History of Lamoine, Maine
From
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine

By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Boston 1886




Lamoine, in the southern part of Hancock County, emoraces the peninsula lying between Jordan's River on the west and Skilling Bay on the east. The area is about 11,000 acres. The soil is good, and could easily be made very productive. The inhabitants are chiefly devoted to coasting and fishing. The yearly catch by vessels from this town at the Grand Banks is stated at 8,000 quintals; of Magdalen herring, 100,000 boxes; the aggregate market value of both being about $55,000.

The post-offices are Lamoine, and North and East Lamoine.

An object of curious interest is Blunt's Pond, which has a surface of 30 acres at a height above the sea of 300 feet. The colossal embankment which surrounds it suggests the work of the mound-builders of the Mississippi Valley. It is situated upon a height of "loess or bluff formation" that extends in a northerly direction across the country. Along the seashore of this town occur extensive deposits of clam shells, in which human bones have been found. In one of these beds, a few years since, Capt. A. G. Berry found a brass kettle, an axe, and a stone file. Capt. Berry has also in his possession the account-book of the first settler, also that of Dr. Payson, arid some of the French deeds executed by Madame Gregorée. One dated in 1788 is signed:

"Bartholomy De Gregoire"
"Maria Therese de Gregorie, nee de law the Cadillack."


Lamoine was set off from Trenton and incorporated in 1870. It was named for Lamoine, an early French resident, who at one time owned a large tract of land west of Skilling's River. A colony of French made a transient settlement on Trenton Point at an early day, and two of the colonists, Delaittre and Desisles, remained permanent residents. According to the statement of Hon. W. King, the first settlement at Lainoine, formerly Trenton, was made in 1774 at Gillpatrie's Point, by the individual whose name it bears. Captain Berry states that "Capt. Isaac Gillpatric, with six sons and two daughters, from Biddeford, and a son-in-law, Edward Berry, from Londonderry, N. H., were the first settlers." Both these authorities say that the French came subsequently to Giilpatric.

The two church-edifices of Lamoine both belong to the Baptists. The town has four public schoolhouses, and the school property is valued at $5,200. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $142,449. In 1880 it was $148,333. The population in 1870 was 612. In the census of 1880 it was 751.

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