Epsom History


Articles On Epsom History

History from old Newspapers - 25 pages of news from 1780 to 1931, including much of 1890's in the Analectra, Epsom Newsletter and Valley Times. Includes at the end Enoch Worthen Eastman writing from California in 1869 some personal recollections of events in Epsom, including first hand McClary family dealings.

History of Epsom, New Hampshire - complete by John H. Dolbeer and published in Hurd's History of Belknap and Merrimack Counties. 35 pages

Related: Early Settlers of Epsom by John Mark Moses, 17 pages

Related: Historical and Topographical Sketch of Epsom by Rev. Jonathan Curtis 1823. 25 pages

Related: Historical Sketch of Epsom NH and pageant written by Loella Marden Bunker for the 200th Anniversry of the Town of Epsom in 1927. Includes some Photos. 30 pages

Brief History of Epsom, N.H.: Incorporated 1727 by residents of Rye, New Castle and Greenland. Webpage.

Epsom Churches: The Free Will Baptist Church, the Congregationalists, the Christian Society at New Rye

Free Will Baptist Church - 7 pages

Congregational Church History by Gilbert Knowles - 8 pages

Christian Society at New Rye - 17 pages

The First Church of Epsom by John Mark Moses - 4 pages

Short Falls Covered Bridge and Mills of Old Epsom: Several photos and short history of the old covered bridge at Short Falls, in Epsom, torn down circa 1950. Includes articles by Russell S. Yeaton,Hattie Heath recollects the Barmer Narrow Fabric Co. and
Hiram Holmes discusses old water powered mills and an article from the Granite Monthly how Epsom re-invents its industry from farming to poultry. - 18 pages

EAST STREET, Road to Settle Epsom, written for 275th Anniversary of the Town and Old Home Day, Aug. 10, 2002. Info on the original 20 home-lots. Maps. Also includes: Reminiscence of an Old Lady -first hand account about the old Meetinghouse. Also includes Elenora Nutters history of the Samuel Blake Homestead. 34 pages

Floorplan of the original Meetinghouse

The Capture of Isabella McCoy as recorded in the History of Manchester. 2 pages

DIARIES of James Babb - Operated a store in Epsom 1819 to about 1830. An outstanding account of events in Epsom. Also served as Town Clerk. Includes in 131 pages:

Part I Sept. 18, 1819 - Nov. 1, 1821

Part 2 June 16, 1822 - Oct. 19, 1823

Addendum - Vital records from James Babb, Town Clerk included in Diary.


The McClary Homestead: 1893 article about the 1740 home and family. 5 pages

One of the Oldest Houses in One of the Oldest Towns - The McClary House and History from the Granite Monthly Magazine August 1925. 5 pages

The McClary Family by Warren Tripp from the Granite Monthly and General Michael McClary by John C. French. More McClary info on the Biography pages. The Life and Death of Andrew McClary and John McClary and his descendants by Gobert Knowles. Includes Widow of Michael McClary Revolutionary War Pension and Funeral Sermon by Jonathan Curtis on the death of John McClary, age 36 (1821) 24 pages

The McClary Family printed as a series of articles in the Valley Times Newspaper in 1868. Excellent description of NH militia at Bunker Hill. Possibly by John Cate French, but no author given. 9 pages

The Epsom Public Library: article by Peg Daniels written on the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Epsom Library AND the Epsom Social Library: Newly discovered pamphlet from 1803 of the Epsom Social Library with rules, regulations, catalog of books and list of members. 15 pages

Epsom Shoe Factory: Short history of the Epsom Shoe Factory and Box Shop. Later the Barmer Narrow Fabric Co. with Charter of the Shoe Factory and Minutes of the Epsom Shoe Factory. 19 pages

Charles J. Brown Civil War Diaries: Three diaries fo Charles Jeffrey Parson Brown including his participation in the Civil War: 1860 & 1861 (68 pages) plus 1863 & Addendum (52 pages)

TOUR OLD EPSOM - Stroll down New Orchard Road as George H. Yeaton recollects the old homes and families living there in 1892. Includes many photos. 7 pages

LIFE OF JOHN TUCK -First Minister of Epsom - the grandson of Rev. John Tuck takes issue with how his grandfather was dismissed and how history treats Capt. Andrew McClary. 3 pages

JAMES M SHERBURNE 1859 Diary, with his daily activites, company, day book entries and daily weather. Some deaths and marriages. 39 pages

Memoirs of George H. Yeaton who wrote down many of his memories of growing up in Epsom - and many of these are available in the Historical Association files. Not available in any other format on the website. Includes:Epsom One Room Schools: Short history and photos of 10 Epsom One Room Schools. 97 pages.

Memoirs II - Still more memories of Epsom, NH in this second volume of stories of George H. Yeaton. Includes Baptist Church History and winter roads.Only available in this format. 67 pages

TOUR OLD EPSOM - Stroll down Black Hall Road, Goboro Road and Mountain Road as Benjamin M. Towle recollects the old homes and families. Dictated in 1936, includes many photos. 10 pages

WILLIAM GOSS DAY BOOK starts in 1855 as he buys the old Cilley Tavern and begins moving and building structures and houses establishing 'Gossville'