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Presque Isle

Also known as Maysville; Fairbanks; Township G Range 2; Township F Range 2

Resources

List of Early Settlers

Report of the Commissioners

Presque Isle Links 

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Resources

Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, 39 Second St., Presque Isle, ME  04769  207+764-2571  http://www.presqueisle.lib.me.us

UMPI Library, 181 Main St., Presque Isle, ME  04769   207+768-9592   http://www.umpi.maine.edu/info/lib/index.html

Presque Isle Historical Society, 16 Third St., Presque Isle, ME  04769   207+762-1151

Presque Isle City Clerk, 12 Second St., Presque Isle, ME  04769   207+764-2520

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List of Early Settlers from Land Office Field Notes at Maine State Archives

Maine State Archives:2117-0109 Misc. Box #3 Folder #1 Vol. 7 pp. 1-4

I was informed by Mr. Thomas W. Beckworth whom I found residing in Letter G 2d range, that there were also six other families living in that township, two of the name of Bradley, one Arnold, and the other names I do not recollect. I did not see or hear of any others residing on any of the undivided townships, but a number of beginnings had been made with that view the first season, and they did not claim under the British.      Dec. 1825   (signed) Joseph Norris

Settlers in Township G 2d Range   Maine State Archives 2117-0109 Misc Town Records Box 3 Folder 5         

Statement of the quantity of land improved by each of the petitioners and the number of acres each wishes to purchase.

Name of Settler Year Settled # Acres Improved #Acres Wanted
Lewis JOHNSON 1821 75 200
Thomas FIELD 1830 30 160
John BUTLER 1836 20 160
John BECKWITH 1822 30 160
Thomas BECKWITH 1822 30 160
Joseph ARNOLD 1829 10 160
Ebenezer OAKS 1827 30 160
Jonathan OAKS 1827 20 160
Isaac THOMAS 1825 50 160
Elias W. CHURCHILL 1838  5  75
Noah PANGBURN 1834 50 160
Henry BRADLEY 1823 60 160
William PYLE 1822 60 160
James CURRIER 1827 30 160
Amos HEALD 1822 60 160
Thomas NEEREY 1821 30 160
Lewis JOHNSON 2d 1835 10 160
John E. RAYMOND 1837 10 160
Nehemiah HOOPER 1825 75 320
Leonard THOMAS 1838 15 160
William FIELDS 1834 15 160
John BENJAMIN 1835 20 160
Andrew SCOT 1836 30 160
Isaac MORRIS 1836 15 160
John AYRES 1836 10 160
David NICKOLS 1838 10 160
James NICKOLS 1836 36 160
Ferdinand ARMSTRONG 1827 40 160
William JOHNSTON 1835 45 160
Frederick BOSTRAGE 1838 12 160
Henry HAMILTON 1836 15 160
James MILLS 1821 50 160
John RAFORD 1825 40 160
Samuel WHITMORE 1839 8 160
Cyrus POMROY 1838 10 160
Richard HOOKS 1835 30 160
Veranes CHANDLER 1835 35 160
Thomas HOBART 1825 30 160

(Thomas Hobart) occupies the lot lying below the mouth of the Presque Isle stream on the south West side of the Aroostook.

A number of the above named lots are now occupied by persons that have purchased of the first settlers, and are set down as having settled when their lots were taken.        John Allen Jun.   see Letter 16 March 1840

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 Report of the Commissioners Appointed Under Resolve of April 12, 1854 to Locate grants and determine the extent of Possessory Claims Under the Late Treaty with Great Britain  

Augusta: Stevens & Blaine, Printers to the State. 1855

Located at State of Maine Archives: Land Office Records: Webster-Ashburton Treaty 1 Archival Box 1854 Record Group Location A21R20 4-9 Box Number 1

"We have heard the statements and proofs, and have surveyed land set off by metes and bounds, to the persons whose names are here underwritten, the following described lots having been possessed and improved by them or the persons under them whom they claim, for more than six years before the date of the treaty."

[The Webster-Ashburton Treaty, signed August 9, 1842, the purpose of which was to settle the boundary lines between the United States and Great Britain, in this case, Maine and New Brunswick.]

In Township G, Range 2, pages  5, 6

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks

29,4

Jonathan E. Armstrong

81

 

24,1 & 23,5

Ferdinand Armstrong

101

 

23,6 & 24,2

Thomas Fields

142

 

23,7 & 24,3

Benjamin Weeks

142

 

17,6 & 18,2

Jacob B. Weeks

120

 

17,7 & 18,3

Ebenezer C. Blake

120

 

17,8 & 18,4

Reuben O. Bean

96

 

4,3

Elizabeth N. Chandler

120

 

4,2

Elizabeth N. Chandler

66,60

 

4,1

3,4

Sewell Henderson

41,90

80,00

Excepting so much as was conveyed by said Henderson to Peter McKenzie, June 7, 1854

3,3

Joseph Blake

332

 

8,2

Unknown

310

 

8,1 & 7,1

13,5 & 14,1

Thomas W. Nary and

Stephen Sutter

120

In Common

13,4 & 14,2

Ebenezer Oaks

160

Including Island No.5

13,3

John Finney

125

 

13,2

Unknown

164

Including Island No. 4

13,1

Daniel Johnson

114

 

19,2

Ann Currier, 1/2,

Heirs of James F. Currier, 1/2,

126,50

In common. Including the S. West half of Island No2

19,1

Thos. W. Beckworth & 

John W. Beckworth

139,68

Incl. that part of Bull's Island in G, exc. 6 acres

19,1 Peter Bull 6 Part of Bull's Island in township G
25,1 John Raford 100 Including the Island in front of this lot
25 Adeline Chandler 40  

25,4 & 19,4 &

20,6 & 26,1

Joseph Hasey

140

 

19,5 & 20,4 John Allen 145  
20,3 Hector Sutherland 130 Including North-east 1/2 of Island No. 2
14,4 John Allen 120  
14,5 & 15,3 John Allen 140 Including Island No. 3

14,6 &15,4 & 8,4

Isaac Thomas

 

John Allen

103

 

47

All that part which lies west of the road

All that part which lies east of the road

8,5 & 9,1 William W. Pyle 160  

9,2

William W. Pyle

Alexander Campbell

80

80

The north half.

The south half

9,3 James Thompson 100  
9,4 Cyrus Pomeroy 122  
10,3 John E. Raymond 113,57  
10,4 Richard Sutter 97,50  
11,2 David B. Delano 92  
17,2 Andrew Scott 118  
17,1 Robert Scott 111  
23,4 James Nichols 109  
23,3 James Nichols 104  
23,2 John Nichols 101,50  
23,1 Joshua Bishop 85  

Township F Range 2, page 8

Purchasers from the State, of lots improved before August 9, 1836

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks
6 Alanson Rackliff 159  
27 Gowen Wilson 187,12 By resolve Aug. 13, 1849, the Land Agent is authorized to convey to said Wilson a lot of land equal in quantity.
29 Freeman Hayden 100  
29 Ephraim Clark 56  

Lots granted to encourage the erection of Mills, improved before August 9, 1836

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks
3 Sumner Whitney 168  

4 & 15

Sumner Whitney, 

David Hudley

Unknown

100

22,50

172,38

 

16 Thomas Kennedy 70,35 West half
16 Unknown 70,35 East half

pages 11,12

"We have examined the claims of persons under said treaty, to lands possessed and improved by them, or those under whom they claim, prior to the date of the treaty but whose possession and improvement had not been commenced six years previous thereto, which lands were purchased or contracted for before the date of the treaty, and have set off to the persons whose names are here underwritten, tne following described lots:"

Lots purchased or contracted for, and improved before August 9, 1842.

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks

5

Peter McKenzie

Heirs of Joel Munson

76,50

76,50

East half

West half

13 Alanson Rackliff 157,20  
14 Benaiah Pratt 143,80  
18 Francis M. Rackliff 157,20  
25 Marcellus L. Foster 155,32  
26 John T. Goss 190,36  

28

Ephraim Clark

 

Sumner Whitney

67,20

 

90

All of said lot on the east side of the road except 1 acre.

Balance of said lot.

30 Marcellus L. Foster 155,18  
36 Moses Allen 158  
38 John E. Clark 155,87  
39 Samuel Lamson 157,20  
40 Harrison G.O. Greenwood 157,20  
41 Thomas Clark 155,85  
46 Silas Ireland 155,85  
47 Hiram Hardison 157,20  
48 Amzi Doe 157,20  

49

Jesse S. Tarbell

Amzi Doe

79,73

79,73

East half.

West half.

54 William Tarbell 158,62  

57

William Tarbell

Moses Rose

30

124,63

 

62 Benjamin Whidden 158,64  
64 Calvin Taylor 158,64  
68 Solomon Adams 159,60  
78 Lavinia Fenderson 184,40  

 

"We have examined the claims of persons who claim to be equitably entitled to land under said treaty, by reason of possession and improvement, but whose possession had not been commenced six years before the treaty, and have determined the extent of their several claims.

Many of the settlers, on said lots, have purchased or contracted for the same, since the date of the treaty, and have thereby acquired a title to their land.

Several of these lots are located on townships the title to which is not in the State. The proprietors of said townships are willing to release their title to said lots for a reasonable compensation, or exchange the same for other lands belonging to the State.

In the record hereunto annexed, we have omitted those lots set off by the former Commissioners, under the resolves of 1844, upon the St. John River, which were not improved prior to the date of the treaty."

In Township F, Range 2, pages 18,19

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks
43 George P. Allen 157,20  
50 Silas Ireland, Jr. 159,46  

61

James Cloutman

158,63

 

65

Joseph Rackliff

 

David Foster

58,40

 

100

 

Described in deed J. Rackliff to said Foster

69

Benjamin Rackliff

Mark Bridges

159

In common

71

Thomas McLain

159,60

 

77 John Clark 184,40  

In Township G, Range 2

Section & No. Name Acres Remarks

35, 1

Charles P. Bean

115,50

 

29, 1

Charles P. Bean (shown as do)

175

 

29, 3

George Armstrong

83,30

 

17, 5

18, 1

Jacob B. Weeks

85

 

11, 4

12, 1

Lewis Scott

126

 

11, 5

William Skidgell

98

 

11, 6

Alexander Kennedy

120

 

18, 7

Daniel Whitmore

90

 

12, 2

Leonard J. Thomas

150,25

 

21, 3

Henry Rolf

164

 

21, 2

Nathaniel Blake

164

 

27, 1

Solomon F. Pyle

98

 

27, 2

Isaac Morris

115

 

27, 3

28, 1

Calvin L. Morris &

James F. Barton

182

In common

32, 2

George W. Martin

80

 

32, 1

Israel J. Todd

80

 

15, 1

William P. Pratt

70

 

10, 2

George Mosier

91

 

10, 1

Sewall Hill

67

 

16, 2

Calvin L. Morris &

James F. Barton

96,88

In common

10, 5

James A. Sutter

89,60

 

10, 6

Edward Rideout

78,50

 

11, 3

Joseph Beaulieu

27

Provided he pays John Allen the balance due for said lot.

11, 1

Philo Bean

110

 

17, 4

Joel Bean

103,68

 

17, 3

Andrew Scott

107

 

22, 1 John Allen 80  
16, 1 Andrew Scott 80  

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Presque Isle Links

The 1850 Census of Letter F  http://www.upperstjohn.com/1850/letterF.htm

The 1850 census for Letter G  http://www.upperstjohn.com/1850/TGR2.htm

USGS Maps:  http://docs.unh.edu/towns/PresqueIsleMaineMapList.htm

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