Pioneers on Maine Rivers, with Lists to 1651, Compiled from the Original Sources


This work gives an over-view of the early visits and plantations in New England followed by details on the initial settlements on all the Maine rivers from the Piscataqua to the Machias. For each settlement there are lists of the settlers who had arrived prior to 1651 with brief genealogical data. Discussions include: The Founders; Maine Visiting Lists Before 1630; English Proprietary Divisions; The First Plantations in New England; Chief Executives of Maine Under Gorges; The Location, Size and Character of the Settlements in Maine; Piscataqua River: Isles of Shoals, Pioneers, Laconia Plantations, Great Island, Dover, Exeter, Newichawannock (Berwick), Pioneers, Eliot, Pioneers, Kittery, Pioneers; Agamenticus; York River: Settlement, Division of Land on the West Bank, Division of Land on the East Bank, Incorporation of Gorgeana, Pioneers; Cape Neddock River; Ogunquit River; Wells River: Pioneers; Maryland River: Pioneers; “Cape Porpoise;” Kennebunk River; Batson’s River; Little River; “White Harbor;” Saco River: The Second Occupation, Division of Land in Biddeford, Division of Land in Saco, Massachusetts Supremacy, Saco Islands, Pioneers; Scarborough River: Stratton’s Islands; Nonesuch River: Pioneers; Spurwink River: Richmond Island, Cape Elizabeth, Pioneers; Fore River; “The Cabin at Casco;” Presumpscot River: The Second Occupation of Casco, The First Islands Occupied in Casco Bay, Pioneers; Royal River: Cousins Island, Pioneers; Bunganuck River: Pioneers; New Meadows and Pejepscot Rivers; “Imperial Kennebec;” Sagadahoc River: The Old Empire of Moashan, The First Colony, Sagadahoc, Lygonia or Plough Patent, The Parker Family, Pioneers; “The Vale of Cushnoc;” Kennebec River: The Dawn of Christianity on the Kennebec, Employes; Sheepscot River: Pioneers; Damariscotta River: Damariscove Island, Pioneers; “The White Angel of Bristol;” Pemaquid River: John Brown of Pemaquid, Isle of Monhegan, Pioneers; “Samoset;” Muscongus River: Pioneers; Saint George’s River; “The Lost Province;” Penobscot River: Pioneers; and, Machias River. Appendices include: The Old Planters in Massachusetts, The Thirty New England Patents, Ancient Maps of Maine, The Recall of Neal and Associates, The Wannerton Deed, The Anonymous “Relation,” Indian Titles at Sagadahoc, and Sullivan’s Historical Blunder. Several maps and illustrations enhance the text. A full-name index adds to the value of this work.


Wilbur D. Spencer


(1930, 1990), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, index, 414 pp.

ISBN: 9781556133640