Merrimack County New Hampshire - Genealogy and History
 

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BRIEF HISTORY OF MERRIMACK CO., NEW HAMPSHIRE
Merrimack County New Hampshire was organized in 1823, and is named for the Merrimack River. It was formed by taking towns from northern Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. In 1844 its original size was reduced by the creation of Belknap County.

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Merrimack County Specific Resources


DOCUMENTS (this site) for genealogical research - unique to this web site!

These documents often refer to resident living on numbered roads (i.e., road #1, #25, etc). These roads can be viewed on the 1885 cheshire county map seen below.

SEE "History of Merrimack and Belknap counties, New Hampshire - Hurd, Duane Hamilton at Internet Archive (searchable book) for more details on each of the towns below.


OTHER AREAS OF RESEARCH FOR MERRIMACK COUNTY, NH

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If you are looking for town/city specific resources, click the blue hyperlink or the map of the town name you want.

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If you want to know about general genealogy resources (such as how to find vital records, deeds and other documents), visit the "Genealogical Research" section.


Current communities in Merrimack County include:


TOWNS / CITIES IN MERRIMACK COUNTY, New Hampshire

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ANDOVER
BOSCAWEN
BOW


BRADFORD
CANTERBURY
  • Brief History of Canterbury New Hampshire: Canterbury was incorporated in 1741. It was first granted in 1727, the town was named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury in England is famous for its cathedral, and for being the center of English Christianity since 597 AD. The town was originally a fort or trading post where the Penacook Indians came to trade. Canterbury was home to the last colony of Shakers, and the Canterbury Shaker Village is now a museum.
  • Villages and Place Names: Boyce, Canterbury Station, Canterbury Center, Hills Corner, Kezer Seminary, Shaker Village
  • GOVERNMENT & RESEARCH:
  • HISTORY & GENEALOLOGY:
    • History & Genealogy: Canterbury, N.H. -- TXT file (this site) Includes listings of those who served during the revolutionary War and references to biographies of important men.
    • Online Book: History of Canterbury NH, (section) from History of Merrimack and Belknap counties, New Hampshire, 1889 - Hurd, Duane Hamilton at Internet Archive (searchable)
    • Online Books: Annual Reports of Canterbury, New Hampshire for various years, including vital records, births marriages and deaths for years between 1860-2008
    • Online Book: The Town register 1909: Epsom, Canterbury, Loudon, Deerfield, Northwood, Chichester - Mitchell-Cony Company, Inc
    • Online Book: Inventory of the town archives of New Hampshire (1941), No. 7, Merrimack County -- Canterbury, by the NH Historical Records Survey
  • MUSEUMS and INTERESTING PLACES:
  • PHOTOGRAPHS:
    • Diagram of the south part of Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH
    • American Memory: Shaker Church Family Firehouse & Powerhouse, Shaker Village Road, Canterbury, c. 1931
    • American Memory: Shaker Church Family Broom & Carpenters' Shop, Shaker Village Road, Canterbury, c 1931
    • Historic Building:CANTERBURY: Shaker Buildings (multiple) - American Memory/HABS
    • Canterbury: Photograph - Stephen Symonds Foster (1809-1881) - b. 17 Nov 1809 in Canterbury NH, son of Asa & Sarah (Morrill) Foster; he died 8 Sep 1881 in Worcester, Mass.; Abolitionist and reformer; Rejecting a career in the ministry because he felt the church was not a genuine upholder of Christian principles, he tried to make a living as an anti-slavery lecturer. He was a close friend of William Lloyd Garrison. He married Abigail "Abby" Kelley, abolitionist lecturer and pioneer in women's rights at New Brighton PA Dec 21, 1845. Foster wrote an anti-slavery pamphlet in 1843, "The Brotherhood of Thieves," which went through more than twenty editions. In 1860 living in Worcester MA;. She was born in Pelham, Mass., Jan. 15, 1811. She was of Irish-Quaker parentage and was educated at the Friends school, Providence, R.I. She taught in Worcester, Millbury and Lynn, Mass. In 1837 she gave up her school and became a public lecturer in the anti-slavery movement. She is accredited with being the first woman in America to address mixed audiences on a political subject, and she was received with great disfavor. She helped to organize the Webster anti-slavery society, and in 1840 was admitted as a member of the American anti-slavery society, which act caused a division in the society. She made lecturing tours through the middle states, and while in Pennsylvania met Stephen Symonds Foster, the well known abolition agitator, and married him. They continued their work together, and in 1850 they took up the advocacy of woman suffrage and prohibition, spending their leisure time between lecture engagements on her farm near Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Foster objected to the principle of taxation without representation, and suffered her cows to be sold, and finally her farm, rather than pay taxes when not allowed to vote. She died in Worcester, Mass., Jan. 14, 1887.
    • Pinterest: Canterbury NH Photographs
    • Flickr: Canterbury NH Photographs
    • Google Photographs: Canterbury NH
  • MAPS

CHICHESTER

CONCORD

DANBURY

DUNBARTON

EPSOM
FRANKLIN (city)

HENNIKER


HILL


HOOKSETT


HOPKINTON


LOUDON


NEW LONDON


NEWBURY


NORTHFIELD


PEMBROKE

PITTSFIELD

SALISBURY

SUNCOOK

Suncook is a census-designated place (CDP) in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,379 at the 2010 census Approximately 2/3 of Suncook village is located in the town of Pembroke, with the remainder in Allenstown. [SEE ALLENSTOWN or PEMBROKE for History, etc.]

Resources for Suncook NH:

"Complete business directory of Franklin, Concord, Suncook, Hooksett, Manchester, Nashua, Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Merrimack, Amesbury and Salisbury, and Newburyport." W.A. Greenough & Co., Boston, 1872-1873


SUTTON

WARNER


WEBSTER

WILMOT

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