Jesse Crowell was the son of David and Elizabeth Crowell of Londonderry, and was born in 1784. It is recorded by Morrison that Crowell came to Windham in about 1806 and married Lydia, the daughter of Henry Campbell, that same year. Crowell purchased half of Campbell's farm and went into business with him, "in keeping a store". In 1807 Crowell was issued a license to operate a tavern by the board of selectmen. In 1758, the royal government of the colony of New Hampshire restricted the number of taverns in the state to 84, permitting Windham to have just one. Until 1799, even after the one tavern restriction was lifted, there were relatively few taverns or inns in town. However, the number of taverns and inns grew in the first decade of the 19th century, when Crowell decided to open his tavern. Aside from keeping a tavern, he also manufactured shoes, and had, "a number of apprentices and workmen". When his wife died on May 27, 1822, Crowell wasted no time in remarrying and was married to his deceased wife's cousin, Hannah Campbell, in October of that year. Jesse Crowell died on January 15, 1844 at the age of 59. Hannah Campbell Crowell died many years later on June 7, 1871.
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