In 1623, William and Edward Hilton settled the Cocheco Plantation, adopting its Abenaki name, making Dover the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire, and seventh in the United States. One of the colony’s four original townships, it then incluced Durham, Madbury, Newington, Lee, Somersworth, and Rollinsford.
"in a little tyme following (we) settled up- on the River Pascataqua with Mr. Edw. Hilton, who (Edward and William) were the first English settlers there. They had much intercourse with ye Indians by way of trade and mutual giving and receiving; amongst whom was one Tahanto, Sagamore of Penacooke (who) for diverse kindnesses received from your petitioner's father & himself, did freely give unto ye aforesaid Wil- liam Hilton, Seniour & William Hilton, Juniour, six square miles of land lying on ye River Penneconaquegg, being a rivulett running into ye river Penacooke, to ye eastward, etc., etc." (1)
Being a settlement from this early, 1623, is a big deal, and here was debate on whether Hilton’s Point Dover was actually founded as far back as 1623, until this discovery seemed to confirm it:
a discovery in the Court files of Suffolk County of the Petition of William Hilton, sou of the first settler of that name, dated June i, 1660, to the Honored General Court then assembled in Boston, in relation to some lands bought by him and his father of the Pennacook Indians in 1636. In this petition William Hilton says, that "your petitioner's father, William Hilton, came over into New England about the year Anno Dom. 1621, and 3^our petitioner came about one year and a half after, and 771 a little time follozvins; settled ourselves upon the rive?- of Pis- cataqua with Mr. Ed7v. Hilton, -who icere the first English planters there.''
Wheelwright Deed 1629 Authentic?
Edward Hilton obtained an important grant in his own name on March 12, 1630 and this solidified its place in history. The grant included present day Dover, Durham, Stratham, and parts of Newington and Greenland. To the natives, it was called Wecanacohunt