Maine plantations

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*Abbotstown<ref name="CCTPM">Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, ''Counties, cities, towns, and plantations of Maine : a handbook of incorporations, dissolutions, and boundary changes'' (Portland, Maine : The Survey, 1940), 67-109. [{{CCTPM}} Digital copy].</ref>
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*Abbotstown Plantation (Franklin Co.) became [[Temple, Maine]] in 1803.<ref name="CCTPM67">Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, ''Counties, cities, towns, and plantations of Maine : a handbook of incorporations, dissolutions, and boundary changes'' (Portland, Maine : The Survey, 1940), 67. [{{CCTPM}} Digital copy].</ref>  
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*Allagash Plantation (Aroostook Co.) created 1885; became a town in&nbsp;???<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Alva Plantation (Aroostook Co.) created 1862; became [[Blaine, Maine]] in 1874.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Andover North Surplus Plantation (Oxford Co.) created 1840.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Annsburg Plantation (Washington Co.) created 1841; became [[Deblois, Maine]] in 1852.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Appleton Plantation (Knox Co.) became [[Appleton, Maine]] in 1829.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Appleton Ridge Plantation (Knox Co.) see Appleton Plantation.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Argyle Plantation (Penobscot Co.) set off east part as [[Argyle, Maine]] in 1839; set off part to [[Old Town, Maine]] in 1843; became [[Alton, Maine]] in 1844.<ref name="CCTPM67" />
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*Little River Plantation (Franklin Co.) became [[Freeman, Maine|Freeman]] 1808; incorporation surrendered 1937, now Freeman Township  
 
*Little River Plantation (Franklin Co.) became [[Freeman, Maine|Freeman]] 1808; incorporation surrendered 1937, now Freeman Township  
 
*Milton Plantation (Oxford Co.) discontinued 1944, now Milton Township  
 
*Milton Plantation (Oxford Co.) discontinued 1944, now Milton Township  

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United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Maine plantations

Monhegan Village on Monhegan Island, a Maine plantation in the Gulf of Maine, with Manana Island behind.
In Maine a plantation is a form of local self-government intended to help a town-sized area with a low population to transition toward full town status as they increase their population and government services.[1] Plantations do not have their own representative in the Maine legislature. Most have meetings and keep records of meetings. Towns and plantations maintained records of their citizens' births, marriages, and deaths from their founding until 1922, even though statewide registration began in 1892. Look for Maine plantation records the same way you look for Maine town records.

Some of Maine's populated coastal islands outside the borders of a town are organized as plantations. However, most of Maine's 34 plantations are in sparsely populated forests inland.

Status changes. Plantations that increase in population may become a town. Also, some plantations have lost population and been changed to unincorporated townships without meetings or record-keeping. If an ancestor lived in a plantation that became a township, look for the records of the former plantation in a nearby town in the same county.

Modern Maine Plantations (listed by county)

*Maine plantations normally referenced without using that descriptor.[2]

Discontinued Plantations:

  • Abbotstown Plantation (Franklin Co.) became Temple, Maine in 1803.[3]
  • Allagash Plantation (Aroostook Co.) created 1885; became a town in ???[3]
  • Alva Plantation (Aroostook Co.) created 1862; became Blaine, Maine in 1874.[3]
  • Andover North Surplus Plantation (Oxford Co.) created 1840.[3]
  • Annsburg Plantation (Washington Co.) created 1841; became Deblois, Maine in 1852.[3]
  • Appleton Plantation (Knox Co.) became Appleton, Maine in 1829.[3]
  • Appleton Ridge Plantation (Knox Co.) see Appleton Plantation.[3]
  • Argyle Plantation (Penobscot Co.) set off east part as Argyle, Maine in 1839; set off part to Old Town, Maine in 1843; became Alton, Maine in 1844.[3]
  • Little River Plantation (Franklin Co.) became Freeman 1808; incorporation surrendered 1937, now Freeman Township
  • Milton Plantation (Oxford Co.) discontinued 1944, now Milton Township
  • Number 6 Plantation (Franklin Co.) became Berlin 1824; incorporation repealed 1842, now Township 6 North of Weld

References

  1. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 126. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974 D27g 2012
  2. List of plantations in Maine in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 March 2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Counties, cities, towns, and plantations of Maine : a handbook of incorporations, dissolutions, and boundary changes (Portland, Maine : The Survey, 1940), 67. Digital copy.