and Windham, in Rockingham county
, New Hamp shire.
The land was a free gift from the king, in consideration of the services rendered his throne by the people of Londonderry
in the defence of their city.
To each settler was assigned a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, a house lot, and an out lot of sixty acres. The lands of the men who had personally served during the siege, were exempted from taxation, and were known down to the period of the revolution as the Exempt Farms
. The settlement of Londonderry
attracted new emigrants, and it soon became one of the most prosperous and famous in the colony.
It was there that the potato was first cultivated, and there that linen was first made in New England
The English colonists at that day appear to have been unacquainted with the culture of the potato, and the familiar story of the Andover farmer who mistook the balls which grow on the potato vine for the genuine fruit of the plant, is mentioned by a highly respectable historian of New Hampshire
as ‘a well-authenticated fact.’
With regard to the linen manufacture, it may be mentioned as a proof of the thrift and skill of the Scotch-Irish settlers, that; as early as the year 1748, the linens of Londonderry
had so high a reputation in the colonies, that it was found necessary to take measures to prevent the linens made in other towns from being fraudulently sold for those of Londonderry
A town meeting was held in that year for the purpose of appointing ‘fit and proper persons to survey and inspect linens and hollands made in the town for sale, so that the credit of our manufactory be kept up, and the purchaser of our linens may not be imposed upon with foreign and outlandish linens in the name of ours.’
Inspectors and sealers were accordingly appointed, who were to examine and stamp ‘all the hollands made and to be made in our town, whether brown, white, speckled, or checked, that are to be exposed for sale;’ for which service they were empowered to demand from the owner of said linen ‘sixpence, old tenor, for each piece.’
And this occurred within thirty years from the erection of the first log-hut in the township of Londonderry
However, the people had brought their spinning and weaving implements with them from Ireland
, and their industry was not once interrupted by an attack of Indians
These Scotch-Irish of Londonderry
were a very peculiar people.