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Gouldsboro, Hancock County

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Hancock County (set off from Lincoln County in 1789)


1789 as the town of Gouldsboro' from Goldsboro' (Gouldsboro) Plantation; spelling changed to Gouldsboro in 1887

Previous Designations

Township No. 3, East of the Union River, Livermore Survey (T3 EUR LS)

Boundary Changes

The easterly line of Hancock County, which runs east of this town, was extended to run through Gouldsboro Bay to the ocean in 1844

Part of T7 SD was annexed in 1845

That part of Plantation No. 7 SD called West Bay Stream was annexed in 1845; part of that plantation called the Sowle Tract was annexed in 1870, and yet more land in 1905

Land was set off to form Winter Harbor in 1895

Prominent Islands

Bar Island, Burnt Porcupine Island, Hog Island, Long Porcupine Island, Stave Island

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Ashville, Birch Harbor, Bunkers Harbor, Corea, Gouldsboro, Prospect Harbor, South Gouldsboro, West Gouldsboro, Wonsqueak Harbor

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Bar Harbor, Hancock, Sorrento, Steuben, T7 SD, Winter Harbor


Maine Historical Maps: Gouldsboro

Military Records

Gouldsboro Civil War Soldiers and Sailors

World War I Soldiers Index: Gouldsboro

Vital Records

Gouldsborough Marriages and Marriage Intentions, 1789-1806

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Gouldsboro, Hancock, Maine

Official Website: Town of Gouldsboro

MEGenWeb Project: Gouldsboro

Maine Memory Network: Gouldsboro

Maine Memory Network: Prospect Harbor


______, Historical researches of Gouldsboro, Maine (Gouldsboro, Me.: Daughters of Liberty, c1904)

______, Town and vital records of Gouldsboro, Maine, 1789-1895 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1990)

Foss, Thomas, A brief account of the early settlements along the shores of Skilling's River: including West Sullivan, West Gouldsborough, Trenton Point and North Hancock: also reminescences [sic] and anecdotes of old times and old folks ([Hancock, Me.?: s.n.], 1870 (N.K. Sawyer, Printer))

Johnson, Muriel Sampson, Early families of Gouldsboro Maine (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1990)

Merriam, Ann Van Ness, Glimpses into other days of Prospect Harbor ([S.l. : s.n., 1964?)

Osborne, Dorothy M., Gouldsboro graphics ([Ellsworth, Me. : s.n.], c1993 (printed by Downeast Graphics))

Tracy, N.B., Historical address before the fourth annual reunion of the Tracy family at Gouldsboro, Maine, August 19, 1899 (Auburn, Me.: Palmer Print & Stamp Works, 1900)

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