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Maine Resource Guide: Sumner, Oxford County

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County · Incorporated · Previous Designations · Boundary Changes · Villages, Locations and Settlements · Adjacent Towns and Townships · Maps · Census Records · Vital Records · Miscellaneous Resources · Military Records · General Resources · Bibliography


Oxford County (set off from Cumberland County in 1805)


1798 from West Butterfield Plantation

Previous Designations

The westerly parts of Townships No. 6 and No. 7; West Butterfield

Boundary Changes

Parts of Plantation No. 2 (later Franklin Plantation, now part of Peru) were annexed in 1838 and 1844, and part of that plantation was annexed in 1863

Land was set off to Buckfield in 1856

"By an act of the legislature this year [1865], Stephen Spaulding of Sumner, together with his real estate, was set off from that town and annexed to Buckfield." [Cole and Whitman, History of Buckfield (1915), p. 427] As Spaulding was enumerated in Buckfield in 1860, it is possible that the 1856 annexation is here referred to

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Barrett (former post office), East Sumner, Redding, Sumner, West Sumner (historically Jackson Village)

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Buckfield, Hartford, Peru, West Paris, Woodstock


Historical USGS Maps of Sumner, Maine

Census Records

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

Vital Records

Some Sumner Vital Records, 1834-1878

Miscellaneous Resources

Voters in West Butterfield (Later Sumner), 1797

History of the Sumner and Hartford Baptist Church

History of the West Sumner Baptist Church

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Sumner

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Sumner, Oxford, Maine

Official Website: Town of Sumner


______, Centennial History of the Town of Sumner, Me., 1798-1898 (West Sumner Me.: C.E. Handy, Jr., 1899)

______, "Old Sumner's Jubilee," Lewiston Saturday Journal, June 11, 1898

Healy, George R., Sumner: Portrait of a Small Maine Town (Town of Sumner, 1998)

Mitchell, Harry Edward, Woodstock, Sumner and Buckfield Town Register, 1905 (Brunswick, Me., The H. E. Mitchell co., 1905)

Morrill, Laura, "Maine Cemetery Where Lies a Bodyguard of Washington: Other Quaint Tombstones Point Out the Graves of the Pioneer Settlers in this Old Sumner Graveyard," Lewiston Journal Magazine Section, 23 Oct. 1926

Pulsifer, William E., Ancestry and descendants of Jonathan Pulsifer and his wife, Nancy Ryerson Pulsifer of Poland and Sumner, Maine (New York, N.Y., 1928)

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