Many of the "Door's" found in Maine and New Hampshire may very well be descended from Richard Door of Portsmouth, NH. Before the early 1800's it was commonly spelled Door in the early sources - sometime after 1800 more common spelling changed to Dore, Doar, Dorr, or Doore; few families in the Maine/New Hampshire area kept Door.

My own GGG grandfather Joel Door was married (to Hannah Hussey) in Shapleigh, ME in 1800 as Door, moved north to Harmony, ME where the town record used Doore for all the related families until after 1820 when they changed to Dore (with a change of the town clerk shown by a change of handwriting). 

GGG grandfather Joel moved away to Dover-Foxcroft from Harmony in 1811, and kept Doore, however some of his children changed to Dorr in the mid 1800's.  The early handritten records of Piscataquis County use Door, Dore, Doore, Doar, and Dorr in records of our family, sometimes more than one spelling on the same page.
So there we are; Door, Doore, Dore, and Dorr - all cousins.

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Comment by Kris on July 3, 2012 at 11:33am

So Thomsen Jackson was Richard Jackson's sister, not his daughter. Excellent. Richard would have inherited the "Jackson House" when the house was only 2 years old. As the eldest, Richard probably was involved in the building the house, lending some credence to the statements that the house was "built by Richard Jackson. 

Comment by James H. Doore on July 3, 2012 at 4:11pm

I too had some confusion as to who built the "Jackson House" in Portsmouth, NH.  That the house construction seems to be a few years before the death of Richard's father led me to suspect that Richard only finished what John had begun.  A closer reading of the following seems to indicate that Richard moved away from his father's home to build his own home...

PIONEERS OF PORTSMOUTH NECK, by J. M. Moses, The Granite Monthly, a New Hampshire Magazine, Concord, NH, November, 1913.

John Jackson's farm extended inland southwesterly perhaps one hundred rods with a width of thirty to forty rods, bounding westerly on the little stream that empties east of the bridge to Belle Isle. In 1666 Jackson had as much more land laid out to him adjoining on the west The east line of this farm marked in 1648 by "John Crowder's Raylls" is one of the oldest of Portsmouth farm boundaries

On January 11 1698-9 John Davis aged about eighty, deposed that "being a liver where now Mr Marke Hunkins live in the year 51 or 52 the said land which said Hunkins live on now joined to to the land which was called Crowder's farm and the said fence stands nighest to a foot where the said old fence stood" He mentioned Mr Hunkins' gate where the line crossed the road This line ran some thirty rods southwest of Little Harbor Avenue to a corner from which the line westerly was marked in 1717 by a wall that had been built by the second William Cotton who had owned on the south The well defined boundaries of Jackson's farm are an important aid in locating adjoining owners

The John Davis above mentioned is supposed to have been the same that married a daughter of Richard Shortridge and bought of him in 1689 a small lot by the shore next to Mark Hunking's land at the east end of Little Harbor Avenue This lot was later in possession of Hunking and sold by him in 1726 to the second Richard Shortridge

Jackson lived by the brook He died in 1666 having given most of the land east of the brook to his son John and the island to his son, Thomas. His son Richard established himself on Christian Shore where he is said to have built the Old Jackson House called the oldest now standing. He and his mother, Joane, in 1669 sold John Wyatt (later spelled White) a two acre lot on the east side of the brook, and about the same time a half acre lot to Richard Dore, tailor, Both purchasers built on their lots which remained in their respective families over fifty years.

In 1672 Richard and his mother sold Peter Ball fisherman twenty acres west of the brook. This is the farm through which the road now goes to Belle Isle. It extends some twenty five rods south of Little Harbor Avenue being thirty two rods wide at its southern end. Its west line ran northeast to a rock in the Salt creek near the shore. As late as 1718 there was a gate across the road on Ball's west line. Thomas Jackson owned the land on the west side of Ball in 1672 but lived on the island. William Uran had a lot in this vicinity granted him in 1653. Northeast of Ball's farm bordering on the brook was the eight acre lot granted January 1, 1656 to John Locke carpenter. He sold it March 23, 1660/61 to James Drew mariner, who sold half of it to his brother Samuel. Within four years both of them deeded their halves to Richard Hanson fisherman in whose family it remained over seventy years.


I don't recalled where I heard it but, the longevity of the house has been attributed to its use of chestnut timber in its construction.  Anybody able to confirm that?


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