Canterbury Historical Society maintains a large archive of historical data and much of it is digital. Find some links below for items of interest.
Below are links to resources that are available to researchers for free.
There are two known official town histories of Canterbury; the first, published in 1912, records the history from 1727, our charter year, until 1912. It also contained genealogies of many families in town. In 1973, the Historical Society reprinted the 1912 history as one volume; a digital copy of the two volumes, written by James Otis Lyford, is below.
The second town history, written by Kathryn Grover and published in 2017, contains 20th-century events and people, and is available for purchase from the Society here.
The Archives also has in its collections, various other books and manuscripts pertaining to our town’s history, including memoirs, books on specific areas of history, books on and by Canterbury people, and genealogies, available to researchers by appointment. Several of these titles include:
- As I’ve Heard Tell, Catherine Dickson
- A History of Morrill Road, Samuel Papps
- Under Five Sultans, Mary Mills Patrick
An Educational Ambassador (Mary Mills Patrick Biography) by Hester D. Jenkins. New York: Fleming, 1925.
and many others.
Genealogies of Canterbury Families and Local Town Histories
Listed below are several family genealogies of Canterbury families that are available online digitally:
AMES – The Samuel Ames Family, by John Kimball. Concord: Republican Press, 1890.
FIFE (ancestors) – History of Pembroke, N.H. by Nathan F. Carter. Concord: Republican Press, 1895.
FORREST – A History of the Antecedents and Descendants of William and Dorothy Worthen Forrest, by Lucy R. H. Cross. Concord: Republican Press, 1897.
FOSTER – Foster Genealogy, by Frederick C. Pierce. Chicago: Conkley, 1897.
KIMBALL – History of the Kimball Family, by Leonard A. Morrison. Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1897.
KIMBALL – The Joseph Kimball Family, by John Kimball. Concord: Republican Press, 1885.
MOORE – The Descendants of Ensign John Moore, by Howard P. Moore. Rutland: Tuttle, 1918.
MORRILL – Morrill Kindred in America (Vol. 1), by Annie Morrill Smith. New York: Lyons, 1914.
PEVERLY – transcript of Thomas Peverly of Portsmouth, N.H. 1623-1670 and Some of His Descendants, comp. by Henry W. Hardon. Privately Printed, Boston: Wright and Porter, 1927.
The History of Boscawen and Webster from 1733 to 1878, comp. by Charles C. Coffin. Concord: Republican Press, 1878.
History Boscawen-Webster, 1879-1933, comp. by Willis G. Buxton. Penacook: Ranney Press, 1933.
History of Concord, New Hampshire (vol. 1) comp. by James Otis Lyford. Concord: Rumford Press, 1903.
History of Concord, New Hampshire (vol. 2) comp. by James Otis Lyford. Concord: Rumford Press, 1903.
History of Northfield, New Hampshire, comp. by Lucy R. H. Cross. Concord: Rumford Press, 1905.
Various years are represented below. A complete set are at Elkins Public Library and avaliable to researchers during normal hours, or at the Historical Society Archives, by appointment.