Document Transcriptions

Highway Assignments 1826-73

In earlier days, roads were not maintained by a town crew, but by individual citizens. Every year, the selectmen would assign sections of road to the men living nearby, and they kept careful records of who had was responsible for each stretch of road. Since few roads had names in those days, the stretch would be identified as "the road going by So-and-so's house." As a result, we have a good record of who was living in town when, and roughly where they lived. We have two books, the first covering 1826-1849, and the second 1850-73. The second book ends abruptly in the midst of 1873; presumably there was a third book that hasn't come to light yet!

Read a transcription of the books, or see a list of all the names mentioned, with the years they were referenced.

Militia Files

Various documents relating to the local militia in the years between 1805 and 1820, when the local company was part of the Massachusetts Militia. These were shared with us by the Bridgton Historical Society. We have transcribed them and posted them here.

Militia Articles: Various drafts of the regulations of the Company. (We've made assumptions about their order.)
Articles: Draft 1
Articles: Draft 2
Articles: Final

Petition to Separate: In 1817, Sebago members of the Baldwin Company wanted to separate and form their own Company. The language is very similar to that used a few years later to separate the town of Sebago from Baldwin, and most of the signers of this petition signed the later one, too.
Draft 1 of Petition
Final Draft of Petition
Cover Letter in Support
Colonel's Letter in Support
Petition's Envelope

Other Files Miscellaneous other documents from the militia.
Order for Militia
Officers' Roster
Voting for Officers: Baldwin
Voting for Officers: Gray
Letter complaining about uniforms

A page from the Highway Assignments
Highway Assignments
Militia Separation
Petition to Separate Militia