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Hampstead, Rockingham, NH

Once part of Haverhill and Amesbury, Massachusetts settled in 1640, this town was formed as a result of the 1739 decision fixing the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It was originally known as "Timberlane Parish" because of the heavy growth of native trees. The town would be incorporated in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, who renamed it after Hampstead, England, the residence of William Pitt, a close friend.


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Emerson's Shoe Factory
Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA

Emerson's Shoe Factory
Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA


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1749 - Hampstead is incorporated

Hampstead was the home of the first honey factory in the United States, in 1816.
1839 - Hampstead
Hampstead, New Hampshire
Rockingham county, lies partly on the height of land between Merrimack and Piscataqua rivers. Most of the waters descend S.W. into the Merrimack through Spiggot river, which flows from Wash pond near the centre of the town. Angly pond is in the N.E. part of the town, the waters of which pass into the Powow river. Island pond, in the S.W. part of the town, contains a valuable farm of 300 acres. The town was granted by Gov. Benning Wentworth, January 19, 1749, and named by him after a pleasant village five miles N. of London, England. He reserved the island before mentioned for his own farm. Population, in 1830, 913.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1895 - Hampstead
Hampstead, a post-village of Rockingham co., N.H., in Hampstead township, 8 or 9 miles N.N.W., of Haverhill City, Mass. It has a church and a high school. Pop. the township, 935, Hampstead station is on the Nashua & Rochester Railroad, 16 miles N.E. of Nashua.
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
1897 - Library built in Hampstead

2023 - re's a list of some must-visit places and activities in the Hampstead area:
**1. Hampstead Town Forest: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, the Hampstead Town Forest is a beautiful place to explore. You can hike the trails, go birdwatching, or enjoy a picnic in the serene surroundings. The forest is well-maintained and offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

**2. Hampstead Conservation Area: Another great spot for nature lovers is the Hampstead Conservation Area. This natural area features wetlands, forests, and ponds. It's an ideal location for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the scenic beauty of this place.

**3. Hampstead Ponds: Hampstead is home to several ponds, including Sunset Lake and Wash Pond. These picturesque bodies of water are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You can also take a leisurely walk around the shoreline or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

**4. Hampstead Historical Society Museum: If you're interested in the... Read MORE...

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

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female ancestorAbigail KENT (9 July 1697, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA (Annisquam) - 4 March 1771, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorOtho STEVENS (1702, Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA (Ayers Village) - 4 April 1771, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorReuben MILLS (1731, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA - aft. 1774, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorMary HOWARD (15 September 1734, Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA (Ayers Village) - 31 July 1779, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorReuben MILLS (11 July 1760, Atkinson, New Hampshire, USA - 1807, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth BURNS (1762, , New Hampshire, USA - 21 December 1784, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorSamuel MILLS (15 March 1784, Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA - Aft. 1803, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA

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male ancestorOtho STEVENS (1702 - 4 April 1771) and female ancestorAbigail KENT (9 July 1697 - 4 March 1771) married 21 March 1723
male ancestorSimeon STEVENS (29 April 1735 - 6 July 1788) and female ancestorSarah HADLEY (13 February 1736 - 2 November 1779) married 16 December 1762
male ancestorUriah STONE (1 December 1744 - 7 April 1807) and female ancestorHepzibah HADLEY (25 July 1744 - 4 May 1832) married 24 November 1763
male ancestorReuben MILLS (11 July 1760 - 1807) and female ancestorElizabeth BURNS (1762 - 21 December 1784) married abt. 1781

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