Thomas Dinsmore came to Alstead at an early day and settled near the village, upon the farm now owned by John G. Turner. He carried on blacksmithing and farming, reared a large family, and died about 1842. His son, Calvin, born on the old homestead, died here in 1868. He was also a blacksmith and a farmer. Of his large family of twelve children, eight attained a mature age, and five of the six surviving ones reside in the town. John G. is president of the Connecticut River National bank of Charlestown ; Edward resides on Pleasant street, and Thomas resides on road 23. The latter went to Boston when a young man, and was there engaged in the produce business for thirty-two years. Since 1874, however, he has resided in his native town. He has taken an active part in public affairs, and in 1882 was elected to the state senate. Another son, Lemuel W., resides in the village.