Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts
Keene, Cheshire County,New Hampshire
The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield by authority of the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663 with the Rev. Thomas Gilbert. The third Meeting House was built on the Common in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.
Benjamin and at least two of their older sons, Jonathan and Thomas, served in the American Revolution. In 1777 the Benjamin Dwinnell family moved to Keene, New Hampshire, so they were there for the majority of the American Revolution. Their children moved with them.
Hannah married in 1782, Jonathan, Thomas, and Benjamin, Jr. all married in about 1783, Israel and Sarah married in 1787 Esther married in 1791. The Aaron Reverend Hall performed the ceremonies.
Benjamin, Sr. (Benj. Dwinnel) appeared in the 1800 census of New Hampshire . The household consisted of one man over 45, one girl between ten and fifteen, and one woman over 45.
Benjamin, Sr. died in 1805.
The History of Keene said that 1816 was known as the cold year in Keene and its surrounding towns. For more than twelve weeks during spring and summer, no rain fell.
Mary died in 1820. Jonathan, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Jr., Sarah and Esther stayed in New Hampshire. Abigail and Israel moved to New York. Hannah moved to Vermont.
Graves of Benjamin &
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Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire was settled after 1736 and was a fort protecting Massachusetts during the French and Indian Wars. It was called Upper Ashuelot. When New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts in 1741 it became Keene, New Hampshire.
During King George's War, the village was attacked and burned.