, shoes, oil-stoves, stereoscopic views, etc. The town is bounded NW. by the Connecticut River. Pop. of the town in 1900, 4066.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - There's something for everyone in Littleton. Here are some of the top places to visit and things to do:
Pollyanna of Littleton: Start your visit with a dose of literary history at the Pollyanna of Littleton statue. This statue is a tribute to the classic novel "Pollyanna" by Eleanor H. Porter, who was born in Littleton. It's a great spot for a photo opportunity and a chance to connect with a piece of literary history.

Littleton Riverwalk: Stroll along the picturesque Ammonoosuc River. You can learn about the town's industrial past and enjoy the beautiful river views. The Riverwalk offers a peaceful escape in the heart of town.

Chutters: Make sure to stop by Chutters, home to the world's longest candy counter. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with an incredible variety of candies and chocolates. It's a fun place for both kids and adults.

Thayer's Inn: This historic inn in the heart of Littleton has been welcoming guests since 1843. Even if you're not staying overnight, you can visit the inn's restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal in a charming, old-world setting.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Littleton, New Hampshire, USA

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male ancestorBenjamin NURSE (9 December 1716, Reading, Massachusetts, USA - 20 June 1806, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
female ancestorMartha MARBLE (29 January 1716, Petersham, Massachusetts, USA - 5 July 1807, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
female ancestorSusannah NURSE (26 December 1749, Rutland, Massachusetts, USA - 20 October 1843, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
male ancestorHenry BEMIS (28 January 1750, Weston, Massachusetts, USA - 24 June 1833, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
male ancestorEbenezer FARR (18 August 1750, Stow, Massachusetts, USA - 15 February 1833, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
female ancestorMary TITUS (13 May 1754, Douglas, Massachusetts, USA (East Douglas) - 23 January 1840, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
male ancestorJonas NURSE (7 July 1757, Rutland, Massachusetts, USA - 31 January 1809, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
female ancestorJemima FARNSWORTH (1760, , Massachusetts, USA - 5 October 1820, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))
female ancestorVashti HOWE (2 April 1763, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, USA - 5 May 1814, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Littleton, New Hampshire, USA

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male ancestorJonas NURSE (7 July 1757 - 31 January 1809) and female ancestorJemima FARNSWORTH (1760 - 5 October 1820) married 14 April 1791
male ancestorJohn BEMIS (12 January 1776 - 1811) and female ancestorMary "Polly" HUDSON (10 January 1779 - ) married 27 May 1798
male ancestorZenas Leborreau BEMIS (18 April 1779 - June 1860) and female ancestorMinnie WHEELER ( - ) married 12 February 1809
male ancestorTimothy NURSE (10 May 1790 - 1865) and female ancestorLucinda FARR (9 November 1791 - 2 March 1859) married 15 December 1814
male ancestorIsaac BEMIS (30 June 1808 - 14 January 1878) and female ancestorSelena HADLEY (15 June 1811 - 9 April 1846) married 14 April 1831
male ancestorGeorge GAUTHIER (June 1860 - ) and female ancestorLilla GASSELEN (JOSLIN) (November 1864 - ) married 1 January 1883

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