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BRIEF HISTORY OF BELKNAP CO., NEW HAMPSHIRE
Belknap County was organized December 20, 1840, from parts of northeastern Merrimack County and northwestern Strafford County. It is named for Rev. Dr. Jeremy [Jeremiah] Belknap, noted preacher, educator, naturalist, historian and author of The History of New Hampshire. Belknap county occupies the geographic center of the State, and with the adjoining county of Merrimack, is entirely surrounded by other counties. Its surface is considerably above the level of the ocean, five hundred feet at the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee, and is diversified by mountain, hill, and valley, rivers and lakes. Gilmanton Mountain is the highest elevation. Its area of about one hundred and fifty-five thousand acres of improved land is very fertile, and the soil produces good crops.


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Current communities in Belknap County include: Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, and Tilton.

Map of Belknap Co NH showing towns


TOWNS / CITIES IN BELKNAP COUNTY, New Hampshire

ALTON


BARNSTEAD
BELMONT
CENTER HARBOR
Latitude: 43.703N
Longitude: -71.509W


GILFORD
GILMANTON
Latitude: 43.424N
Longitude: -71.415W

  • History: The first white settlers arrived in Gilmanton in 1761, when the town still included all of what is now Gilford, Belmont and part of Laconia. First known as Gilmantown, the town was home to the Gilman family, of which there were 24 members receiving land grants. At one time it was the second-largest town in the state, following Portsmouth. The original town was larger than it is now, with villages and parishes including Belmont, Gunstock Parish (Gilford), Hurricane, Tioga, Factory Village, and Lakeport. A parish first called Averytown, the site of an unprofitable iron-mining enterprise, is still known as Gilmanton Iron Works. In the 1950's, Gilmanton was made reluctantly famous, or infamous, thanks to the late Grace Metalious, author of the notorious book "Peyton Place", (and later the television serious) who touched off the largest scandal in the quiet community's history.
  • Villages and Place Names: Allens Mills, Gilmanton Ironworks, Kelleys Corner, Lower Gilmanton
  • GOVERNMENT & RESEARCH:
  • GENEALOGY & HISTORY:
    • History & Genealogy: Gilmanton N.H. (TXT file) includes brief early history, early settlers and industry, the Revolutionary war in Gilmanton, divisions and subtractions from the town, involvement in the Civil War, Gilmanton Academy, Gilmanton Theological Seminary, Church history and ministers, descriptions of the villages (of Gilmanton Iron-Works and Centre Village), and Biographies & Genealogies of: Jeremiah Wilson, Hon. Thomas Cogswell Sr., Stephen L. Greeley, Esq, Andrew Mack, Esq., Rev. Daniel Lancaster, Hon. Ira Allen Eastman, Rev. Heman Rood, Nahum Wight, M.D., Russell Phillips, Thomas Durrell, and Thomas Cogswell, Jr. -- abstracts from: History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire; Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885
    • Online Book: The history of Gilmanton : embracing the proprietary, civil, literary, ecclesiastical, biographical, genealogical, and miscellaneous history, from the first settlement to the present time : including what is now Gilford, to the time it was disannexed - by Daniel Lancaster, 1845 (with maps)
    • Online Book: Joshua Bean, of Exeter, Brentwood and Gilmanton, N. H., and some of his descendants - Drummond, Josiah H., 1903 - Internet Archive
    • Free Online Books about Gilmanton NH - GoogleBooks
    • Gilmanton NH USGenWeb site [a bit outdated]
    • Gilmanton New Hampshire Serial Killer: Herman Webster Mudgett (1861-1896) - from my blog, "Cow Hampshire"
    • New Hampshire's Missing Places: Peyton Place - from my blog, "Cow Hampshire" [Grace Metalious]
    • Online Book: History of Merrimack & Belknap Co.s' NH - Gilmanton Section - Internet Archive
  • PHOTOGRAPHS:
    • Photographs: Gilmanton NH
    • Photograph: John Robert French (1819-1890) born May 28, 1819, in Gilmanton, N. H., died 2 Oct 1890; was a newspaper editor in New Hampshire, Maine, and Ohio. (He removed to Ohio in 1854). In 1861 he was appointed by Secretary Chase to a position in the Treasury department. He was appointed by President Lincoln to the board of direct-tax commissioners for the state of North Carolina in 1864. French settled in North Carolina and was elected as a Republican to Congress (1868-69). French was elected Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate (1869-79). He was the editor of the Boise City "Sun," in Idaho, until his death.
  • MAPS:

LACONIA

MEREDITH
Latitude: 43.657N
Longitude: -71.5W


NEW HAMPTON
Latitude: 43.605N
Longitude: -71.654W


SANBORNTON

TILTON
  • History: Tilton not settled until 1762 due to the French & Indian War, which ended in 1760. The first industries in Tilton were a gristmill and a sawmill on the banks of the Winnipesaukee River. A part of Sanbornton until 1869, this town was known as Sanbornton Bridge and Bridge Village. It was incorporated as Tilton, in honor of Nathaniel Tilton, whose grandson Charles was a prominent citizen of the town. Nathaniel established an iron foundry and the area's first hotel, the Dexter House. Charles donated many statues to the town, including the Tilton Arch, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School. In 1879 he donated the Town Hall on the condition that the town was never renamed. Tilton includes the village of Lochmere.
  • Villages and Place Names: East Tilton, The Plains, Winnisquam, Belmont Junction
  • GOVERNMENT & RESEARCH:
  • GENEALOGY & HISTORY:
    • History & Genealogy: Tilton, N.H. (TXT file) includes the early history and settlement of the town (of Sanbornton Bridge), the first settlers, the organization of Tilton, churches and societies, early and mid 1800 manufacturing, education, the mills, banks, brief biographies of physicians and lawyers, postmasters, town officers, The Tilton Arch, and more extensive biographies & genealogies of Charles Elliott Tilton, Alexander Hamilton Tilton, and Selwin Bancroft Peabody, - abstracts from: History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire; Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885
    • Free Online Books about Tilton New Hampshire - GoogleBooks
    • Park Cemetery, Tilton, Belknap Co., New Hampshire - tombstones for
    • Online Book: History of Merrimack & Belknap Co.s' NH - Tilton Section - Internet Archive
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