1841 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book

If you have ancestors who lived in Scarborough in 1841, the 1841 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book is a great resource to add texture to your family history and genealogical research.

The online version was scanned on the Maine State Library’s (MSL) Zeutschel OS 12002 multi-camera book scanner, which creates high-resolution images. The original book is held at the Scarborough Historical Museum and is approximately 14 inches tall and 9.25 inches wide. Many thanks to Adam Fisher of the MSL for his assistance in this project.

The book is divided into two sections. First are persons who reside in Scarborough. The names are arranged in somewhat alphabetically. That is to say, all the surnames of a particular letter are together, but they are in not alphabetical within a letter, so Burnham, Berry, and Brown are on the same group of pages before the first person with the surname beginning “C.”

The second section is for people who owned property in Scarborough but lived elsewhere.

The information provided can be amazing. For example, Theodore Libby was taxed on 2 buildings and 88 acres of land in production (tilled, or mowed for hay). He also had 114 acres that were unimproved, 10 acres of which was woodland and 5 acres was salt marsh. He was taxed on 1 horse, 4 oxen, 8 cows or cattle and one swine. There are 70 Libby’s in the book. 68 were residents and two non-resident Libby’s lived elsewhere (Gorham and Saco).

Information provided for Scarborough Residents:

  • Names of Persons
  • Number of Poles
  • Number of Buildings and Value
  • Number of acres Mowing and Tillage and Value
  • Number of acres fresh Mowing and Value
  • Number of acres Pasturing and Value
  • Number acres unimproved Land and Value
  • Woodland and Value
  • Salt Marsh and Value
  • Tannery and Value
  • Number Horses and Value
  • Number of Horses under 4 years old and Value
  • Number Oxen and Value
  • No. Cows & Cattle 3 years old and Value
  • No. Cattle 2 years old and Value
  • No. Cattle 1 years old and Value
  • Number Swine
  • Number Chaise
  • Stock in Trade
  • Money at Interest
  • Sum Total

Information provided for Scarborough Non-residents:

  • Names of Non-resident Property Owners
  • Their Residence.
  • Number of Buildings and Value
  • Number of acres Mowing and Tillage and Value
  • Number of acres fresh Mowing and Value
  • Number of acres Pasturing and Value
  • Number acres unimproved Land and Value
  • Woodland and Value
  • Salt Marsh and Value
  • Sum Total

The 1841 Tax Valuation Records are available for download from the Maine State Library site, Digital Archives (https://digitalmaine.com/scarborough_books/1/).

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July 2018 Website Activity

Photographs

Maine Egg Producers

Maine Egg Producers

I published the following photographs from Photo Box 1, “Miscellaneous Businesses” to Digital Maine at the Maine State Library:

Maine Egg Producers
Candling Room at Maine Egg Producers

I published the following photographs from Photo Box 1, “Miscellaneous Businesses” to this site.

[No Number] – Park’s Home Bakery – Luncheonette – Route 1 – West Scarboro, Maine
64.35.2 – Googins Blacksmith Shop – Highland Ave.
79.7.1 – Dunscroft Inn, Dunstan, ME.
87.3.1 – The Original Len Libby’s Candy Shops
95.27.19 – Prouts Neck Garage (Cliff Googins’ Garage)
95.27.178 – State Trailer Sales & Hillcrest Trailer Park
95.27.178 – Scarborough Beach Railroad Station (with truck)
95.27.194 – Scarborough Beach Railroad Station (with station master)
95.27.194 – Donald Hall Miniature Golf – Route 1 at Heigis Pky
2016.57.01 – Lobster Fisherman (with traps)

On the Bookcase 1 Page
I added First Census of the United States 1790 – Maine and a link to download from CENSUS.GOV.

On the Education Page,
I added the Class of 1926 with three names and links to photos.
I added the Class of 1927 with one name and link to photo.

On Lateral File 1 Page.
I added 2018.29.01-LARRABEE_Genealogy_NH
and 2018.29.01-Larrabee_Generations_1_to_4

 

 

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New photos – June 2018

New photos added to the website last month (June 2018)

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Class of 1931 – Names & Photos

We received a number of photos of the students of Scarborough High School, Class of  1931, from the collection of Marguerite Carver Shaw Davis, also known as “Mag.”

Accession Number:  2018-10-02

Scarboro High School Class of 1931

Full NameSurnamePhotoBack Inscription (If present)
Lillian May McCulloughMcCulloughPhotoNo note on back.
Kenneth Melville LaughtonLaughtonPhotoNo note on back.
Robert Wentworth CollinsCollinsPhotoNo note on back.
Almeda Pearl MoultonMoultonPhotoBack of Photo
Harlan Edgar PlummerPlummerPhotoBack of Photo
Francis Emmelie LathropLathropPhotoBack of Photo
Daniel Weston SnowSnowPhotoBack of Photo
Dorothy ClarkClarkPhotoBack of Photo
Sydney Leslie PoolerPoolerPhotoBack of Photo
Helen Gertrude ScammanScammanPhotoBack of Photo
Barbara Jannette HarmonHarmonPhotoBack of Photo
Barbara Mildred GrantGrantPhotoBack of Photo
George Harvard DouglasDouglasPhotoBack of Photo
Barbara Jannette Harmon (Possibly #2HarmonPhotoNo note on back.
Pauline Harriet FrederickFrederickPhotoBack of Photo
Hope May FergattoFergattoPhotoBack of Photo
Ralph Donad BerryBerryPhotoNo note on back.
Ella Louise SawyerSawyerPhotoBack of Photo
Arthur Scott BernellBernellPhotoNo note on back.
Marjorie Matilda MillikenMillikenPhotoBack of Photo
Reta Frances MillikenMillikenPhotoNo note on back.
Olive FieldingFieldingPhotoNo note on back.
Dorothy ClarkClarkPhotoNo note on back.
Dagmar Emilee NielsonNielsonPhotoBack of Photo
Unidentified 01PhotoNo note on back.
Unidentified 06PhotoNo note on back.

These photos were sized for the web at three inches wide with a resolution of 144 pixels per inch. The original image scans were done at 600 pixels per inch and are available from the Society. Please contact the society if you are interested in a higher resolution copy of the image.

The Scarborough Historical Museum also has the 1931 High School Yearbook available for viewing at the museum. You can learn much more about the class members in the yearbook. When I looked at the yearbook, I was surprised to not find a “class photo.” There were only two group photos, one of the 1930-31 Boys Basketball Team and one of the 1930-31 Girls Basketball Team.

   

Scarboro High Basketball Teams – 1930-1931 Season

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Maine In the Great War

The May Scarborough Historical Society monthly meeting will be May 6th, 2:00 pm, at the Scarborough Public Library. After a short business meeting, guest speaker Jason C. Libby will talk about Maine’s involvement in World War I.

Maine in World War I Available on Amazon.Com

More than 35,000 men and women from Maine joined the armed forces in 1917-1918 to fight in aid of America’s European allies against Germany. Mainers provided vital support through war-related industries, such as shipbuilding, munitions, and textiles.  Mainers on the home front also donated bandages, books, and comforts of home to the troops “over there.”

Jason C. Libby is the author of several local histories. He has worked in historic preservation and currently serves as a member of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and as an adjunct history faculty member. He is the co-author with Earle G. Shettleworth of Maine in World War I, an Arcadia publication.

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April 8th – SHS Meeting to feature talk on Wadsworth/Longfellow House

Wadsworth-Longfellow House – Photo by Brian Adler

The Scarborough Historical Society’s annual meeting will be 2:00 PM, April 8th, the second Sunday of the month, as Easter is April 1st. After the business meeting, John Babin, visitor services manager for the Wadsworth/Longfellow House in Portland, take us inside the historic Longfellow House through photos and talk. He and also explore the city that shaped the poet. Longfellow wrote his first childhood poem in the house on Congress Street built by his grandfather Peleg Wadsworth. He went on to write the classics you’re sure to remember—”Paul Revere’s Ride” and “Evangeline.”

At this meeting, we will draw winners of our loon and the bamboo fly rod raffles.


Photo of Fly Rod A Marshal Goodwin Loon

 

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Spirits Alive Program – March 24, 2018

A Field of Ancient Graves: Celebrating 350 Years

Book cover - Portland's Eastern CemeteryEastern Cemetery, Portland’s oldest public space, reaches a milestone 350th anniversary in 2018, and Spirits Alive will kick off its celebration of the beloved burial ground with a presentation by cemetery historian and author Ron Romano. Using photos, maps, and images of historic documents, Ron will guide us through the cemetery’s rich history, with a peek inside the City Tomb, an overview of the remote burial patches designated for minorities, and a look at how the landscape has changed over the past 350 years. From bank robbers and pirates to abolitionists and war heroes – with some gravestone symbolism sprinkled in – this presentation promises to be a most interesting hour.

Saturday, March 24, 1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St. on the USM Portland Campus, with parking in the USM Bedford St. garage. The lecture is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

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Museum Closed Today – 13 March 2018

Due to the predicted storm, the museum will be closed on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

Black Point Road, Scarborough, ca. 1900

Black Point Road, Scarborough, ca. 1900

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Portland Railroad: Trolleys Through Scarborough, Maine

4 March 2018, 1 PM

Scarborough Public Library

Image of the Portland Railroad's Letter "S" Trestle on the road to Old Orchard Beach circa 1903

Portland Railroad’s Letter “S” Trestle on the road to Old Orchard Beach circa 1903

The Portland Railroad system as it existed following the completion of the Saco-Old Orchard line in 1903, operated trolleys on 93.75 miles of track, serving the communities of Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Westbrook, Gorham, South Windham, Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth. More than 500 persons, including 133 motormen and 133 conductors, were employed. The line owned a total of 217 passenger cars (trolleys). Imagine living in Scarborough in the very early 1900s and being able to board a trolley and easily travel to visit any number of attractions in Maine, south, and east of Waterville, or south into New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and beyond. Make plans to bring a friend and attend the presentation on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Scarborough Public Library. Scarborough Historical Society’s guest speaker, Phil Morse from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenter. Artifacts from the Portland-Lewiston Interurban and its 1912 high-speed interurban, No. 14, Narcissus will be on display. The Narcissus is currently under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport.

Location: Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074 – March 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Philip W. Morse, Project Manager of Narcissus RenovationSeashore Trolley Museum.

For more information on the Narcissus Project, see www.narcissus1912.blogspot.com.

 

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Next Meeting February 4th

Our next meeting is February 4th!

The regular meeting of the Scarborough Historical Society has moved from the evening of the first Wednesday to the afternoon of the first Sunday and from the museum to the library.

Reminder: The next meeting will be at 2:00 pm, February 4th, 2018, at the Scarborough Public Library. “Scarborough Cemeteries” will be presented by Jan Makowski.

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