Epsom Early Settlers Home page

Next Meeting

Nov. 19, 2006




News - Notes - Acquisitions:


The Milne Special Collections and Archives at the University of New Hampshire, listed in their online listing of collections, a Civil War Diary of Andrew J. Hall, with New Hampshire connections. Through the Epsom Historical Association, having run across the listing, recognized the name and knew immediately he was an Epsom resident. The son of Benjamin Hall and his wife Polly Wells, he was born in Epsom April 23, 1834, and when about age twenty, left for Illinois. There he married Sarah J. Poynter and had two children, Frank, and Andrew J. Jr. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company E, 2nd regiment of the Illinois cavalry. The diary starts when he leaves his home in Lebanon, Il, and discusses his service into 1862. Andrew J. Hall died in Epsom October 31, 1873, and is buried in the McClary Cemetery. The diary was used by his widow in a claim for pension. For identifying Andrew J. Hall, the Special Collections department at UNH forwarded a photo copy of the diary entries for the Epsom Historical Association. [read the diary]


The new state historical marker celebrating Major Andrew McClary of Epsom, who fell at Bunker Hill, will be dedicated August 20th at 10:00 am. It is located at the State Rest Area on Route 4, east of the traffic circle. The ceremonies will be performed by the NH Sons of the American Revolution 'Stark's Rangers' color guard, and will include remarks and gun salute. The color guard following that ceremony will do grave marker dedications, one in Epsom and two in Deerfield for Daniel Philbrick, Ephraim Eastman and William Rand. The Historical Association is in charge of the sign dedication.

The annual ice cream social was held at the Sanborn homestead on Sanborn Hill on July 23rd with a large gathering in attendance. Thanks to host Sarah Harkness for allowing us to visit the homestead and to Ed and Glenna Nutter for providing the ice cream and toppings. The program on the Sanborn Family and homestead was given by Carleton Rand. Thanks all for attending and being part of one of our largest gatherings in a while!

Through the efforts of Harvey Harkness and the work of Ricky Belanger and his crew, the old water trough near the old Free Will Baptist Church has been moved to the old town hall. Flowers by Glenna Nutter. Thanks all !

Old fashioned pump organ made by James M. Gordon, located at old town hall courtesy E. Nutter & H. Harkness

On left name of maker, James M Gordon - to right, Epsom NH



2006-2007 Officers

Harvey Harkness
Vice President
Phil Yeaton
Elsie Fife
Penny Graham


Newsletters as Acrobat files

November 2006

Past Newsletters

List of Publications:

EPSOM Historical Documents-Biographical Information and Interesting Facts compiled by Philip Yeaton (click volume for contents)

Volume 1 - $8.00

Volume 2 - $10.00

Volume 3 - $10.00

Volume 4 - $10.00

Volume 5 - $12.00

Publications available through the EPSOM PUBLIC LIBRARY


Sept. 2006 History of the McClary Cemetery and the early settlers of Epsom Center

July 2006 Ice Cream Social

May 2006 - Mike Sullivan on Library Programming and tour of new Epsom Library

March 2006 - Sharon Burnston

Nov. 2002 Chichester History w/ Walter Sanborn

Aug. 2002 Old Home Day

March 2002 Tom Kehr - Fort William & Mary

Sept. 2001 Sylvia Fitts Getchell - The Mighty Cod

March 2001 - Phil Yeaton - New Rye Re-visited

Nov. 2000 - Carroll Stevens - Reflections