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The Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire, Seventh
Edition, Compiled by Alonzo J. Fogg. Concord, N.H.:    D.L.

were added to the settlement in
1738. Several of the early settlers
emigrated from the northern part
of Ireland. Silas Barron, son of
Moses Barron, was born A. D. 1741;
and was the first child born in
town. In 1745, James McQuade
and Robert Burns, who had been
to a neighboring town, on their re-
turn were surprised by a party of
Indians, concealed in the bushes,
near the path. Me Quade was
killed, but Burns, by running in a
zig-zag course, so confused the
enemy, that he made his escape
near Goff’s Falls. On the bank of
the river is a plot of ground sup-
posed once to have been an Indian
burying ground. Dr. Woodbury, in
company with others, in 1821, ex-
humed a part of three skeletons: one
appeared to have been buried in a
sitting position; all their heads lay
towards the south. Human bones
have been washed from the banks
of the river near these grounds.
Hon. John Orr, a distinguished
citizen of this town was in the
battle of Bennington, under Gen.
Stark, and received a wound in the'
early part of the engagement. He
died here in January 1823, aged
seventy-five years.

Incorporated May 19, 1750.

First Ministers. Rev. John
Houston, (Presby.) ordained in
1758, died in 1778; Rev. David Me
Gregor settled in 1804. A Pres-
byterian Church was formed in

Boundaries and Area. North by
Goffstown, east by Merrimack
River, which separates it from
Manchester, south by Merrimack
::nd west by Amherst and New
Boston. Area, 20,000 acres. Im-
proved land 11,781 acres.

Distances. Twenty-one miles
south from Concord, eight north-
east from Amherst, and four west
from Manchester.

Railroads. Concord Railroad
passes through this town. When
completed, the Manchester and
Ashburnham Railroad will also
pass through it.


Belknap Co. Belmont is one
of the most important farming
towns in the State, ranking as the
twenty-first in value of agricultu-
ral products. The surface is brok-
en with hills and valleys, affording
some very fine scenery. The soil
is deep, well cultivated, and pro-
diices excellent crops of corn,
wheat, oats and hay. No town in
the county, in proportion to the
number of acres cultivated, ex-
ceeds Belmont in value of agricul-
tural products.

Streams and Mountains. A con-
siderable stream rises in the north-
west section of Gilmanton, and
runs in a southerly direction
through this town, discharging its
water into the Winnepiseogee Riv-
er, and affording some very good
water privileges in its course. A
part of Suncook Mountains lie
in the north-east section of the

Scenery. The beautiful and ro-
mantic scenery of this town at-
tracts the attention of many tour-
ists, who visit it through the warm
season of the year. There is a
pleasant and busy village called
Factory Village.

Employments. Agriculture is
the principal employment of the
people, although manufacturing is
carried on to a considerable extent.

700.000 feet of boards, &e., and

450.000 shingles are annually pro-


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