History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
Published in 1845
Thomas Webster, son of Thomas Webster of Hampton, was one of the first settlers of Kingston, about the year1700. Benjamin, son of Thomas and Sarah Webster, born in 1701, is said to have been the first child born in the town of Kingston. He was a great ancestor of Caleb Webster, merchant in Gilmanton.
Hon. Ebenezer Webster was a son of Ebenezer Webster, and grandson of Ebenezer Webster, on of the grantees of Kingston, in 1692, and a settler about 1700, whose father, Thomas Webster, died in Hampton, 1715, aged 83. He was born in Kingston, 1739. At the age of 18, he joined Rogers' Company of Rangers, which went with skates and snow-shoes to Lake George, and ranged the country to defend the frontiers from the attack of the Indians. He was out two years in company with Stark and Putnam, from 1757 to 1759. In 1763, he settled in Salisbury. In 1777, he commanded a company at the battle of Bennington, and was present at the surrender of Burgoyne. In 1783 he was a Representative and afterwards a Senator in the State Legislature. In 1791, he was appointed a Judge of the Court of Common Please, and died in 1806, aged 67. His sons, Hon. Daniel Webster, born Jan. 18, 1782, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1801, and Hon. Ezekiel Webster, two years older, graduated at the same College in 1804, and died in 1829.