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Near Dixville Notch in Coos County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Early Settlers

 
 
Early Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2006
1. Early Settlers Marker
Inscription.
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 broken out in 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.
 
Erected by New Hampshire State Parks.
 
Location. 44° 51.373′ N, 71° 17.138′ W. Marker is near Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, in Coos County. Marker can be reached from New Hampshire Route 26 1.1 miles east of Cold Spring Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker, family burial site, and tombstones are located within the Dixville Notch State Wayside at this address, near the parking lot and picnic area. Marker is in this post office area: Colebrook NH 03576, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dixville Notch (approx.
Early Settlers Marker (<i>wide view; Whittemore Family Cemetery beside marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
October 8, 2013
2. Early Settlers Marker (wide view; Whittemore Family Cemetery beside marker)
1.1 miles away); The Coos Trail (approx. 10.2 miles away); Metallak (approx. 11 miles away); 45th Parallel (approx. 11.9 miles away); Republic of Indian Stream (approx. 14.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a painted wooden signboard, located beside the Whittemore Family Cemetery, which includes the Whittemore graves and tombstones.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Whittemore Grave.
Early settler in Northern New Hampshire. (Submitted on March 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Balsams: Priceless New Hampshire Heritage.
The first Europeans arrived only 200 years ago. Betsey and John Whittemore’s are among the oldest graves located in Dixville Notch. Their farm on the valley floor and an historic farmhouse now inside a hotel building had at one time belonged to the “Dix” family for whom “Dixville” was named. (Submitted on March 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
John & Betsey Whittemore Tombstone (<i>next to marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2006
3. John & Betsey Whittemore Tombstone (next to marker)
Dixville Notch State Wayside Sign (<i>enter here from Hwy 26 for access to marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2006
4. Dixville Notch State Wayside Sign (enter here from Hwy 26 for access to marker)
View west along Hwy 26 from State Wayside toward Dixville Notch image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2006
5. View west along Hwy 26 from State Wayside toward Dixville Notch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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