An American Family History

The Hildreth Family

  also spelled Hildrtih  
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Isaac Hildreth was born in 1698 in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

He married Rachel Adams.

Chelmsford records show that Isaac and Rachel, had the following children:

Isaac Hildreth (1726/7),
Leah Hildreth (1731-1733),
Rachel Hildreth (1731-1738),
Samuel Hildreth (1735),
Elizabeth Hildreth (1738),
Edward Hildreth (1740)
William Hildreth (1742)
John Hildreth (1745/6)






The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

from History of Chesterfield

Jonathan Hildreth, brother of Samuel Hildreth (3), of Wm. Hildreth (4), and of Edward Hildreth (5), settled in Wmd. as early as 1751, having rem. to that town (according to family tradition) from Petersham, Mass. He seems to have come to Chfd. about 1763, and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by Watson Wheeler.

He m. 1st, Mary, d. in Wmd. in 1751;
2d, Phebe , d. in Wmd. in 1758 ;
3d, Dinah .

Selectman 1767, '70, '79.

He appears to have d. after 1805.

Jonathan, b. in Wmd., Mar. 14, 1753; m., 1778, Lucy Bingham. Soldier 1777.
Reuben, b. in Putney, Vt., May 4, 1755; m., 1781, Susanna, dau. of John Sanderson (1).
Shilliel R., b. in Wmd., Jan. 10, 1758.
Isaac D., b. in Wmd., Jan. 8, 1760; d. in Chfd. 1766.
Martin (6), b. in Wmd., Aug. 6, 1761
Lotan (7), b. (probably) in Chfd., Mar. 29, 1763.
Phebe, b. Dec. 12, 1765; m., 1784, Abel Fletcher (1).
Edward, b. Sept. 14, 1767.
Adams, b. Oct. 18. 1769; m., 1795, Sally Baldwin.
Dinah, b. July 8, 1771; d. 1772.
Dinah, b. Feb. 24. 1773.
Tola, b. Sept. 1, 1774; d. the same year.
Sarah, b. Feb. 19, 1776.
Luna, b. July 31, 1778: d. 1785.

In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

Cutter's work is available on CD

Gazetteer of Cheshire County compiled by Hamilton Child printed at the Journal office, 1885

Jonathan Hildreth settled in Westmoreland as early as 1751, and moved to this town about 1763, settling on the farm now owned by Watson Wheeler. He was selectman in 1767, '70, '79.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial by William Richard Cutter published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914

Jonathan, settled in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, as early as 1751, coming from Petersham and settling in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, about 1763; married three times, wives named Mary, Phebe and Dinah; was selectman and left many descendants.

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The date of the first town meeting, nor the business then transacted, is not known. The first meeting on record was held on the second Tuesday in June, 1767, at the house of Jonas Davis, when Capt. Simon Davis was chosen moderator. The records of this meeting give us the first intimation of highways in the town, when the "river road" running from Westmoreland line to Hinsdale line, was accepted. A road beginning at Hinsdale line, and running northerly by Jonathan Hildreth's and Nathaniel Bingham's was also accepted. Jonathan Hildreth lived where Watson Wheeler now resides and Nathaniel Bingham on Wetherbee hill.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.