MGS Special Publication #88
Compiled By: John F. Battick, Nancy Klimavicz Battick and Marlene A. Groves
Original Publication Year: 2020
Every Name Index: 12,991 entries
Non Member Price: $40
Member Price: $30
About The Book: Piscataquis County is the second largest county in the State of Maine. It is also the smallest in population, having reached its peak in the 1920 federal census with just over 20,000 persons counted. It was chartered in 1838 by combining three townships from Somerset County with a vast area from Penobscot County. In 1844, sixty townships, equal to 3,770 square miles, were annexed from it to form Aroostook County. Thus, for records between 1838 and 1844 also check Aroostook County. The county seat was Dover which was amalgamated in 1922 to form today’s county seat of Dover-Foxcroft.
Comprising mostly woodlands, lakes and mountains, its earliest settlers built sawmills along its many southern rivers, and towns gradually developed around these sites. Lumbering, textile mills, stone quarries and clay works constituted its major industrial base with agriculture and canning playing a smaller role. Henry David Thoreau journeyed by canoe and on foot to the highest point in the county and state, Mount Katahdin, in 1846 and reminisced about that journey in The Maine Woods, published in 1864. Today, it is mainly known for outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing and tourism.
The following are the names of towns or townships located within the county of Piscataquis which are cited in the original volumes:
Abbot, Atkinson, Barnard, Birch Point opposite Kineo, Blanchard, Bowerbank, Brownville, Central Falls K.I., Chesuncook (a/k/a No. 5, R-13), Dover, Elliotsville, Foxcroft, Greenville, Guilford, Howard (aka No. 8, R-8), Katahdin Iron Works, Kineo, Kingsbury, Lake View, Lily Bay, Medford, Milo, Monson, Northeast Carry, Orneville, Outlet of Moosehead Lake, Parkman, Roach River, Sand Bar Moosehead Lake, Sangerville, Sebec, Shirley, Squaw Mountain, Wellington, Willimantic, Williamsburg, and townships 3 R-5, 4 R-9, 6 R-9.