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 12th of February, 1781, the town voted to raise money sufficient to hire the quota of men called for from Gilmanton, in the Continental Army, and chose a Committee to hire them. At the annual meeting, Mar. 8, the town raised L1200 lawful money, to meet the town expenses, and authorized the Selectmen to provide the beef required as this town's proportion to supply the Continental Army. At a meeting of the town, May 7th, it was agreed to choose a delegate to the Convention at Concord, for the purpose of forming a Constitution for the State. At another meeting of the town, called July 6th, it was voted to hire the soldiers needed from Gilmanton, to fill up the Continental Army, and that the town will pay them wages for the time they are out, in addition to what they may draw from the State. And it was further agreed that those who are disposed to class among themselves and furnish soldiers, shall be exempted from any penalty to which the town may be exposed, in case soldiers are not obtained.
In September of this year, a portion of the militia was called into the service, consisting of Peter Gilman, Ensign, Nicholas Gilman, 3d Sergeant, Reuben Perkins, Samuel Sibley, son of William Sibley, John Chase, son of James Chase, James Allen, Edward Bean and Joseph Crosby. The service commenced Sept. 6, 1781, and they were discharged Nov. 6, 1781, having been out 2 months.
Six hundred pounds were put into the hands of Joseph Badger to carry on the suit between Moses Stevens and the town.
The marriages recorded this year were 8. The settlers were Benjamin Woodbridge Dean, Abraham Folsom, George Montgomery, Ezekiel Gilman, Benjamin Stevens, Daniel Evans, Stephen Gilman, Josiah Weeks, Elisha Swett, John Bradbury, Daniel Gale, Samuel Folsom Gilman and Nathaniel Webster.