History of the town of Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire
History of the town of Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, from the grant by Mason's assigns, in 1751, to the year 1860; written by Caleb Stark; published at Concord, NH c. 1860.
The incidents attending the settlement and onward progress of an inland agricultural town, cannot be expected to interest others than its residents, or the descendants of its early proprietors, the "forefathers of the hamlet," whose honored graves are located amidst the scenes of their former toil.
This location is noticed in Haywood's New-England Gazetteer as follows:
The first settlement is supposed to have been made by James Rogers and Joseph Putney. The precise time is not known, although probably several years prior to 1746.
Each researcher will be enabled to peruse a summary account of the settlement and progress of their Dunbarton, New Hampshire, amidst whose formerly dense forests their adventurous ancestors established their abodes, without the trouble of tracing particulars through the records of the first one hundred and nine years.
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Accidental Deaths in Dunbarton, New Hampshire prior to 1860
The wife of John Mills was frozen to death, while proceeding from Capt. Oliver Bailey's house, over the hill, east of the place where Oliver Bailey, Jr., once dwelt.
Mrs. Archelaus Colby wandered from home while insane, and died in the woods. She was missing several months. Her bones were found by a hunter, in Goftstown. Her husband was drowned in Kimball's pond, while crossing on the ice.
Mrs. Eleazer Butters was killed by being thrown from a horse, between Goffstown and Dunbarton.
James Rogers was shot by a hunter, having, on account of his bear-skin dress, been mistaken for a bear.
Dr. Jeremiah P. Tenney, Leonard Parker, Stephen Stark, Ebenezer Butler, (at Stark's mill-pond, June, 1821) Parmlee Holmes, a son of Paltiah Brown, Esq., drowned.
Jeremiah Stinson, in 1809, died of injuries received by falling upon a pitch-fork; Capt. Joseph Leach, being crushed by a cart-wheel; Col. Warren Story, by the kick of a horse ; Mrs. John Page, by being thrown from a wagon. Ebenezer Bailey died of injuries received on the Lawrence Railroad; old Mr. Andros was injured by a cross cow, and died. Mr. Benjamin Perley, senior, was burned in his house. Dr. James Stark, son of the late Dr. S., of Hopkinton, was, in 1847-8, found dead in Dunbarton woods. He came to hunt, with only his dog for a companion. His horse he had tied by the roadside, where it remained all night and part of the next day. He was not known by those who found him. His horse, however, took a direction, when loosed and a driver was in the seat, towards home. His death was probably caused by the accidental discharge of his own gun. His faithful dog was found watching his remains. He went to the road occasionally, barked, and returned to the woods. He was found by two persons hunting for squirrels. It was an afflicting accident, and his untimely fate was deeply lamented. The wife of Captain Oliver Bailey died in consequence of a fall down the cellar stairs. Mr. Clark Bailey, who had been for several years in a state of mental despondency, hanged himself. The wife of Darius M. Richards committed suicide by hanging herself in a barn, now the property of Capt. B. Whipple.