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Special Collections: Guide to the Allen Goodwin Papers

Collection title:  Allen Goodwin Papers
Collection number: MS 205      

Dates of collection: 1768-1915  
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


Allen Goodwin was born on April 12, 1851, in Palermo, Maine, the son of Joshua and Sophia Marden Goodwin. Goodwin married Cora A. Hatch of Montville, Maine, in 1876. Goodwin was a writer and historian, preserving and publishing material about the towns of Palermo and Montville, as well as surrounding towns. He is the author of History of the Early Settlement of Palermo, Maine, written in 1896, as well as contributing many articles to newspapers such as the Republican Journal, the Lewiston Journal, and the Waldo County Herald. He served as the clerk of the First Baptist Church in Palermo and secretary of the Union Harvest Grange in Centre Montville. Allen Goodwin died on April 2, 1917 at his home in Centre Montville.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, maps, clippings, and genealogical material relating to the history, families and churches of Liberty, Montville, Palermo, and Union, Maine. The material was collected from 1880-1910 by Allen Goodwin for the purpose of writing a history of these towns. The collection consists of information on Hibbert's Gore and the towns of Montville, Hope, Palermo, Freedom, and China, as well as Waldo County, Maine. Also includes data on the families Pearson, Cushman, Carr, Rowe, Soule, Nelson, Foster, Bradstreet, Bryant, Marden, Black, Webster, and Worthing. Also contains a history of the Palermo Baptist Church and the Coolidge murder case at Waterville, September 1847.

Contents of Box

Box 1

f 1 Batchelder Family, Palermo, Maine. Letters, clippings, genealogies.

f 2 Black Family. Letter and genealogy.

f 3 Bradstreet Family, Palermo, Maine. Genealogies.

f 4 Bryant Family, Palermo, Maine. Letters, clippings, genealogies.

f 5 Carr Family, Palermo, Maine. Letters and genealogy.

f 6 China, Maine (Harlem, Maine). Clippings.

f 7 China-Palermo boundary line. Petition, 1828; State of Maine Act, 1830; town list of residents of Palermo, Maine.

f 8-9 Church records, Palermo, Maine. 1802-1832.

f 10 Coolidge (Valorus Perry) murder case. Clippings.

f 11 Cushman Family, Montville, Maine. Clippings, history.

f 12 Foster Family, Palermo, Maine. Genealogy.

f 13 Freedom, Maine. Early history.

f 14 Genealogies, miscellaneous, Palermo, Maine. Includes clippings.

f 15 Goodwin Family. Genealogy, letters, notebook, etc.

f 16 Hibbert's Gore. Clippings, genealogy, history.

f 17 Hope, Maine. Clippings on history.

f 18 Kennebec Purchase and Twenty Associates land. Includes copy of deed, 1768, and map.

f 19 Liberty, Maine. Clippings, history, notes. Includes notes on Sally (Reed) Wentworth, Liberty's smart Old Lady.

f 20 Marden family, Palermo, Maine.

f 21-22 Miscellaneous material: clippings, letters, notes, etc. Includes greeting at Reunion Home.

f 23 Montville, Maine (Davistown). Miscellaneous material: genealogy, legal papers, clippings, history, notebooks.

f 24 Montville, Maine notebook (photocopy of original)

f 25 Nelson family, Palermo and Alna, Maine.

f 26 Northwood, N.H. Early settlement, hand copied from History of Northwood, N. H.

f 27 Paine, H. W. Opinion of H. W. Paine, Esq. re. counting of votes, 1855.

f 28 Palermo, Maine - Great Pond Settlement or Sheepscot Great Pond Settlement. Letters, papers, deeds. Includes letter about monument erected in China, Maine.

f 29 Palermo, Maine, land surveys, 1802. Copied from Mass. Archives.

f 30 Pearson family, Palermo, Maine.

f 31 Robinson family, Montville, Maine (Davistown). Clipping.

f 32 Rowe family, Palermo, Maine.

f 33 Soule family, Palermo, Maine.

f 34 Thorndike, Maine.

f 35 Waldo County, Maine. News clippings.

f 36 Webster family, Palermo, Maine.

f 37 Worthing family, Palermo, Maine.


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