Traceable Thursday Landmarks: Early Settlers Dixville Notch

Dixville Notch Early Settlers
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire Early Settlers

Here lies buried the first and only settlers of Dixville until 1865.  John

Whittemore and his wife Betsey.  Dixville had been granted to Colonel Timothy Dix

in 1805 on the condition that thirty settlers be established here within five years.

Colonel Dix died in the War of 1812. the town was taken over by Daniel Webster,

a sponsor of Colonel Dix.

After the Whittemore’s arrived in 1812 they endured extreme privations for

three years. A road through the notch was opened, but not during the winter,

causing them to be isolated. In December 1815 Betsey died.  Her husband was

obliged to keep her body frozen all winter before he could bury it.  Following

her death John moved to Colebrook where he lived until his death in 1846.

He was laid to rest here by his wife’s side.

New Hampshire State Parks

Landmarks can be found anywhere, including the middle of a hiking trail in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire. When I look at this photo now, I think of what it can offer me from a genealogical point of view. When taken I just thought how interesting that someone actually lived in this remote area.  They survived the winter’s blistering winds, blinding snowstorms,  bone freezing ice and nature’s creatures that prowl those woods day and night.  They enjoyed the summer time refreshing breeze, breathtaking panoramic views and the comforting birdsong filled days.

Please take a moment to read the local landmark you walk or drive by daily.  It will offer you an insight into the life of your community in year past; maybe even a glimpse into your family ancestors.  If nothing else it will provide you with a tidbit of history.




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