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Skowhegan, Somerset County

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


1823 as the town of Milburn from part of Canaan; name changed in 1836 to Skowhegan

Previous Designations

Part of the Plymouth Claim (Kennebec Purchase); Skowhegan Falls

Early variant names include Schoogun, Squahegan, Cohegan, Cohigin, Schouhegan, Scohigin, Cohiggin, Scowhegan, Scohegan, Scunkhegon, Squhegan, Sou heagan, Sou Heavyon, etc.

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

Parts of Norridgewock were annexed in 1828 and 1856, and parts of Cornville in 1831 and 1833

The defunct town of Bloomfield (set off from Canaan and incorporated in 1814) was annexed in 1861

Part of Fairfield had been annexed to Bloomfield in 1858

Villages, Locations and Settlements

French Settlement, Malbons Mills, Skowhegan, South Bloomfield (former post office), Wesserunsett Settlement

An area in this town was once called "Kennebec"

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Canaan, Clinton, Cornville, Fairfield, Madison, Norridgewock


Maine Historical Maps: Skowhegan

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Skowhegan


The Somerset Reporter — at Chronicling America

The Independent-Reporter — at Chronicling America

Vital Records

Deaths in Norridgewock, Canaan and Adjacent Towns Prior to 1850

Miscellaneous Resources

Maine Town Reports: Skowhegan

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine

Official Website: Town of Skowhegan

Maine Memory Network: Skowhegan

Maine Memory Network: Bloomfield

Skowhegan History House: Historical and Genealogical Research Materials

Skowhegan Free Public Library Genealogy Room


______, Leading business men of Lewiston, Augusta and vicinity: embracing also, Auburn, Gardiner, Waterville, Oakland, Dexter, Fairfield, Skowhegan, Hallowell, Richmond, Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Canton, Buckfield, Mechanic Falls, South Paris, Norway, Farmington and Winthrop with an historical sketch of each place, illustrated (Boston: Mercantile Pub. Co., 1889, c1888)

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

______, "The Evolution of Skowhegan on the Kennebec," Lewiston Journal Magazine Section, 4 May 1912

Coburn, Louise Helen, (Disable ad blocker to view link)Skowhegan on the Kennebec [] (Skowhegan, Me.: Printed by the Independent-Reporter Press, 1941)

Danforth, E. F., Skowhegan lawyers, 1803-1927 (Hinckley, Me.: Good Will Pub. Co., 1928)

Duncan, Margaret, comp., "Maine Marriages Performed by Rev. Henry Leach," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 138 (Boston, Mass.: The Society, 1984) [Rev. Leach a resident of Waterborough (1820), Mercer (1830) Bloomfield (1840), and Smithfield (1850)]

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)

Labonté, Youville, comp., Births of Our Lady of Lourdes, Skowhegan, ME 1868-1908 (Lewiston, Me.: Y. Labonté, [1993?])

Labonté, Youville, comp., Marriages of Our Lady of Lourdes, Skowhegan, Me (1881-1980) and of St. Peter, Bingham, Me (1920-1980) (Auburn, Me.: Y. Labonté, [1981])

Mitchell, Harry Edward, et al., comp., The Skowhegan register, 1905 (Brunswick, Me., The H. E. Mitchell Co., 1905)

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

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