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A Brief History of Dover, New Hampshire

    Dover is the oldest continuous settlement in New Hampshire and the seventh oldest in the United States. The permanent settlement occurred in what is now the Dover Neck area. For a few years Dover was an independent colony named Northam. In 1692 Northam became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The original township of Dover included the present towns of Dover, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Somersworth, Rollinsford, and parts of Newmarket, Newington, and Greenland.
    Dover has always used the Cocheco and Bellamy Rivers to its economic advantage. The first use of the water power of the Cocheco River was in 1642, when a sawmill was built. In the 1700s Dover had an extensive shipbuilding industry. By 1830, the city had become a leading manufacturer of cotton goods in the country, using the river to power several mills. Later in the nineteenth century, a brick industry flourished and shoe manufacturing developed in the 1900's.

Important Dover Dates Obituary Index:
An Index to obituaries that appeared in Foster's Daily Democrat 1947 to 2007
Calamity on the Cocheco (the flood) Sketch of Dover, NH
History of Dover, its Churches, and Mills
The Cochecho Massacre Old Dover, New Hampshire by Carolyn Garland
Christine Otis Baker, captured by Indians The Dover Combination
Dover's declaration of self government circa 1640
Indian Attacks Around Dover Cocheco or Cochecho?
The Captivity of Elizabeth Hanson The Many Names of Dover
A History of Dover's Mills by Cathy Beaudoin Dover Streets and Squares
100 Years of Cotton Manufacturing in Dover Dover Population Statistics
Mill Workers
Mr. Daniel Buckley
   ►Mr. Thomas Cash
Mr. James Rogers
Historical Sketch, Views and Business Directory of Dover, N.H.
Civic Survey of Dover 
History, hospitals, churches, schools, ethnicity, Children's Home, occupations, circa 1916
The Strike Of the Mill Girls Flu Epidemic of 1918 Strikes Dover
The Fire at Cocheco Mill Number 1 A History of Fires in Dover
Report on the Cocheco Mill Fire by Charles Fish Fire at the Strafford County Farm Poor House

Pacific Mills Hospital

Fire at the Insane Asylum
The Cloth Manufacturing Process
Drawing Frame
The Blowing up of Andy Kimball
Dover's First Hanging
A Whale in Dover
Dover Public Library History
A History of Dover Schools
Samuel Slater's Mill Machinery Sarah Low; Civil War Nurse
John Williams and Dover's Mills William S. Gookin, Dover Artist
Dover's Trade with the West Indies Marilla Marks Ricker
The Philistine (Marilla Ricker)
Railroads Coming Into Dover ► Nellie Brown Mitchell, Opera Singer
Shipping in Dover Dover's Participation in the War of the Rebellion, 1862 - 1864
Brick Making in Dover Names of Dover Residents in World War I
Slaves in Dover Strafford Guards
The Temperance Movement Life at the Lincoln House by Bill Minnick
Garrisons Around Dover Middlebrook Farm
Damm Garrison  The Roberts Farm
Strafford County Court House The Whipping of the Quaker Women
Woodman Institute Museum Heritage Walking Tours
Strafford County Genealogical Society Dover City Directories Online 1865 - 1888
  Dover Town Records 1657-1807