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

Gov. William King’s Claim to Bingham’s Big Island

In the winter and spring of 1825, there was a quiet tussle over the ownership of the big island in the Kennebec River, located between Bingham and Concord.  Col. John Black, agent for the Trustees of the Estate of William Bingham, traveled there to try to close a sale with three settlers who had been … Continue reading Gov. William King’s Claim to Bingham’s Big Island

John and Solomon Berry – Early Settlers at Flagstaff, Maine

At the time of William Bingham's Kennebec Purchase, the Million Acres included  Township No. 4 in the 4th Range West of the Kennebec River - Flagstaff, now in Franklin County. Bingham's Estate records contain valuable information about early settlers in each of their townships. Of relevance here are John and Solomon Berry, among the first … Continue reading John and Solomon Berry – Early Settlers at Flagstaff, Maine

Moses Burnham and The Moosehead Lake Steam Navigation Company

In the summer of 1836, twenty-six year old Moses W. Burnham moved from New Hampshire to The Forks, Maine, where he resided until 1861. For all those years, he was Postmaster and proprietor of a hotel at the south end of the bridge over the East Branch of the Kennebec River. The hotel was located … Continue reading Moses Burnham and The Moosehead Lake Steam Navigation Company