Moscow’s 1819 Vote Against Statehood

It is interesting to note that Moscow voted very differently with regard to Maine's statehood than did the neighboring town of Bingham. Bingham voters were decisively for separation from Massachusetts, whereas Moscow's voters were against it - almost in an inverse ratio. Moscow's town records indicate that early town meetings were held at the home … Continue reading Moscow’s 1819 Vote Against Statehood

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

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