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Maine Resource Guide: Wells, York County

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York County


1647 (submitted to Massachusetts in 1652, and confirmed in 1653)

Previous Designations

Preston; Nampscoscocke; Nimscoscook; Nemscossecke; Minchassett; Niscassett; Webhannet (Webbannet)

Boundary Changes

Kennebunk was set off in 1820, Ogunquit in 1980

Part of Kennebunk was annexed in 1868

Prominent Islands

Drakes Island (Drake Island)

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Bald Hill Crossing, Buffam Hill, Charles Chase Corner, Chicks (former railroad station), Cozy Corners, Drakes Island, Elms, Grays Corner, Highpine (formerly Wells Depot), Hobbs Crossing, Merryland (former location), Moody, Moody Beach, Moody Point, Parsonage Corner, Perkins Town, Saywards Corner, Tatnic (Tatnick), Webhannet, Wells Beach, Wells Branch

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Kennebunk, North Berwick, Ogunquit, Sanford, South Berwick


Historical USGS Maps of Wells, Maine


Inscriptions From the Old Graveyard in Wells

Miscellaneous Resources

Negro Slaves and Servants of Wells

Jurors at Wells, 1798

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Wells

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Wells, York, Maine

Official Website: Town of Wells

MEGenWeb Project: Wells

Maine Memory Network: Wells


Bourne, Edward E., The history of Wells and Kennebunk: from the earliest settlement to the year 1820, at which time Kennebunk was set off, and incorporated: with biographical sketches (Vol. 2) (Portland Me.: B. Thurston & Co., 1875)

Cushing, James R., Historical discourse: delivered Oct. 29, 1851, at the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the organization of the First Congregational church, (the second in the state,) in Wells, Maine (Portland, Me., 1851)

Hubbard, Jeremiah, and Jonathan Greenleaf, "An Account of Wells," Collections of the Maine Historical Society, First Series, Vol. 1 (Portland, Me.: Bailey & Noyes, 1865)

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The town register: Kennebunk and Wells, 1905 (Brunswick, Me.: H.E. Mitchell Co., 1905)

Perkins, Thomas Allen, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and his descendants, 1583-1936 (Haverhill, Mass.: Record Pub. Co., 1947)

Shelley, Hope Moody, comp., Vital records of Wells, Maine, 1619-1950: including Ogunquit and Kennebunk until 1820 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 2005)

Stewart, George Sawin, comp., "Records of the First Church of Wells, Me.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vols. 75-76 (Boston, Mass.: The Society, 1921-22)

Wells, Charles Kimball, Genealogy of the Wells family, of Wells, Maine (Milwaukee, Wisc.: Press of Burdick & Armitage, 1874)

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