On April 18, 2019, four “old timers,” Roger Delaware, Bert Cox, Clay Skillings and Wayne Chick talked about the neighborhood and people who lived in the Coal Kiln Corner area of Scarborough, Maine during the 1960s. Roger both lived in the area and delivered heating fuel to the people of the area.
This audio documents many of the memories these men had regarding the people of the area.
Downeast Ancestry Issues are Available at Family Search
Downeast Ancestry was a wonderful publication published six times a year between 1977 and 1992 that focused on Maine Genealogy. You will find articles, such as “Jonathan Berry Sr. and Jr. of Scarborough, Maine,” (October-November 1990). Scarboro is mentioned in virtually every issue, so it becomes necessary to focus your searches. For example, Downeast Ancestry mentions “Dunstan” in five different issues. Another feature was that subscribers asked questions about genealogical research areas. Looking at those queries may provide a contact person who was researching the same people you are.
The issues are copyrighted, so I can’t present them here, however, all of the issues are available online at Family Search. Log into Family Search (an account is free), then search in the catalog for Downeast Ancestry. Volumes of the publication had five issues then a sixth issue was an Index both by surname and location. We have a CD at the museum with all the issues of Downeast Ancestry available for use.
If you prefer paper, we have copies of many (but not all) of the issues at the Museum which you can view and use. If you like electronic versions, below is a list, with a hot link, to all of the index issues. Just log into Family Search (an account is free), then click the links below to view the indexes.
This scrapbook is from the estate of Margaret Small; it is attributed to Lena Peterson Walker, wife of Charles Walker. That attribution has not been proven. The scrapbook includes materials as early as 1913 and as late as 1935. The scrapbook is filled with Scarborough stories and obituaries with “Scarboro” being mentioned well over 100 times.
The scrapbook pages were scanned; the clippings that had been pasted in sideways were electronically clipped out and reoriented. Then, all the pages and reoriented clippings were run through Optical Character Recognition software (FineReader) and then uploaded to Digital Maine, where it is a downloadable, searchable, document.
Besides being available on Digital Maine, most of the maps are available on the David Rumsey Map Collection site, https://www.davidrumsey.com/. Besides high-quality downloads of the maps, David Rumsey will print images for you from 14 to 60 inches long on the long side. Their prints are on “matte archival photographic paper” suitable for framing. Search their site for: Atlas Cumberland Maine 1871. The results will include 52 images from the Atlas of Cumberland County, Maine.
List of images available on Digital Maine with hot links to the pages.
Ring Surname mentioned in Richard Halley Column – Query Answers #556 – 89.9.1441.
Evidently, no one knows anything about the Ring family of Scarborough. There were apparently several different families. Those of Yarmouth are another branch not related to the Scarborough family. It is most confusing because there seem to be two separate families in Scarborough with similar names. Here is what I know. Seth and Elizabeth (Libby) Ring of Newington and Portsmouth, N. H. had 10 children—Joseph, Benjamin, Eliphalet, Seth, Mary, Jane, Elizabeth, Josiah, George, and David.
Joseph married Anne Peacock and moved to Scarborough. Benjamin married Lucretia Mills and lived in Georgetown. Eliphalet married Mary Steward. Seth married Sarah McPhreters and lived in Georgetown. David was baptized Nov. 24, 1734. Eliphalet, Seth, and Mary moved to Halifax. Joseph Ring settled in Scarborough and had Seth and Sarah, who are recorded as having been born in Scarborough. What happened to him? Were there other children? Did the David who was baptized in’ 1734 marry, and was this the same David Ring of Georgetown and Bath?
Another David Ring born about 1700 was of Gloucester. He married first, Susanna Day and second, Martha Winslow in 1722. They had four children: David, born 1723; Thomas b. 1724; Elizabeth, b. about 1730; and Hannah, baptized in 1733.These last two children were baptized in Scarborough. No further record of this Ring family can be found. Does anyone have dates of birth and marriages of any Rings related to the foregoing Rings?
Next year we will be celebrating the bicentennial of Maine’s separation from Massachusetts in 1820. Before Maine became a state, the town of Scarborough answered to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this document dated April 7, 1817, Scarborough selectmen ordered one of the town’s constables to announce an upcoming election in which one or more Scarborough residents would be chosen to represent the town at an upcoming meeting of the General Court in Boston.
Notice the requirements for being an eligible voter:
Minimum of 21 years of age
Resident for at least one year
Owning property in the town
Having an annual income of three pounds
To Joshua Libby, one of the Constables of the town of Scarborough
You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to notify and warn the male inhabitants of said town, being twenty-one years of age, residents in said town for the space of one year next proceeding, having a freehold state within said town, of the annual income of three pounds, to meet at the meeting house in the first parish of said town on Monday, the fifth day of May next, at three o’clock in the afternoon for the purpose of choosing one or more representatives to represent them at the General Court, appointed to be convened and held at Boston on the last Wednesday of May.
Given under our hands and seals at Scarborough the seventh day of April AD 1817.
Selectmen of Scarborough
Benjamin Larrabee, Jr.
Scarborough Historical Society Meeting, 2:00 p.m., April 7th, 2019 at the Scarborough Public Library.
Following a short Historical Society meeting on April 7th, Linda Snow McLoon will present a program on tourism in Maine.
For as long as we can remember, Maine license plates have proclaimed the state to be the nation’s vacationland. But, when did tourists start flocking in numbers to Maine, and what brought them here?
Linda Snow McLoon’s program, “Maine’s Early Tourism,” will include over 120 historical images that help tell the story of the first “rusticators” who strived to spend newly found leisure time in the Pine Tree State.