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Maine Resource Guide: China, Kennebec County

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Kennebec County (set off from Lincoln County in 1799)


1818 from parts of Fairfax (now Albion), Winslow, and Harlem-a town incorporated in 1796 from Jones Plantation

Previous Designations

Part of the Plymouth Claim (Kennebec Purchase)

Boundary Changes

The town of Harlem was annexed in 1822

Land was set off to Vassalboro in 1829

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Chadwick's Corner (former post office), China, Dirigo Corner, Palermo (formerly Branch Mills), South China, Weeks Mills

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Albion, Palermo, Vassalboro, Windsor, Winslow


Historical USGS Maps of China, Maine

Plan of Jones Plantation (later China)


The Town Line

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: China

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: China, Kennebec, Maine

Official Website: Town of China

Maine Memory Network: China


______, The Town Register : Sidney, Vassalboro, China, Albion, 1908 (Augusta, Me.: Mitchell-Cony Co., Inc., 1908)

______, "Difficulties Under Which China Was Founded," Lewiston Journal Illustrated Magazine Section, 25 Mar. 1911

______, China (Harlem), Maine marriages 1792-1892: (from the original town records) ([China, Me.]: China Historical Society, 1971)

Sproul, Faye Winter, comp., Index of brides in China (Harlem) Maine marriages, 1792-1892 ([Maine]: Maine D.A.R., Koussinoc Chapter, 1987)

Webster, Henry Sewall, comp., "Records of the Society of Friends at Harlem (China), Me.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 70 (Boston, Mass.: The Society, 1916)

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