Early Bowdoin, Maine Families and Some of Their Descendants


This book is the story typical of many New England towns where the roots are found for people living today in other New England states, Texas, Vermont, Oregon, Indiana, Michigan, Utah and other states in the U.S. Among other people, you will learn of Rufus Sylvester who went West to seek his fortune and married an Alaskan Indian named Rose and of Joseph True Grover who left Bowdoin and joined the Mormans in their trek across the county in the 1800s.

This book is the result of thirty years of painstaking research and compilation using town records remaining after a fire in 1872, town reports, the 1790 and 1850 Census records, probate and land records, family Bibles, interviews with family members, DAR records, cemetery and church records, and especially the Vital Records of Bowdoin, Maine to the Year 1892, as well as many family genealogies and town history books. Families are included from their earliest appearance in Bowdoin to 1900, plus in many cases to a much later date in order to not divide families.

Where possible, origins of families are included. Due to the movement of some families from town to town, information concerning other towns is included as appropriate. Bowdoin's original borders included the land now known as the towns of Lisbon and Sabattus. Until the division in 1799, Bowdoin's records are the records for many families in these towns.

The book includes an erratum, a list of abbreviations, an extensive bibliography and a full name index, all invaluable aids to the researcher. There are sections of unassigned records that the compiler was unable to allocate to a specific family. Hidden in these records may be that one vital piece of information you have been seeking to complete your family lineage.

Jayne E. Bickford

(2002, 2008, 2018), 2023, 8½x11, case-laminate, index, 1082 pp.

ISBN: 9780788473289