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Westbrook, Cumberland, ME
Originally known as Saccarappa after Saccarappa Falls on the Presumpscot River, it was a part of Falmouth until February 14, 1814, when it was set off and incorporated as Stroudwater. It soon changed its name to Westbrook after Colonel Thomas Westbrook, a commander during Father Rale's War and King's mast agent who was an early settler and mill operator. In 1871, Saccarappa amicably split into two municipalities; the current Westbrook and Deering, which was then annexed by Portland in 1898. In 1891, Westbrook was incorporated as a city.
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1814 (Westbrook) Originally known as Saccarappa after Saccarappa Falls on the Presumpscot River, it was a part of Falmouth (now Portland) until February 14, 1814, when it was set off and incorporated as Stroudwater.
It soon changed its name to Westbrook after Colonel Thomas Westbrook, a commander during Father Rale's War and King's mast agent who was an early settler and mill operator.
1829 (Westbrook) - In 1829, a sawmill was built which made the mill town famous for its lumber.
Other industries followed, manufacturing grain bags, machinery and water wheels, carriage and harnesses, boots, shoes and moccasins, tin ware, leather board, bricks, wooden boxes, box shook, meal and flour.
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1839 - Westbrook
Cumberland county. This flourishing town was taken from Falmouth in 1814. It is 52 miles S.S.W. from Augusta and is bounded E. by Portland. The Presumpscut river passing through the town from west to east, furnishes it with rich intervales, and numerous valuable mill privileges. The Cumberland and Oxford canal also passes through the town. This town is noted for its working cattle which are said to equal any in the country.
The principal place of business at Westbrook, is at the pleasant village of Saccarappa, where are large operations in the manufacture of lumber, and where has recently been erected, by citizens of Portland, a large brick cotton mill, containing 2,900 spindles, and 104 looms, and which is in successful operation.
Stroudwater, another village, has some navigation employed in the fishery and coasting trade, and has been celebrated for the fine ships built there. In Westbrook are extensive manufactures of tin ware and combs, which are sent to... Read MORE...
1854 - Westbrook
Westbrook, a township in Cumberland county, Maine, intersected by the Presumpscot river, which affords extensive waterpower, employed in manufacturing. It contains several villages, the principal of which is Saccarappa, on the York and Cumberland railroad, 7 miles N. by W. from Portland. The township contains 1 bank. Pop., 4852.
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 - Westbrook
Westbrook is situated in the southern part of Cumberland county, Deering on the south-east separates it from Portland, Falmouth bounds it on the north-east, Windharn and Gorham on the north-west, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth on the south. Its territory is longest from north-east to south-west, and its width is about one half its length. The area is near 15,000 acres. The surface is beautifully diversified by swells of land rather than hills. The soil is generally loamy or clayey and is usually well cultivated. The excellent markets near give it great advantages for farming and gardening; and the farm buildings give evidence of thrift. The Presurnpscot river passes through the midst of the town, and, turning, forms nearly half the boundary on the south-east. The other streams are Stroudwater River, which crosses the south-western part of the town, and Duck Pond Brook in the north-east. Saccarappa is the only considerable village. It was long celebrated for its lumber business, begun... Read MORE...
In 1891, Westbrook was incorporated as a city.
1895 - Westbrook
Westbrook, a city of Cumberland co., Me., on the Maine Central Railroad and the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad, 4 miles N.W. of Portland. It contains the villages of Saccarappa and Cumberland Mills. The city charter was adopted in 1891. Westbrook has several churches, and public schools, a bank, and manufactures of belting, boots and shoes, bricks, &c. Pop. in 1890, 6632.
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
1896 - Carried All Before It.
WESTBROOK, Me., March 8. - There was a foot of snow on the ground here, and this melting caused the Presumpscot river to rise very rapidly. The ice in the river began to go out yesterday, and in an hour's time the water had risen 10 feet. The bridge at W. K. ? went, and then followed a railroad bridge. The wheelhouse of the Westbrook electric light station was carried away, leaving Westbrook without any means of lighting.
By this time the debris brought down by the raging waters had accumulated into a mass of threatening proportions. It lodged against the big iron railroad bridge of the Maine Central road. The water, which had backed up against the bridge, rose fully 30 feet, and when released spread over the adjacent territory for a distance of 100 yards back from the natural banks of the river.
Below the bridge were the mills of S. D. Warren, the largest paper mills in the world. The gate house, which recently cost $40,000, was destroyed, and this will throw 2500 people out of ... Read MORE...
Westbrook, a city of Cumberland co., Me., on the Maine Central and the Boston and Maine Rs., 5 miles NW. of Portland. It has manufactures of silk, warps, and brick. The city charter was adopted in 1891. Pop. in 1900, 7283.
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
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Westbrook, Maine, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Westbrook.
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David BAILEY (28 October 1737, Falmouth, Maine, USA - 1828, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Stephen SWETT (26 February 1738, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 1840, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Joshua SWETT (10 January 1763, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills) - 20 April 1851, Gorham, Maine, USA)
James DEERING (23 August 1766, Falmouth, Maine, USA - 21 September 1850, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Mary BAILEY (29 December 1769, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills) - 22 August 1849, Gorham, Maine, USA)
Samuel HARPER (1773, - October 1857, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Moses HALL (1784, - 8 November 1848, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Nehemiah HANSON (1789, - 9 January 1873, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Josiah KNIGHT (1794, - 14 May 1870, Westbrook, Maine, USA (Saccarappa) (Cumberland Mills))
Ancestors Who Were Married in Westbrook, Maine, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in Westbrook.
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Walton N FILES (July 1858 - 9 November 1937) and Etta O BABB (April 1858 - 1 May 1938) married 24 December 1881
William Edward MOORE (May 1860 - 10 January 1925) and Mary Ann MCALONEY (3 March 1858 - 1912) married 13 September 1887
Noe HARNOIS (30 August 1883 - 11 May 1975) and Laura DESHAISE (13 April 1880 - 28 November 1966) married 7 July 1913
Joseph KIMAN (15 December 1894 - July 1971) and Mary OJIKOSKI (13 March 1894 - 4 April 1991) married 24 October 1915
Alphonse Leonide OUELLETTE (1 May 1899 - 31 January 1984) and Arthemise AUDET (10 September 1901 - 8 August 1957) married 27 October 1921
Joseph Francis RICHARDS (27 June 1910 - 19 November 1959) and Bertha Helen LIBBY (14 May 1915 - 22 February 1985) married 6 February 1937
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