Sullivan County, New Hampshire
Lempster Genealogy  

The Early History of Lempster

The following is from The Gazetteer of the State of New Hampshire, Printed by C. Norris & Co. , Exeter, NH, © 1817

- a township in Cheshire county, incorporated in 1761, and containing in 1810, a population of 845 inhabitants. It is bounded N. by Unity, E. by Goshen and Washington, S. by Marlow, and W. by Acworth, comprising an area of 21, 410 acres. 

Near the border of Washington is a pond about 320 rods long and 80 wide, and another lying partly in Marlow 420 long and 70 wide, besides several others of a smaller size Lempster is also watered by sugar river and two branches of Cold river. The easterly part of the town is mountainous over which part passes the 2d NH turnpike from Amherst to Claremont. In this town also the Charleston turnpike branches off. There are here 7 school houses, and 1 congregational meeting house. Rev. E. Fisher was the first and only minister ever settled in this town. He was ordained in 1787, and is still in office.

In 1812, eighteen persons died in this town, and twelve of them of the spotted fever. In 1813, five other died of that disease. This fever first appeared in Lempster on the 20th of March, 1812, and continued spreading its malignant contagion till the 3d of April in 1813, it again appeared about the middle of April, and in June it assumed the form of the mild typhus. In 1803, twenty-four children died here in two months of the scarlatina anginosa. J.S.T.A.  Submitted by T.C. Parziale 5/30/00

Lempster Local Information

Miner Memorial Library
P.O. Box 131 - Route 10 - East Lempster 03605-0131
Phone: (603)  863-0051    -   Suzanne Orlando, Librarian
Hours: 3 - 8 PM Monday & Wednesdays
On File  is a book listing old town residents, by Jessica Stevens

Available: Good Men & True Women, The Settling of Lempster
A Thesis by Dorothy Hathaway, Dartmouth College

Town of Lempster and Town Clerk offices 
856 US Route #10   P.O. Box 33 - Lempster, NH 03605
Phone: (603) 863-2698
Town Clerk - Gayle Newton Hrs: Tue 9-Noon   Wed. 5-7PM
Tues & Thurs 5-8pm, Sat 8-12 pm

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  Lempster Historical Society
Bob Cilley, President
For Early Settler Information email Richard Fairweather 
This annual publication deals with town events 
from both the past and present, giving a Lempster overview that is most interesting.  The 2002 issue carries an interview with Mrs. Frances Wirkala, a Lempster teacher beginning in 1932 and she is currently 91 years old.  Her rich storehouse of memories presents a perspective not often found today.
Glimpses of Old Lempster, a book
Published by the Croft Press of Lempster, this booklet, one of a series, provides a story of the family who built and lived in one of the older houses in the Lempster area, the Asbury F. Perley house and its family. The volume is for sale directly from the Croft Press,$8.95 including shipping. (click here)
Lempster Lookup Volunteers

Richard Fairweather has offered limited genealogical assistance referencing Lempster ancestors.  Send him an email:   Richard Fairweather 

 If you have any reference material on Lempster and would also like to volunteer, please let me know. Richard Fairweather

   Updated 03/23/09  

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