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Campton, New Hampshire, USA -

Both Campton and adjacent Rumney were granted by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 to Jabez Spencer of East Haddam, Connecticut, then settled about 1765. But Captain Spencer died before terms of the charter, which required settlement by 50 families, each farming 5 acres (20,000 m2) for every 50 received, were fulfilled. Two families, named Fox and Taylor, first settled here in 1765. In 1767, Governor John Wentworth issued the heirs and others a new grant. Campton got its name when the first proprietors built a camp here to survey the two towns.

Campton includes the villages of Blair, Campton Hollow, Lower Campton and West Campton.


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Campton was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 to Jabez Spencer of East Haddam, Connecticut, then settled about 1765.
1767 - Campton is incorporated
1822 - Killed While Falling a Tree
In Campton May 31, Mr. JOSIAH BLAISDELL, aged 33: killed while falling a tree. He was ever a firm friend of his country, and was on board a row galley in the fleet under Com. Macdonough, in the memorable battle of Lake Champlain.
New Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette
Keene, New Hampshire
June 10, 1822
1829 - Blair Bridge built in Campton
The Blair Bridge is a wooden covered bridge originally built in 1829, that crosses the Pemigewasset River near Campton, New Hampshire, United States.
1839 - Campton
Campton, New Hampshire
Grafton county. Is bounded N. by Thornton, E. by Sandwich, S. by Holderness and Plymouth, W. by Rumney; is 50 miles from Concord and 75 from Portsmouth. Its surface is broken and uneven, abounding with rocky ledges, and having several mountainous tracts. Besides Pemigewasset river, running N. and S. through nearly the centre of the town, it is watered by Mad and Beebe's rivers, which fall into the Pemigewasset on the E., and by West Branch river and Bog brook on the W. The land in the valleys is generally good, and there is some good intervale. The high land us good for grazing. The forest trees are mostly deciduous. No white oak or pitch pine is found N. of the centre of the town. Iron ore of an inferior quality is found in some places. The towns of Campton and Rumney were both granted in Oct. 1761 to Capt. Jabez Spencer, of East Haddam, Conn., but he dying before a settlement was effected, his heirs, in conjunction with others, obtained a new charter, Jan. 5, ... Read MORE...

By 1859, when the population of Campton was 1,439, industries included one sawmill, one gristmill, one tannery and a carriage shop.
1886 - Campton

Campton lies in the eastern part of the county, in lat. 43 degrees 49' and long. 71 degrees 40', bounded north by Thornton, east by the county line, south by Holderness and Plymouth, and west by Rumney and Ellsworth, having an area of about 28,000 acres. This township was originally granted to Gen. Jabez Spencer, of East Hadden, Conn., and others, October 9, 1761 [It has always been recorded that the town was granted to Jabez Spencer. But Mr. I. W. Hammond, in his "Town Papers," published in 1882, stated that the charter was granted to "Christopher Holmes and sixty-three others, by the terms of the grant Mr. Holmes being appointed moderator of the first meeting." Never having seen the charter, we cannot decide which is correct. Whose name came first on the charter, however, is of little consequence, for this is all it amounted to, as the territory was, or was intended to be, divided equally among the proprietors.], but they, it seems, failed to comply with the ... Read MORE...

1895 - Campton
Campton, a post-township of Grafton co., N.H., 6 miles N. of Plymouth, is intersected by the Pemigewasset River. It contains a post-village named Campton Village, also several summer boarding-houses. It is a favorite resort for artists, and presents picturesque scenery. Pop. 1226.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Campton:
Hiking in the White Mountains: Campton is surrounded by the stunning White Mountains, offering numerous hiking opportunities for all levels of hikers. Some popular trails include the Welch-Dickey Loop, Mount Tecumseh, and the Flume Gorge. Make sure to check trail conditions and be prepared with proper gear.

Skiing and Snowboarding: In the winter, Campton is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Head to Waterville Valley Resort or Loon Mountain Resort for fantastic skiing and snowboarding experiences. Both resorts offer lessons and equipment rentals for beginners.

Waterville Valley: This nearby town is a year-round destination with activities like ice skating, mountain biking, and tennis during the warmer months. In winter, you can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Nordic Valley.

Squam Lake: Take a scenic drive to Squam Lake, which served as the setting for the movie "On Golden Pond." It's a beautiful spot for kayaking, canoeing, or taking a boat tour. Keep an ... Read MORE...

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female ancestorEunice BARNES (20 May 1746, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme) - 30 March 1775, Campton, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorCharles Little COLBY (17 March 1814, Campton, New Hampshire, USA - , )
male ancestorDaniel LITTLE (25 March 1818, Campton, New Hampshire, USA - 26 May 1883, )
male ancestorThomas BUTLER (13 February 1820, Campton, New Hampshire, USA - , )
female ancestorMary A COTTON (1871, Campton, New Hampshire, USA - , )
male ancestorBertie E LODGE (23 March 1888, Campton, New Hampshire, USA - , )

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male ancestorThomas E LODGE (1864 - ) and female ancestorMary A COTTON (1871 - ) married 26 May 1887

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