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Bethel, Oxford County

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Oxford County (set off from York County and Cumberland County in 1805)


1796 from Sudbury Canada Plantation

Previous Designations

Sudbury Canada; Fuller's Town (Fullerstown)

Boundary Changes

Part was set off to form Hanover in 1843, and part of that town was annexed in 1849

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Bethel (Bethel Hill), East Bethel (Bean's Corner), Mayville, Middle Intervale, North Bethel (Swan's Corner), Northwest Bethel, Skillingston (Steam Mill or Buttonville), South Bethel (Walker's Mills or Walkers Mill, formerly Blake's Mills), Swans Corner, West Bethel

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Albany Township, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Mason Township, Milton Township, Newry, Rumford, Woodstock


Maine Historical Maps: Bethel


Bird Hill Cemetery, Bethel

Chandler Hill Cemetery, Bethel

Grover Hill Cemetery

Mt. Will Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery

South Bethel (Walker's Mills) Cemetery, Bethel

Military Records

Bethel's Enrolled Militia, 1861

Bethel Civil War Soldiers

World War I Soldiers Index: Bethel


Bethel Newspaper Search — Includes issues of Bethel Courier (1858-1861); Bethel News (1895-1908); The Rumford Citizen (1906-1908); and Oxford County Citizen (1908-1985)

Bethel Newspaper Index

Maine Newspapers at Internet Archive — Search Bethel newspapers

Vital Records

Bethel Vital Records to 1892

Miscellaneous Resources

Direct Tax of 1798 - Bethel

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Bethel, Oxford, Maine

Official Website: Town of Bethel

Bethel Historical Society

The Bethel Journals — Journals of local history that focus on developments in Bethel, Maine and surrounding communities from 1886 onwards

Maine Memory Network: Bethel


______, Report of the Centennial Celebration at Bethel, August 26, 1874 (Portland, Me., Printed by B. Thurston, 1874)

______, "A Hundred Years Ago: The Centennial Anniversary at Bethel", Lewiston Evening Journal, Aug. 27, 1874

______, The Town Register: Bethel, Greenwood, Hanover, Woodstock, Gilead (Brunswick, Me.: The Maine Map & Register Co., 1911)

Bean, Eva, East Bethel Road (Bethel, Me.: Eva Bean, 1959 (Second edition - Bethel, Me.: Bethel Historical Society, 1984))

Bennett, Randall H., Bethel, Maine: an Illustrated History (Bethel, Me.: Bethel Historical Society, 1991)

Lapham, William Berry, History of Bethel, formerly Sudbury, Canada, Oxford County, Maine, 1768-1890: with a brief sketch of Hanover and family statistics (Augusta, Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer, 1891)

Segar, Nathaniel, A brief narrative of the captivity and sufferings of Lt. Nathan'l Segar: who was taken prisoner by the Indians and carried to Canada during the Revolutionary War (Paris, Me.: Printed at the Observer Office, and published at the Oxford Bookstore, 1825)

True, Nathaniel Tuckerman, The History of Bethel, Maine (Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, c1994)

Wight, D. B., The Androscoggin River Valley, Gateway to the White Mountains (Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle Co. , 1967)

York, Carole A., Western Maine Saints: The First Mormons of Western Maine 1830--1890 (Master's Thesis, University of New Hampshire, Durham, 2010)

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