History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
Published in 1845
On the last week in February, 1769, Ebenezer Page, father of Dea. Winslow Page, and on the first week in March, Capt. Nathaniel Wilson, father of Jeremiah Wilson, Esq., arrived, and during the year, Eliphalet and Edward Gilman, Andrew Glidden and Jonathan Bachelder became citizens. The annual town meeting in this year was held on the 9th of March, at the dwelling house of Stephen Dudley. At this meeting Joshua Bean, Dudley Young and John Mudgett were chosen Selectmen, and Dr. William Smith, Town Clerk, an office to which he was annually re-elected 24 years successively. At this meeting also some very important measures were adopted, among which was a vote to hire a school master 8 months the ensuing year; a vote to fall 20 acres of trees on the Parsonage and School lots; to raise L100 to defray town charges, and also to build two school houses, and to locate one of them near Lemuel Rand's, and to raise L15 to defray the expense. Mr. Rand's house was on the road leading from Parish's Tavern towards the Iron Works on the left-hand side. The first school house was erected in accordance with this vote, and was near the spot where the tavern house now stands.
In the autumn of this 7th year of the settlement, there came a severe frost and cut off all the crops. Provisions were brought on horse-back from Exeter, and from Concord and other places, by men on their backs, or on hand sleds in the winter, at a great inconvenience. It is said that Jeremiah Richardson, repeatedly brought a bushel of corn at a time on his shoulder from Exeter, a distance of 40 miles. The same may also have been true for some others.