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Information about my home state of New Hampshire during the 17th century

Vehement Suspicion: Eunice Cole of Hampton (1656-1680) [Link #333]
Transcriptions of the documentary evidence of the numerous attempts to prosecute Eunice Cole for witchcraft, as they appear in David D. Hall's Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History, 1638-1692. Reprinted at this site by permission of the publisher.

Lithobolia: or, the Stone-Throwing Devil by Richard Chamberlain [Link #334]
Truly an amazing account of the inexplicable from the seventeenth century! From the site: "Lithobolia, or the Stone-Throwing Devil records the remarkable events of 1682 that took place in the Great Island (present-day New Castle, N.H.) tavern of George and Alice Walton. Lucy Treworgy Chadbourne’s brother Samuel was married to the Walton’s daughter, Dorcas. In the early 1650s, Humphrey Chadbourne built a house for George and Alice Walton on Great Island -- though probably not the house attacked by a 'stone-throwing devil' thirty years later.

This account was written by 'R.C.,' Richard Chamberlain, the secretary of the colony of New Hampshire, and agent of the Mason family. In 1682 Chamberlain was boarding at the Walton tavern, so he witnessed much of the attack. He did not publish this account until 1698. The text below is taken from George L. Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914), 55-77."

Witch-Hunting in Early New Hampshire by Margo Burns [Link #343]
In the seventeenth-century, the best-known witch-hunting cases in New England took place in Massachusetts and secondarily in Connecticut, but my home state of New Hampshire had its share along the seacoast. Includes information about the following, which include a growing collection of primary sources about the cases:

The Piscataqua Pioneers Collection [Link #201]
This contains no actual documents, but is a list of what is in "The Piscataqua Pioneers Collection," a special collection at the Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire, Durham -- including regional genealogies, vital records, town histories, maps, etc. Check here to see if UNH has something you're looking for. Of course it's primarily focused on New Hampshire, but there's plenty about Massachusetts and Maine as well.

Eunice "Goody" Cole: Hampton's "Witch" [Link #304]
A comprehensive site about one of Hampton, NH's own. From the site: "Eunice 'Goody' Cole was convicted of witchcraft in Hampton in 1656 and spent much of the remainder of her life in prison in Boston. Much has been written about her. Most of it is available here on our website."

Strawbery Banke Museum [Link #341]
From the site: "Strawbery Banke, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit educational institution accredited by the American Association of museums and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places." Primarily a collection of houses in Portsmouth, NH, most from the 18th century and brought to the site, but includes one late 17th century house:

A Very Grave Matter by Jenn Marcelais [Link #357]
From the site: "a collection of photographs and historical information of colonial cemeteries and gravestones of New England in southern Maine, southern New Hampshire and northeast Massachusetts."
  • Capt. Daniel Epps Includes gravestone picture and court case from Essex County Quarterly Courts, about the disputed ownership of an Indian boy named Lionel.

Cow Hampshire Blog by Janice Brown [Link #372]
A nice blog dedicated to New Hampshire history, genealogy and more.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com