Durham Deeds

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - 183 Pleasant Street, Apartment 1 - Canton, Maine  04221
info@vfthomas.com


(updated 1 January 2017)

Purpose of this web page: The pages linked to below trace the land transactions in the town of Durham, Androscoggin County, Maine, starting from the earliest property owners.

How this page is organized: The first portion of this web page reports in chronological order the steps involved in the early land grants that lead to the 1766 Noyes Plan of Royalsborough. Bracketed material (e.g., [1:426]) refers to the book (1 in this example) and page(s) (426 in this example) of documents in the Cumberland and Androscoggin County Registries of Deeds. The second portion begins with an image of the Noyes Plan. Below the map is a table with basic information about each parcel. When deeds for a parcel are located, a link will be provided that will take you to a web page about that parcel.

How you can help: Please e-mail scanned images or photocopies of deeds to info@vfthomas.com or send them by traditional mail to “Durham Deeds c/o V. F. Thomas Co.; 183 Pleasant St., Apt. 1; Canton, Maine  04221”.

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1620
   James I granted a charter to Council of Plymouth.

1632
   June 16 - Council of Plymouth granted a patent to Thomas Purchase and George Way.

1683
   Land of Thomas Purchase and George Way sold to Richard Wharton.

1693
   Richard Wharton died in England.

1714
   November 5 - Wharton's land sold by administrator Ephraim Savage to Thomas Hutchinson, Adam Winthrop, John Watts, David Jeffries, Stephen Minot, Oliver Noyes, John Ruck, and John Wentworth, a group known as the Pejepscot Proprietors.

1762
   April - Survey of Royalston made by Stephen Getchell, soon found to be defective.

1766
   May 22 - Survey/plan made by Joseph Noyes.

1767
   June 3 - 158 lots laid out, 96 for the proprietors and 621 for future sale to settlers. Land in addition to these 158 lots are shown on the plan below. All of these parcels are included in the table below the plan.
   November 23 - Plan made by John Brown, revising the Noyes plan.





Noyes Plan


Lot number or description from Noyes Plan (above) Lot size Owner of Record per Noyes Plan Book:Page in Cumberland or Androscoggin County Registry of Deeds
for earliest deed found
Notes
1 100 acres
2 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1771 sold to Thomas Coffin
3 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Joseph Estes
4 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1771 sold to Noah Jones
5 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Stephen Chase
6 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 June 1771 sold to Edward Estes
7 100 acres
8 100 acres
9 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
10 100 acres
11 100 acres
12 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to John Blethen [Bliffin]
13 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to John Dean Jr.
14 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 June 1771 sold to Patrick Welch
15 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Nathaniel Gerrish
16 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 June 1771 sold to Samuel Clough
17 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Stephen Hart
18 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Caleb Estes
19 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Samuel Green
20 100 acres
21 100 acres
22 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to David Crossman
23 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to David Crossman
24 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
25 100 acres
26 100 acres
27 100 acres
28 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Cornelius Douglas
29 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
30 100 acres
31 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Charles Gerrish Jr.
32 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Vincent Roberts
33 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1771 sold to William Gerrish
34 100 acres school
35 100 acres
36 100 acres
37 100 acres
38 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Stephen Weston
39 100 acres parsonage
40 100 acres
41 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
42 100 acres
43 100 acres
44 100 acres
45 100 acres
46 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
47 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Solomon Tracy and Nathaniel Getchell
48 100 acres
49 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
50 100 acres
51 100 acres parsonage
52 100 acres
53 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Phineas Frost
54 100 acres
55 100 acres
56 100 acres
57 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Charles Gerrish
58 100 acres
59 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 deeded to Joseph Noyes for services as surveyor
60 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Joseph Knight
61 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Jonathan Beal
62 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to James Blethen
63 100 acres
64 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to James Parker and William Wilson
65 100 acres
66 100 acres
67 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1771 sold to John Dean [Dain]
68 100 acres minister
69 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to John Cushing
70 100 acres
71 100 acres
72 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Ichabod Frost
73 100 acres
74 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
75 100 acres
76 100 acres
77 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to James Hibbard
78 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Christopher Tracy
79 100 acres
80 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 10 December 1776 sold to Ichabod Frost
81 100 acres
82 100 acres
83 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 7 December 1771 sold to Jonathan Bagley
84 100 acres
85 100 acres
86 100 acres
87 100 acres
88 100 acres
89 100 acres
90 100 acres
91 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
92 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Daniel Robinson and Richard Mitchell
93 100 acres
94 100 acres
95 100 acres
96 100 acres
97 100 acres
98 100 acres
99 100 acres
100 100 acres
101 100 acres
102 100 acres
103 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 December 1777 sold to Rachel Cobb
104 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers 12 November 1770 sold to Nathan Lewis
105 100 acres
106 100 acres
107 100 acres
108 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Ebenezer Bragdon
109 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Jacob Sawyer
110 100 acres
111 100 acres
112 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Magnus Ridlon
113 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
114 100 acres
115 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Gideon Bragdon
116 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Ephraim Bragdon
117 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Elisha Douglas
118 100 acres
119 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Daniel True
120 100 acres
121 100 acres
122 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Amos Parker
123 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to William Blake
124 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to John Hoyt and Isaac Davis
125 100 acres
126 100 acres
127 100 acres
128 100 acres
129 100 acres
130 100 acres
131 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Jonathan Bragdon
132 100 acres
133 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Charles Kelley and Nathaniel Wilbur
134 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to John Larrabee
135 100 acres
136 100 acres
137 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Job Larrabee
138 100 acres
139 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to William McKenney
140 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Thomas Larrabee
141 100 acres
142 100 acres
143 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
144 100 acres
145 100 acres
146 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Zebulon York
147 100 acres
148 100 acres
149 100 acres
150 100 acres
151 100 acres
152 100 acres
153 100 acres one of the 96 lots reserved for the proprietors purchased by David Dunning
154 100 acres
155 100 acres
156 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Joshua Fickett
157 100 acres
158 100 acres one of the 62 lots to be sold to settlers sold under “Betterment Act” to Jonathan Libby
“John Cushing's 500 Acres” 500 acres John Cushing 1786
“Morril's 80 Acres” 80 acres Morrill
“Osgood 44 Acres” 44 acres Osgood
“Farrar” [no acreage given on plan] Farrar
“Currier's 75 Acres” 75 acres Currier
[no name given on plan] 27 acres, 30 [square] rods
“March” 30 acres March
“Levi Wells 95 acres” 95 acres Levi Wells
“95 a Fenner?” 95 acres Fenner
“Esteses 95 acres” 95 acres Estes
“An Gerrish 95” 95 acres Gerrish
“John Bagley” [no acreage given on plan] John Bagley
“Jo. Weeds 100 Acres” 100 acres Joshua Weed purchased 25 December 1780
“Goodwin's 44 acres” 44 acres Goodwin
“Olando [sic] Bagleyᰵ [no acreage given on plan] Orlando Bagley
Prout's Gore Timothy Prout obtained by grant in 1737
“200 acres Sold Capt. Gerrish” 200 acres Capt. Gerrish
“Jos. Noyes's 800 acres” 800 acres Joseph Noyes purchased in 1766


Notes:
   1According to the data in the 1899 book History of Durham, Maine with Genealogical Notes by Everett S. Stackpole, more than 62 lots were sold to settlers, either originally or later under the “Betterment Act”. Research is needed to clarify this apparent discrepancy.
   2According to the History of Durham, lot 58 was purchased by Jonathan Bagley on 10 June 1771 (page 7) and was purchased by Andrew Adams under the “Betterment Act” (p. 26). Research is needed to clarify this apparent discrepancy.