History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
Published in 1845
NameRankWages & travelAdv'ce pay't.Wages Due
Nahaniel Wilson, Capt.26L, 8s., 0d.0L,00s.,0d.26L,8s.,0d. Samuel Ladd,Lieut. 19L, 1s., 6d.0L,00s.,0d. 19L,1s.,6d. Winthrop Smart,Ensign.14L, 8s., 0d0L,00s., 0d.14L,8s.,0d.
Elisha Hutchinson,11L,19s.,3d.4L,10s.,0d.7L, 9s.,3d.
Dudley Gilman,11L,11s., 1d., 1-24L,10s., 0d. 7L,1s.,1d.,1-2 Andrew Jacobs,""""""Benjamin Stevens, """"""
Nathaniel Webster,11L,3s.,0d.4L, 10s.,6L, 13s., Jeremiah Richardson, """" "" Solomon Kenniston, """" "" Nathaniel Kimball, """" "" Jethro Bachelder, """" "" Jacob Chmberlain, """" "" Benjamin W. Dean, """" "" Benjamin Emerson," """ "" Charles Randlett, """" "" 35 men.421L, 11s.,0d.144L,0s.,0d.277L,10s., 0d.
They were out 2 months and 1 day, from the 18th of July to the 22d of September, 1777; their distance of travel, 160 miles; their pay 3d. per mile. June 9, 1778, Lieut. S. Ladd gave Joseph Badger, Esq., an orde on Col. Thomas Stickney for what was due when the service, under his command, which now exists, and is in the hands of G.W. Nesmith, Esq., Franklin.
This may certify, that Capt. Wilson drew no provisions for himself or his subalterns, and but one pound and a quarter of beef, and one pound of bread or flour per man, per day, while at Charlestown, for his company.
[Signed]Elijah Grout, Comm'y. Sept. 15, 1777.A true Copy
State of New Hampshire:
Rockingham, ss.Agreeable to orders, from Colonel Stickney. A Return of the Soldiers that I have enlisted to serve for the Parish of Loudon in the Continental Army, from the 12th day of this Instant three months, is as follows, Namely:
Timothy Batchelder, Dudley Swain, Moses Danford, Enoch Bagley, and Levi Shaw of Gilmanton, and Anthony Potter, of Concord. ~ A true Return.
Loudon, July 17, 1777.
Many of the officers besides Gen. Stark and some of the soldiers in this battle, formerely belonged to Rogers' Rangers. It is a fact worth of notice, that while these men made powerful allies for the British cause in the French War, they became terrible foes to the Crown in the war of the Revolution. Nearly every captain and probably all the higher officers, who from New Hampshire, engaged in the Revolutionary service, were from these companies of Rangers; and it was from the fact of their having been trained up in such a school, and having been inured to hardships and accustomed to the Indian mode of warfare, that they exhibited such coolness, bravery and valor, and gained such credit in the engagements at Bunker Hill, Bennington and elsewhere. The New Hampshire troops led on by the choice spirits of the Rangers, never faltered in the privations of the camp, or amidst the dangers of the battle-field. Nor would they lay down their arms till their Independence was achieved, and their country's freedom secured.
On the 19th of January, 1778, the town chose a Committee to see that the families of the noncommissioned officers and soldiers, absent in the army, are supplied with the necessaries of life, agreeably to a resolve of the Council and Assembly of the State of New Hampshire. They also instructed their Representative to vote for a full and free representation of all the people in this State to meet in Convention to form a permanent plan of Government for the State. At he annual town meeting, March 12, Col. Joseph Badger was chosen Representative to meet in Convention at Concord, on the 10th day of June, to frame a Constitution. It was further voted, that the school be kept at six places; Avery town, near Robert Moulton's, at Dr. Smith's Joshua Bean's mill, at Nehemiah Lougee's, and at Peaked Hill.
The Proprietors held a meeting on the 5th of June, and voted that Moses Morrill have the liberty of getting Iron Ore on any of the Proprietors' common lands, or ponds, for 8 years, provided that his works be erected and fitted to go into operation in 12 months from this day. Joseph Badger, Orlando Weed and William Parsons, were authorized to sell to him lot No. 18, second range, lower 100 acres, with privilege of the stream thereon, which they sold to him accordingly, and gave a deed on the 29th of July, for L180 lawful money. This sum was by vote of the Proprietors, paid to the town to aid in finishing the Congregational Meeting House.
On the 30th of November, the towns of Gilmanton and Barnstead again convened at the house of William Parsons, Jr. and chose Joseph Badger, Representative to the Assembly to meet at Exeter, on the third Wednesday in December, also carried votes for two members of the Council as before. David Weed, Hezekiah Beede, Benjamin and James Huckins, Joseph Meloon, Moses Stevens, John Marsh and Moses Page settled this year. There was no call for soldiers from Gilmanton this year, except the 20 men who enlisted for three years, and who continued in the service.