Sturgis, Southwick, and Haynes – Kennebec County Men Come Up-River

Two key figures in 19th century logging on the Upper Kennebec were Ira Daggett Sturgis (1814-1891) and Josiah Manchester Haynes (1839-1906). They had close ties to each other, and to three men who preceded them in the region—Joseph Southwick (1791-1866), and the Sturgis twins (b. 1806). The Sturgis legacy in the Upper Kennebec actually began … Continue reading Sturgis, Southwick, and Haynes – Kennebec County Men Come Up-River

West Forks Hotel – Turtle, Smith, Murphy, Patience, Pierce, Berry, Comber

There was a hotel in West Forks, located along the Canada Road about five miles above the Forks bridge, for over sixty-five years. The hotel buildings burned in 1925. The lot on which they stood was first settled by Seth Wyman Steward and his wife Eliza.  She was the daughter of early settlers at West … Continue reading West Forks Hotel – Turtle, Smith, Murphy, Patience, Pierce, Berry, Comber

Bowtown – McGuire, Brown, Pooler, and Bean

When local people speak of Bowtown, they commonly refer to the settlement on the west bank of the Kennebec, across from the north end of Caratunk and the south end of The Forks. There is a low flat intervale there, which was home to several generations of families. The neighborhood included a cluster of homes, … Continue reading Bowtown – McGuire, Brown, Pooler, and Bean

Bowtown – James Edwin Powell

[Continued from previous article] The deed to David Young's Bowtown Possession passed to the hands of Jonas Brown from Daniel Steward. Jonas sold the lot to his brother, Stephen Brown in 1837. Stephen and Jonas Brown were sons of David Jr. and Esther (Buttrick) Brown of Baldwin, Maine. Another son, Thomas, married Harriet Baker Pierce, … Continue reading Bowtown – James Edwin Powell

Bowtown – David Young Jr, First Recorded Settler

Bowtown was part of William Bingham's Kennebec Purchase, designated as Township No. 1, Range 4, West of the Kennebec River.  When estate agent John Black conducted a survey of settlers in 1820, David Young, Jr. was the only occupant listed within Bowtown proper. Black sought to reach purchase agreements with each of the settlers. David … Continue reading Bowtown – David Young Jr, First Recorded Settler

Moses Burnham and The Moosehead Lake Steam Navigation Company

In the summer of 1836, twenty-six year old Moses W. Burnham moved from New Hampshire to The Forks, Maine, where he resided until 1861. For all those years, he was Postmaster and proprietor of a hotel at the south end of the bridge over the East Branch of the Kennebec River. The hotel was located … Continue reading Moses Burnham and The Moosehead Lake Steam Navigation Company