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Tremont was taken from the Town of Mount Desert and incorporated on 3 June 1848 as Mansel. Its name was changed to Tremont on 8 August 1848.

The first book of records of Tremont (then Mansel) contains an unnumbered three-page index that lists descriptions of the book's contents followed by page numbers as follows:
   Act of Incorporation - 1–4
   [blank pages - 5–10]
   Town meeting to organize the town - 11–13
   Proceedings at the meeting for organization - 14–19
   Limits of [school] districts - 20–27
   Oaths of town officers - 14–19 and 27–28
   [blank pages - 29–30]
   Warrant September 1848 - 31–32
   Record of votes at September meeting A.D. 1848 - 33–34
   Warrant for town meeting for choice of electors of President & Vice President, November 7, 1848 - 35–36
   Record of publishments for 1848 - 39–43 [Note: These have not been transcribed below. Rather, they are incorporated in the genealogies of the various families.]
   Record of the divisional line between Mount Desert and Tremont - 44–45
   Record of marriages - 46[–47]
   [blank page - 48]
   Warrant for town meeting March 5, 1849 - 49–51
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 52–58
   Warrant for Seotember meeting 1849 - 59–60
   Ballots at said meeting - 61–62
   Publishments for 1849 - 63–65
[The index continues in a different hand and covers pages 85 and following, but see the two entries immediately following page 116.]
   Warrant for town meeting March 4, 1850 - 85–87
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 88–93
   Oaths of town officers for 1850 - 95–96, 98–100
   Warrant to notify officers to take the oath - 97
   Warrant for town meeting [of] June 29, 1850 - 101–102
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 103
   Warrant for town meeting [of] September 9, 1850 - 105–105
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 106
   Warrant for September meeting, 1850 - 107–108
   Record of votes at September meeting, A.D. 1850 - 109–110
   Collector's notice of sale of real estate for non-payment of taxes for 1849 - 111
   Warrant for town meeting [of] November 23, 1850 - 112–113
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 114–115
   Collector's return of sale of real estate for non-payment of taxes for 1849; recorded January 22, A.D. 1851 - 116
   Record of publishments for 1850 - 69–71
   Certificates of marriage recorded in 1850 - 67–68
   Warrant for town meeting [of] March 3, 1851 - 117–119
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 120–124
   Oaths of town officers - 125–127
   Certificates of marriage recorded in 1851 - 128–129
   Collector's notice of sale of real estate recorded May 6, 1851 - 131
   Collector's certificate of the above meeting - 132
   Warrant for town meeting [of] May 21, 1851 - 133
   Collector's notice and certificate of the same, recorded May 23, 1851 - 135
   Collector's notice and certificate of the same, recorded June 13, 1851 - 136–137
   Time of service of Superintending School Committee - 137
   Warrant for town meeting [of] March 1, 1852 - 138–139
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 140–145
   Oaths of town officers for 1852 - 146–150
   Warrant to notify town officers - 152
   Warrant for town meeting [of] May 3, 1852 - 153–154
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 155–156
   Warrant [for] town meeting [of] September 13, 1852 - 160
   Proceedings at the above meeting - 161̵162
   Certificates of marriages in 1852 - 157 and 196
   Intentions of marriage in 1852 - 158–159 and 195
   Warrant for town meeting [of] November 2, 1852 - 163
   Record of meeting [of] November 2, 1852 - 164–165
   Warrant for town meeting [of] November 19, 1852 - 166
   Record of town meeting [of] November 19, 1852 - 167
   Warrant for town meeting [of] March 7, 1853 - 168–169
   Record of town meeting [of] March 7, 1853 - 170–177
   Oaths of town officers in 1853 - 178 and 181–185
   Warrant for town meeting [of] September 12, 1853 - 188–189
   Collector's notice - 191–192
   Fence Viewers return - 193
   Intention[s] of marriages - 195
   Certificates of marriages - 196
   Agreements to maintain partition fences - 197

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Note: The text below is an edited transcript of the original records. Changes are made in spelling, punctuation, format, and occasionally wording for clarity, and numbering of items (e.g., items passed at a town meeting) is sometimes added. Images of the original records can be seen by clicking on the link(s) following the heading of each section. Because records of a call to a meeting or of a meeting itself did not always begin on a new page, there will often be extra material in the linked images.

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3 June 1848 - Act incorporating the town of Mansel (Tremont town records, book 1: page 1; page 2; page 3; page 4)

State of Maine. In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight. An act to incorporate the town of Mansel. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in legislature assembled as follows:
Section 1. All that part of the town of Mount Desert in the County of Hancock lying south of a line commencing at Andrew Fernald's north line on Somes Sound, then across the mountain to the head of Denning's Pond [now Echo Lake], then continuing the same course to Great Pond [now Long Pond], then across said pond to the southeast corner of lot numbered 114 on a plan of said town by John S. Dodge, then westerly on the south line of said lot number 114 to Seal Cove Pond, and continuing the same course to the middle of said pond, then northerly up the middle of Upper Seal Cove Pond [now Hodgdon Pond] to the head thereof, and continuing the same course to the south line of lot marked "Reuben Noble" on said plan, then westerly on the south line of said last-named lot to the seashore, together with Moose Island, Gott's Island, and Langley's Island [now Greening Island], with the inhabitants therein, is hereby set off from said town of Mount Desert and incorporated into a separate town by the name of Mansel and vested with all the powers and privileges and immunities, and subject to all the duties and liabilities of other incorporated towns agreeable to the constitution and laws of this state, and is classed in the same representative district as its inhabitants now are.
Section 2. Said town of Mansel shall be holden to pay the said town of Mount Desert such a proportion of the debts and liabilities of the said town of Mount Desert beyond their resources now existing and which may hereafter arise in consequence of any and all suits at law now pending against or in favor of said town of Mount Desert, and also assume the support of such proportion of all persons supported as permanent or occasional paupers of said town of Mount Desert as the last valuation of that portion hereby set off bears to the whole valuation of the town of Mount Desert.
Section 3. The inhabitants of the town of Mansel shall be holden to pay all taxes which have been accrued upon them by the town of Mount Desert and which remain unpaid at the passage of this act and also their just proportion of such state and county taxes as are already or may be hereafter assessed and apportioned on the inhabitants of the town of Mount Desert until the legislature shall lay a tax upon the town of Mansel.
Section 4. The inhabitants of the town of Mansel shall be entitled to receive from said town of Mount Desert their proportion of school money raised in the said town of Mount Desert which has or may be apportioned to the several school districts and parts of districts falling within the limits of the town of Mansel as hereby incorporated.
Section 5. It shall be the duty of the selectmen of the town of Mount Desert to make return to the Secretary of State by the first day of February next [i.e., February 1849] of the proportion of the state valuation of said town which is set off by this act and incorporated into the town of Mansel.
Section 6. Any Justice of the Peace within said county of Hancock may issue his warrant to any legal voter residing in said town of Mansel directing him to notify the inhabitants thereof to meet at a time and place specified in said warrant for the choice of town officers and to transact such business as other towns are authorized to do at their annual town meetings.
Section 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its approval by the Governor.

   In the House of Representatives June 3, 1848, this bill having had three several readings passed to be enacted.
      —H.D. McLellan, Speaker

   In Senate June 3, 1848, this bill having had two several readings passed to be enacted.
      —Caleb R. Ayer, President

   June 3, 1848, approved.
      —John W. Dana

   secretary's office, Augusta, June 5, 1848.
   I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the original deposited in this office.
      (signed) John [?] Sawyer, Deputy Secretary of State

   Tremont, December 4, 1848.
   I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from the original certificate of said John [?] Sawyer
      —John S. Dodge, [?] Clerk of Tremont.

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Warrant for 9 August 1848 town meeting [page images to be posted]
State of Maine
To John Rich, a legal voter residing in the town of Mansel in the county of Hancock, greeting.
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required and directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the town of Mansel qualified by law to vote in town affairs to meet and assemble on Wednesday the ninth day of August next at ten o'clock in the forenoon at the red schoolhouse in Bass Harbor in said town to act on the following business; to wit:.
Article 1. To choose a Moderator.
Article 2. To choose a Town Clerk.
Article 3. To choose Selectmen.
Article 4. To chose Assessors.
Article 5. To choose Overseers of the Poor.
Article 6. To choose [a] Town Treasurer.
Article 7. To choose [a] Superintending School Committee.
Article 8. To choose School Agents.
Article 9. To choose Surveyors of Lumber.
Article 10. To choose Surveyors of Highways.
Article 11. To choose Constables.
Article 12. To choose a Collector of Taxes.
Article 13. To choose Fence Viewers.
Article 14. To choose Pound Keepers.
Article 15. To choose Measurers of Wood & Bark.
Article 16. To choose Auditors of Accounts.
Article 17. To vote and raise a sum of money for the support of the town's poor by loan or otherwise.
Article 18. To vote and raise a sum of money that may be due Mount Desert or for contingent expenses by loan or otherwise.
Article 19. To establish a town pound or pounds.
Article 20. To establish the limits of the several school districts in said town and make any alteration in their present limits if desirable.
Article 21. To take such measures as the town think[s] proper to adjust all matters of business between said town of Mansel and the town of Mount Desert.
Article 22. To act on any other business which may legally come before said meeting and determine the manner of notifying future meetings of said town.
Given under my hand and seal at said Mansel this thirty-first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight.
   (signed) Wilson Guptill
      Justice of the Peace

Mansel, August 9, 1848. Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said town qualified as therein expressed to assemble at the time and place and for the purpose[s] therein named by posting up an attested copy of said warrant at Benjamin Benson Jr.'s store in said town, being a public and conspicuous place in said town, on the second day of August. being seven days before the said meeting.
   (signed) John Rich, an inhabitant and legal voter in the said town of Mansel.

Tremont, August 9, 1848. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the original warrant and return thereon.
   —John S. Dodge
         Clerk of the town of Mansel.

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9 August 1848 - town meeting [page images to be posted]

At a legal town meeting duly notified and holden at the red schoolhouse in Bass Harbor in the town of Mansel in the county of Hancock on the ninth day of August A.D. 1848, the legal voters of said town, by major vote and by ballot,
1. Chose Alfred Harper moderator, who, being present, was duly sworn to the following oath: you solemnly swear that you will faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned to you by law as moderator of this meeting, so help you God.
2. Chose John S. Dodge town clerk, who, being duly elected, took the oath by law required as follows: You, John S. Dodge, having been elected Town Clerk of the town of Mansel, do swear that you will truly record all votes passed in this or any other town meeting which may be held in this town during the ensuing year and until another shall be chosen in your stead, and also that you will faithfully discharge all the other duties of said office, so help you God.
3. Chose Shubal D. Norton, Seth H. Clark, and John S. Dodge selectmen, who, being duly elected, took the oath by law required as follows: You, having been chosen Selectmen of the town of Mansel, do each of you solemnly swear that you will faithfully and impartially perform all the duties assigned you by law in said office, so help you God.
4. and 5. Voted that the Selectmen be [the] assessors and overseers of the poor.
6. Chose Barnard Rumill town treasurer.
7. Chose Charles M. Brown, Shubal D. Norton, and John L. Martin [as the] superintending school committee. Charles M. Brown and Shubal D. Norton, being present, were sworn to the following oath: You, being chosen [as members of] the superintending school committee for the town of Mansel, you each of you solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform all the duties assigned you by law in said office, so help you God.
8. Chose Eben Fernald, James R. Freeman, Edwin Kittredge, Jeremiah Moore, Joshua Eaton, Zebadiah Rich, Elias Rich, Ambrose Thurston, Wills Carver, Isaac M. Ober, Benjamin Norwood, and Samuel O. Harper [as] school agents for their respective districts. Then, the following-named school agents, namely James R. Freeman, Edwin Kittredge, Isaac M. Ober, Benjamin Norwood, and Samuel O. Harper appeared and took the following oath: You and each of you solemnly swear that you will faithfully and impartially perform all the duties assigned you by law as school agents of your respective districts, so help you God.
9. [see 15. below]
10. Chose Enoch Lurvey, Andrew Tarr, Horace Durgin, John Dolliver, Joshua Eaton, Robert Rich, John M. Gott, John Murphy, Benjamin Atherton Jr., Benjamin Norwood, and Samuel O. Harper highway surveyors, and then the following-named surveyors appeared, namely Robert Rich, Elias Rich [not named in above list of chosen surveyors], John Murphy, Benjamin Atherton Jr., Benjamin Norwood, and Samuel O. Harper, and took the following oath: You and each of you solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform all the duties assigned you by law as surveyors of your respective districts, so help you God.
11. Chose Wilson Guptill, David Hopkins, Eaton Clark, James Reed, and Joseph Gott constables. Then Wilson Guptill and James Reed took the following oath: You solemnly swear that you will each of you perform all the duties assigned you by law as constables of the town of Mansel, so help you God.
12. Chose John Rich collector of taxes for the town of Mansel.
13. Chose John F. Norwood, John Rich, James Reed, Joseph Gott, and Benjamin Gilley fence viewers.
14. Chose William Heath, Eaton Clark, and David Hopkins pound keepers.
15. Chose John S. Dodge and Benjamin Atherton, Jr., surveyors of lumber and measurers of wood and bark, who then took the oath by law required as follows: You and each of you solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform the duties of surveyors of lumber and measurers of wood and bark for the ensuing year, so help you God.
16. Chose Benjamin Benson Jr., Henry H. Clark, and Abraham Richardson auditors of accounts.
17. Voted to indefinitely postpone the 17th article.
18. [no action reported]
19. Voted that Benjamin Atherton Jr.'s barnyard and barn be used as a town pound.
20. Report was then read by John S. Dodge, clerk, defining the limits of the several school districts in the town of Mansel as prepared by the selectmen of Mount Desert agreeable to a vote of that town appointing them a committee to limit the several school districts in the town of Mount Desert and also a map of said Mansel and Mount Desert was presented for approval made by John [?] Dodge on which was laid down all the district lines, whereupon it was voted to accept the limits as reported and as laid down on said map so far as the same is unbiased in the town of Mansel by confining the district lines or limits to the town line in all of those districts which adjoin to the town of Mount Desert and commence to number them at North Norwood Cove, which shall be called No. 1 and South Norwood Cove to be called No. 2 and continuing on until all are successively numbered. (For a description of the limits aforesaid, see page from 20 to 26 inclusive). [The preceding parenthetical comment was part of the records.]
21. Voted that the selectmen settle with the town of Mount Desert.
22. Voted that the selectmen purchase books for the use of the town. Voted that the annual town meetings in this town be holden on the first Monday in March annually. Voted that future meeting[s] in this town be notified by posting up copies of the warrant calling such meetings—one at Southwest Harbor, one at Bass Harbor, and one at Seal Cove—seven days before said meeting in public and conspicuous places. Voted that future town meetings be holn at this house.

   I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true record of the doings at the aforesaid meeting.
      Attest - John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Limits of school districts in the town of Mansel agreeable to a vote of said town, passed at the organization thereof, August 9, A.D. 1848. [page images to be posted]

District No. 1. or North Norwood Cove School District. Commencing on the town line on Somes Sound, following the shore southerly to Allen Hopkins's south line, following said Hopkins's south line to lot No. 153, following said lot No. 153 northerly and westerly to lot No. 146, following the eastern line of lot No. 146 to Isaac Herrick's south line, following Herrick's south line to the Great Pond [now Long Pond] to the town line, following the town line to the place began at.

District No. 2. of South Norwood Cove School District. Commencing at Allen Hopkins's south line on the shore of Norwood Cove, then following the shore southerly and westerly to Isaac Mayo's south line, following Isaac Mayo's south line westerly to the southeast corner of lot No. 95, following the south line of lot No. 95 to lots No. 30 and 31, following the southeast line and northeast line of lots 30 and 31 to the southwest corner of lot No. 136, following the western line of lot No. 136 to lot No. 133, following the south and western line of lot 133 to Great Pond [now Long Pond], following said Pond to District No. 1, following District No. 1 to the place began at.

District No. 3 or North Southwest Harbor School District. Commencing at Isaac Mayo's south line on the shore of Southwest Harbor, following the shore southerly to the northeast corner of lot marked Joshua Mayo, following the north line of lot marked Joshua Mayo to lot marked John Stone Grow, following the line of lot marked John Stone Grow northerly and westerly to lot No. 99, following the north line of lot No. 99 to lot No. 143, following the northeast lines of lots No. 143 and 141 and 98 and 97 to lot 96, following the south and west line of lot No. 96 to District No. 2, following the line [of] District No. 2 to the place begun at.

District No. 4 or South Southwest Harbor School District. Commencing at the north line of lot marked Joshua Mayo on the shore, following the shore southerly to the southeast corner of lot No. 103, following the northeastern lines of lots 103 and 101 and 143 to District No. 3, following the line of District No. 3 to the place began at.

District No. 5 or East Bass Harbor School District. Commencing at the southeast corner of lot No. 103 on the shore, following the shore southerly and westerly and northerly to the southwest corner of lot No. 32, following the south line of lot 32 to lot No. 141, following the west and south line of lot No. 141 to District No. 4, following the line of District No. 4 to the place began at.

District No. 6 or Middle Bass Harbor School District. Commencing at the southwest corner of lot No. 32 on the shore and following the shore to the northeast corner of lot No. 152 to lot No. 83, following the south and western line of lot No. 83 to lots No. 30 and 31, following the western line of lots 30 and 31 to District No 3, following the western line of District No. 3 to District No. 5, following the line of District No. 5 to the place began at.

District No. 7 or West Bass Harbor School District. Commencing at the northeast corner of lot No. 152, following the shore southerly and westerly to the west line of William Norwood's land, following the west line of said Norwood's land and the west line of lot No. 80 to the line of District No. 6, following the line of District No. 6 to the place began at.

District No. 8 or Goose Cove School District. Commencing at the western line of William Norwood's land on the shore, following the shore westerly to the western line of John Latty's land, following the west line of John Latty's land to the south line of lot 76, and following the south line westerly to Joseph Gott's east line, following the south and east line of lot 77 to the northwest corner of Widow Wilson's land, following the north line of said Widow Wilson's land and the north and west line of lot No. 79 to District No. 7, following the line of District No. 7 to the place began at.

District No. 9 or South Seal Cove School District. Commencing at John Latty's west line on the shore, and following the shore westerly and northerly to the head of Seal Cove, following the stream of Seal Cove to Seal Cove Pond, following the shore of lot No. 18 and the east line of lot No. 18 to lot No. 137, following the north and east lines of lot No. 137 to lot No. 89, following the north line of lot No. 89 and the north and east and south lines of lot No. 90 round to the south line of lot No. 89, following the south line of lot No. 89 westerly to the southeast line of lot No. 88, following the southeast lines of lots No. 88 and 77 to the line of Goose Cove District, following the line of Goose Cove District to the place began at.

District No. 10 or North Seal Cove School District. Commencing at the west line of James Reed's land on the shore of Seal Cove, following the west line and north line of James Reed's land and the south line of lot No. 15 to lot No. 151, following the west line of lot No. 151 and the west line and then the north line of Benjamin Atherton Jr.'s land to Seal Cove Pond, then across Seal Cove Pond easterly to the south line of Shubal Norton's mountain lot, following the south line of said Shubal Norton's mountain lot to Horace Durgin and Enoch Lurvey's mountain lot to lot No. 133, following the west line of lot No. 133 to the line of District No. 9 or Seal Cove District, following the line of Souh Seal Cove Disrict to Seal Cove, following Seal Cove to the place began at, together with Moose Island and Seal Cove Mills.

District No. 11 or Cape District. Commencing at the east line of James Reed's land on the shore of Seal Cove, following the shore westerly and northerly to the north line of lot No. 11, following the north line and east line of lot No. 11 to Shubal Norton's west line, following Shubal D. Norton's west line to the line of North Seal Cove District, following the line of North Seal Cove District to the place began at.

District No. 12 or Center District. Commencing at the north line of lot No. 11 on the shore, following the shore to the town line, following the town line to the Great Pond [now Long Pond] following the Great Pond to lot No. 133, following the northwest line of lot No. 133 and north lines [of] Districts No. 10 and No. 11 to the place began at.

District No. 13 or Kelly District. Bounded on the southeast by Middle Bass Harbor District, on the south by Goose Cove District, on the west and north by South Seal Cove District, and on the northeast by South Norwood Cove District.

District No. 14 or Gott's Islands. To comprise the two Gott's Islands.

District No. 15. Comprises Langley's Island or, in other words, Greening's Island.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true record of the numbers and limits of the several districts in the town of Mansel as reported and accepted at the organization or the said town of Mansel on the ninth day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty-eight, by a vote of the legal voters thereof, reference being had at that time to plan of said town of Mansel and Mount Desert made by me, the subscriber, and is the same as referred to in the act of incorporation, section 1 (see page 1.), the numbers and divisions of lots remaining the same in the new town of Mansel as they were when part of Mount Desert, but the numbers of districts being changed in the new town so as to number regularly and successively from one to fifteen. (See map)
   Attest: John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Mansel, August 9, 1848. [page images to be posted]
Then Shubal D. Norton, Seth H. Clark, and John S. Dodge took the following oath: You being choses overseers of the poor for the town of Mansel, you solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform all the duties assigned you by law in said office, so help you God.
The aforesaid oath was administered by Wilson Guptill, Esq.
   Attest: John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Mansel or Tremont, August 31, 1848. [page images to be posted]
John L. Martin took the following oath: You solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform the duties of [a member of the] Superintending School Committee for the town of Mansel (or Tremont) for the remainder of the present year, so help you God.
   Attest: John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

Joshua Eaton took the following oath: You having been chosen School Agent by the town of Mansel for the remainder of the present year, you swear that you will faithfully perform the duties of said office, so help you God.
   Attest: John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

The said Joshua Eaton also took the following oath: You solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform the duties of Highway Surveyor for the remainder of the ensuing year, so help you God.
   Attest: John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Warrant for 11 September 1848 town meeting [page images to be posted]
State of Maine
To Eaton Clark, Constable of the town of Mansel or Tremont.
   You are hereby required in the name of the State of Maine to notify and warn the inhabitants of said town of Mansel qualified as the constitution requires to assemble at the red schoolhouse near Bass Harbor on the eleventh day of September next at ten o'clock A.M. to give in their votes for Governor, Representative to Congress, Senator, County Treasurer, County Commissioner, and Representative to represent them in the legislature of this state.
   The selectmen will be in session at said schoolhouse at nine o'clock A.M. on the day of said meeting for the purpose of correcting the list of voters.
   Dated at Mansel or Tremont this thirty-first day of August A.D. 1848
      (signed) S. D. Norton, Seth H. Clark, John S. Dodge, selectmen of Mansel or Tremont

Tremont, August 31, 1848.
Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said town of Tremont qualified as therein expressed to assemble at the time and place and for the purpose therein mentioned by posting up an attested copy of such warrant at Bass Harbor sawmill and at Southwest Harbor P.O., being public and conspicuous places in said town, on Saturday the second day of September. being seven days before said meeting.
   (signed) Eaton Clark, Constable of Tremont.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the aforesaid warrant and return.
   —John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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11 September 1848 - town meeting [page images to be posted]

At a legal town meeting duly notified and holden at the red schoolhouse in the town of Tremont, County of Hancock, on the eleventh day of September A.D. 1848, the legal voters of said town gave in their votes which were received, sorted, counted, and declared and sealed up in open town meeting in the presence of the Town Clerk, who formed a list thereof which were as follows, to wit:

Whole number of votes for Governor was 192.
   For Elijah L. Hamlin - 97 votes
   For John W. Dana - 95 votes

Whole number of votes for Representative to Congress was 192.
   For George Downes - 97 votes
   For Thomas J. D. Fuller - 95 votes

Whole number of votes for Senator [was] 178.
   For Samuel [F.?] Adams - 97 votes
   For William V. Bowen - 81 votes

Whole number of votes for County Treasurer [was] 191.
   For Pearl S. Peters - 96 votes
   For Nathan White - 95 votes

Whole number of votes for County Commissioner [was] 192.
   For Charles Joy - 97 votes
   For Luther G. Philbrook - 95 votes

Whole number of votes for Representative to the legislature [was] 189.
   For John Manchester - 101 votes
   For Eaton Clark - 87 votes
   For Henry H. Clark - 1 vote

I hereby certify that the foregoing is [a] true record of the votes given in at the aforesaid meeting.
   —John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Warrant for 7 November 1848 town meeting for choice of electors for President and Vice President [page images to be posted]
State of Maine
To Eaton Clark, Constable of the town of Tremont.
   You are hereby required in the name of the State of Maine to notify and warn the inhabitants of said town of Tremont qualified as the constitution requires to assemble at the red schoolhouse near Bass Harbor on Tuesday, the seventh day of November, next at eleven o'clock in the forenoon to give in their votes for electors of President and Vice President of the United States.
   The selectmen will be in session at the above place of election at half past ten A.M. of the same day to examine qualifications of voters when names are not on the list.
   Dated at Tremont the twenty-eighth day of October A.D. 1848
      (signed) S. D. Norton, Seth H. Clark, selectmen of Tremont

Tremont, October 28th, 1848
Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said town of Tremont qualified as therein expressed to assemble at the time and place and for the purposes therein mentioned by posting up an attested copy of such warrant at Seal Cove Grist Mill, at J.S. Dodge's shop, and at Southwest Harbor P.O., being public and conspicuous places in said town on Tuesday, thirty-first day of October, being seven days before said meeting.
   (signed) Eaton Clark, Constable of Tremont

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the foregoing warrant and return thereon.
   —John S. Dodge, Town Clerk.

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7 November 1848 town meeting [page images to be posted]
At a legal town meeting duly notified and holden at the red schoolhouse near Bass Harbor in the town of Tremont, County of Hancock, on the seventh day of November A.D. 1848, the legal voters thereof gave in their votes, and the same were received, sorted, counted, and declared and sealed up in open town meeting by the Selectmen of said town, who presided in said meeting and in the presence of the Town Clerk, who formed a list thereof as follows, to wit: for nine electors of President and Vice President of the United States.

The whole number of ballots was 166.
   Charles S. Davis - 95 votes
   Bushrod W. Hinckley - 95 votes
   Gideon Tucker - 95 votes
   Thomas A. Deblois - 95 votes
   James H. Brainerd - 95 votes
   Joseph B. Bridge - 95 votes
   Charles H. Pierce - 95 votes
   Ira Hodsdon - 95 votes
   Andrew Peters - 95 votes
   Hugh J. Anderson - 71 votes
   Rufus McIntire - 71 votes
   Asa Clark - 71 votes
   David R. Shaw - 71 votes
   Arno Wiswell - 70 votes
   Oliver L. Sanborn - 71 votes
   Andrew Masters - 71 votes
   Thomas D. Robinson - 71 votes
   Edward L. Osgood - 71 votes

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true record of said meeting.
   —John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Selectmen's report from 11 December 1848 meeting [page images to be posted]
Agreeable to previous notice given by the selectmen of the towns of Mount Desert and Tremont to meet at the dwelling house of Benjamin Gilley on the eleventh day of December 1848 for the purpose of running and marking the lines and boundaries between said towns, we, the [...?] selectmen of said towns, have met at the time and place and for the purposes aforesaid and do make the following return of our doings. From Mr. Gilley's proceeded to Eben Fernald's north line on the western shore of Somes Sound commencing at a large and conspicuous rock marked T, then running N50°W over the mountain to a pile of stones and birch tree marked TL. TM. at the side of the county road, then continuing the same course by the head of Denning's Pond [now Echo Lake] to the town road (leading from Beech Hill to Norwood Cove), where is a cedar stake marked M.D.T., continuing the same course spotting trees to a spruce tree marked TL at the eastern shore of the Great Pond (so called) [now Long Pond], then crossing said pond in a southwesterly direction to a spruce tree on the western shore of said pond marked T.L.T.M., then N88°W following the north line of the mountain lot continuing the same course to Seal Cove Pond where is a large rock marked TL, then northeasterly up said pond and Little Seal Cove Pond (so called) [now Hodgdon Pond] to a cedar stump marked TL at the head of said pond, then N22°E to a birch tree marked B. standing on the south line of lot marked Reuben Noble, then N87°W following said south line to a cedar stake marked D. at the county road, continuing the same course to a birch tree marked T.L. at the seashore, which line is agreeable to the act of division of the town of Mount Desert in 1848.
   Dated this 16th day of February 1849
      (signed) S. D. Norton, selectman of Tremont
                     John Richardson, selectman of Mount Desert

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from the original.
   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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Warrant for 5 March 1849 town meeting [page images to be posted]
State of Maine
To Eaton Clark, Constable of the town of Tremont, greeting.
   In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of said town of Tremont qualified by law to vote in town affairs to assemble at the red schoolhouse near Bass Harbor in said town on the fifth day of March at ten o'clock in the A.M. to act upon the following articles, to wit:
1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meeting.
2. To choose a Town Clerk.
3. To choose Selectmen and [a] Town Agent.
4. To choose Assessors.
5. To choose Overseers of the Poor.
6. To choose [a] Town Treasurer.
7. To choose [a] Superintending School Committee.
8. To choose School Agents.
9. To choose Surveyors of Lumber.
10. To choose Surveyors of Highways.
11. To choose Constables.
12. To choose a Collector of Taxes.
13. To choose Fence Viewers.
14. To choose Pound Keepers.
15. To choose Measurers of Wood & Bark.
16. To choose Auditors of Accounts and other necessary town officers.
17. To vote and raise a sum of money for the support of schools.
18. To vote and raise a sum of money for support of poor and other town charges, and to pay Mount Desert any sum that may be due that town.
19. To examine the list of jurors.
20. To see if the town will vote and raise a sum of money to open the road from Seal Cove to Norwood Cove.
21. To see if the town will vote and raise a sum of money for the repairs of highways.
22. To dispose of the town poor.
23. To hear the report of the selectmen on roads and act thereon.
24. To see if the town will grant H. H. Clark and S. N. Clark and heirs of Nathan Clark the privilege of working their highway district tax on the road from S. N. Clark's to the county road near James R. Freeman's.
25. To see if the town will grant Samuel Dow and John Langley the privilege of working their highway district tax on a private road for their use.
26. To see if the town will make any alteration in the several school districts in town and establish the limits of the same.
27. To see if the town will provide a pound.
28. To see if the town will choose a committee to settle with the town of Mount Desert.

The selectmen will be in session at the said place of meeting on the fifth day of March at nine o'clock A.M. for the purpose of correcting the list of voters.

Dated at Tremont this twenty-second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine
   (signed) S. D. Norton, S. N. Clark, John S. Dodge, Selectmen of Tremont

(On the back of the warrant)
Tremont, February 23, 1849
Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said town of Tremont qualified as therein expressed to assemble at the time and place and for the purposes therein mentioned by posting up an attested copy of such warrant at the P.O. near Seal Cove and at the P.O. at Southwest Harbor, being public and conspicuous places in said town on Friday, the twenty-third day of February, being seven days before said meeting.
   (signed) Eaton Clark, Constable of Tremont

A true copy of the original warrant
   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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5 March 1849 town meeting [page images to be posted]
[Items below are transcribed in the order they appear in the town records, but they are numbered here in accordance with the warrant above.]
At a meeting of the legal voters of the town of Tremont notified and holden at the red schoolhouse in West Bass Harbor in said town on the fifth day of March A.D. 1849, the said voters, by ballot and by a major vote,
1. Chose John Rich Moderator, who, being present, was duly sworn by the Clerk.
2. Chose John S. Dodge Town Clerk, who, being present, took the oath by law required.
3. Chose John S. Dodge, Barnard Rumill, and Eben Fernald Selectmen, all of whom, being present, took the oath by law required.
4. Heard the report of the Superintending School Committee read and accepted the same.
5. Voted the Selectmen be the Overseers of the Poor, who were duly sworn.
6. Chose John L. Martin Town Treasurer, who, being present, took the oath by law required.
7. Chose John L. Martin, Charles M. Brown, and Henry H. Clark [as ?], who were sworn.
3. Chose John S. Dodge Town Agent.
Voted to choose the remaining necessary town officers by hand vote.
8. The following named persons were severally chosen and were subsequently duly sworn to the office of School Agents for the respective districts, to wit:
   Allen Hopkins for North Norwood Cove
   Josiah [F.?] Mayo for South Norwood Cove
   Horace Durgin for [North?] Southwest Harbor
   Thomas Newman for South Southwest Harbor
   John Verrill for East Bass Harbor
   John F. Norwood for Middle Bass Harbor
   Charles Mitchell for West Bass Harbor
   Sullivan Webster for Goose Cove
   Samuel H. Sprague for South Seal Cove
   Jacob Sawyer for North Seal Cove
   Judson Robbins for Center
   William H. Dow for Cape
   Samuel Gott for Gott's Island
9. Chose for Surveyors of Lumber, who were duly sworn: William Guptill and Joshua Sawyer.
10. Chose for Surveyors of Highways:
   John Holmes for North Norwood Cove
   Henry E. Mayo for South Norwood Cove
   William Brown for North Southwest Harbor
   Joseph Moore for South Southwest Harbor
   Abraham Richardson for East Bass Harbor
   John S. Dodge for Middle Bass Harbor
   Samuel G. Rich for West Bass Harbor
   David Clark for Goose Cove
   Oliver Norwood for South Seal Cove
   James Reed for North Seal Cove
   John Langley for Cape
   Alfred Harper for Center
   Joseph M. Kelly for Kelly District
   Philip Moore for Gott's Island,
      all of whom were duly sworn.
11. Chose for Constables: Abraham Somes, Francis Young, Zebadiah Rich, and Horace Durgin; Zebadiah Rich and Abraham Somes were duly sworn.
12. The collection of taxes was then set up at auction and was bid off to be collected by Jonathan Norwood Jr. at three and three-fourths percent, whereupon it was voted to allow him the said sum for collecting, and he was then chosen and duly sworn to the office of Collector of Taxes.
13. Chose for Fence Viewers: Moses Richardson, Isaac Mayo, and Joshua Sawyer, who were duly sworn.
14. Chose for Pound Keepers: James R. Freeman and John C. Somes, who were duly sworn.
15. Chose for Surveyors [sic] of Wood & Bark: Alfred Harper and William N. Abbott, who were duly sworn.
16. Chose for Auditors of Accounts: Abraham Richardson, Benjamin Benson Jr., and Henry H. Clark, who were duly sworn.
[not in warrant]. Chose for Hog Reeves: William Brown Jr., David G. Hopkins, and George Norwood.
[not in warrant]. Chose for Field Drivers: Levi Robinson and David G. Hopkins, who were duly sworn.
19. A list of names of persons to be placed in the jury [box?] was then reported to the meeting from the proper authorities, which were as follows: John C. Somes, Alfred Harper, Benjamin Atherton, William Heath, Barnard Rumill, James Kelly, Abraham Richardson, Isaac Gott, Benjamin Benson Jr., Eaton Clark, John Rich, Enoch S. Newman, Horace Durgin, Andrew Haynes, Henry H. Clark, Eben Fernald, Benjamin Gilley, David Clark, Samuel Newman, Ezra Dodge, and John Verrill; voted to accept the same.
17. Voted to raise for the support of schools the sum of money required by law.
18. Voted to raise five hundred dollars to defray town charges.
20. Voted to raise five hundred dollars to be expended on the Seal Cove Road beginning at the county road at Norwood Cove, and let it go as far as it will on the road toward Seal Cove; voted to set it up to be made by the lowest bidder; chose Abraham Richardson, Benjamin Atherton, and Henry H. Clark to be a committee to expend the same, and were duly sworn. Mr. Isaac Lurvey offered to give and pay in toward building the said road if the town will begin on the eastern end of the road and work out the five hundred dollars. The road was bid off by Benjamin Atherton at eighty-five cents per rod. Voted that the five dollars from Isaac Lurvey be also expended on the said road at the same rate and in like manner as the five hundred. Benjamin Atherton declined serving as [a member of the] committee on the said road, and thereupon it was voted that he be excused from serving on said committee and that Alfred Harper be chosen in his place.
26. The 26th article being under consideration, it was voted to accept and establish the limits of the several school districts in town the same as before limited.
The report of the Selectmen on roads was then read, which was then accepted (see record of roads [in] Book D).
18. Voted that the support and maintenance of the poor be left to the care and management of the Overseers of the Poor.
27. Voted that Abraham Somes's barn and James R. Freeman's barn and John C. Somes's barn be town ponds.
28. Voted that the Selectmen settle with Mount Desert.
21. Voted to raise eight hundred dollars to be expended in labor and materials on the road[s] allowing to each man twelve and a half cents per hour. Voted that H. H. Clark and heirs of Nathan Clark be allow[ed] to work out their highway district tax on the private road leading from S.N. Clark's to the county road.

Voted to adjourn without day.

A true record of the aforesaid meeting.
   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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May 1849 [page image to be posted]
Then John S. Dodge, Barnard Rumill, and Eben Fernald were duly sworn to the following oath: You John S. Dodge, Barnard Rumill, and Eben Fernald, being duly chosen Selectmen of Tremont for the year ensuing, do solemnly swear that you will also perform all the duties required of you without favor or prejudice as Assessors of said town for the ensuing year, and that you will appraise all real and personal estate according to the just values of it, so help you God.
   A true record.
      Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk of Tremont

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Warrant for 10 September 1849 town meeting [page images to be posted]
To Zebadiah Rich, Constable of the town of Tremont.
You are hereby required in the name of the state of Maine to notify and warn the inhabitants of the town of Tremont qualified as the constitution requires to assemble at the schoolhouse in [the] West Bass Harbor district on the tenth day of September next at ten of the clock in the forenoon to give in their votes for Governor, Senator, Representative to represent them in the legislature of this state and to vote for a County Commissioner, County Attorney, and County Treasurer, and also to give in their votes on the following question: Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolve of the legislature providing that the annual meeting of the legislature shall be on the first Wednesday of January instead of the second Wednesday of May and that the period of service of the Governor and other state officers next to be elected shall commence on the first Wednesday of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one and continue until the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, and the period of service of the present Governor and other state officers shall continue until the first Wednesday of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, and shall the next election of state officers after September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine be on the second Wednesday of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one?

The Selectmen will be in session at nine o'clock on the day of said meeting at the schoolhouse aforesaid for the purpose of correcting the list of voters.

Dated at Tremont August twenty-fifth A.D. 1849.
   (signed) Barnard Rumill and Eben Fernald, Selectmen of Tremont


Tremont, September 1, 1849
By virtue of this warrant to me directed, I have notified the inhabitants of the town of Tremont qualified, as the constitution requires, to assemble at the time and place as within directed by posting up three notices of this meeting—one at Southwest Harbor, one at Bass Harbor, and one at Seal Cove, being public and conspicuous places—seven days before said meeting.
   (signed) Zebadiah Rich, Constable of Tremont

A true copy of the warrant and return.
   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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10 September 1849 - town meeting [page images to be posted]

At a legal town meeting duly notified and holden at the schoolhouse in West Bass Harbor District in the town of Tremont in the County of Hancock on the tenth day of September A.D. 1849, the legal voters of said town gave in their votes, which were received, sorted, counted, and declared in open town meeting, and a record thereof made by the Town Clerk, which were as follows, viz,

Whole number of votes for Governor was 164.
   For Elijah L. Hamlin - 91 votes
   For John Hubbard - 73 votes

Whole number of votes for Senator was 164.
   For Benjamin C. Coffin - 98 votes
   For Leonard J. Thomas - 66 votes

Whole number of votes for Representative to the legislature was 164.
   For Seth Hopkins - 98 votes
   For Samuel H. Richards - 66 votes

[Whole number of votes] for County Attorney [was] 160.
   For Theodore C. Woodman - 87 votes
   For Arno Wiswell - 73 votes

Whole number of votes for County Treasurer was 163.
   For Seth Paddleford - 90 votes
   For Nathan White - 73 votes

Whole number of votes for County Commissioner was 161.
   For John Manchester - 88 votes
   For George L. H[osmer?] - 73 votes

The whole number of ballots on the resolve of the legislature was 138.
   The number of Noes was 84.
   The number of Yes was 54.

A true record of the ballots and doings at said meeting.
   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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15 March 1849 [page image to be posted]
To the Clerk of the Town of Tremont:
This certifies that I have this day administered the following oath to Mr. Alfred Harper of this town:
You, Alfred Harper, having been duly chosen as a member of a committee to attend to a road between Norwood Cove and Seal Cove in this town for the following year and until another shall be chosen and sworn in your stead, do solemnly swear that you will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of that office according to the best of your skill and judgment, so help you God.

   —A. C. Milliken, Justice of [the] Peace

   Attest John S. Dodge, Town Clerk

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