Cape Elizabeth - Early Residents
Cumberland County, Maine

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(updated 28 November 2019)





1628–1630: “The first occupation of any part of Falmouth, by a European, of which we have any evidence, was of Richmond’s Island [now part of Cape Elizabeth]. by Walter Bagnall in 1628. The sole object of this man seems to have been to drive a profitable trade with the Indians by whatever means were in his power. He lived on the island alone, until by his cupidity he had drawn down the vengeance of the natives upon him, and they put an end to his life and his injuries Oct. 3, 1631.” [Source: Collections of the Maine Historical Society, [series I], Volume I (1831), page 21.]

As early as 1637: Richard Gibson, an Episcopalian minister. [Source: Collections of the Maine Historical Society, [series I], Volume I (1831), page 21.]