Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nutfield Immigrant Families

Historical Marker in East Derry

Londonderry's Presbyterian Church

Immigrants to Nutfield, New Hampshire

It is well known that Nutfield was founded by a group of Ulster refugees, Scots Irish Presbyterians fleeing the violence of Northern Ireland for New England. They were not welcome to settle in Boston, so in 1719 a group came to settle in New Hampshire. They called their new home “Nutfield” after the abundance of nut bearing trees in the vicinity; butternut, chestnut and walnut.
I’ve had a lot of requests for the surnames included in this group, and so I decided to list the family names of subsequent immigration to Nutfield, now Londonderry, Derry and parts of Windham. These names are taken from the 1722 list of “Proprietors of Londonderry.” Surnames in this group include: Alexander, Allison, Anderson, Barnett, Clark, Clendenin, Gregg, McKeen, Mitchell, Morrison, Nesmith, Steele, Sterret, Stuart and Weir, led by Reverend James MacGregor.

Soon after more Scots Irish families followed: Moor, Adams, Karr, Aiken, Dickey, Watts, Mack, Holmes, Nevins, Boyd, Dana, Boice, Conant, McAllister, Patterson, Pinkerton, Humphrey, Campbell, Duncan, Woodburn, McClearey, White, Willson, McDuffee, McMurphy, Martin, Fling, Wallace and others.

According to Reverend Parker’s History of Londonderry, around 1790 a group of families arrived from Ipswich, Massachusetts including Cross, Choate, Proctor, Jewett, Caldwell, Cogswell, Burnham, Crocker and Low. From the town of Bradford came the Savory, Tenny, Barker and Hardy families. From Rowley came the Crowells and Plummers. From Topsfield, the Townes, Dwinnells and Esteys.

After the Ipswich families, another group of Adams family settlers came from Newbury, Massachusetts. Also from Essex County: Batchelder, Gilcreast, Goodwin, Corning, Annis, Avery, Leach, Greely, Kimball and Whittier families. Then a large group of Baptists came from southern Massachusetts, settling in western and northern Londonderry (a section then called “Canada”), and building a Baptist church in 1829, and this included the Manter, Ripley and Sampson families.

If you are from Londonderry or Derry, you will recognize many of these surnames, even just as street names around town. Genealogical sketches of these families can be found in “Rev. Parker’s History of Londonderry” along with other names on tax lists, etc. This book is out of print, but is available at the Londonderry Leach Library, as well in its entirety at


Copyright 2009, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I was wondering why no mention of the Landsay family three brother came from Ireland and started Londonderry nutfield my gr ggggg granddad is buried in the old section of forest hill cemetry in east Derry nh James Lindsay or Lindsey 1680 to 1794

    1. You can see a list of the original Nutfield Proprietors here at this link:
      Other families came later. Check with the Parker's "History of Londonderry" for old families.