Freeman, Maine

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Freeman is now a township in Franklin County, Maine, but was formerly a plantation, and then an incorporated town. Freeman was settled in 1797 and incorporated as a town in 1808 from the Little River Plantation. Freeman's incorporation was surrendered in 1937.[1]

Other names: Township 3 R2 West of Kennebec River; Little River Plantation; Falmouth; Falmouth Township.[2]

County. What is now Franklin County was set off from Lincoln to Kennebec County in 1799; to Somerset County in 1809; to Franklin County in 1838.[2]

Boundary Changes. In 1823 some of Freeman was used to form North Salem (now Salem Township). In 1833 some of Freeman was used to form New Portland.[2]

Records. Residents of Freeman were enumerated in West Portland in the 1800 federal census.[2]

Freeman town and vital records, 1843-1877, are preserved in Strong, Maine. A microfilm copy of Freeman town and vital records is available from the Family History Library on film 012069 Item 5. See also George A. Thompson, and Janet Thompson, A genealogical history of Freeman, Maine, 1796-1938 : in three volumes (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, 1996). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.172/F2 D2t.

Adjacent towns: Avon | Kingfield | New Portland | Phillips | Salem Township | Strong

References

  1. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 153. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Freeman Township, Franklin County, Maine] in Maine Genealogy (accessed 20 April 2013).