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Rowland Rideout 1715-1779

Updated January 16, 2011

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There is a tomb stone in the Blodgett Cemetery in Hudson, Hillsborough Co. NH which has the following inscription, HERE LIES THE BODY OF SAMUEL DAVIS SON OF NATHANAEL DAVIS & MRS MARTHA HIS WIFE HE WAS MURDERED BY ROLING RIDOUT JUN 26 1775 IN THE 19TH YEAR OF HIS AGE. Samuel Davis and Rowland Rideout were related, common ancestors were James Davis and wife Cicely Thayer. The tomb stone can be seen here,

The court records are currently in the state archives at Concord and are identified as follows;

DAVIS, Samuel, yeoman, of Nottingham-West, vs RIDEOUT, Rowland, yeoman, of Nottingham-West, rec date 1776, recognizance, murder, file #2251.

Rowland pleaded not guilty however from the evidence presented it was obvious that Rowland hit Samuel Davis in the back of the head with an ax. Rowland was committed to confinement for an unspecified period where he died in 1779.

The court records follow,

Family Photos
  • State of New Hampshire (30 KB)
    Cover Letter
  • Page 1 (53 KB)
    The Government of the People vs Rowland Rideout September 1776
  • Page 2 (58 KB)
    Pleads not guilty.
  • Page 3 (127 KB)
    Seduced by the Devil.
  • Page 4 (58 KB)
  • Page 5 (64 KB)
    Findings of the Jury
  • Page 6 (93 KB)
    The court finds Rowland Rideout a danger to the community and sentences him to prison.
  • History of Hudson NH (72 KB)
    History of Hudson NH Rowland Rideout
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