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Harpswell, Cumberland County

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Cumberland County (set off from York County in 1760)


Formerly a parish of North Yarmouth, Merriconeag Neck and neighboring islands were annexed to Brunswick in 1740, and in 1758 were incorporated as a district; incorporated as a town in 1775

Previous Designations

Mericoneag (Merryconeag) Neck

Prominent Islands

Bailey Island (Bailey's Island), Birch Island, Dingley Island, Haskell Island (once called Damariscove Island), Long Island, Lower Goose Island, Orrs Island (Orr's Island), Ragged Island, Sebascodegan Island (Sebascodiggan Island), Upper Goose Island, Whaleboat Island, Yarmouth Island

Boundary Changes

Ragged Island was annexed from Phippsburg in 1891

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Bailey Island (Bailey's Island), Basin Point, Cundys Harbor, Dyer Cove, East Harpswell, Gun Point, High Head, North Harpswell, Oak Ledge, South Harpswell, West Harpswell

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Brunswick, Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Freeport, Phippsburg, West Bath


Maine Historical Maps: Harpswell


Casco Bay Breeze — at Chronicling America

Harpswell Anchor

Vital Records

Fatalities in Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Harpswell

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine

Official Website: Town of Harpswell

Pejepscot Genealogical Society

Maine Memory Network: Harpswell

Maine Memory Network: Bailey Island

Maine Memory Network: Orr's Island

Maine Memory Network: Orrs Island


______, Old Times in North Yarmouth, Maine (vols. 1-2) (Yarmouth, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1877-78)

______, Old Times in North Yarmouth, Maine (vols. 3-4) (Yarmouth, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1879-80)

______, Old Times in North Yarmouth, Maine (vols. 5-6) (Yarmouth, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1881-82)

______, Old Times in North Yarmouth, Maine (vols. 7-8) (Yarmouth, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1883-85)

______, The Westcustogo chronicle (vol. 1, no. 1) (Yarmouth, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1885)

______, Casco Bay Directory, 1924

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The Harpswell register, 1904 (Brunswick, Me.: The H.E. Mitchell Pub. Co., 1904)

Mitchell, Wilmot Brookings, Elijah Kellogg : the man and his work : chapters from his life and selections from his writings (Boston, Mass.: Lee and Shepard, 1903)

Sinnett, Charles N., Historic Harpswell, Harpswell, Maine: its historic Congregational Church and famous ministers, 1758-1903 (Haverhill, Mass.: C.C. Morse & Son, 1903)

Sinnett, Charles N., Ancestor Noah Mayo of Harpswell, Maine : ancestry and descendants (typescript)

Sinnett, Charles Nelson, Walter Merryman of Harpswell, Maine: And His Descendants (Concord, N. H.: Rumford Printing Co., 1905)

Sinnett, Charles Nelson, Jacob Johnson of Harpswell, Maine, and his descendants east and west (Concord, N. H.: Rumford Printing Co., 1907)

Sinnett, Charles N., Benjamin Denslow of Harpswell, Maine and descendants (Typescript, 1925)

Sinnett, Charles Nelson, Michael Sinnett of Harpswell, Maine: his ancestry and descendants (Concord, N. H.: Rumford Printing Co., 1910)

Sumner, Edith Bartlett, Descendants of Thomas Farr of Harpswell, Maine and ninety allied families (Los Angeles, Calif., 1959)

Thwing, Annie Haven, The story of Orr's Island, Maine (Boston, Mass.: Press of G.H. Ellis Co., 1925)

Wheeler, George Augustus, M. D., and Henry Warren Wheeler, History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Maine, including the ancient territory known as Pejepscot (Boston, Mass.: A. Mudge & sons, printers 1878)

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