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Scarborough, Maine, USA - The Atlantic House, Scarboro Beach

Black Point, an early settlement made by Thomas Cammock, combined in 1658 with Blue Point and Stratton’s Islands to form one incorporated community, which was named for Scarborough, England.

Higgins Beach, endearingly referred to as “Higgins” by locals, is an expansive stretch of sand with the tip of the beach jutting out to form a little river.

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The Atlantic House, Scarboro Beach

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The Jocelyn and Beach, Prouts Neck, Me.

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Scarborough Downs

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Snowberry's Lobster House, Pine Point, Maine

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Pearl St., Higgins Beach, Maine

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Street Scene - Danish Village - Scarboro, Maine, 1952

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  • 1839 - Scarborough
    Scarborough, Maine
    Cumberland county. This town lies 105 miles N.E. from Boston and 60 S.W. from Augusta. It contains 30,634 acres of land, and a population of 2,244.

    A part of this town, called Black point, lying upon the sea, was granted by the council of Plymouth to Thomas Cammock in 1631; this was soon after settled, and became of considerable importance on the coast in the fisheries and trade. The land is held under that ancient grant at the present day. Another settlement was early made by a family of Algers, from England, near the centre of the town, and called Dunstan corner, which name it still bears. This was wholly destroyed in the Indian war of 1675. It was, however, revived by a descendant in the female line, through whom that race is still perpetuated.

    Scarborough is principally an agricultural town, for which purpose it furnishes some rich soil, and has a large quantity of salt marsh.—Ship building, however, continues to be pursued here, although not to the... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Scarborough
    Scarborough, a post-village in Cumberland co., Maine, on the Portland, Saco, and Portsmouth railroad, 60 miles S. W. from Augusta. Population of the township, 1837.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1886 - Scarborough
    Scarborough is the most southerly town of Cumberland County, having its entire eastern width on Spurwink River and on the sea. Cape Elizabeth lies on the east, Westbrook and Gorham on the north, the latter and Buxton on the north-west, and Saco on the southeast. The form of the town is nearly square, but is longest from north-west to south-east. Libby’s Neck is a broadening point which extends into the sea. On the outer north-eastern side begins Scarborough Beach, about 2 miles in length. Higgin’s Beech succeeds, and continues with one projection to Spurwink River. On the land, or western side of the Neck is a small harbor. Above are Pine Point and Ferry Rock, nearly enclosing from the sea a considerable basin into which are discharged the waters of the several streams of the town. These are Libby’s River, which is little more than a salt water creek, running parallel with the shore from the east; the Nonesuch River, rising in the north-western part of the town, and running almost to... Read MORE...

    PORTLAND, Me., Jan. 22. - The local train leaving Portland at 10:25 this morning for Biddeford on the Western Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad was run into in the rear by a wild engine from Portland at Scarborough Beach station. There was a dense fog, and the engineer of the wild engine saw neither the train nor the signals. Five persons were more or less injured. Those hurt the most are W. H. SWASEY, Baggage-master; FAIRFIELD TUTTLE, Car Inspector, and C. E. FOSTER, fireman of the wild engine. The baggage car was on the rear of the train, and this was badly smashed. The passengers were frightened and shaken up, and two, women, whose names are not known, were slightly injured. The three men hurt were brought here and taken to the Maine General Hospital.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    January 23, 1891
  • 1895 - Scarborough
    Scarborough, a post-township of Cumberland co., Me. It is intersected by the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth and Boston & Maine Railroads, is bounded on the S.E. by the Atlantic Ocean, and contains a summer resort called Scarborough Beach or Oak Hill, and Dunston. Pop. 1847. Scarborough Post-Office is at Dunston.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1906
    Scarboro, a post-township (town) of Cumberland co., Me., on the Boston and Maine R., 8 miles (direct) SW. of Portland. Pop. in 1900, 1865.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • News  1947 - $50,000 Fire Destroys Danish Village Building
    125 Routed As Recreation Hall Burns; Stored Furniture Worth Thousands Lost

    Scarborough, May 15. (Thursday)- A spectacular general alarm fire which started late Wednesday night swept through the recreation building of Danish Village, former deluxe tourist camp and present housing project, causing damage estimated at $50,000 to the building and additional thousands to a quantity of stored furniture.

    At press time today Scarborough firemen had the stubborn, smoky blaze under control, but not before the rear roof and wall sections had collapsed.

    More than three-score volunteer firemen from the six Scarborough companies prevented the flames from spreading to the 39 apartments occupied by approximately 125 persons.

    The fire had gained considerable headway when it was discovered by Miss Jacqueline Cole of Portland a passenger in an automobile on Route 1.

    Starts In Boiler Room
    Assistant Fire Chief Henry E. Goold said that the fire apparently started in the boiler room of the... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Scarborough, Maine, USA

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male ancestorJohn LIBBY (27 November 1611, , England (United Kingdom) - 9 February 1682, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro))
female ancestorJudith MILLER? (1618, , England (United Kingdom) - 1661, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro))
female ancestorWilmot RANDALL (1620, , England (United Kingdom) - 8 June 1685, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro))
male ancestorBenjamin SWETT (12 May 1624, , England (United Kingdom) - 1677, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro))
male ancestorPhilip GRIFFIN (1625, , England (United Kingdom) - 1657, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro))
male ancestorThomas ROGERS (1633, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - 13 October 1675, )
female ancestorEsther FOXWELL (1638, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - 1732, Kittery, Maine, USA)
male ancestorAnthony LIBBY (1649, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - 1718, Hampton, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorSarah LIBBY (1653, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - January 1729, Kittery, Maine, USA)

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male ancestorNicholas EDGECOMB (1593 - bef. March 1681) and female ancestorWilmot RANDALL (1620 - 8 June 1685) married 17 November 1641
male ancestorIsaac MCKENNEY (1697 - 1783) and female ancestorElizabeth DRISCO (28 February 1714 - 1750) married 1 April 1731
male ancestorDaniel MOULTON (29 May 1731 - 26 August 1809) and female ancestorGrace REYNOLDS (RUNNELLS) (24 October 1731 - 19 December 1787) married 25 April 1751
male ancestorCharles Pine MOULTON (15 July 1751 - 4 June 1807) and female ancestorOlive FABYAN (26 October 1755 - 14 October 1840) married 24 March 1774
male ancestorJonathan MOULTON (21 September 1753 - ) and female ancestorMehitable HARMON ( - ) married 20 December 1775
male ancestorDaniel EMERY ( - ) and female ancestorSarah MOULTON (25 February 1757 - 29 October 1846) married 10 April 1778
male ancestorJohn MOULTON (12 September 1755 - ) and female ancestorMary BURNHAM ( - ) married 4 February 1779
male ancestorJoseph MOULTON (13 April 1759 - 22 October 1844) and female ancestorCatherine JAMESON (JAMISON) ( - ) married 6 December 1781
male ancestorFrancis LIBBY ( - ) and female ancestorLucy MOULTON (3 January 1764 - 21 August 1819) married 18 March 1784
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