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Some of the Reasons Why, as Evidenced by Excerpts from -Various Colonial Documents and Histories



1632 to 1889, Winnipesaukee Lake. (Carroll County, N. H. History, Georgia Drew Merrill, Editor, published by W. A. Fergusson & Co., Boston, Mass, 1889.)

Page 1—Boundaries between Belknap and Carroll counties were established in 1841 thus: "Beginning at the easterly termination of the line dividing the towns of Meredith and Moultonboro; thus running easterly to the southerly point of Long Island in WINNIPISSEOGEE LAKE thence easterly to the westerly termination of the line dividing the towns of Wolfeborough and Alton; and all the lands and waters lying northerly of said line and between that and said towns of Moultonborough, Tuftonborough and Wolfeborough shall constitute a part of said County of Carroll." (Also on pages 8 and 10 given the same.)

Colonial Governor John Wentworth Page 88—History of Wolfeboro
published in 1890, says: "In 1770 the Governor's house, though not finished, was taken possession by him and his family, as shown by the following extract from the 'New Hampshire Gazette': 'Last Tuesday His Excellency, our Governor, set out for his country seat on WINNIPISOGEE POND, and we hear his lady sets out next week for the same place to reside during the summer season". During this and the four succeeding years it is probable that Governor Wentworth and his family spent a large portion of the warm seasons on the Wolfeboro Plantation. The Wentworth Farm was essentially a watering place, probably the first in New Hampshire, perhaps the first in the country."

Page 52, History of Wolfeboro, says: "At a Proprietors' meeting held
in March 13, 1771, George King, William Torrey and John Parker were
appointed a committee to inquire if the mills met the required conditions, and report at the adjournment. At the adjourned meeting, held May 7, the committee above mentioned, made the following report:

Gilmanton Bounded in March 1731 - History of Gilmanton, N. H., by
Lancaster, published 1845, Page 37. "The committee appointed the previous year to run the boundary lines having failed, the appointment, was renewed. July 20, they made their return: 'that they entered upon their duty on 14th of June; beginning at a beach tree standing at the corner of Barnstead, Chichester, and Gilmanton, marked B. C. G; and ran thence 6 miles north east to a white birch. which they marked G; thence northwest to a beach, also marked with the letter G; and thence north to WINIPISOCKET POND, 7 miles, to a hemlock marked with G;" They were absent 12 days."

Page 47. Deed of Masonian Proprietors. Province of N H., June 3" 1752——"to the Proprietors of Gilmantown with the view of granting
the same land in year 1727, and the amendment or explanation made in 1729.—— Gilmantown."

Page 48 "Only reserving in these presents to the grantors 18 shares,
each equal in quantity and quality with the other single shares of the
said Proprietors of Gilmantown—between the second division and the
north line of said Township from the Pond called WINNIPISIOGEE POND
and so running back till the whole quantity aforesaid shall be made up."

Gilmantown charter granted the 20th day of May, 1727. John Wentworth, Governor. Granted to 24 persons names Gilman and 153 others. The township then included the present towns of Gilmanton, Belmont, Gilford and all of Laconia and the Weirs on the east coast of the River and Winnipesaukee Lake, on westerly coast.

Also in this History of Gilmanton of 1845, is a map of Gilmanton and
nearby territory, showing mountains, villages, rivers, roads, ponds and lake etc. The lake given thus: "Part of WINNEPISIGEE LAKE."

"'It appears that Ammi, Ruhamah Cutter and David Sewell have erected
a good Saw Mill and Gristmill on a Stream issuing from Smith's Pond into WINNIPISSIOKEE LAKE and upon the Land and Falls in Wolfeboro commonly called the Mill Privilege and have fully complied on their
part to the proposed conditions of their having the Land called the Mill
Privilege with the Falls stream and appurtenances containing 100 acres
together with a certain Island in Smith's Pond called Mill Island supposed to contain 100 Acres." (This Mill Island is what is now called
Stamp Act Island.

History of New Hampshire as it is, by Edwin A. Chariton, Claremont, N.H., Troy and Stamford, 1856, Page 462, says: "WINNIPESAUKEE LAKE", also on Pages 93, 295, 462, 470 "WINNIPESAUKEE LAKE".

Business men's book published in 1890 regarding many towns about the
Lake, Page 95, speaking of Lake Village gives this information on business etc. "THE WINNIPESAUKEE LAKE and Cotton Woolen Mfg., Co."

Barstows History of N. H., 1842, Page 22, gives the Lakes as follows:

"WINNIPESAUKEE" and Ossipee Lake", also on Page 83 the same.


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