Peru, Oxford County, Maine

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 County

Oxford County (set off from Cumberland County in 1805)

 Organized

1812 as Plantation No. 1

 Incorporated

1821

 Previous Designations

Township No. 1, South of the Androscoggin River (often said to be "West of the Androscoggin River"); Partridgetown; Thompsontown

The town comprises Lunt's Upper and Lower Grants, Thompson's Grant, Fox Grant, Peck's Grant (Widgery Grant), and Milton Academy Grant

 Boundary Changes

Land set off to Hartford in 1807, and to Rumford in 1825

Part of Canton was annexed in 1859

Land was set off to Rumford in 1895

Most of Franklin Plantation (organized in 1842 from part of Township No. 2) was annexed in 1899, the remainder set off to Rumford

 Villages, Locations and Settlements

Dickvale (Brooklyn), East Peru, Peru, West Peru, Worthley (former railroad station at East Peru), Worthley Pond

 Adjacent Towns and Townships

Canton, Dixfield, Hartford, Mexico, Milton Township, Rumford, Sumner, Woodstock

 Maps

Historical USGS Maps of Peru, Maine

The Original Purchase of Peru

 Census Records

1837 Census of Number Two Township, Oxford Co., Maine

 Military Records

Capt. William Wheeler's Company, War of 1812 (raised in Rumford, Bethel, Newry, Andover, Peru, Dixfield, Albany, Waterford, and Norway)

World War I Soldiers Index: Peru

 Miscellaneous Resources

History of the Peru Baptist Church

 General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Peru, Oxford, Maine

MEGenWeb Project: Peru

Maine Memory Network: Peru

 Bibliography

Mitchell, Harry Edward, The Mexico, Peru and Hartford Town Register, 1905 (Brunswick, Me.: H.E. Mitchell Co., 1905)

Turner, Hollis, The History of Peru in the County of Oxford and State of Maine from 1789 to 1911 ([Augusta, Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer Pub. Co., 1912)

Vaughn, Mary Searles, A History of the Town of Peru, Maine (Rumford, Me.: Rumford Publishing Co., 1971)

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