This brand new spiral-bound booklet is a reprint of a rare book by Grant Powers, published in Haverhill New Hampshire in 1841 by J.F.C. Hayes and titled Historical Sketches in Coos Country and Vacinity 1754-1785. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper. The original book was badly stained when we acquired it and appears to have been printed on a very low grade of paper, which is rapidly deteriorating. However, the information in the book is such a good source of early historical and genealogical data, we felt it worthwhile to reprint it, even in its imperfect condition. Towns mentioned include: Haverhill, Newbury, Hollis, Plymouth, Bradford, Fairlee, Orford, Walpole, Hinsdale, Charlestown. This booklet includes a Journal made by Capt. Powers while exploring the area in 1754, and discusses other early ventures into the area, such as the early settlement of Haverhill by Capt. John Hazen and Newberry by Col. Jacob Bailey. The writer seems to be pointing out errors made by earlier historians and tradition surrounding the early history of this area. The names of other early settlers and their adventures are included. The life of the Rev. Peter Powers, possibly an ancestor of the author, is recalled at length. He started a church in Newbury in 1764. Many tales are scattered throughout the writing, such as a bet on whether or not the Rev. Powers would make an appointment on time, a detailed account of the first marriage in Hanover, "an extraordinary case of instinct in a cow," the 1770 invasion of "an army of worms," stories of Col. Charles Johnson, and others. The 8.5" x 11" booklet also concerns the Revolutionary War and includes part of a journal written by Col. Thomas Johnson in 1781. One entry begins "This morning, about twelve or one o'clock, I awaked out of my sleep, and found the house beset with enemiers. Thought I would slip on my stockings, jump out of the window, and run. But before that, came in two men with their guns pointed at me..."
Haverhill and Newbury, NH
Sources: Historical Sketches in Coos Country and Vacinity 1754-1785; History of Haverhill and Newbury New Hampshire
Authors: Grant Powers
Original Publication Year: 1841
Original Publisher: J.F.C. Hayes
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