Maine County Histories

Maine is in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost portion of New England.

Flag of MaineThe original inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine were Algonquian-speaking peoples. The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement in Maine, the short-lived Popham Colony, was established by the Plymouth Company in 1607.

Prior to being granted statehood in 1820, Maine was officially part of Massachusetts and was called the District of Maine. Nine of its sixteen counties had their borders defined while Maine was still part of Massachusetts, and thus are older than the state itself. Even after 1820, the exact location of the northern border of Maine was disputed with Britain, until the question was settled and the northern counties took their final official form by treaty in 1845. Maine’s county names derive from a mix of British, American and Native American sources, reflecting Maine’s pre-colonial, colonial and national heritage.

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Maine Titles in New England States Part 1

  1. BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW VOLUME XX CONTAINING LIFE SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF SAGADAHOC, LINCOLN, KNOX, AND WALDO COUNTIES MAINE. , BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1897
  2. GEORGIA DREW MERRILL, EDITOR, HISTORY OF ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY, MAINE. , W. A. FERGUSSON & CO, 1891
  3. HISTORY OF CUMBERLAND CO., MAINE. , EVERTS & PECK, 1880
  4. HISTORY OF PENOBSCOT COUNTY MAINE, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. , WILLIAMS, CHASE & CO, 1882
  5. HISTORY OF YORK COUNTY, MAINE. , EVERTS & PECK, 1880
  6. HENRY D. KINGSBURY AND SIMEON L. DEYO, EDITORS, ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF KENNEBEC COUNTY MAINE. , H. W. BLAKE & COMPANY 94 READE ST, 1892

Maine Titles in New England States Part 2

  1. WILLIAM. WILLIS, THE HISTORY OF PORTLAND, FROM 1632 TO 1864: WITH A NOTICE OF PREVIOUS SETTLEMENTS, COLONIAL GRANTS, AND CHANGES OF GOVERNMENT IN MAINE, BAILEY & NOYES, 1865
  2. NOTES, HISTORICAL, DESCRIPTIVE AND PERSONAL, OF LIVERMORE, IN ANDROSCOGGIN (FORMERLY IN OXFORD) COUNTY, MAINE, BAILEY & NOYES
  3. A HISTORY OF THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE TOWN OF PARSONSFIELD, MAINE; INCORPORATED AUG. 29, 1785, AND CELEBRATED WITH IMPRESSIVE CEREMONIES, AT NORTH PARSONSFIELD, AUGUST 2, 1885., BROWN TURSTON AND CO., 1880
  4. MEMORIAL OF THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE SETTLEMENT OF MACHIAS, C. O. FURBUSH, 1863
  5. WILLIAM HENRY KILBY, EASTPORT AND PASSAMAQUODDY: A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, E.E. SHEAD & CO., 1888
  6. BENJAMIN F. LAWRENCE, HISTORY OF JAY, FRANKLIN COUNTY, MAINE, GRIFFITH-STILLINGS PRESS, 1912
  7. AMASA LORING, HISTORY OF PISCATAQUIS COUNTY, MAINE: FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO 1880, HOYT FOGG & DONHAM, 1880
  8. HENRY P. WARREN, SAMUEL WARREN AND WILLIAM WARREN. THE HISTORY OF WATERFORD, OXFORD COUNTY, MAINE COMPRISING HISTORICAL ADDRESS, RECORD OF FAMILIES, CENTENNIAL PROCEEDINGS, HOYT, FOGG AND DONHAM, 1879
  9. J. W. HANSON, HISTORY OF THE OLD TOWNS, NORRIDGEWOCK AND CANAAN, COMPRISING NORRIDGEWOCK, CANAAN, STARKS, SKOWHEGAN, AND BLOOMFIELD, FROM THEIR EARLY SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1849: INCLUDING A SKETCH OF THE ABNAKIS INDIANS., J. W. HANSON, 1849
  10. THOMAS. PARKER, HISTORY OF FARMINGTON, MAINE: FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1846. 2ND ED. ED., J.S. SWIFT, 1875
  11. WILLIAM. WILLIS, JOURNALS OF THE REV. THOMAS SMITH, AND THE REV. SAMUEL DEANE, PASTORS OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN PORTLAND: WITH NOTES AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES; AND A SUMMARY HISTORY OF PORTLAND., JOSEPH S. BAILEY, 1849
  12. PARKER MCCOBB REED, HISTORY OF BATH AND ENVIRONS, SAGADAHOC COUNTY, MAINE, 1607-1894, LAKESIDE PRESS PRINTERS, 1894
  13. JOSEPH WILLIAMSON, HISTORY OF THE CITY OF BELFAST IN THE STATE OF MAINE, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1770 TO 1875, LORING, SHORT, AND HARMON, 1877
  14. JOSEPH WILLIAMSON, HISTORY OF THE CITY OF BELFAST IN THE STATE OF MAINE, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1770 TO 1875., LORING, SHORT, AND HARMON, 1877
  15. JOSEPH WILLIAMSON, HISTORY OF THE CITY OF BELFAST IN THE STATE OF MAINE: FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1770 TO 1875, LORING, SHORT, AND HARMON, 1877
  16. JONATHAN D. WESTON, THE HISTORY OF EASTPORT, AND VICINITY: A LECTURE, MARSH CAPEN AND LYON, 1834
  17. CYRUS. EATON, ANNALS OF THE TOWN OF WARREN: WITH THE EARLY HISTORY OF ST. GEORGE’S BROAD BAY, AND THE NEIGHBORING SETTLEMENTS ON THE WALDO PATENT., MASTER’S, SMITH, 1851
  18. BENJAMIN G. WILLEY, INCIDENTS IN WHITE MOUNTAIN HISTORY: CONTAINING FACTS RELATING TO THE DISCOVERY AND SETTLEMENT OF THE MOUNTAINS, INDIAN HISTORY AND TRADITIONS, A MINUTE AND AUTHENTIC ACCOUNT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WILLEY FAMILY, GEOLOGY AND TEMPERATURE OF THE MOUNTAINS: TOGETHER WITH NUMEROUS ANECDOTES ILLUSTRATING LIFE IN THE BACK WOODS, NATHANIEL NOYES, 1856
  19. JOHN FRANCIS SPRAGUE, HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF PISCATAQUIS COUNTY, MAINE CONSISTING OF PAPERS READ AT MEETINGS OF PISCATAQUIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY : ALSO, THE NORTH EASTERN BOUNDARY CONTROVERSY AND THE AROOSTOOK WAR, WITH DOCUMENTARY MATTER PERTAINING THERETO, OBSERVER PRESS, 1910
  20. GEORGE L. HOSMER, AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE TOWN OF DEER ISLE, MAINE WITH NOTICES OF ITS SETTLERS AND EARLY INHABITANTS, PRESS OF STANLEY AND USHER, 1886
  21. WILLIAM B. LAPHAM, HISTORY OF RUMFORD, OXFORD COUNTY, MAINE FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1779 TO THE PRESENT TIME, PRESS OF THE MAINE FARMER, 1890
  22. THOMAS T. STONE, SKETCHES OF OXFORD COUNTY. , SHIRLEY AND HYDE, 1830
  23. SAMUEL. WASSON, A SURVEY OF HANCOCK COUNTY, MAINE, SPRAGUE OWEN & NASH PRINTERS TO THE STATE, 1878
  24. HERBERT MILTON SYLVESTER, YE ROMANCE OF OLD YORK. AUTHOR’S ED. ED., STANHOPE PRESS, 1906
  25. EDWARD. WIGGIN, HISTORY OF AROOSTOOK, STARHERALD PRESS, 1922
  26. ALFRED AND CHARLES F. WHITMAN. COLE, A HISTORY OF BUCKFIELD, OXFORD COUNTY, MAINE FROM THE EARLIEST EXPLORATIONS TO THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR 1900., 1915
  27. EMMA HUNTINGTON. NASON, OLD HALLOWELL ON THE KENNEBEC, 1909
  28. GIDEON T. RIDLON, SACO VALLEY SETTLEMENTS AND FAMILIES. HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, GENEALOGICAL, TRADITIONAL, LEGENDARY. PORTLAND, 1895
  29. GIDEON T. RIDLON, SACO VALLEY SETTLEMENTS AND FAMILIES. HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, GENEALOGICAL, TRADITIONAL, AND LEGENDARY., 1895
  30. WILLIAM B. LAPHAM, HISTORY OF PARIS, MAINE, FROM ITS SETTLEMENT TO 1880: WITH A HISTORY OF THE GRANTS OF 1736 AND 1771: TOGETHER WITH PERSONAL SKETCHES, A COPIOUS GENEALOGICAL REGISTER AND AN APPENDIX, 1884

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