See Part I here
Timeline Notes on Asa Haseltine & Mary Ober’s life:
In 1757 Asa’s grandfather Philip Haseltine gave 15 yr old Asa 50 acres of land in Atkinson, NH & Haverhill, MA on Captain’s Pond (now Salem) on Rockingham County Deed #111-50. When I traced the property through maps, deeds, etc. with the help of Atkinson Historical Society members, it seemed that land might have been on the side of the pond where Liberty Street in Salem, NH is, but I can’t be positive & should revisit this having gained so much more information from the deeds of his grandfather Philip. Asa’s deed was officially recorded in Rockingham County Court in person by Phillip on May 23 1764. [There is more under his grandfather which we will get to in the following weeks]
Asa & Mary marry 1763 in Haverhill, MA & she likely joins him in Atkinson, NH, although nothing has been found to indicate he lived there before this – I suspect he likely was already establishing a home & farm there by then as he was 21 years old. [History of Rockingham County, NH Lists Asa as an early settler on pg 441]
Their oldest son, Asa Jr. was born Aug 9 1764 according to a birth record in Manchester, but it is unclear why it is recorded there, and it would have to have been well after the fact.
According to Documents and Records Relating to Towns in NH vol IX 1875, pg 29: May 20 1766 Asa signed for the separation of Atkinson; but pg 39 Jan 1, 1767 Asa changed his mind about being in favor of the separation and sends letter to town [transcribed in book] and states he was “perswayed”.
The Atkinson Town Record Vol I 1767-1806 notes:
· Mar 26 1771 pg 27 Asa Haseltine elected Hog Reiver in Atkinson
· Mar 29 1774 pg 46 Asa Haseltine elected Hog Reise [reiver/reaver] in Atkinson
· 1777 pg 69 Elected Surveyor of Highways in Atkinson
The book Atkinson Then & Now states Asa Haseltine was a Revolutionary Soldier but I haven’t found any actual evidence of this on Revolutionary War Rolls and the book does not state a source.
Rockingham County Deeds:
June 9 1778 110-189 sold to Joseph Webster 20 acres Part Atkinson/part Haverhill
June 9 1778 123-423 sold to Samuel Webster 5.5 acres Atkinson land
June 9 1778 123-390 sold to Benjamin Emery of Atkinson Atkinson/Salem land 26 acres
Also bounded by William Webster’s land Captain’s Pond
Aug 4 1778 111-398 bought in Windham from Jeffrey & Mary Dough 100 acres 900 lbs Bounded by Oliver Saders; Samuel Sanders, Hittee Tittee Brook & Pond; Thomas Jameson -I think today near/at the Salem Town Park on Shadow Lake Rd-check not on other side of pond and down road by Lions(?) building...
May 13 1779 111-233 sold to John Jameson of Windham 3 acres 130 pnds Hity Tity Pond
June 1, 1782 172-89 sold to John Jameson of Windham 4.5 acres 15 pnds Hity Tity Pond
1784 Asa is noted in Windham town papers Town Papers Relating to Towns New London to Wolboro
Vol XIII 1884: pg 714 & 715 - Feb 27 1784 in Windham on electing a representative – signed by Asa; pg 716 & 717- Dec 24 1784 – magistrate recommendation- Asa & Philip (brother of Windham?) signed
Early Records of the Town of Derryfield: 1751-1782 George Waldo Browne- Manchester Historical Society Vol I - has zero Haseltine results
Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, Now Manchester, New Hampshire, 1782-1800
1785 – around the time they moved to Derryfield – not on tax list in Derryfield 1785
1786 is first seen on tax list in Derryfield
Mar 1786 Asa voted tything man in Derryfield
Dec 11, 1787 RC Deed#236-360 Asa of Derryfield sold to John Emerson of Windham 105 acres 270 Pnds Bounded by: Jameson & Sanders On the Pond to the outlet and crossing the brook Brook including meadow Northeast corner of Richard Kelly’s land
Documents Relating to Towns in NH Gilmanton to New Ipswich vol XII ; pg 551 1787 – Debt of town inhabitants – Asa Haseltine & Jonathan Haseltine plus israel Young.; pg 558 1797 – About fishing on Cohas Brook –Haseltines – Asa, Asa jr, David, Philip, Benj, maybe more on pg 559; pg 565 & 566 -1800 – about fishing in Cohas Brook signed by many others and these Haseltines – Philip, Stephen,Asa, John, Jonathan, Asa Jr, Philip Jr, Moses, & David – also note Youngs – Israel, Hezekiah, James, & Joseph
Manchester a Brief record of Its Past, by John B Clarke, 1875, pg 79 & 80 states there are eight hotels one is the Haseltine House- The business directory in the book shows many counselors reside there. Pg 92 states in 1872 it was decided to install a pump for the water supply and to locate the pumping station near the old Haseltine mill-site, the damn across Cohas Brook near the Clough & Foster Saw mill and the distributing reservoir up the summit of the hill at Manchester Centre near the “old parsonage”
Today the pumping station still runs and is located at 567 Bodwell Rd. The damn is up the street directly opposite of the station.
1790-Asa buys pew #21 in Town Church Meetinghouse [Could be Jr I suppose]
Manchester Historical Assoc has photo and book about the Old Town Church/Meetinghouse by Chalmers. This church is in the old town centre Mammoth Rd next to little Center Cemetery-there is a plaque. If headed north on Mammoth it is on the right before Hanover St. If you take Hanover st exit go to Mammoth take a left and it will be on left.
The Town Church of Manchester By Thomas Chalmers –Google - tells about the building, shows pew layout, and sales of pews Asa was included in the first pews that were sold in 1790 pg 50 http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Town_Church_of_Manchester.html?id=jXOuRqCJydcC
History of Hillsborough County pg 93 also tells of the Old Town Church and pew sales and #21 to Asa Haseltine – and states exactly the same things as pg 378 of The History of Manchester Formerly Derryfield, by Potter, 1856 [see below]
1790 Derryfield free wht 16+ free wht -16 Free wht females
Asa 4 3 3
1793 – Elected surveyor of highways [Could be Jr I suppose]
1796 & 1797– Inventory shows:
1797 – notes highway by Asa Haseltines to the road leading to Chester to Major Webster’s
The History of Manchester Formerly Derryfield, by Potter, 1856, - no index
pg 690 – 174? Road to Haseltine’s Mill to Manchester Centre (too early);
pg 692-93 “Gillis lived probably near where John Huse now lives, and this road crossed the Alewive Falls, at the Haseltine place, thence to Michael McClintocks’s, who lived upon what is now known as the Gen. McQueston Farm.”
pg 697 – 1753 use to Derry Manc centre past McQueston farm & house, across Cohas (brook), past john Haseltine’s, schoolhouse #9, and the houses of JA Webster, John Huse, and Walter H Noyes to the town line;
pg 700- states 1794-Pawtucket Rd through Manc. Centre, crossing Cohas near Mc Queston place and continuing on Derry Rd as now traveled to Haseltine & Saunders Tavern, which stood near Corning School house in district 9;
pg 701-1806-highway districts- no 4 shall begin at the ditch above Philip Haseltine Jr thence down the river road to Nathaniel Baker’s also from Eliphat Parkers to John Browns house and from Harveys Ferry to the meeting house and there stop. District #5- shall begin at the meetinghouse thence down the road by Major Webster’s and Black Jims Tavern to Chester line and up to Jonathan Haseltines and john Haseltines and Moses Merrills and David Haseltines and John Dickeys.
pg 185 Re William Gamble: Determined to live in Chester he spotted out the farm now owned by Samuel Gamble, his great grandson and Isaac Flanders, Esq. This was probably about 1733. Here he built a log house upon the east side of the brook that passes through the farm of Samuel Gamble, Esq. The path from Nameoskeag Falls to Londonderry, and running by spotted trees, passed near his house, and crossed the Choas below the Hazeltine Mills.
pg 657 Prior mill was “Webster Mill” - “The next falls upon the Cohas, were formerly known as the “Alewife Falls”. These were early owned by the Hazeltines, upon which a mill was built by them, and continued in the family for a great many years, and is now known as the “Hazeltine Mill” though but little is left of it but rotten timbers. The fall is not suffucient to make this privilege one of any considerable value, and ii is doubtful whether it will ever again be used for hydraulic purposes. Next below the Hazeltine Mill is the Harvey Mill….
pg 680  Talks about how Dec 10 1754 selectmen laid out a road at Ellwife falls “This road led from the Haseltine mill north westerlt to where David Dickey 3d now lives; thence through the farms now owned by Samuel Gamble & Isaac C. Flanders, Esqrs. And so on to John Hall’s house, near the meeting house. The most of this road was long since discontinued. A part of it from Dickey’s to the Hazeltine mill is now used.”
pg 750 Regarding the Social Library Company Dec 6 1802 – Philip Hazeltine, Asa Hazeltine, Moses Hazeltine, Asa Hazeltine, - it is unclear which Philip this was – I seem to remember seeing somewhere it was Philip Jr.
Pg 378 Regarding pew sales in 1790 sold to the highest bidder – Asa Hesltine #21 for 9 pounds which is multiple times the amount everyone else paid which ranged from 1pound to 2pounds 1 shilling. The next page contains a diagram of the pew layout and it doesn’t seem that anything is special about pew #21- curious as to why the price was so much higher. BTW the meeting house was barely used at all after 1790 & came into serious disrepair by 1792 when the pews in the gallery were auctioned off but never built.
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Side note “Deer Neck in Chester” is where the two Massabesic Lakes meet on Londonderry Turnpike or Rt 28 bypass today.-
1800 on Derryfield census: Not on it – only Asa Jr who has:
4m under 10; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1m 45+; 2f under 10; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44; 1f 45+
1800 Tax list in Early Records of Manchester 1801-1816 shows Asa Sr without property & from then on
he is not on the list.
Early Records of the Town of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, New Hampshire, 1801-1816
1810 “ (Manchester)
Asa “Sr” 1m 45+; 1f 45+
Seems Mary died between 1810-1820
1816 beginning on page 367 in Early Records Manchester, NH 1801-1816 Vol III by the Manchester Historic Association Collections Society, residents are listed by School district and it details the tax amounts for each division. John, John Jr., Asa Jr., Jonathan, are all in District 4.
Early Records of the Town of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, NH 1817-1828 Vol IV be George Waldo Browne http://www.mocavo.com/Manchester-Historic-Association-Collections-Formerly-Derryfield-New-Hampshire-1817-1828/809043/7?browse=true#347
1820 likely Asa Jr w/ Sr on Manchester census
Asa Jr 2m 16-26; 2m 45+; 1f under 10; 1f 45+
1830 likely Asa Sr & Jr in Chester (I think rather than them moving the townline moved…)
Asa Jr 1m 60-69 1m 80-89 1f 60-69
1834 Asa Sr lived to be abt 91 dying in 1834 according to the History of Chester, pg 625. His burial place is unknown/unmarked. There is not a probate record for Asa in Rockingham or Hillsborough County.
Next week see Asa's Parents here
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