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Maine Resource Guide: Wiscasset, Lincoln County

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Lincoln County (set off from York County in 1760)


1760 as Pownalborough from Frankfort Plantation; name changed to Wiscasset in 1802

Previous Designations

Parts lay in the Plymouth Claim (Kennebec Purchase) and in the Wiscasset Claim; Seaboard Sheepscot; East Pownalborough; South Precinct of Pownalborough

Boundary Changes

Land was set off to form Dresden in 1794, and New Milford (now Alna) in 1802

Annexed land from Alna in 1839

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Sheepscot (former railroad station), Wiscasset

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Alna, Dresden, Edgecomb, Newcastle, Westport, Woolwich


Historical USGS Maps of Wiscasset, Maine

Bird's-Eye View of Wiscasset, 1878

Wiscasset Village, Lincoln Co. (1885)

Wiscasset Village, Lincoln Co. (1894)

Military Records

Pownalborough Militia Companies, 1777

World War I Soldiers Index: Wiscasset


Wiscasset Newspaper

Obituary Collection: Wiscasset Newspaper []

Vital Records

Marriages in Pownalborough, 1760-1786

Marriages in Pownalborough, 1787-1801

Pownalborough Marriage Intentions, 1760-1780

Marriage Intentions in Pownalborough, 1780-1802

Miscellaneous Resources

Kennebec Purchase Petitioners, 1752

Maine Town Reports: Wiscasset

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Wiscasset, Lincoln, Maine

Official Website: Town of Wiscasset

Maine Memory Network: Wiscasset

Maine Memory Network: Pownalborough


Allen, Charles E., "Ancient Pownalboro and her Daughters," New England Magazine, vol. 24 (Boston, Mass.: Warren F. Kellogg, 1901)

Bacon, George Fox, Rockland, Belfast and vicinity: its representative business men and its points of interest, embracing Rockland, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Thomaston, Waldoboro, Warren, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Newcastle (Newark, N. J., Glenwood Publishing Company, 1892)

Bartlet, William S., The frontier missionary : a memoir of the life of the Rev. Jacob Bailey, A.M., missionary at Pownalborough, Maine; Cornwallis and Annapolis, N. S. (Boston, Mass.: Ide and Dutton, 1853)

Bradford, Rev. Alden, "A Description of Wiscasset, and of the River Sheepscot," Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, for the Year 1800 (Boston, Mass., 1801)

Briggs, Maud Fuller, Wiscasset: the home of my ancestors and the place of my birth (1920)

Chase, Fannie S., Wiscasset in Pownalborough: a history of the shire town and the salient historical features of the territory between the Sheepscot and Kennebec Rivers [] (Wiscasset, Me.: unknown, 1941)

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The town register: Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Whitefield, Alna, Woolwich, Dresden, 1906 (PDF) (Brunswick, Me.: H. E. Mitchell, 1906)

Patterson, William Davis, comp., Intentions of marriage, copied from the records of Pownalborough, 1760 to 1778: intentions of marriage in Pownalborough, 1780 to 1802: record of marriages in Pownalborough (now Wiscasset and Dresden) 1760 to 1786 (Wiscasset, Me.: William D. Patterson, [1987?])

Thayer, Rev. Henry O., "A Page of Indian History: The Wiscasset Tragedy," Collections and Proceedings of the Maine Historical Society, Second Series, Vol. 10 (Portland, Me.: The Society, 1899)

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