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Canaan, 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 Wesserunset Plantation

Previous Designations

Part of the Plymouth Claim (Kennebec Purchase); Heywoodstown; Howardstown; Wesserunset

Boundary Changes

Land was set off to form Bloomfield (later annexed to Skowhegan) in 1814

Land was set off to form Milburn (now Skowhegan) in 1823

Part of Warsaw (now Pittsfield) was annexed in 1824, and additional parts of that town were annexed in 1830 and 1841

Part of Hartland was annexed in 1849

One estate in Clinton was annexed in 1849, but returned in 1850 upon repeal of the act

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Browns Corner (Brown's Corner), Canaan (formerly Tuttle's Mills), East Canaan (former post office at Canaan)

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Clinton, Cornville, Hartland, Pittsfield, Skowhegan


Maine Historical Maps: Canaan


Canaan Cemeteries

Vital Records

Deaths in Norridgewock, Canaan and Adjacent Towns Prior to 1850

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Canaan, Somerset, Maine

Official Website: Town of Canaan

MEGenWeb Project: Canaan

Canaan Historical Society

Maine Memory Network: Canaan


______, The East Somerset County Register, 1911-1912 (Auburn, Me.: Chatto & Turner, 1912)

______, Records of the plantation of Canaan and the town of Canaan (Skowhegan), 1783-1821 ([S.l.: s.n., 1931?])

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)

Nelson, Sally Furber, comp., Vital records of Canaan, Maine (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 2008)

Smith, Lillian Clayton, Old Canaan during the revolution (Skowhegan, Me.: Press of the Independent Reporter, 1910)

Weston, Eben, The early settlers of Canaan (typescript, written for the Somerset Reporter, 1890-1893)

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