The Wood / Houghton / Doe Farm – An Old Landmark Gone

Last week the landscape on the south end of Bingham village changed with the demolition of the old Doe Farm. It was a building with a long history, on land first occupied by Ephraim Wood and his descendants, and soon the town will enjoy the convenience of a new gasoline station at this location. This … Continue reading The Wood / Houghton / Doe Farm – An Old Landmark Gone

1830 Letter to Andrews Family, from Essex MA to Pleasant Ridge ME

Levi Andrews, Jr. and his wife Achsah (Andrews) settled in Pleasant Ridge, Maine soon after their marriage in Essex, Massachusetts in 1822. They were quickly surrounded by other Andrews family members—so many that the place was called "Andrews Plantation" in the 1830 census. We are fortunate to have an original letter sent to Levi and … Continue reading 1830 Letter to Andrews Family, from Essex MA to Pleasant Ridge ME

Sturgis, Southwick, and Haynes – Kennebec County Men Come Up-River

Two key figures in 19th century logging on the Upper Kennebec were Ira Daggett Sturgis (1814-1891) and Josiah Manchester Haynes (1839-1906). They had close ties to each other, and to three men who preceded them in the region—Joseph Southwick (1791-1866), and the Sturgis twins (b. 1806). The Sturgis legacy in the Upper Kennebec actually began … Continue reading Sturgis, Southwick, and Haynes – Kennebec County Men Come Up-River

West Forks Hotel – Turtle, Smith, Murphy, Patience, Pierce, Berry, Comber

There was a hotel in West Forks, located along the Canada Road about five miles above the Forks bridge, for over sixty-five years. The hotel buildings burned in 1925. The lot on which they stood was first settled by Seth Wyman Steward and his wife Eliza.  She was the daughter of early settlers at West … Continue reading West Forks Hotel – Turtle, Smith, Murphy, Patience, Pierce, Berry, Comber

Andrews 1828 Grist Mill – Pleasant Ridge

Hidden in the woods south of Rowe Pond are the remaining stone structures that were part of a grist mill on Mill Stream. The site has captured the interest of many local historians. Among them are George Pratt, Glenn Wing, Robert Hunnewell, Allen Later, Lester Atwood, and Don Nodine, all of whom have visited the … Continue reading Andrews 1828 Grist Mill – Pleasant Ridge

Bowtown – Pierce, Sanborn, and Collins – Laweryson, Morris, Meservey, and Bragg

[Continued from previous post] The Chace map of 1860 shows three households in the northeast corner of Carrying Place Township that were part of "Bowtown." There was also a household to the north, where Thomas Brown lived, which was part of this neighborhood. Nathaniel Pierce, Aaron Sanborn, and Edward Collins were occupants of the Carrying … Continue reading Bowtown – Pierce, Sanborn, and Collins – Laweryson, Morris, Meservey, and Bragg

Bowtown – McGuire, Brown, Pooler, and Bean

When local people speak of Bowtown, they commonly refer to the settlement on the west bank of the Kennebec, across from the north end of Caratunk and the south end of The Forks. There is a low flat intervale there, which was home to several generations of families. The neighborhood included a cluster of homes, … Continue reading Bowtown – McGuire, Brown, Pooler, and Bean

Bowtown – James Edwin Powell

[Continued from previous article] The deed to David Young's Bowtown Possession passed to the hands of Jonas Brown from Daniel Steward. Jonas sold the lot to his brother, Stephen Brown in 1837. Stephen and Jonas Brown were sons of David Jr. and Esther (Buttrick) Brown of Baldwin, Maine. Another son, Thomas, married Harriet Baker Pierce, … Continue reading Bowtown – James Edwin Powell

Bowtown – David Young Jr, First Recorded Settler

Bowtown was part of William Bingham's Kennebec Purchase, designated as Township No. 1, Range 4, West of the Kennebec River.  When estate agent John Black conducted a survey of settlers in 1820, David Young, Jr. was the only occupant listed within Bowtown proper. Black sought to reach purchase agreements with each of the settlers. David … Continue reading Bowtown – David Young Jr, First Recorded Settler