Milton in 1849

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 14, 2019


STRAFFORD Co. The Salmon Fall River washes its whole eastern boundary, a distance of thirteen miles; and a branch of the name river crosses from the south part of Wakefield, and unites near the centre of the eastern boundary.

Teneriffe, a bold and rocky mountain, extends along the eastern part Milton near which lies Milton Pond, of considerable size, connecting with the Salmon Fall river. This town was formerly a part of Rochester.

Boundaries. North-west by Middleton and Wakefield, east by Salmon Fall River, separating it from Maine, and south-west by Farmington.

First settlers. See Rochester. First ministers. See Rochester.

Productions of the Soil. Indian corn, 7,282 bushels; potatoes, 12,560 bushels; hay, 2,296 tons; wool, 3,625 pounds; maple sugar, 473 pounds.

Distances. Forty miles north-east from Concord and twenty north-west from Dover.

Milton gave 188 votes (68.6%) to independent Nathaniel S. Berry and 86 votes (31.4%) to Democrat incumbent Jared Warner Williams in the NH gubernatorial election of 1848. Governor Williams won re-election by 3,000 votes.

New Hampshire. The annual election for the choice of Governor, Council and Legislature, occurs next Tuesday, in N. Hampshire. The Polk party support Jared W. Williams, of Lancaster, now Governor of the State; and the “Allies” – the Whigs, Independent Democrats and Liberty men, Nathaniel S. Berry, of Hebron, for the office of Governor.

Each party seems to be awake, and the struggle will be a warm one. The result none can tell; but as the locofocos carried the State last year by 11 or 1200 majority, it is presumed that they calculate with confidence upon doing the same this year. Indeed, they proclaim the State theirs by thousands. If “Secret Inspectors,” with liberty to draw upon the National Treasury at the rate of $2,200 per annum for traveling (electioneering) fees can secure them the election they are sure of it. But for this corrupt system of buying up men with money from the Treasury, as it has been demonstrated is the practice of the administration in New Hampshire, we should count upon the State as certain for “Berry and Liberty.” As matters are, we can only hope for the best (St. Johnsbury Caledonian, March 11, 1848).

In a table of comparative statistics, Milton was said to have 330 polls; a tax rate of $3.65 per thousand in 1844; improved and unimproved lands valued at $216,852 in 1848; mills and carding machines valued at $10,075; 1,068 sheep; and a total amount of inventory of $383,023 in 1848.

(Farmington’s total amount of inventory was $556,796, Middleton’s was $117,232, Rochester’s was $907,610, and Wakefield’s was $309,515).

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Hayward, John. (1849). A Gazetteer of New Hampshire, Containing Descriptions of All the Counties. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 24). Jared W. Williams. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 21). Locofocos. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 24). Nathaniel S. Berry. Retrieved from

Author: Muriel Bristol

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