Vernon Hood (1914-1971)1 moved to Plainfield at age 13, and developed a passion for Plainfield town history. Affectionately remembered as a “character,” for more than 30 years he collected information, stories and documents from town residents. Concerned about preserving anything related to the history of the town, he collected early maps, transcribed vital records, town meeting minutes, cemetery headstones and family Bibles. He also compiled genealogies of Plainfield families, and filled many notebooks with his typed and handwritten notes. He was working on a history of Plainfield when he died, and all of his collected research was donated to Dartmouth College at his death, and is in the Rauner Library today.

Katherine MacLeay knew Vernon Hood, and shared his interest in town history and genealogy. In the 1970s, after Vernon’s death, Kay began collecting genealogical information on local families to add to the data Vernon had already compiled. When computers became available, she laboriously entered all of Vernon’s genealogical research into a computer and added new information gleaned from newspapers, town reports, and early census records. She encouraged local families to send her additional information.

The Plainfield Historical Society is pleased to publish the results of almost 80 years of research by these two remarkable people. We are grateful to Desmond Hudson, who converted Kay’s files, and spent many hours formatting and proofreading. This is still a work in progress. Kay will continue to update records, and any errors and omissions should be e-mailed to the Philip Read Memorial Library. Updates will be available at the library.

The format used in the genealogy approximates that recommended by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. An index of names is included for your review.

1. Choice White Pines and Good Land, A History of Plainfield and Meriden, New Hampshire/written by the townspeople; edited by Philip Zea and Nancy Norwalk, Peter E. Randall Publisher, 1991.