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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789

The Coasting Law of 1789 'Unity' and 'Margaretta,' Machias, 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at…

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Maine's Pauper Laws and the Cumberland Overseers of the Poor

Another provision of the law required the Overseers to provide immediate comfort and relief to all persons, regardless of settlement, who fall into…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Beyond Borders: A Wabanaki Perspective - Page 3 of 4

… deeds and treaties, the foundations for federal law and authority. This reminds me of events detailed in Saxine’s Properties of Empire (2019) where…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

… William Crawford, passed a revised Coasting Law through Congress, which turned the entire eastern seaboard into one district and thus avoided the…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Biographies: The Pejepscot Proprietors - Page 1 of 2

John Ruck John Ruck was the brother in law of Thomas Hutchinson and the father in law of Benning Wentworth.

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Longfellow Era: 1807-1901

He then moved his law office to the house. Lucia Wadsworth (1783-1864) Lucia Wadsworth was the sister of Zilpah Longfellow.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Who were the Kennebec and Pejepscot Proprietors? - Page 5 of 7

Effective agents needed a familiarity with the law, as the proprietors frequently resorted to filing suits of ejectment or trespass against residents.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Women in Colonial Economies - Page 2 of 4

At the same time, marriage law differently shaped men’s and women’s abilities to own and control land.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Women in Colonial Economies - Page 3 of 4

… its ramifications were clear within property law. Married women could not purchase property, and husbands acquired custodial powers over property…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Wabanaki Agency in the Proprietor Records - Page 2 of 5

… or Daniel or Robin [ramegin]…shall come and lawfully demand and receive one Peck of Corn on every five and twentieth day of December for a due…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Beyond Borders: an historical overview - Page 2 of 6

… schemes, landownership was a matter of English law, to be recorded and proved on paper. Coll. 61, vol. 1A, p.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Wabanaki Agency in the Proprietor Records - Page 1 of 5

He is sued and at the end of seven years law suit it is of no consequence to him whether he gains or loses his cause, he is ruind in either case."(1)…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - 1790s: A Growing Movement

This, of course, was due to the Coasting Law, which would "result in irreparable damage" to the commercial interests of the mercantile coastal…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Lunt House, Cumberland at Center streets, Bangor, ca. 1852

… appeared in the early 1850s when his brother-in-law Luther Cary bought it. Martin, an accountant and shopkeeper, wrote and illustrated a journal…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - After the War: The First Victory for Separationists

… squatter-proprietor tensions and the Coasting Law likely still fueling the sentiments of the two voter bodies.[25] Despite the vote's failure…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

… because of otherwise inconvenient shipping laws, and a growing inland debate ensued over tension between land proprietors and squatters who saw…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Lincoln Block

He next set up a partnership with his brother-in-law, Dr. Benjamin Jones Porter, and opened a store, which was conducted by Dr. Porter.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Bath Savings Institution and Hyde Block

After Daniel Wilkinson's death sentence, the law stating No Capital Punishment in Maine was made. Daniel's partner was sentenced to life in prison…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

… "Irish men & women in open defiance of the Maine law." He further charged that Hayford provided housing for "bad women." View additional…

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Life on a Tidal River - William S. Cohen, The Man and the School

After graduating cum laude from law school in 1965, he returned to Bangor to begin his career in law.

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Life on a Tidal River - Early Railroads in Bangor - Page 2 of 2

… Court, Cumberland County, Western District, Law Term 1876. The State of Maine vs. The Maine Central Railroad Company.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Sagadahoc County Courthouse

… all the residents of the county by enforcing laws, conducting trials, and recording wills and deeds.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Merchants' Row

His son-in-law, Thomas W. Hyde, was the founder of B.I.W. 114 and 116 Front Street are part of the block of buildings built and paid for by John…

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

Laws intended to stop the sale and use of liquor were often ignored. Officers would sometimes conduct raids but keep the liquor.