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    Edward Hilton

    Male 1596 - 1671  (75 years)


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    • Name Edward Hilton 
      Born 1596  Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Died 1671  Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Buried Hilton Burial Ground, Newfields, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Notes 
      • In the beginning of the seventeenth century Edward, a son of this ancient house, left Durham, his native county, to follow the sea. He engaged in the fishing industry, serving his apprenticeship, and became master. In 1621 he joined the Fishmongers' Guild at London. No doubt, being familiar with the New England coast through his voyages to the fishing banks of North America, and attracted thereto, he, early in 1623, brought a colony, with servants, cattle, implements and the like, to a place called by the Indians Cocheco, about six miles up the Piscataqua river, in the district known to the natives as Wecanacohunt. Here he settled, naming it Northam. It was later on called Hilton's Poynt, and is now known as Dover, New Hampshire. He likewise named neighboring localities in memory of his home county, such as Durham, Newcastle, Stratham, etc. Thus he was the first settler in what is now New Hampshire, and with reason is known as the father of that state. [...] Mr. Hilton was, like his friends, Mason and Gorges, an ardent supporter of the Church of England. He was neither of the Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony nor of the Puritans, who soon after settled Massachusetts, and consequently he settled in a distant part to be free from their quarrels and able to manage his own affairs. He maintained a garrison on his plantation, and as he was a gentleman of good judgment the settlers looked to him for protection and advice when in danger or in trouble, and when, in 1641, Massachusetts usurped the jurisdiction of New Hampshire, he was the first one named in the list of magistrates. He was a man of wealth, enterprise and influence, possessed of the friendship of the governors of Massachusetts, and was their confidential correspondent. He died in Exeter, early in 1671, at a considerably advanced age, leaving an estate which in the equivalent of today would be reckoned at about $100,000. (Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, by Cuyler Reynolds, 1911)
      Person ID I85356  Our Family Tree
      Last Modified 16 Feb 2011 

      Father Mark Hilton,   b. 1560,   d. 1605  (Age 45 years) 
      Mother Ellen Mainwaring,   b. 1562,   d. 1606  (Age 44 years) 
      Family ID F6649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Children 
       1. Mary Hilton,   b. 1635, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1695, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
      Last Modified 16 Feb 2011 
      Family ID F6648  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 1596 - Durham, England Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 1671 - Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hilton Burial Ground, Newfields, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Headstones
      Edward Hilton, First Settler of New Hampshire
      Edward Hilton, First Settler of New Hampshire
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