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Husbandman


Northwood


Benj" Johnson


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Husbandman


Northwood


Amos Fernald


24


Cordwainer


Lee


James Thompson


26


Joiner


Durham



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Total 68 men including the Captain, which said men are good effective able
bodied men mustered & received by me June 2<i 1775,

per Sami Hobart.
N. B. The aforesaid men took the oath proposed by the Hon' Congress, at
the same time, before me

Sam' Hobart Jus Pads,

Moses Meader was received by the committee instead of John
Johnson. Another Roll shows that John Griffin and Zebulon
Drew were lieutenants, Tobias Leighton, Micah Davis, John
Neal, and Daniel Shaw were sergeants; David Cops, John Stir-
bourd, John Drisco and Enoch Green were corporals; John Col-
lins was drummer and William Adams was fifer.

A pay roll of this company omits these names, \iz., Thomas
Ellison, Josiah Burnham, Dudley Davis, John Clough, and Joseph
Leighton. It adds, however, the names of John Couch, Timothy
Davis, Hatevil Leighton of Newington, Stephen Xoble, Samuel
Runolds, Peter Stillings of Newmarket, Benjamin Small of Lee,
John Shepherd of Barrington, Samuel Thompson, Vincent Torr,
James Underwood, Jonathan Williams, Samuel Yeaton, and
Thomas F'ootman. All were of Durham except the four other-
wise designated.

Tradition says that many people in Durham escorted Winborn
Adams' company as far as the Newmarket line, where prayer was
offered by the Rev. John Adams, cousin to Winborn. At the
close of the prayer half the military company were in tears.
We can well believe this tradition after reading John Adams'
letter to the patriots of Boston.

Association Test of Lee, 17/6

It is said above that the soldiers of Winborn Adams' company
took the oath proposed by the Honorable Congress. No other
Association Test of Durham has been found. The Re\'. John
Adams in his letter to the patriots of Boston says of the people
of Durham, '"We are with you to a man." Perhaps this is the
reason why there was no test. That of Lee is here presented
because it contains the names of so many persons belonging to
Durham families. All these promised to oppose the British
forces, to the utmost of their power, at the risk of their lives and
fortunes. The names are here arranged alphabetically for con-
venience of the reader.



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HISTORY OF DURHAM



Thomas Arlcn
Philbrook Barker
Josiah Bartlet
Micajah Bickford
Samuel Bickford
William Ely
James Brackett
Joseph Brackett
Benjamin Braily?
Benjamin Bodge
Mr. Samuel Bodge
Josiah Burley
Samuel Burley
Ebenczer Burnum
Joshua Burnam
Joshua Burnham Jr.
Benj" Clark
Isaac Clark
James Clemens
Geiorge Chale
Daniel Chele
Lemuel Chesley
Zaccheus Clough
James Davis
Clement Davis
John Davis
David Davis
John Davis
Moses Dame
Hunking Dame
Cornilus Dinsmore
Elijah Dinsmore
Jonathan Dow
Benjamin Durgin
Josiah Dergien
Samuel Durgin
Joseph Doe
George Duch
John Emerson
Samuel Emerson
Smith Emerson
Anthony Fling
John FoUett
Joseph Follett
Peter Folsom
Elijah Fox
Nathaniel Frost
William French



Dimond Furnald
Amos Furnald
Eli Furber
Jonathan Fisk
Ruel Giles
William Gliden
John Glover
William Goen
Edward Hill
Reuben Hill
Samuel Hill
Richard Hull
Thomas Hunt
Sam. Hutchin
Thomas Huckins Jr.
Jeremiah Hutchins
Bennan Jackson
Samuel Jackson
Ebenezer Jones
E. Jones Jr.
Benjamin Jones
George Jones
John Jones
Joseph Jones
Benjamin Jones
A-Iatthias Jones
John Kinnison
Josiah Kinnison
Samuel Langmaid
Samuel Langley
Thomas Langley
Edward Leathers
John Leathers
John Layn
Gideon Mathes
Samuel Mathes
Nicholas Meder
John Mendum
Timothy Moses
Timothy Muncy
Thomas Noble
Robert Parker
Joseph Pitman
John Putnam
Ebenezer Randel
Miles Randel
Simon Rindel
Enoch Runels



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Job Runels
Moses Runales
Jonathan Runals
Job Runels Jr.
John Sanborn
Edward Scales
Ephm Sherburne
Daniel Shaw
John Sias
Joseph Sias
Samuel Smith
Samuel Snell Jr.
Isaac Small
Jonathan Stevens
Nathaniel Stevens
Stephen Stevens
Samuel Stevens
William Stevens
Jonathan Thompson
Tolman Thompson
Henry Tufts
Thomas Tuffts



George Tuttle
Thomas Tuttle
Henry Tufts Jr.
Nicholas Tuttle
Andrew Watson
Eleson Watson
Joseph Watson
James Watson
William Waymouth
Ezekiel Wille
Stephen Wille
Thomas Wille
Zebulon Wiley
Zekiel Wille
Samuel Wille
John Williams
Edward Woodman
Samuel Woodman
Joshu3. Woodmarch
John Wiggin
Robert York
Thomas York



The following men in Lee refused to sign the Test, some for
conscientious reasons, because they were Friends. Among the
latter were the Cartland, Jenkins, Meader and Bunker families.
The Association Test papers were signed by Ichabod Whidden
and William Laskey, as Selectmen: .



William Calwell
Joseph Emerson
James Bunker
Joseph Cartlin
Richard Glover
Aaron Hanson
William Jenkins



William Jenkins Jr.
Joseph Meder
Samuel Lamas
David Munce\'
Charles Rundet
Robert Thompson
John Siicll



The following is a copy of a paper that was in the possession-
of the late Stephen Millett Thompson and needs no explanation:

We the Subscribers, thinking it a Duty incumbent upon us at all Times (but
more especially at this alarming Juncture) to lend our Aid & Assistance as
far as in us lays for the Defence of our Country and of those Priviledges &
Liberties which God & our Ancestors of happy memory have handed down
to us; and as our restless and implacable Enemies are forccably endeavoring
to deprive us of them: Therefore it behooves us to exert ourselves to the utmost
of our Power in their Defence, which cannot be done unless we are properly
ofificer'd and fixed with Arms and .\mmunition. In Consideration of the above
wc have come unto the following agreement —



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Viz. That we will assemble and meet at Durham Falls, on Monday the tenth
day of July next ensuing, at two of the Clock in the Afternoon, then and there
to choose a Chief Officer and two Subalterns, and such other under Officers as
the Company then met shall think proper, which said Officers shall be chosen
out of the Subscribers to this Agreement, and shall have it in their Power to
order Meetings for the future, as often as they shall think necessary and con-
venient. And we engage that we will do our utmost Endeavor to provide our-
selves with well fixed Firelocks, Powder and Balls sufficient for them, as can
be procured, and that without any Delay. And further we engage that we will
when ordered to assemble, and while assembled, pay proper Regard, & be under
due Subordination & Subjection to our said Officers, in as full and ample man-
ner, as we should were they commissioned by the highest Power.

In Confirmation of all and every Part of the above Agreement, we have set
our Hands this twenty ninth Day of June A. D. 1775.

Jere Folsom Ju', Edward Winslowi (?), Josp Stevens, Alpheus Chesley,
Ephraim Folsom, Solomon Davis, Jonathan Woodman Jun., Robert Hill,
Lemuel Jackson, Jonathan Bickford, Steven Jones, Wilam Cotten, E. Thomp-
son, John Folsom, Theophilus Hardy, Albert Dennier, Nath' Hill, Timothy
Medar, Enoch Jackson, Jona Chesley, John Welsh, Jona Woodman 3d, Patrick
Cogan, Sam' Wigglesworth, Thos Pinkham, John Hill, Thomas Edgerly, Samuel
Chesle, John Thompson, John Crockit, Jonathan Woodman, Arch Woodman,
Timothy Emerson, Eliakim Bickford, Abednego Spencer, Daniel Rogers,
Benja Chesle Ju'.

The remainder of the paper, containing additional names,
has been lost. The whole list is thought to have had about one
hundred names. Many of the above afterward served in the
Revolutionary Army.

At a town meeting held 11 December 1775 "Ebenezer Thomp-
son Esq'' was chosen to Represent the Town of Durham in General
Congress to be held at Exeter on the 21st Day of December cur-
rent at 6 o'clock in the afternoon and impowered to act in s*^
Capacity for the Term of one Year. Either as a member of the
Congress or if such a Government should be assumed by a
Recommendation from the Continental Congress as would require
a House of Representatives, the s'^ Thompson to become a mem-
ber of the House agreeable to the within Notification." Here,
then, is Durham's first representative in the State's revolutionary
government.

Durham kept sending men to the front and supplying their
families while they were in the army. At first the volunteers
were many and for short periods of service. Later it was more
difficult to get men to inlist for three years or during the war.
Bounties were offered to volunteers. March 31, 1777, Col.

'Probably Edward Winslow Emerson.



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Samuel Chesley, Capt. Timothy Emerson and Capt. John Burnam
were appointed a committee to draw upon the selectmen of Dur-
ham "for any sum they in their prudence may think sufficient
to use and apply for hiring men to compleat our quota." The
men so hired helped to fill up three Continental Battalions then
raised in New Hampshire.

The inflation of prices caused by the war made it necessary to
fix the prices of necessary provisions for the families of soldiers,
and the price of Indian corn was fixed at four shillings per bushel,
of salted pork at seven pence and a half per pound, and of beef
at three pence and a half per pound, the town paying the balance,
if such articles could not be obtained at such prices. The town
records declare that Widow Sarah Colbath was aided like the
wives of soldiers and that "John Hull have the Cow that was
purchased by the town committee for his family in his absence,
he paying the s'^ Committee Eighteen Dollars for the Use of the
Town." The committee were instructed at the same time to
buy sixty bushels of corn and two thousand pounds of beef for
the use of the families of soldiers. A bounty of $303 was paid to
David Kynaston in 1779, and in 1781 Jonathan Chesley was
voted "4600 Dollars" for advancing the money to the said Kynas-
ton, or Kenniston, showing the rapid inflation of currency.
March 29, 1779, the town voted to "pay the Wid° Susanna
Crown twenty Dollars toward her support she having lost her
Husband in the service of the United States." This is the first
time the United States are mentioned in the town records. In
1779 five men volunteered to join the expedition to Rhode Island,
and the town paid them $100 above the State bounty. Two of
the men were James Thomas and Trucworthy Davis Durgin.

The Committee of Safety, Inspection and Correspondence for
1777 and 1778 consisted of Ebenezer Thompson, Esq., John
Smith, 3d, Esq., Moses Emerson, Esq., Valentine Mathes, Esq.,
Benjamin Smith, Esq., Joseph Stevens, Esq., Col. Alpheus Ches-
ley, Capt. Thomas Chesley, Mr. John Thompson, James Gilmor,
Esq., Mr. Jonathan Woodman, Jr., Mr. Nathaniel Hill and Capt.
Timothy Emerson. The committee for 1779 was the same except
that Lieut. Benjamin Chesley was substituted for his father,
C^apt. Thomas Chesley, deceased. The committee for 1780
consisted of Ebenezer Thompson, Esq., Mr. John Thompson,

Valentine Mathes, Esq., Capt. Timothy Emerson, Col. Alpheus
9



130 HISTORY OF DURHAM

Chelsey, Joseph Stevens, Esq., James Gilmor, Esq., Lieut.
Benjamin Chesley, Mr. Nathaniel Hill, John Smith, 3d, Mr.
Jonathan Woodman, Hon. Gen. Sullivan, and Col. Samuel Ches-
ley. The committee for 1781 included Mr. Jonathan Chesley
and Capt. John Grifin, and omitted John Thompson and Alpheus
Chesley.

In 1779 a committee appointed to consider the inflated prices
and depreciation of paper currency reported a series of resolves
to be signed by voluntary subscribers, to the effect that they
would not ask more for certain commodities than the prices
established by the committee and that such prices should be
changed only in agreement with Portsmouth and neighboring
towns. The following persons signed the agreement, Alpheus
Chesley, Jacob Joy, Ebenezer Chesley, William Jackson, Enoch
Jackson, Samuel Chesley, Philip Chesley, Thomas Dame, Jona-
than Williams, James Gilmor, James Leighton, Lem Jackson,
Benjamin Bunker, Ebenezer Meserve, Jeremiah Burnham,
Samuel Hicks, Eliphalet Wiggin, Benmor Duda, Samuel Joy,
Joseph Chesley, Jr., Ephraim Clough, Benjamin Doe, Jr., James
Drisco, Joseph Rendal, Pike Burnam, Samuel Nutter and Robert
Lapish.

On the 1 8th of October, 1779, the report of a committee was
accepted, fixing the price of merchandize and country produce
in pounds and shillings of greatly depreciated currency. Silver
and gold coins were not in circulation, having been bought up
by speculators. The following list is instructive as showing the
necessities of life and their comparative values:

West India Rum per gallon, £6.12; New England Rum, 5.2; Molasses per
gal, 4.13, Coffee per pound, £0.18; Sugar from 12s to 14s per pound; Tea per
pound, 6.6, Chocolate, 1.7; Cotton Wool per pound, £2; salt of the best quality
per bushel, £9; New England made salt, £6; Indian Corn, per bushel, 4.10;
Rye, 6; Wheat, 9; Oats, 2.5; Peas, best quality, 9; Beans, 9; Beef, Mutton,
Lamb and veal by the quarter, 4 shillings per pound; Hides per pound, 3.6;
Pork by the Hog, per pound, 6 shillings; Butter, per pound, 12 s; Cheese, 6s;
English Hay per ton, £30; German Steel per pound £1.16; Bloomery Iron per c,
£30; Cider at the press per barrel, £5.8; Flax well dressed per pound, 12s;
Sheep wool, £1.10; Sole Leather per pound, £1.1; Upper Leather, well cured,
per side, £12; Green Calf Skin, £2.14; Calf Skin dressed at a medium, £6;
Side of Leather Suitable for Saddles, £13.4; Laborer per day found as usual,
£2.2; Tradesmen that work abroad and are found as usual, £3.3; Blacksmiths
for shoeing a horse all round, steel corcks, £6; Shifting a set of shoes, £1.16;
Axes, £7.10; Mens Shoes of the best quality from £7 to £8 per pair; Best Womens



HISTORY OF DURHAM I3I

shoes, £6; Cabinet makers to have no more than 20 for i from the price of
1774; Felt Hats, £6; Tailors to have £18 for a suit of plain Cloaths and other
work in like proportion; Innholcters, for Dinners, £1 ;for Breakfasts and suppers,
15s; Horse keeping to Hay, £1.4; Toddy per bowl, 15s; Cyder per mug, 5s;
Oats per mess, 7s; Tallow handles per pound, 15s; Letters of horses to have 4s
per mile out and nothin in; Potatoes and Turnips of the best quality, 24s
per bushel; Wood per cord, £13.10; Good Saddle, £52.16; Bridle, — ; Poultry
— ; Hogs fat, per pound, 13s; Winter apples per bushel, i8s; All articles of
country- produce, manufacture, or labour not herein enumerated to be at 20
for 1 from the price in the year 1774.

In this list the relative price of labor is the most interesting
item. A laborer would have to work three days to get a gallon
of rum, then considered more a necessity than molasses, or three
days for a pound of tea, or two days for a bushel of corn, or nearly
four days for a pair of shoes. Who will say that labor is not better
paid today? But is the shoemaker of the factories today better
off than the independent cordwainer that went from house to
house in those times? Is the sweat-shop of modern tailors to
be preferred to the changing work-shops of those who then made
clothes? Have times improved? It is the comparative inequali-
ties that distress and oppress wage-workers.

From various sources, chiefly from the Revolutionary Rolls,
as published in the State Papers of New Hampshire, have been
gathered the names of the men from Durham and Lee who served
as soldiers in the War for the Independence of the Colonies.

Adams, Lt-Col. Winborn Burnham Josiah (Lee)

Adams, William, fifer Burnham Edward

Adams, Ensign Samuel Burnham, Ensign James

Applebei-, Joseph Burnham Pike

Applebeo Thomas Buss John

Branscomb Arthur Burnham Paul
Adams Peter (negro on ship Raleigh) Burnham Samuel

Bennett Ebenezer Carson Robert

Bickford, Eliakim Chesley, Aaron,

Bickford Eli (Lee) . Chesley, Col. Alpheus

Bickford Ephraim (Lee) Chesley Ebenezer

Bickford Josiah (Lee) Chesley Jonathan

Bickford Joseph Chesley Samuel

Bickford Samuel Clark Samuel Hill

Blaisdell Abijah Clough John

Bofife Jesse Clough Samuel

Bunker Zacheus Clough Lt. Zacheus

Bunker Enoch, Corp. Cogan Patrick

Burnham Benjamin (Lee) Colbath Benjamin



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HISTORY OP DURHAM



Colbath Dcpendance
Colbath Downing
Colbath John
Colkins John, Drummer
Copps David, Corp.
Couch John
Critchet Elias (Lee)
Crommit Moses
Crommett James
Crommett PhiHp
Crommett Ebenezer
Crommett Thomas, Ens.
Cromwell Samuel
Creecy William
Crown William
Dame, John

Daniels Eliphalet, Capt.
Daniels Nathaniel (Lee)

Davis David

Davis Micah, Sergt.

Davis Clement

Davis Philip

Davis Thomas

Davis Timothy

Davis John (Lee)

Doe Jonathan

Doe Joshua

Duda Lemuel

Drew Andrew

Drew Zebulon Lt.

Drew Francis

Drisco John

Demeritt Samuel

Durgin Benjamin

Durgin David

Durgin Joseph

Durgin Josiah (Lee)

Durgin Henry

Durgin Levi

Durgin Philip

Durgin Trueworthy D.

Durgin Eliphalet Lt.

Dunsmore Elijah Capt. (Lee)

Dutch Jeremiah

Dutch John

Edgerly Sergt. Thomas

Edgerly James

Emerson Moses, Commissai'y



Emerson Capt. Smith
Emerson Timothy
Fernald Amos (Lee)
Fowler Philip
Frost Nicliolas (Lee)
Frost Nathaniel (Lee)
Frost Winthrop (Lee)
Footman Thomas
Footman John
Green, Corp. Enoch
Gerrish Timothy
Glidden Gideon
Glover John
Griffin, Lt. John
Hall Benjamin (Lee)
Hall Sergt. James (Lee)
Hall John

Hicks Benjamin (Lee)
Hill Wille (Lee)
Hill Thomas (Lee)

Hull John

Jenkins Nathaniel (Lee)

Johnson John

Johnson Andrew

Kinnistin Josiah (Lee)

Kynaston David

Kent Robert

Kent, Ebenezer

Langley David

Layn Capt. John (Lee)

Leathers, Enoch

Leathers John

Leathers Jonathan

Leathers Edward (Lee)

Leathers Thomas

Leathers Robert

Leighton James

Leighton, Lt. Tobias

Leighton, John?

Leighton Valentine

Mann David

Martin Dan (Negro)

Martin Sidon (Lee)

Mathews Gideon

Mallin Mathew

McDaniel James (Lee)

Meader Moses

Meader Nicholas



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133



Mitchell John

Mooney Benjamin

Mooney, Col. Hercules

Mooney John

Munsey Timothy (Lee)

Neal John

Noble Stephen

Noble John

Norton John

Norton Thomas

Pendergast Edmund

Perry Abraham

Pinder Scrgt. Jeremiah

Pinkham Abijah

Pinkham Isaac (Lee)

Pinkham Paul (Lee)

Pinkham Thomas

Polluck John

Pinder iienjamin

Rand David

Rand John

Randall Joseph

Rogers Daniel

Reynolds Abraham

Richards Bartholomew

Runnels Enoch (Lee)

Runnels Capt. Samuel

Runnels Israel (Lee)

Runnels Moses (Lee)

Runnels Stephen

Runnels Solomon

Ryan James

Ryan Michael

Scales Samuel (Lee)

Scammell, Gen. Alexander

Sawyer Samuel

Shaw Daniel (Lee)

Sias John (Lee)

Sias, Capt. Benjamin

Smart William

Smith Benjamin

Smith Edward

Smith John

Smith Joseph

Small Benjamin (Lee)



Small Isaac (Lee)

Spencer John

Starboard, Ens. John

Starboard Stephen

Spencer Abednego

Spencer Moses

Spencer Robert

Stevens John (Lee)

Stevens Nathaniel (Lee)

Sullivan, Gen. John

Tash, Col. Thomas

Torr Vincent

Thomas, Lt. Joseph

Thomas Stephen Jones

Thomas, Sergt. James

Thompson James

Thompson Samuel

Thompson Thomas

Tobnie Patrick

Tucker Stephen B.

Tuttle Capt. George

Tuttle Nicholas

Tuttle Isaac

Tufts Henry

Underwood, James

Ward Samuel

Wille Robert

Wille Ezekiel

Wille Thomas

Williams Joseph

Williams Jonathan

Williams Samuel

Weeks Jedediah

Welch Benjamin (Lee)

Whitten Mark (Lee)

White James

Williams John (Lee)

Wigglesworth Surgeon Samuel

Woodman Lt. Arch?laus

Woodman Edward Jr.

Woodman Sergt. Joshua

Yeaton Samuel

Young Jeremy

York Samuel



It is impossible to trace the military record and life history of
all the men of Durham who took part in the struggle for national




Gen. John Sullivan



HISTORY OF DURHAM 1 35

freedom. It would not be fitting, however, to publish a history
of Durham without saying the few words that space permits
about some of the soldiers of the Revolution.

Gen. John Sullivan was born in Berwick,^ Me., 17 February
1740, son of the Irish schoolmaster, John Sullivan, and his wife,
Margery Browne. He was educated mainly by his father and
studied law with Judge Samuel Livermore of Portsmouth, settling
in Durham as its first lawyer soon after 1760. He purchased of
the heirs of Dr. Samuel Adams, 19 December 1764, the house
since known as the Sullivan house, near the monument that the
State erected to his memory. He is mentioned in the town record
in 1 77 1, when he was chosen overseer of the poor. He soon be-
came well known as a lawyer of learning, eloquence and forensic
ability. Prosperity enabled him to purchase the water privilege
at Packer's Falls and to erect, soon after 1770, six mills, including
corn-mill, saw-mill, fulling-mill, and scythe-mill. We have seen
the part he took in the capture of military stores at Fort William
and Mary. He was commissioned major in 1772. He was dele-
gate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775, where he took
an active part and urged the declaration of independence. He
was appointed brigadier general in 1775 and served at the siege of
Boston, after which he served in the expedition to Canada and
conducted the retreat. He was promoted to be major general 29
July 1776. He took part in engagements about New York,
where he was captured but soon exchanged, and in the battles of
Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germanton. He spent the
winter at Valley Forge and commanded the expedition to Rhode
Island. He scourged out of the Susquehanna Valley the Indian
murderers of Wyoming, for which service monuments have been
erected in his honor. Through impaired health and the pressing
needs of his family he resigned his otifice, 9 November 1779. He
w^as again delegate to Congress in 1780 and 1781. The office of
attorney general was conferred upon him in 1782 and was held
till 1786. It is remarkable that a son and a grandson held the
same ofKice. He had a prominent part in the formation of the

•The Rev. Alonzo Quint D.D., in his oration at the dedication of the Sullivan monument
in Durham, claims that Gen. John Sullivan was born in Somersworth. The evidence seems
insufficient to the present writer. Berwick points out the exact spot where he was born. In
1737 the parish of Somersworth voted " that Mr. John Sullivan be the schoolmaster for the
;nsuing year, voted John Sullivan to sweep and take care of the meeting house & to have
thirty shillings," — See Knapp's Historical Sketch of Somersworth, p. 28. This was three
years before Gen. John Sullivan was born.




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Constitution of New Hampshire and was thrice elected president,
or governor, of the state, 1786-87, 1789. He was also speaker of
the House. He was made by President Washington first Judge
of the United States District Court of New Hampshire, in which
ofifice he died. He was also the first Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Free Masons of New Hampshire.

It is of equal interest to the inhabitants of Durham to know
how he served his town. He was chosen agent for the proprietors
of Durham, 22 May 1769. He was moderator of town meetings
eight times, 1781-1788, on the Committee of Correspondence,
Inspection and Safety, 1 774-1 781, overseer of the poor, 1771,
1784, assessor and commissioner, 1788, on the school committee
for the Falls District, 1780.

He was the first president of the New Hampshire branch of
the Society of the Cincinnati, and meetings of that society
were held in Durham in the years 1 788-1 792.

The Sullivan Lodge of Knights of Pythias is so named in honor
of an illustrious townsman.

His patriotism and ability in war and peace have been recog-
nized in the erection of the monument in front of his old residence,
27 September 1894, with the following inscription:

In Memory of

JOHN SILLI\AN

Born February 17, 1740

Died January 23, 1795

Erected by the state of New Hampshire

upon the site of the Meeting House
under which was stored the gunpowder
taken from Fort William and Mary.

The reader, doubtless, will be interested to see a picture of
another monument that commemorates the victorious campaign
of Gen. Sullixan in the Susquehanna Valley. The illustration
is here presented through the courtesy of the American Irish
Historical Society, which published a full report of the pro-
ceedings at the dedication of the monument. On that occasion,
Lynde Sullivan, Esq., of Boston, whose summer residence is
in the old Sullivan house in Durham, gave the principal his-
torical address, in which many interesting details are given of



138 HISTORY OF DURHAM

the life of Gen. John SuUivan. A noble poem was read by Joseph



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