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Mount Desert, Hancock County

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Hancock County (set off from Lincoln County in 1789)


1776 as Mount Desert Plantation



Boundary Changes

Land was set off to form Eden (now Bar Harbor) in 1796

The Cranberry Isles were set off and incorporated in 1830; Bear Island was set off to that town in 1849

Bartlett's, Hardwood, and Robinson's (now Tinker) Islands were set off to form and incorporated as the town of Seaville in 1838; Bartlett's Island was reannexed to Mount Desert in 1859; Hardwood and Tinker Islands were annexed by Tremont

Land was set off to form Mansel (now Tremont) in 1848

Prominent Islands

Bartlett Island (Bartlett's Island)

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Asticou, Beech Hill, Hall Quarry, Long Pond (former post office at Seal Harbor), Northeast Harbor, Otter Creek, Pretty Marsh, Seal Harbor, Somesville, Sound

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Cranberry Isles, Southwest Harbor, Surry, Tremont, Trenton


Mount Desert Cemeteries

Church Records

Records of the First Church of Mount Desert, 1792-1867


Maine Historical Maps: Mount Desert

Vital Records

Mount Desert Marriage Intentions, 1789-1809

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Mount Desert

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Mount Desert, Hancock, Maine

FamilySearch Catalog: Mount Desert Island, Hancock, Maine

Official Website: Town of Mount Desert

MDI Historical Society

Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project

MEGenWeb Project: Mount Desert Island History and Genealogy

Maine Memory Network: Mount Desert

Maine Memory Network: Mt. Desert

Maine Memory Network: Northeast Harbor

Maine Memory Network: Hall Quarry

Maine Memory Network: Seal Harbor

Maine Memory Network: Somesville


______, Inventory of the town and city archives of Maine: no. 5 Hancock County: the towns of Mt. Desert (Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Seaville, Tremont, Southwest Harbor) (Portland, Me.: Maine Historical Records Survey, 1938)

______, Directory of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Ellsworth--Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Maine (Portland, Me. : Fred L. Tower Co., 1928- )

______, Manning's Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Trenton (Maine) directory (Springfield, Mass. : H.A. Manning Co., 1931)

Dodge, E. H., Mount Desert Island, and the Cranberry Isles ([S.l.: s.n.], 1871 (Ellsworth, Me.: N.K. Sawyer, Printer))

Hansen, Gunnar, ed., Mount Desert : an informal history ([Mount Desert, Me.] : Town of Mount Desert Maine, c1989)

Lapham, William B., "Commissioners' Proceedings at Mount Desert, 1808," Collections and Proceedings of the Maine Historical Society, Second Series, Vol. 2 (Portland, Me.: The Society, 1891)

Lawton, Jordan & Maddox, comp., The Island of Mount Desert register with the Cranberry Isles, 1909-10 (Auburn, Me. : Lawton-Jordan Co., [1909])

Long, Alice MacDonald, ed., with Thomas Huston Roderick and Ralph Hamilton Long, Vital records of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and nearby islands, 1776-1820 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1990)

Sanderson, Virginia Somes, The living past : being the story of Somesville, Mount Desert, Maine and its relationships with other areas of the island (Mount Desert, Me. : Beech Hill Pub. Co., 1982)

Spiker, LaRue, "First Settlers of Somesville Were Rugged, Typical Pioneers," Lewiston Journal Magazine Section, 11 July 1964

Street, George Edward, Mount Desert: a history (Boston, Mass.; New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926)

Thornton, Mrs. Seth S., Traditions and Records of Southwest Harbor and Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine (1938)

Vaughan, William Warren, Northeast Harbor Reminiscences ([Hallowell, Me.]: White & Horne Company, 1930)

Vining, Thomas F., comp., Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the towns of Mount Desert Island : a record of dates on gravestones in cemeteries of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont (Bar Harbor, Me. : V. F. Thomas Co., c2000)

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