"[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported.
We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us,
at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."
-- John Adams, 1765
The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.
New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
When his father died in 1761 was willed the “house and barn, and my land and meadow in Topsfield."
In 1762 Benjamin Dwinnell was seated in church in
The mens 1st seat in ye west gallery [and] . . . Mr. Benjamin Dwinel’s wife was in the women’s 1st seat in ye east gallery.
Benjamin served in Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was on the muster roll of Captain Jacob Gould's Company in Colonel Samuel Johnson's Regiment of Militia which marched on the alarm April 19, 1775.
He died on July 29, 1805 at the age of 76 years in Keene, New Hampshire. He was buried in the North or Court Street Burial Ground in Keene with his wife, Mary.
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.