Downeast Ancestry

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.

Downeast Ancestry – v. 1-2 (1977-1979) – v. 1, no. 6 (Apr. 1978)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 1-2 (1977-1979) – v. 2, no. 6 (Apr. 1979)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 3 1979-1980 – v. 3, no. 6 (Apr. 1980)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 4-5 (1980-1982) – v. 4, no. 6 (Apr. 1981)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 4-5 (1980-1982) – v. 5, no. 6 (Apr. 1982)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 6 (1982-1983) – v. 6, no. 6 (Apr. 1983)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 7 1983-1984 – v. 7, no. 6 (Apr. 1984)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 8 1984-1986 – v. 8, no. 6 (Apr. 1985)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 9 1984-1986 – v. 9, no. 6 (Apr. 1986)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 10 1986-1987 – v. 10, no. 6 (Apr. 1987)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 11 1987-1988 – v. 11, no. 6 (Apr. 1988)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 12 1988-1989 – v. 12, no. 6 (Apr. 1989)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 13 1989-1990 – v. 13, no. 6 (Apr. 1990)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 14 (1990-1991) – v. 14, no. 6 (Apr. 1991)
Downeast Ancestry – v. 15 1991-1992 – v. 15, no. 6 (Apr. 1992)

Note: Downeast Ancestry Volume 16 had 2 issues and did not have an index.

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Scrapbook ca. 1935

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.

Scrapbook ca. 1935 is available for download here.

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Atlas of Cumberland Co. Maine

Atlas of Cumberland Co. Maine

From actual surveys by and under the Direction of F. W. Beers
Assisted by Geo. P. Sanford and others.

Published by P. W. Beers & Co.
93 & 95 Maiden Lane
New York

Main Room – Maps

This atlas provides important images of specific towns and hamlets in Cumberland County Maine. The Atlas of Cumberland Co., Maine is available on Digital Maine, thanks to the Maine State Archives. Of particular interest are maps of Scarborough, Blue Point, Coal Kiln Corners, and Dustan Corner.

Besides being available on Digital Maine, most of the maps are available on the David Rumsey Map Collection site,  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 1871The 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.

Maps – 1871 Atlas of Cumberland County, Maine
Baldwin and Sebago
Bridgton town of Bridgton-insert of North Bridgton and business notices
Brighton Corner Nason’s Corner Stroudwater village Woodfords Town of Deering City of Portland
Brunswick and Harpswell
Brunswick Village
Cape Elizabeth
Casco Casco Business notices Town of Casco Thomas Pond Webbs Mills
Falmouth West Falmouth Falmouth Corners
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Ward 1 and 2
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Ward 7
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Ward 7
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Wards 2 3 and 4
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Wards 5 6 and 7
Fold out map of the City of Portland showing parts of Wards 6 and 7
Fold out of Buzzell’s Hill Knightville Ferry Village Point Village
Fold out of Cushings Point including Portland Harbor
Freeport insert South Freeport
Freeport South Freeport
Freeport,, insert south Freeport
Gorham Great Falls
Gray Gray Corner Dry Mills
Harrison Bolsters Mills Harrison Business notices
History of CumberlandCounty
Ligonia Turners Island
Little Falls Gambo Falls Steep Falls West Gorham Windham Hill Windham Centre
Map of State of Maine
Morrill’s Corner Woodfords
Naples Edes Falls Town of Naples Naples business notices
New Gloucester, Blue Point, Coal Kiln Corners, Gloucester Hill, Falmouth Mills, Upper Gloucester, Dustan Corner
North Windham Windham Popeville
North Yarmouth Crocketts Corner Walnut Hill
Otisfield Baldwin Corner Spurrs Corner
Plan of CumberlandCounty Maine
Poland Corners Cumberland Center Cumberland New Casco Falmouth or Presumscott Falls
Porters Landing Yarmouth Mast Landing
Portland and vincinty Portland Harbor Back Cove
Portland City Subscribers’ Business Directory (Page 1 of 2)
Portland City Subscribers’ Business Directory (Page 2 of 2)
Pownal North Pownal
Raymond Raymond Village South Standish Standish Corner
Saccarappa CumberlandMills
Table of air-line distances Cumberland County Maine
Table of Contents
Title page
Westbrook and Deering
Yarmoth, Porter’s Landing, Mast Landing
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Clipping by RICHARD HALLET  [Accession # 89.9.1441]

Surname File – Ring

Query 556

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?

                      J. B. V.

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1817 – Election Announcement

From the Ephemera…..

By Linda McLoon

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:

  • Being male
  • 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 Milliken
         Benjamin Larrabee, Jr.
         Joseph Fogg

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April 2019 – SHS Website Activities

New items added to the website during April 2019.

Main Room

Bookcase (Back)

Scarborough Annual Reports



“Maine’s Early Tourism” – by Linda McLoon – YouTube

Rear Room

Photo Box 2

Added: Fire Department
Added: Town Hall

no images were found

Posted to the Maine State Library

Scarborough Civil Defense Mobile Canteen Unit – 1959
Scarborough Fire Engine #7 – 1936
Scarborough Rescue Unit – 1952 


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March 2019 – SHS Website Activities

New items added to the website during March 2019.

Main Room

Bookcase (Back)

Scarborough Annual Reports


Scarborough Annual Report – 1891
Scarborough Annual Report – 1892
Scarborough Annual Report – 1893




Ann Googins Collection

Historical Sketch of Prouts Neck by Frank Moss – Transcript – or Digital Maine.

Town of Scarborough, Maps (At ScarboroughMaine.Org) 

Added a link to the Scarborough Online Geographic Informational System (WebGIS), which includes Parcel Viewers, Zoning maps, FEMA Maps, and 14 Printable Maps including a map of Cemetery Locations.

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Next SHS Meeting — “Maine’s Early Tourism”

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.

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Historical Sketch of Prouts Neck

By Frank Moss

This historical sketch was originally written by Frank Moss and published in 1912. This is a reproduction of that publication.

THE object in writing the following notes is to bridge over the interval between Mr. Moulton’s history of Prout’s Neck and the present, as during that interval ( 1886 to 1912 ) many of the landmarks have changed, and dear and valued friends have been called to a better world, while their many good deeds, though thoroughly appreciated, unless recorded may soon be forgotten.

The first introduction to Prout’s Neck was 1886, twenty-six years ago. We had heard glowing accounts from our friends ( among whom was Mr. Charles Thomas) “ that it was a charming place, beautifully situated, and in every way calculated to satisfy the artist’s eye.” So in the summer of that year we determined to make the venture, and in no way were disappointed.

At that time the Neck was quite primitive, the Checkley was very limited in comparison with what it is at present, and there were only a few cottages to grace the place. The hotels were the Checkley, Cammack, West Point, Willows, Southgate, and the Prout’s Neck or Middle House, the latter a fine old relic, one of its picturesque features being a moss-covered roof. The interior was also quaint and interest­ ing, the beams, showing through the ceilings, being of huge, rough, solid timber browned by age. A long flight of steps from the edge of the embankment ( facing the house ) led to a wharf, which served as a means of embarking on rowing, sailing and fishing excursions — in fact, that was the only port, as we had no boat-house in those days. The hotel and wharf were owned by Capt. Eben Seavey, to whom we owed an everlasting debt of gratitude for his kindness and generosity.

The channel was dotted with punts and dories, mostly sup­ plied by Capt. John Wiggins, whose “ hotel,” as he called his shanty, was a three-roomed, one-story building, on a triangle at the edge of the road facing the Lee House, where he sold fish, candies, lobsters, cookies, in fact, anything from a post stamp to a bathing suit. He was striking in appear­ ance, as he delighted in wearing a one-tailed dress coat, red flannel shirt, high topped boots with the trousers tucked in, and the whole topped off with a high, grey felt hat. He was also useful in supplying us with bread, eggs, etc., as the nearest shop in those days was the ‘ ‘ two-mile store,” located on the top of the hill where the main road joins the Higgins Beach road.

Neither had we a post office, but depended for mail and transport on Harris Seavey, who also carried us to and from the station in his barge. Altogether the life and customs were very quaint and primitive.

In that year there were only about five or six cottages on the Neck. Ours was almost opposite to Mr. Charles Thomas’, now the Charles Thomas Memorial Library, who showed his love and appreciation of the happy days he enjoyed at Prout’s Neck by leaving his property to trustees, devising that it should be used in perpetuity as a library. We, the few who survive him and who knew his many excellent qualities, thoroughly appreciate the value of the gift, as it is not only a source of pleasure to the summer vis­itors, but is also used by the natives who as residents have the privileges of the library during the long and trying winter months.

One of the great pleasures was bathing in the ocean, and though the beach had a very gradual incline and the undertow scarcely perceptible, there was always facing us the danger of some one drowning, especially as we lacked the usual protec­tion which is at all well regulated seashore resorts, viz., a lifeboat.

Mr. Ira C. Foss was first consulted, who considered seri­ously the question and advised immediate action. A list was made and a canvass up the road as far as the two-mile store” was successful in interesting the various residents, who agreed to meet at an early date for discussing ways and means with the summer visitors. This was in the year 1887. The first meeting was held at the Prout’s Neck House.

Among those present were Messrs. J. V. and T. B. Mer­rick, Colbruth, J. M Kaler, Pennel, Small, Eben Seavey, Ai Seavey, Fairbanks, Moss, C. Hinckley, and A. Homer.

There was but one opinion,— that we should have a life­ boat as soon as possible, and as each one agreed to subscribe ten dollars we were enabled to establish the beach service, by buying a lifeboat, building a boathouse, and maintaining a boatman.

This was the origin of the Prout’s Neck Association.

At that memorable meeting, Mr. J. V. Merrick was elected President, Mr. T. B. Merrick Treasurer, and F. Moss Secretary and Beach Committee.

As the Neck became more and more populated, so in pro­ portion did the scope of the Association broaden.

A surveyor was employed to mark the roads and bounda­ries for which purpose granite posts were placed at corners:’ and intersections (some of which still remain) showing where one could build without encroaching on either roads or land. At that time this action was very important, and the result was a perfect understanding as to localities.

It may be well to mention that the roads are private roads, repaired when necessary from the funds of the Association or by private enterprise. T h e town road commences at the Checkley Hotel and skirts the edge of the bay to Scarboro station and so on to Portland.

Later on, the stone pier, boardwalks, bridges, and bath houses were added, besides a fresh-water well was sunk at the bathing beach, as we had no supply of running water in those days.

The Association was useful in other ways, one of which was to bring the summer residents in touch with the authori­ ties of the town. For that purpose we hired the old Odd Fellows Hall, having chosen the point of assembly as central as possible in order that everyone could participate. One important meeting was held at the town hall, Mr. F. M. Newcomb as Moderator or Chairman. The discussion was in relation to sanitation, and the necessity of having proper drainage. For that purpose the town agreed to give $250 towards the project if we would furnish a like sum, which we did. W e then employed a Boston expert, who, after a week’s work running lines, etc., advised our building a stone reservoir in the sand, as far away as possible, but as his low­ est estimate for same was $13,000 we had to abandon that method and avail ourselves of the present service, which answers our purpose without such huge expenditure.

A most useful and beneficial auxiliary was inaugurated about 1904 or 1905. The Ladies’ Prout’s Neck Association, which has been of great service in many ways, marking out and making paths, eradicating noxious weeds, instituting a system for keeping the roads and paths free from paper and refuse, employment of government and state experts on trees, and last but not least suggesting to the parent associa tion certain necessary improvements, for which it generously furnished funds.

As the number of visitors increased every year, there was a necessity for providing them with the usual outdoor amuse­ments,— golf, tennis, and good boating facilities.

Through the kindness of Mr. Ira C. Foss, many enjoyed the benefit of his tennis courts, but as they were inadequate to supply the demand a syndicate was formed to supply not only good tennis courts but also a substantial boathouse, large enough for the storage of boats and canoes, and boatmen to care for same.

The establishing of courts and boathouse was in 1902. For this purpose there had to be provided caretakers, nets, appur­tenances for the courts, as well as boats, canoes, oars, paddles, anchors, etc.

It may be well to mention that though the syndicate under­ took the above work, the main idea was to manage it tempo­rarily, as frequent efforts were made by its members to form a tea or clubhouse, in order by such combination to have it a public and not a private institution. In fact, for the benefit of all, it was found necessary to take immediate steps, for the following reasons:

First — The inaccessibility of the golf course, which at that time was adjacent to the burial ground, near the Scar- boro station.

Second —The want of a tea or clubhouse near our dwell­ ings.

Third — The imperative necessity of our acquiring the tract known as the ‘ ‘ Wiggins Land,” especially as there was a possibility of it becoming a terminal for a trolley line.

For the purpose of combining to unite the various social and athletic interests, the important question was how to secure the Wiggins tract, as everything hinged on that. It was a difficult job, but finally Messrs. George S. Motley of Lowell and P. W . Sprague of Boston were interested suffic­iently to promise to furnish the funds to back the project should there be a number of subscribers sufficient to authorize the venture. This took place in the month of September, 1906. The understanding was that a meeting should be called, at which, if a sufficient sum were subscribed, means would be supplied for the purchase of the land for the build­ ing of a clubhouse, tennis courts, golf links, etc. There had to be rush for this as many people were leaving for their homes on account of the lateness of the season.

A meeting was called at the cottage of Mr. Charles E. Morgan, who kindly loaned his house for the place of rendez­vous. It is needless to say that those present, on hearing the plan proposed for furthering the welfare of Prout’s Neck, were most enthusiastic and pledged themselves to subscribe the necessary sum.

Messrs. Sprague and Motley succeeded in purchasing the land, November 31st, 1906. Later on Mr. Sprague sent to the manager the following telegram: Deeds have been signed. Go to work on building and improvements.”

Previous to the receipt of the telegram, a site had been marked out for both house and tennis courts, arid the trees blazed where it was necessary to cut through the woods for a golf course, the latter under the supervision of Mr. Fenn, the expert and professional of the Poland Spring golf course.

Estimates had been received and accepted for the building, as well as for the construction of tennis courts and golf links. Mr. Pease, the able architect of Portland, was allotted the plans of the house, but it is well to merition that first they had been carefully drawn “ to scale” by Mr. Howard Hinckley of Washington, D. C., who also gave much of his time and thought to the development of the grounds.

As there were snow and ice on the ground when Mr. A. L. Googins, the builder and contractor, commenced oper­ations, the prospect of having the ‘‘plant” finished in reasonable time looked very slim. But irrespective of weather and drawbacks the work was pushed to completion, and delivered to the members at the promised time. It was an arduous undertaking for those who had to manage the financiering, as well as the correspondence, especially as the subscribers were in England, France, North, South, East and West. To one man during that winter over seventy letters were written.

In connection with the above, great credit should be given to Mr. Sprague, who, when there was an emergency from lack of funds, always generously responded to the call by furnishing the money to continue the work.

Also to Mr. Charles S. Homer, for his gift ( in perpetuity ) to the Prouts Neck Corporation, as trustees, the tract of woods leading to “ the Sanctuary,” which as a public benefit will ever remain as a monument of his generosity.

Also to Mr. Winslow Homer, who deeded to the same corporation the land adjoining the bathing beach, a gift which has been of inestimable benefit to the residents.

To Mr. Ira C. Foss we owe an everlasting debt of grati­tude for installing the water works. His excellent system for supplying that need enabled us to have modern plumbing and effective drainage.

In conclusion, it would be well to mention the arduous endeavors of officers of the Prout’s Neck Association effect­ually to carry on their work of repairing roads, maintenance of bathing facilities, library, paths, sanitation, fire department, etc., and to state that with limited means it reflects great credit on those who have in the past as well as present voluntarily given their services.

Note: Minor spelling and punctuation edits were added to the above text.

The original text and formatting are available on the Digital Maine Site.

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February 2019 – SHS Website Activities

Main Room



Surname Files

Videos Added:

Maine in the Civil War – Presented by Ashley Towle, Ph.D. – February 2019

Bookcase (Back)

They Answered the Call – List of Scarborough Volunteers in the Civil War.


Scarborough Annual Report – 1886
Scarborough Annual Report – 1887
Scarborough Annual Report – 1888
Scarborough Annual Report – 1889
Scarborough Annual Report – 1890

Middle Room

Valuation Books

1889 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book (Images Only) (PNHS)

Back Room (Kitchen)


Blue Point School c. 1964

Image “Children boarding school bus.” (MS #1010) was posted to Digital Maine – Scarborough Images.

Blue Point School – Class of 1926, photo taken 22 April 1926. Includes Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Heald, teacher Leah Burnett, and 23 students. Also, included is an Identification Photo which includes the names of the students.




Books Available Online

Biographical Review – Containing Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Cumberland County, Maine. “Scarboro” is found on 43 pages of the book. Free download at Internet Archive. 

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