STRATHAM — On Mon., January 18, at 7:00 p.m., the Stratham Historical Society, jointly with The Stratham Wiggin Memorial Library, will present a program by Erica Linderman, a Stratham Historical Society Winfield L. Foote Award recipient, and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of New Hampshire. Erica will present her research on Wentworth Cheswill (alt. Cheswell), a mixed-race Revolutionary War veteran and prominent resident in the Town of Newmarket, (then New Market).
Young Cheswill was the son of Hopestill Cheswill, a well-known pre-Revolutionary War housebuilder, and he was a key figure in New Hampshire politics. He attended the prestigious (Governor) Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA., and as an adult, he held a succession of elected and appointed town or local government positions in Newmarket, including assessor, town auditor, coroner, and selectman. Cheswill, like Paul Revere, also made a midnight ride on horseback to warn NH residents of the coming of British soldiers. He preserved important town records and helped start the first private library in Newmarket. Cheswill’s charisma and accomplishments make for a compelling local history story, one that local history buffs won’t want to miss.
Because we all continue to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols, the program will be presented via Zoom. It will be available and free to all on January 18, 2021 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. To register, go to www.library.strathamnh.gov and click on the Events Calendar. You may ignore the request for a library card number. The Zoom Meeting ID and passcodes will be emailed to registrants on January 17. Microphones will be muted until Erica encourages questions and an exchange of thoughts following her presentation.