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The town of Durham, New Hampshire is in Strafford County. It is situated at the mouth of the Oyster River, and for that reason, it was originally named Oyster River Plantation, and it was part of Dover. Oyster River Plantation was in Massachusetts when it was settled in 1635. The Plantation quickly became a thriving agricultural village. The New Hampshire Colony did not exist until 1692. The name Durham was in honor of William and Edward Hilton, two of the earliest settlers of Dover who were direct descendants of Sir William de Hilton, Lord of Hilton Castle in County Durham, England. On July 18, 1694, while King William's War was raging, the Raid on Oyster River took place when French soldier Claude-Sebastien de Villieu led 250 Abenaki. 104 settlers were killed and 27 were taken captive. about half of the structures in the village were pillaged and then burned to the ground. The residents rebuilt the village, and in 1718, Durham became a parish of its own, and was once again an agricultural village.

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