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Bristol, Lincoln County

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Lincoln County (set off from York County in 1760)



Previous Designations

Part of the Pemaquid Patent; Pemaquid

Named "Jamestown" under Gov. Andros (1686-89)

The name "Harrington" was assigned to the southerly part of this region in 1729 by David Dunbar, "Walpole" to the northerly part

Boundary Changes

The town's bounds were established in 1766

Land was set off to Nobleboro in 1815

Bremen was set off in 1828, and South Bristol in 1915

Land was set off to form Damariscotta in 1847

Prominent Islands

Johns Island, Louds Island (formerly known as Muscongus Island), Marsh Island

Louds and Marsh Islands are considered unorganized territories by the state

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Bristol, Chamberlain, Dingley (former post office at Pemaquid), Loudville (on Louds Island), New Harbor, Pemaquid (Falls Village), Pemaquid Beach, Pemaquid Harbor, Pemaquid Point, Round Pond, West Bristol

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Bremen, Damariscotta, Friendship, Newcastle, South Bristol


Maine Historical Maps: Bristol

Pemaquid Harbors, 1899

Vital Records

Bristol Marriages, 1758-1847

Bristol Marriage Intentions, 1758-1797

Miscellaneous Resources

Kennebec Purchase Petitioners, 1752

Muscongus and Medumcook Plantation Petitioners, 1767

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Bristol

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Bristol, Lincoln, Maine

Official Website: Town of Bristol

Maine Memory Network: Bristol

Maine Memory Network: Pemaquid


______, (Disable ad blocker to view link)The Petition & memorial of the towns of Bristol, Nobleborough, New-Castle, Edgcomb, and Boothbay, in the county of Lincoln, to the General Court of Massachusetts, Anno Domini, 1810 [] (Boston: Printed by J. Belcher, 1811)

Bennett, Barbara Gibson, Life and descendants of Thomas Johnston of Bristol, Maine (1959)

Cartland, J. Henry, Ancient Pavings of Pemaquid (1899)

Cartland, J. Henry, Ten years at Pemaquid: Sketches of its history and its ruins (Pemaquid Beach, Me.: unknown, 1899)

Cartland, J. Henry, Twenty years at Pemaquid: sketches of its history and its remains, ancient and modern (Pemaquid Beach, Me.: unknown, 1914)

Cushman, David Quimby, The history of ancient Sheepscot and Newcastle: including early Pemaquid, Damariscotta, and other contiguous places, from the earliest discovery to the present time: together with the genealogy of more than four hundred families (Bath Me.: E. Upton & Son, printers, 1882)

Dodge, Christine Huston, comp., Vital records of Old Bristol and Nobleboro in the county of Lincoln, Maine: including the present towns of Bremen, Damariscotta, South Bristol, and the Plantation of Monhegan [Vol. II - Marriages] ([Pemaquid, Me.]: Pemaquid Historical Association under the authority of the Maine Historical Society; [Newcastle, Me.]: Lincoln County Publishing Co., 1988)

Groves, Marlene A., comp., Index to A History of Bristol and Bremen (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, c1997)

Hough, Franklin Benjamin, Papers relating to Pemaquid and parts adjacent in the present state of Maine: known as Cornwall County when under the colony of New-York (Albany, N. Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1856)

Johnston, John, A history of the towns of Bristol and Bremen in the state of Maine, including the Pemaquid settlement (Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1873)

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The Town register: Damariscotta, Newcastle, Bristol, Bremen, Muscongus Island 1906 (Brunswick, Me.: H.E. Mitchell, 1906)

Otis, James, The story of Pemaquid (New York: T.Y. Crowell & Co., c1902)

Sylvester, Herbert Milton, Ye romance of olde Pemaquid (Boston, Mass.: Stanhope Press, 1908)

Sylvester, Herbert Milton, Olde Pemaquid (Boston, Mass.: W. B. Clarke Co., 1909)

Sewall, Rufus King, Pemaquid, Its Genesis, Discovery, Name and Colonial Relations to New England: Read Before the Lincoln County Historical Society, May 22, 1896 (Lincoln County Historical Society, 1896)

Thornton, John Wingate, Ancient Pemaquid: a historical review (Portland Me.: B. Thurston, 1857)

Woodbury, Charles Levi, Pemaquid and Monhegan (1892)

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