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.
At the annual town meeting, March 11, 1779, Col. Samuel Greely's school district was set off; six hundred pounds were raised for highways, and L5 per day were allowed for a man and the same for oxen. Lieut. Ebenezer Eastman appeared and paid a fine for not serving as constable. On the 16th of July, Capt. Nathaniel Wilson and Capt. John Moody were appointed to hire the soldiers wanted from this town, to make up the Continental Battalions, at any price; and then lay a tax on the town to pay them. On the 30th of July, this Committee reported the names of men who could be hired. The town voted to employ them, and to raise L1119 1s. to pay those who had already done service.
On the 8th of November, there was a town meeting to choose a Committee, to fix the prices of things, agreeably to the recommendation of the Convention. A tax was raised at this meeting to hire soldiers, amounting to L757 0s. 8d. Moses Stevens was sued for his taxes for the year 1778. Joseph Osgood, Isaac Bachelder, Edward Folsom, Joseph Young, Reuben Perkins, Paul Bickford, Caleb James, Dr. Jonathan Hill, became in habitants of the town.