MOSES SENTER • NOTABLE NH RESIDENT
Lake Winnipiseogee (Winnipesaukee) from Center Harbor, 1840.
Moses Senter, son of John and Jean (Foster) Senter, was born in Londonderry, NH about 1735. He married the daughter of Major Samuel Moore and Deborah (Butterfield) Moore of Litchfield, NH, Priscilla, who was born Nov. 10, 1736. Moses came up from Londonderry to the head of Lake Winnipesaukee as early as 1763, to survey some wild land for the colony. He and his companion, Mr. Bean, were so delighted with their campsite that they decided to settle there. Senter built a log house on the shore with plans to return with his family the following summer. One beautiful June morning, Moses, his wife, and their son, Sam, along with Moses's previous companion, Mr. Bean, packed all their household goods in birchbark canoes and began the trip up the Merrimack River from Londonderry. They carried their furniture, supplies, and canoes around the falls as they came to them. They entered the Weirs just before dark after six days of vigorous paddling. The little party was unable to find their home until the following morning. Mr. Bean left the family and made his way back to Peterboro. He returned the following spring with his bride, Lettice Aulds. They built a log house nearby the Senters, and the two families tried to establish themselves in an area where there were no neighbors for miles in any direction. The only mode of traveling was on foot and the only trails were blazed on the trees. The area was originally called Senter's Harbor but was eventually changed to Center Harbor.
On April 13, 1771, Moses bought 97 acres of land at Derryfield (now Manchester), NH and established a farm next to John Stark’s farm. He lived on this farm until 1774 when he sold it and moved back to Center Harbor. He was a Pvt. in Cpt. Nathaniel Amrase’s Co., Col. Welch’s Regt. of volunteers, from Sept. 30, 1777, which marched from Moultonborough and joined the Continental Army under Gen. Gates at Saratoga. After Burgoyne surrendered, Moses marched with the guard as far as North Hampton, Mass., where he was discharged.
Moses Senter died at Center Harbor, March 13, 1813, at age 78. His wife, Priscilla, died at Center Harbor, July 20, 1816. Both are buried in the Senter-Coe Cemetery.