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Norridgewock, Somerset County

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Somerset County (set off from Lincoln County to Kennebec County in 1799, to Somerset County in 1809)


1788 from Norridgewock Plantation

Previous Designations

Part of the Plymouth Claim (Kennebec Purchase)

Variant spellings include Norridgewogg, Norrigeawok, Norigwok, Noridgewoc, Wawridgewick, Ridgewock, Orantsoak, Narrantsouack, Narantsouac, and Naurantsouac

The entire region at the double bend in the Kennebec River near Skowhegan was once called Norridgewock; other regional names were Goshen, Hebron, and Kennebec (in Skowhegan)

Boundary Changes

Part of East Pond Plantation (later Smithfield) was annexed in 1836, and part of the Stephen D. Burgess farm in Smithfield was annexed in 1852

Parts of Fairfield were annexed in 1834 and 1841, part of Madison in 1846, parts of Mercer in 1849 and 1852, and part of Starks in 1907

Land was set off to Milburn (later Skowhegan) in 1828, and additional land was set off to that town in 1856

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Norridgewock, North Norridgewock (former post office), Oak Hill, Oosoola (former post office at South Norridgewock), Powers (former railroad station), Sandy River, South Norridgewock

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Fairfield, Madison, Mercer, Skowhegan, Smithfield, Starks


Maine Historical Maps: Norridgewock

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Norridgewock

Vital Records

Marriages in Norridgewock, 1786-1849

Deaths in Norridgewock, Canaan and Adjacent Towns Prior to 1850

Some Norridgewock Marriages, 1814-1816

Miscellaneous Resources

Norridgewock Taxpayers, 1803

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Norridgewock, Somerset, Maine

Official Website: Town of Norridgewock

Maine Memory Network: Norridgewock


______, Norridgewock 200 years, 1788-1988 ([Norridgewock, Me. : Norridgewock Historical Society, 1988] (Norway, Me.: The Oxford Group))

Allen, William, The history of Norridgewock: comprising memorials of the aboriginal inhabitants and Jesuit missionaries, hardships of the pioneers, biographical notices of the early settlers, and ecclesiastical sketches (Norridgewock Me.: E.J. Peet, 1849)

Hanson, J. W., History of the old towns, Norridgewock and Canaan: comprising Norridgewock, Canaan, Starks, Skowhegan and Bloomfield from their early settlement to the year 1849: including a sketch of the Abnakis Indians (Boston, Mass.: The author, 1849)

Maxwell, Grace B., comp., Births in the town of Norridgewock, Maine (Hallowell, Me.: G. B. Maxwell, [between 1900 and 1987])

McCausland, Cynthia, and Robert McCausland, comp., Index of the history of the old towns, Norridgewock and Canaan: comprising Norridgewock, Canaan, Starks, Skowhegan, and Bloomfield, from their early settlement to the year 1849 ; including a sketch of the Abnaki Indians by J.W. Hanson ([S.l.: s.n., 1997?])

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The Norridgewock register, 1903 (Kent's Hill, Me., H. E. Mitchell publishing co., 1903)

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