Monday, April 11, 2011

Vital Records of Wiscasset, Maine Now Available

The town of Wiscasset is situated on the Sheepscot River in the southeastern part of Lincoln County and is the county seat. The town was first settled in 1663 but the settlement was abandoned during the French and Indian Wars and the King Philip's War in 1675. Not until 1730 did settlers return to the area.

The town was first included in the region called South Precinct of Pownalborough. The town of Pownalborough was incorporated as the twelfth town in Maine on February 13, 1760 and originally included what are now the towns of Wiscasset, Dresden, Alna and Swan Island. Land was set off forming the towns of Dresden and Alna on June 25, 1794 with the name of Pownalborough being retained for the remaining portion until June 10, 1802 when it was then changed to Wiscasset.

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 66. 640 pages, 24,339 entry Every Name Index; hard cover. 2011.

MGS Member price is $74.95, a discount of $10.00 from the non-member price.

Coming to our workshop on April 23rd? This book, and many others, will be on sale there!

For more information, visit the Special Publications catalog on the MGS website.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Robertson Query

I’m looking for information on the marriage of Robert Robertson or Hugh Robert Robertson to Mary Richardson or Mary Richardson Grover sometime around 1790-1810 on either Deer Isle, Maine or Sedgwick, Maine or possibly some other town in that area of Hancock County. The Robertson’s supposedly moved to Blue Hill between 1820-1830. Thank you in advance for any help you can send me.

DJ Deans Member 4295

Not to Late to Register for Federal Records Workshop!

Have you registered yet for the Maine Genealogical Society Spring workshop?

Using Federal Records in Genealogical Research with John Philip Colletta
Saturday, April 23, 2011, 8am - 4pm
Winslow VFW Banquet & Conference Center

Have questions about how to find your ancestors in the Passenger Arrival Lists? What about finding their allusive naturalization records? Ever thought to use passport applications or Civil War draft registration records in your research?

Come find out more about these types of federal records and others. MGS is pleased to bring another national level genealogy speaker to Maine! Dr. Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical presenters. Entertaining, knowledgeable and experienced, he has conducted genealogy workshops for over 20 years. He is the author of several books, including They Came in Ships - A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record.

The MGS spring workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the Winslow VFW Banquet & Conference Center. The Conference Center is near Waterville and is located just a few miles from I-95.

Here is a link to the Conference facility website:

Registration fee is $40 for MGS members and $50 for non-members. Fees include a luncheon buffet and all workshop materials.

Dr. Colletta’s books will be for sale and he will be available to autograph them for conference attendees. MGS Special Publications will also be available for purchase – a chance to save on shipping costs!

Here is the link for more information and for a registration form:

Hope to see you there!

Federal Records Workshop Saturday 23 April 2011

Are you planning on attending the Maine Genealogical Society Workshop on Saturday the 23rd of April 2011 on Researching Federal Records? Well then you should stop and check the Taconnett Genealogical Library on 10 Lithgow Street in Winslow, ME. The library will be open on Friday April 22nd from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. This library has a great collection and even if you have no specific search objective at this time, you are welcome to stop in and see what's there.

Friday, April 8, 2011

John Franklin McIntosh

Looking for parents & grandparents of John Franklin McIntosh (b.9Mar1862 in either Calais, ME or NB, Canada - d.11Mar1940 ME). John m. Cora Alice Small (4 children) & Blanche Nay Newell. Father may have been David McIntosh & mother Margaret McCloskey. Who were David’s parents?? Andrew McIntosh & Katherine McKenzie originally from Scotland??

Richard G. McIntosh MGS#4509
21 Rivermeadow Drive
Steep Falls, ME 04085


Seeking proof for Mayflower Society on birth of Perry Diman JUDKINS. (b. 30 SEP 1811 Greenwood, ME, d. 18 DEC 1867 in Cambridge, MA) He married 1 JAN 1837 Fanny P. TOWNE (b. 17 MAY 1816 Norway, ME, d. 8 FEB 1903 Oxford, ME, bur Norway Center Cemetery). Perry Diman JUDKINS was the son of Moses JUDKINS (b. c. 1773 IN Hopkinton, NH, d. 1850-60 possibly Greenwood, ME) He m. 6 OCT 1801 Poland, ME, Aphia/Appa PERRY (b. 19 AUG 1783, d. Fayette, ME).

Perry Diman JUDKINS was a blacksmith in Norway, ME for many years. I do not know where he is buried.

Melanie Farmer #1300

Member Searching for Joseph Leavitt

Here is one of my most stubborn brick walls. Figured I'd try it from a new angle. I actually have no Smiths as direct ancestors since it is such a rare name, but...My ggg-grandfather Joseph LEAVITT born 18 Oct 1782 probably Brentwood NH married Sarah McALLISTER as her third husband 29 Aug 1803 in Davistown (Montville), then Lincoln Co. Sarah was born about 1772 in Balltown, and married first Joseph SMITH 10 Oct 1790 in Balltown, 2 dau 1790 and 1794. He died 1794-1799 and she m2 Mr CLARK, one dau 1800.

I have found insufficient proof of Joseph Leavitt's ancestry. His parents might be Nehemiah Leavitt b 1738 Brentwood NH who died the same year Joseph was born. Wife Judith Roberts remarried and moved to Royalton VT. Anyway there are many Smiths around this Brentwood family, and in Waterboro where a cousin lived who came from Brentwood. That got me thinking, 200 years ago, WHY would a 20-yr-old Joseph Leavitt marry a 30-yr-old with 3 kids? HOW and WHY would they have met? Usually it was some sort of family introduction. Joseph Leavitt had no parents around. Was Joseph Smith some sort of cousin whose children he wanted to take care of?

So... my question now is: WHO is JOSEPH SMITH of Balltown/Jefferson 1790, and where did he come from? Is anybody sorting out the SMITH family of this area?

Roland Rhoades MGS 1151
Maine Families Genealogist
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