Road Trip Route 114 in New Hampshire: The beginning

Road Trip Route 114 in New Hampshire: The beginning Goffstown, New Hampshire

Road trips can be planned or spontaneous. Either way they offer a glimpse of our state’s culture. My trip on Route 114 began as a trip to return books to the Goffstown Library. I had just finished reading the History of Goffstown; Volumes I and II, and Memory Bank, Memory Bank II and Memory Bank III by Douglas Earle. The books provided a glimpse of Goffstown’s people, society and development from its early years. My ancestor’s were part of that history. They built some of the first roads, gist mills, taverns and one was the only shoemaker in town.

When I reached the junction of Route 114 and Route 101, I decided that I would take a few photographs of the route my ancestors had taken from Merrimack, New Hampshire to their new home in Goffstown, as it appears today.  Keeping safety in mind, as I was the one driving, I pulled over to take my photographs.

Welcome to Goffstown, New Hampshire

Route 114 begins in a suburban- rural setting. I see power lines and a sandy area on the right, but straight ahead shows a long stretch of road with lush green trees. My imagination can see this area in the 1700’s as being an overgrown, bush, tree, earth laden track of land that had to be cut back to make a trail for early settlers to traverse. My mind flashes to a muddy groove dirt road where horse drawn carriages make the trip then back to reality of today’s view.  The road takes me past the entrance to St Anselm’s College and New Boston Road to the intersection of Route 114 A. If I take the right onto 114A it is a short 3.69 mile drive into Manchester’s west side. Route 114 turns left bringing me to the view of the Hillsborough County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center on one side, and the County Complex that includes the Women’s Prison and District Court buildings on the other.


I mention the nursing home and county complex because of its location being on the site of the original Poore Farm. Mr. Poore donated his farm for the caring of the towns down trodden that needed to be supported; which is how the term “Poor Farm” came into being. In the 1700 and 1800’s, long before a Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid was available, the law stated that each town needed to support those less fortunate. Usually they were cared for by other family members but those that didn’t have families or a whole family would be housed on Mr. Poore’s farm. Like today many of the poor became that way because of their responsibility to the town or a loss of an income earning family member. Each family had a duty to support the town church’s upkeep, pastor, persons who went to war, supplies for the war and upkeep of the community land. Community land usually was for muster practice and animal grazing. The Poore Farm also housed prisoners.

County Complex Farm
Community Crops

My trip continues with a view of the Villa Augustina School (1918), the recreational complex, that was offering Kayaking and archery lessons the day I was there. I get my first glimpse of downtown Goffstown since reading about its history, but no place to stop to safely take a photo. I arrive at my original destination the Library. I stand on the corner looking in each direction trying to visualize what the area looked like in years past. Many thoughts ran through my mind; which buildings were my ancestors, where was the first grist mill, what area is considered Grasmere. Those answers will have to wait for another day to be answered. I plan to make a trip to the Goffstown Historical Society to confirm locations.  If you are able to walk there is a walking tour that you can download or print out the PDF, which gives you an historical view of Goffstown. Sadly this was not an option for me.

Route 114 and 13

I get back into the car and follow NH 114 north through New Boston, Weare, Henniker, Warner, Bradford and Sutton, all towns that my ancestors had migrated to. Route 114 continues on to New London, Springfield and Grantham where it ends at the junction of Route 10. This is a 60.39 mile route traveling northeast to southeast in central New Hampshire providing you with both rural and suburban culture with hints into the states history. I found several historical makers along the way. Just stopping and reading them send you back in time to how New Hampshire began. Some of the signs are along the road others are on or in front of buildings.

Memorial Library Historical Marker

This route takes you past cemeteries, farms, businesses, lakes, across rivers, bogs and across time. So pack a lunch, hydration, sun block, a blanket, extra clothes, especially socks and walking shoes, so that you can take your time, enjoy the trip. It is important to note that on the Saturday trip I did, shops and restaurants were open in the morning but on my return trip at 3 o’clock in the afternoon most of them were closed.


The Goffstown Historical Society is open on Saturday’s throughout the summer. It is located just off NH114 on Parker Station Road. One room has a working train display that adults and children alike would love to see. If you are into quilt making there is a lovely handmade quilt of the town’s historical buildings. These are just two of the many beauties I found. I leave you to find the others



Road trips along a highway such as, NH114 gives you an idea of the towns you drive through, but if you have the time, go off route and see what each town has to offer. My trip brought me down memory lane via my ancestors that were early settlers of Goffstown, yet I didn’t get to see some of those ancestral locations that were not on the route. Future posts will cover the rest of my trip with photos, places to stop and interesting crossings of yesteryear with today. Watch for the Book Binder, the Boy Scouts and inventions that will make you smile.


My ancestors from Goffstown include:

Nathan Stearns, Nathan Stearns Jr, and Augustus Stearns


Nathan Stearns was born 22 July 1761 in Merrimack, New Hampshire married 19 Feb 1795 Mariam Blasidell and settled in Goffstown. He purchased from John McDale land and buildings including a saw mill and water privilege on 22 March 1800. He sold the property to his wife’s brother Henry Blaisdell Jr. on 27 Jan 1801. Nathan died of fever while in service to his country during the War of 1812 sometime before 1813.


Nathan Stearns Jr. was born 2 May 1801 in Goffstown, New Hampshire married 1830 Polly Martin settling on a farm in the easterly part of town on the road leading from Amoskeag to Dunbarton, a short distance north of his brother in law, Henry Blaisdell. When not busy on the farm he finished by hand the stockings which the machine of his day could not complete. Hence he was known as the “stocking man.”


Augustus Stearns was born 26 July 1832 in Goffstown; New Hampshire married Sarah H Emerson. They resided in Goffstown until1851. He moved to Lynn, Massachusetts until 1855, when he returned to the old homestead. In 1869 he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, following the trade of finished custom shoe making until 1878. One of his eyes was injured by a chestnut burr causing him to eventually go blind. He moved to West Derry about two years before his death in 1882.


A few photo photos of Goffstown

To enlarge the size of the photographs click on each one. Enjoy the slideshow below.


To see more photos of Goffstown go to Where is the State is Mom on Facebook!/


Volunteering to save our heritage

In October 2003 Arthur Pease and Bruce Johnson struggle with a heavy grave Marker that had been knocked down by vandals. They had worked in the cemetery as children and have eight generations of family buried there.

Arthur recently made his final trip home, taking with him the knowledge of those eight generations. He is now singing and playing the guitar with his wife, sister and brother who preceded him. Happy memories are retained by those of us who remain earth bound. During our recent trip to celebrate his journey home, we decided to have breakfast at his daily eating hole, Phil’s Variety and Grille. Once people realized who we were they came over and shared many happy memories about him and his dog Bear. Those same people even went to check on him when he didn’t arrive for breakfast like he usually did. A caring and gentle man who helped everyone was looked after by the community he lived in. How many places do you see with that closeness to each other?


Here is Arthur’s obituary, mistakes and all from the Sun Journal July 8, 2012:


Arthur L Pease


He was born in Richmond on Dec.17, 1932, the son of Charles and Irene Hutchins Pease. Arthur attended Monmouth schools and he then enlisted in the US Air Force.


He was a self-employed for many years; he had owned a couple of garages in town and at one time owned a trading post on 202 in North Monmouth. Arthur enjoyed working on cars, eating his three meals a day at Phil’s Variety in North Monmouth and just really enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends. He was a member of Monmouth American Legion Post N. 204.


Arthur is survived by his children, Shelia Lyons of New York, Brenda Woods of Ohio, Karl Pease and his wife, Cindy, of Monmouth and Linda Bellegante of Alabama; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister Mary Bipoetro and her husband, John, of Vermont; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Allen; and his dog Bear.


He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Joan, in 2007; a brother, Freddie; a sister Shirley Sterns; and his dog Lady.


Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at:



The mistakes I noticed in the obituary include: his daughter Linda was not from Alabama, but currently staying in Mississippi; his sister, Mary’s, last name is Dipietro; and his sister, Shirley’s last name is spelt Stearns.




Arthur’s memory card reads the same as the obituary in the Sun Journal, except it starts with; “Arthur L. Pease, 79, a resident of Packard Road, Monmouth died unexpectedly at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta on Friday July 6, 2012.” It gives the words for the song “Taps,” and list the funeral and service information.




In Memory Of


Arthur L. Pease


Date and Place of Birth


December 17, 1932


Richmond, Maine


Date and Place of Death


July 6, 2012


Augusta, Maine


Time and Place of Service


11:00 AM Monday July 9, 2012


Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home


707 Main Street


Monmouth, Maine




Rev. Peter Mars




Monmouth Ridge Cemetery


Cemetery Road


Monmouth, Maine


Arrangements by


Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home


707 Main Street


PO Box 188


Monmouth, Maine




Rest in Peace, Arthur.



The link below is to the names of those buried in the Wales, Maine cemeteries, that Arthur and Bruce helped repair after they were vandalized.

Jorney home with love

Patriotic Women

Our American Independence was fought hard by our men. Those men were supported by women. Women did not have the same independence that we do now, but they still knew how to support and quietly guide their men to victory. The Diary of the American Revolution mentions some of those Patriot Women on pages 296-297.


Happy Independence Day to All


Patriotic Women


Taken from the Diary of the American Revolution


JULY 4. — The ladies of Trenton, in New Jersey, emuolating
the noble example of their patriotic sisters of Pennsylvania,
and being desirous of manifesting their zeal in
the glorious cause of Aillerican liberty, having
assembled this day for the purpose of promoting a subscrip-
tion for the relief and encouragement of those brave men in
the Continental army, who, stimulated by example, and re-
gardless of danger, have so repeatedly suffered, fought, and
bled in the cause of virtue and their oppressed country; and
taking into consideration the scattered situation of the well
disposed through the State, who would wish to contribute to
so laudable an undertaking, have, for the convenience of such,
and the more effectually to carry their scheme into execution,
miaitiniously appointed Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Dickinson, Mrs. Fur-
nian, and Miss Cadwallader a committee, whose duty it shall
be immediately to open subscriptions, and to correspond with
the ladies hereafter named, of the different counties through-

out the State, requesting their aid and influence in the several
districts. And in order the more expeditiously to carry their
scheme into execution, the ladies now met have taken the liberty

 to solicit the interest of the following ladies, in promoting
the said subscriptions, viz. : For the County of Hunterdon, Mrs.
( Vice-President) Stevens, Mrs. ( Judge) Smith, Mrs. (Charles)
Coxe, Mrs. R. Stevens, Mrs. Hanna, Mrs. T. Lowrey, Mrs. J.
Sexton, Mrs. B. Van Cleve, Mrs. ( Colonel) Berry, Mrs. ( Doc-
tor) Burnet; County of Sussex, Mrs. ( Counsellor) Ogden, Mrs.
( Colonel) Thomson, Mrs. ( Major) Hoops, Mrs. T. Anderson;
County of Bergen, Mrs. ( Colonel) Dey, Mrs. Fell, Mrs. Kuy-
per, Mrs. Erskine, Mrs. ( Major) Dey; County of Morris, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Condict, Mrs. ( Parson) Jones, Mrs. ( Colonel) Rein-
sen, Mrs. Vanzant, Mrs. Carmichael, Mrs. ( Colonel) Cook, Mrs.
Faesch; County of Essex, Mrs. ( Governor) Livingston, Mrs.
C. Camp, Mrs. ( Doctor) Burnet, Mrs. ( Elisha) Boudinot, Mrs.
Hornblower; County of Middlesex, Mrs. Neilson, Mrs. ( Coun-
sellor) Deare, Mrs. (George) Morgan, Mrs. ( Colonel) Neilson,
Mrs. Neilson, Mrs. (Daniel) Marsh; County of Monmouth,
Mrs. ( General) Forman, Mrs. ( Colonel) Scudder, Mrs. Newell,
Mrs. (Peter) Foreman, Mrs. (Jacob) Wickoff, Mrs. (Peter)
Covenhoven; County of Burlington, Mrs. ( Colonel) Cox, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Tallman, Mrs. ( Colonel) Borden, [Mrs. ( Secretary)
Reed, Mrs. ( Captain) Reed; County of Somerset, Lady Stir-
ling, Mrs. ( General) Morris, Mrs. ( Colonel) Martin, Mrs. ( At-
torney-Genneral) Pattison, Mrs. R. Stockton; County of Glou-
cester, Mrs. ( Colonel) Clark, Mrs. ( Colonel) Wescott, Mrs. ( Col-
onol) Ellis, Mrs. ( Colonel) Hugg, Mrs. Bloomfield; County of
Salem, Mrs. ( Colonel) Dick, Mrs. Mayhew, Mrs. Taggart; Coun-
ty of Cumberland, Mrs. ( Counsellor) Buck, Mrs. Harris, Mrs.
Elmer, Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Fitman; County of Cape Alay, Mrs.
( Counsellor) Hand, Mrs. Whilden, Mrs. Tomisend, Mrs. Hil-
dreth, whose well-known patriotism leaves no room to doubt
of their best exertions in the promotion of an undertaking so
humane and praiseworthy; and that they will be happy in
forwarding the amount of their several collections, either with
or without the names of the donors, which will be immediately
transmitted by [Mrs. (Moore) Furman, who is hereby appointed

Treasuress, to be disposed of by the commander-in-chief, agree-
able to the general plan.

As the ladies here would wish to expedite the good work
as much as possible, they have appointed Miss Dagwortlly of
Trenton, their Secretary, who will receive and answer all letters
that the ladies of the different counties may think proper to
favor her with on the occasion, and to furnish them proper
subscription papers as soon as possible. 1


  1. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents. Volume: 2. Contributors: Frank Moore – author. Publisher: Charles Scribner. Place of Publication:New York. Publication Year: 1860. Page Number: 296-298.
First Stars and Stripes 1777 June 14

Thomas Nelson’s Will

Courting Bridge

Thomas Nelson’s Will

Reprinted from the Essex County Probate Records, Vol. 1, page 346

(Spelling left intact as document was written)


 I, Thomas Nelson of Rowley in the County of Essex in New England being by Providence called now to make a voyage into old England, not knowing what may befall me therein upon several considerations dispose of  and settle the estate which God hath given me (by way of will) in manner and forme following.

Imprimis I give unto my beloved wife Joane for her natural life, my mill, mill house with aptennances situate & being within the limits of Rowley & all that ground near unto the said mill, which was lately in the occupation of Joseph Wormhill & all that my upland & meadow or other ground which lyeth betweene Rowley ox pasture on one part the common on another part, & the mill river & the brooke that goeth from town on the other part thereof, all which lands or grounds containeth by estimation fifty acres, be it more or less provided she make noe other claim to any other part of my houses, lands, tenements, hereditaments & c.

Item I give her two acres of ground during her natural life in the pond field, next Mr. Rogers (leaving out the pond) to build her house, the remainder or reversion of which mill & land & premises, & all other my houses, lands, tenaments, hereditaments I give among my children & to their heirs as well as that child, which my wife is withal the rest.

Item I giv & bequeath to my eldest son Philip a double portion, & to my son Thomas Nelson and my daughter Mercy Nelson & the child or children she is withal their equal part, provided if any of them dye before they come to the age of twenty and one years or marriage, then their parts to be equally divided among the surviving children.


Item, my will is that RichardBellinghamEsq. & my Honored uncle Richard Dummer Gent. Shall have the education of my sons Philip Nelson & Thomas Nelson, & the portion of their estates both of lands & goods for their education & mayntenance, till they come to twenty one years and then they receive their estates & the overplus above their mayntenance, giving a sufficient discharge.

Item my will is that my wife & my uncle Richard Dummer shall have the education of my daughter Mercie Nelson & the other child my wife is withal & the proportion of their estates both of lands & ???? for their education and mayntenance, till they marry and then they to receive their estates & the overplus above maintenance, giving a sufficient discharge.

Item I give unto my wife Joane four choice cows, one choice mare, and ten pounds to build her a house.

Item I give unto my son Philip Nelson ten pounds, which was given him by my aunt Kathren Witham and is in my hands and his plate marked with his name PN & to my second son Thomas Nelson a wine boule and one silver spoon, all the rest of my personal estate, my debts being paid I give unto my children to be equally divided as above only my eldest son Philip to have a double portion.

Item I make Mr. Richard Bellingham & my uncle Richard Dummer my executors of this my last will and testament, & my desire is & I would intreat Mr. Ezekiel Rogers of Rowley & Mr. John Norton of Ipswich to be my overseers, & my mind further is, if any difference arise concerning this my last will & testament my overseers shall have the hearing & deciding of the same.

Item I give unto my wife all her wearing apparel her chest, box, bed, & furniture & silver beaker.

December 24, 1645 Thomas Nelson

Sealed signed & delivered in the presence of Jeremy Houchen, Ezekiel Northend

Deposed by Jeremy Houchen the 21 of the 10 month 1649 before the court, Increase Nowell Cleric

Deposed by Ezekiel Northend the 26th of the first month 1650 before the court at Ipswich Robert Lord Cleric