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What is now the town of Groton, in Grafton County, New Hampshire, was initially granted as Cockermouth but, since the terms of the original grant were not met, it was re-granted in 1766, then renewed in 1772. In 1796, Samuel Blood, one of the later grantees, was successful in renaming the town after his hometown of Groton, Massachusetts. The Cockermouth River, which flows from west to east across the center of the town, retains the community’s original name. Although the community’s land was uneven, early farmers were able to grow corn and potatoes there. A branch of the Baker River, in the northern part of the town, provided water power for mills.



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