One of the Founders of Londonderry NH. Came to N.E. 1718, One of the first 16 who originated the settlement 22 April 1719.
Art Nesmiths note: History of Windham page 687 Three branches of Nesmith family: Thomas near Philadelphia, James of Londonderry, probably a brother of Thomas John Nesmith, possibly another brother. [all from Lael Nesmith]
page 63 - Benjamin was in Belfast, ME, in 1773.
page 203 - Town Officers of Londonderry in 1719-1742: 1730 James Nesmith, moderator.
From "First Families of America", page 419: James Nesmith (1692-1767), one of the petitioners from Ireland, 1718, for land in America; with 15 others founded Londonderry, N.H., 1719; m 1714 Elisabeth McKeen (1696-1763), father: Justice James McKeen, 1st magistrate of Londonderry, N.H., was one of the wealthiest and most influential of the men in N. of Ireland who petitioned for land.
From "History of the Town of Antrim, New Hampshire - from its earliest settlement to June 27, 1877" by Rev. W.R. Cochrane. Published Manchester, NH: Mirror Stream Printing Press, 1880. JAMES NESMITH, one of the signers of the memorial to Gov. Shute, March 26, 1718, and one of the proprietors of Londonderry, was also one of the original sixteen that first struck for settlement on the soil of that ancient town April 22, 1719. He was a strong man, worthy of respect, and honored by his associates. Was appointed elder of the West Parish Presbyterian Church, at its formation in 1739. The date of his death was 1767, and his age seventy-five. He married, in Ireland, in 1714, Elisabeth, daughter of James McKeen and Janet Cochran. This Elisabeth McKeen was sister of Janet McKeen, Dea. Isaac Cochrans mother. She died in 1763, ages sixty-seven. The Nesmiths lived in the valley of the Bann in Ireland, and emigrated to that place from Scotland in 1690. Dea. James Nesmith had two children in Ireland, and seems to have buried the eldest child there. Seven children were born to them in America....
From Vital Records of Londonderry New Hampshire by Daniel Gage Annis & George Waldo Browne. Manchester, NH: Granite State Publishing Co., 1914. Birthdates of James and Elizabeths children on page 92: Arthur, April 3, 1721, Jean, Aug 12, 1723 Mary, Jan 24, 1725-26 _______, Feb 7, 1727-28 Elisabeth, Jan 8, 1729-30 Benjamin, Sept 14, 1724 Thomas, Mar 26, 1732.
“Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775” p.145:
NESMITH, James, of Londonderry, N. H.; from valley of the River Bann, Ireland, 1718; b. 1692; m. Elizabeth McKean, 1714, daughter of James and Janet (Cochran) McKean; Children: Arthur, James, Arthur, Jean, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Thomas, d. May 9, 1767.--Parkers Londonderry, p. 290; McKeans McKean Genealogy: Morrisons Windham, p. 688; Cochrans Antrim, p. 613; Documentary History of Maine, p. 20; Kingsburys Surry, p. 779; Hadleys Goffstown, p. 356; Londonderry Vital Records, p. 82.
[“Scotch-Irish in New England” by Arthur Latham Perry, Boston: Printed by J.S. Cushing & Co., 1891, 55 pgs., p.7: say they arrived at the State Street wharf on 4 Aug.1718.
In the autumn of 1717 a vessel arrived in the harbor at Falmouth in Casco Bay with 20 families of emigrants from Ireland. They were descendents of a colony which went from Argleshire in Scotland and settled in the north of Ireland about the middle of the 17th century. They were rigid presbyterians and fled from Scotland to avoid the persecution of King Charles I. They suffered severely during the winter their own provisions failed and the inhabitants of Falmouth had neither shelter nor food sufficient for so large an addition to the population. They were however given 100 bushels of Indian meal by the general court to help them through the winter. These people took their vessel up the river and secured it almost opposite Clarks Point where they remained on Purpooduck Shore during the winter. In the spring most of them sailed for Newburyport and reached Haverhill April 2nd. They soon established themselves at the place to which they gave the name of
[“The history of Londonderry : comprising the towns of Derry and Londonderry, N.H.”, by Edward L. Parker, Boston: Perkins and Whipple, 1851, 423 pgs., p.44:] One of the proprietors of Londonderry, was also one of the original sixteen that first struck for settlement on the soil of that ancient town April 22, 1719. The 16 being James McKeen, John Barnett, Archibald Clendenin, John Mitchell, James Sterrett, James Anderson, Randal Alexander, James Gregg, James Clark, James Nesmith, Allen Anderson, Robert Weir, John Morrison, Samuel Allison, Thomas Steele and John Stuart. p.151: At one time James Nesmith was elected as ruling elder of the West Parish Church.
[“Willeys semi-centennial book of Manchester, 1846-1896 : and Manchester edition of the Book of Nutfield : historic sketches of that part of New Hampshire comprised within the limits of the old Tyng Township, Nutfield, Harrytown, Derryfield, and Manchester, from the earliest settlements to the present time” by George Franklyn Willey, Manchester, N.H.: G.F. Willey, 1896, 366 pgs., p.204:] James Nesmith, one of those consecrated to the office of ruling Elder.
•see for landing at Haverhill (Nutfield) and history [“History of the clan MacFarlane, (Macfarlane), MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacFarlin” by C. M. Little, Tottenville, N.Y.: Mrs. C.M. Little, l893, 261 pgs., p.105:] heritage quest
Dau. of "Justice" James McKEEN and Janet COCHRAN 9 children (2 died young): [from Christine Nesmith, & H.Horner list & Lael Nesmith Snyder]
1. Arthur NESMITH, b.1716 Valley of Bann, Down, Ireland, d.1716 in infancy,
2.+James NESMITH, b.4 Aug.1718 Valley of Bann, d15 July 1793 Londonderry, NH,
3.+Deacon Arthur NESMITH, b.3 Apr.1721 Londonderry, NH, d.1795 Londonderry, NH,
4. Jean NESMITH, b.12 Aug.1723 Londonderry, NH, d. in youth,
5. Mary NESMITH, b.24 Jan.1726, d.7 Feb.1727, died in infancy.
6.+John W. NESMITH Sr., b.6 Feb.1728 Londonderry, NH, d.1815 Londonderry, NH,
7.+Elizabeth NESMITH, b.8 Jan.1730 Londonderry, NH, d.23 Nov.1817 Windham, Rockingham Co., NH
8.+Thomas NESMITH, b.26 Mar.1732 Londonderry, NH, d.30Nov.1789 Windham,
9.+Benjamin NESMITH, b.14 Sep.1734 Londonderry, NH, d.18 Sep.1800 Belfast, Waldo, ME,