Chris Dunham's Blog – August 2016 Archive (3)

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838

In 1835, the Maine Legislature passed a "Resolve in favor of certain Officers and Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and the widows of the deceased Officers and Soldiers," granting 200 acres of land to those who had served three years while residents of Massachusetts or the District of Maine. The land would be taken from the "Indian Purchase" in Penobscot County and from…

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Added by Chris Dunham on August 26, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Finding Maine County Marriage Returns

In Maine we don't usually go to the county courthouse to find vital records. In this and other New England states, birth, death and marriage records have been kept by towns and cities since colonial days. Municipal clerks in Maine were sometimes expected to return copies of these records to the state, but only in 1892 did this become standard practice. There is, though, one important set of vital records that may be found at Maine courthouses.…

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Added by Chris Dunham on August 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Legend of Isaac Patch's Gold

This is the sixth in a series of posts I am writing in celebration of the bicentennial of my hometown of Greenwood in Oxford County, incorporated February 2, 1816.

The most entertaining parts of a town's history are often its legends, for which the best evidence is hearsay. The historian is obliged to relate these legends as such, but also to seek out any possible…

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Added by Chris Dunham on August 12, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

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