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Harpswell, Maine, USA

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Where is Harpswell, Maine, USA? 

Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, USA
The Native Americans who originally inhabited Harpswell were part of the Abenaki. The Abenaki name for Harpswell Neck, then called West Harpswell, was Merriconeag or "quick carrying place", a reference to the narrow peninsula's easy portage. The Abenaki name for Great Island was Erascohegan or Sebascodiggin, which became by the late 1800s Sebascodegan Island. About 1659 Major Nicholas Shapleigh of Kittery, Maine, bought Merriconeag and Sebascodegan Island from the Abenaki, but because of Indian attacks, attempts to settle the area were abandoned until after Dummer's War. The Treaty of 1725 brought a truce, and by 1731 many settlers had returned.

In 1758 the town was incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court and named for Harpswell in Lincolnshire, England. Industries included farming and some shipbuilding, but fishing brought considerable profit. Because of its scenic beauty, Harpswell is today a favorite with artists and tourists. The Bailey Island Bridge is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.wikipedia

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Harpswell, Maine, USA - Maine, Looking up Oms Island showing Harpswell Sound
Harpswell, Maine, USA

Maine, Looking up Oms Island showing Harpswell Sound

Harpswell, Maine, USA - Old Meeting House and Burying Grounds
Harpswell, Maine, USA

Old Meeting House and Burying Grounds
Harpswell, Maine, USA - So. Harpswell, Me. Hotel Germania.
Harpswell, Maine, USA

So. Harpswell, Me. Hotel Germania.
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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

US Civil War Soldiers flag   Edward B CURTIS (16 October 1843, Harpswell, Maine, USA - 30 December 1921, Bath, Maine, USA) gravestone

flag   Woodbury S PURINGTON (13 November 1836, Harpswell, Maine, USA - 04 January 1912, Chelsea, Maine, USA (Togus))

Ancestors Who Died Here

   Charles Wilbur ABBOTT (1875, - 18 January 1896, Harpswell, Maine, USA)
   Edward ABBOTT (1833, - 30 September 1895, Harpswell, Maine, USA)

flag   Winfield Howard DAVIS (10 May 1895, Brunswick, Maine, USA - 26 December 1966, Harpswell, Maine, USA) gravestone

   Joseph S GATCHEL (1839, - 18 June 1864, Harpswell, Maine, USA)

   William GILLAN (1778, - 23 December 1864, Harpswell, Maine, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

William MILLER ( - ) & Eunice Hannah COBB (23 August 1872 - 16 June 1917)
married 5 September 1904

Cemeteries in Harpswell, Maine, USA

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