Devonshire County, Maine Genealogy

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Devonshire County, Massachusetts (now Maine) was created as a result of the Third Dutch-Anglo War, in 1673 when Massachusetts claimed New York's former Cornwall County in present-day Maine from the Atlantic coast to the Quebec border. In 1674 Massachusetts created a split-off called Devonshire County between the Kennebec River and Penobscot Bay in what is now Maine.[1] [2] [3] [4]

During King Philip's War in 1675 the Abanaki Indians attacked white settlements in both Devonshire County and the remaining part of Cornwall County. Both counties were abandoned and lost to the Indians.[1] [5]

For information about residents of Devonshire County 1674-1675 (now in Maine), try searching records of:

The present-day Maine counties which partially included former Devonshire County land are: Aroostook, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Devonshire County, District of Maine, Massachusetts Bay Colony" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_District_of_Maine,_Massachusetts_Bay_Colony (accessed 27 June 2012).
  2. William D. Williamson, History of the State of Maine, from its First Discovery, A.D. 1602, to the Separation, A.D. 1820, Inclusive, 2 vols. (Hallowell, Maine: Glazier, Masters and Co., 1832), 1:443. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1550114.
  3. John G Reid, Maine, Charles II and Massachusetts: Governmental Relationships in Early Northern New England, Maine Historical Society Research Series Number 1 ((Portland, Maine: Maine Hist. Soc., 1977), 138. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Massachusetts. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England (Boston: White, 1854), 5: 16. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6046893 (38 fiche); Book 974.4 N2s.
  5. Williamson, 1: 446.