New Hampshire

Chase Tavern

Prior to British colonization, the Connecticut River valley was populated by bands of the Western Abenaki, who lived in sometimes-large villages of longhouses. Depending on the season, they would either remain near their villages to fish, gather plants, engage in sugaring, and trade or fight with their neighbors, or head to nearby fowling and hunting grounds. Later, they also farmed tobacco and the "three sisters": corn, beans, and squash.

Colonization eventually resulted in the establishment of the Province of New Hampshire. Within that province, the area known as modern-day Unity was part of a territory chartered in 1753 and named "Buckingham" after John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire. Grants in the area were given by both the early Massachusetts government and by Governor Benning Wentworth, which led to disputes. The town was incorporated as "Unity" in 1764 after amicable resolutions of the disputes were reached.

In the 1790 census, the town had 538 residents. Unity was on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, an important trade route chartered in 1799 that connected Amherst, New Hampshire to Claremont. By 1810, the town had 1,044 inhabitants, with two grain mills, five sawmills, a clothing mill and a distillery. Sheep farming was a principal business.


Research Volunteers

Roberta Callum
 Roberta  is currently the Vice President of the Unity Historical Society

Robert Huntoon
Information on his family from the Unity area.

Kathy Beals

 "Early Families of Unity, New Hampshire and Cemeteries of Unity, N. H."
by Kathy Beals

  This book is also available in libraries in New Hampshire and and across the country. 
Also available are copies of Unity censuses from 1790 - 1900;  Kathy has abstracted cemetery records
 vital records, and has located hundreds of probate records and deeds. Ms. Beals does no local research as she lives in CA.

History of the Chase Tavern

Unity Historical Society

1840 Census of Pensioners

Town of Unity



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