Maine Deeds

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - 167 Thorne Mountain Road - Canton, Maine  04221
info@vfthomas.com


(updated 21 December 2019)

Welcome to the Maine Deeds website.

The puurpose of this website is to post the earliest deeds located for a town, but also other deeds as they become available. The emphasis is on Canton (Oxford County) because that town is celebrating its bicentennial in 2021.

How to use this website: The history of land grants/patents for Maine is given below. At the point when a particular town is referenced, a link to that town is given. Following the link will take you to the land history for that town.

You can help by e-mailing scanned images or photocopies of deeds to info@vfthomas.com or by traditional mail to the address at the top of this page.

A little work by each of us will save a lot of work for all of us.





“At the same time as European venturers explored and mapped the eastern seaboard, the great powers of England and France laid claim to vast areas of the continent. These claims were authorized by the English and French crowns without any consultation with the Native peoples who actually inhabited the eastern seaboard.” [Source: Hornsby, Steven J., and Richard W. Judd, editors; Herman, Michael J., cartographic designer. 2015. Historical Atlas of Maine. Orono: The University of Maine Press.]


1620
   King James I of England granted a charter to the 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.

1691
   April - grant by Louis XIV of France to “de la Motte Cadillacc”; included land on Mount Desert Island

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.

1736
   March 27 - General Court of the then Province of Massachusetts granted six miles square to 60 inhabitants of old Gloucester (= Cape Ann) to form what is now the town of New Gloucester.

1762
   April - Survey of Royalston [now Durham] made by Stephen Getchell.



Below is an alphabetical list of Maine’s counties for which one or more towns have deeds posted on this website. Click on any county and you will be taken to a list of those towns.

Androscoggin County
Cumberland County
Hancock County
Oxford County






ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

Durham



CUMBERLAND COUNTY

New Gloucester
Scarborough



HANCOCK COUNTY

Mount Desert Island



OXFORD COUNTY

Canton