.................................................... Gorham,Maine

The town of Gorham, Cumberland County, Maine is situated only 9.5 miles (15.3 km) from downtown Portland, Maine. It was first known as Narragansett No. 7, and settled in 1736 and incorporated 1764. Gorham's proximity to Portland has enabled it to maintain a close relationship with the city and surrounding region. They have always shared an historical affinity that has helped the two areas to develop. As early as 1850, connecting railroad and trolley lines allowed residents to regularly travel from one location to another for purposes of work, recreation, or study. Today, Gorham maintains an important economic and cultural link to Portland through the University of Southern Maine. The 1995 population of Gorham is estimated to be 12,856.

From the book "History of Gorham, Maine" by Hugh McLellan, a map of the original land grants and the persons who were granted the land.

This is a list of Grantees of Narragansett No. 7 (now Gorham, Maine)

Gorham was born out of the Narragansett War, one of the 7 townships granted by the General Court of Massachusetts to 840 people who either fought or were descendants of fighters (or closely allied to them) who fought. The Narragansett War is called King Philip's War. Mr. McLellan's book says, "that a proclamation was made to the army in the name of the government, before they began their march against King Philip, that if they would play the man and take the fort and drive the enemy out of the Narragansett country, they should have a gratuity of land besides their wages". All of the original lots granted were 30 acres in size.

Gorham Resources

City of Gorham

Map of Gorham

Maine Historial Society

Gorham Common Surnames and History

Town of Gorham Municipal Offices, Town Clerk, 270 Main Street, Gorham, ME 04038, (207) 839-5037

Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South Street, Gorham, ME 04038, (207) 839-5031

Baxter House Museum, 1797, South St., 839-5031. Birthplace of James Phinney Baxter, former Mayor of Portland. Articles and records of local interest.

Babb's Bridge - 1843 Presumpscot River - Maine's oldest covered bridge. It is located off the River Road, two and one-half miles north of South Windham, then one-half mile west between the towns of Gorham and Windham. Burned in 1973, it has since been rebuilt.

Cumberland County Resources

Westbrook City Hall, Clerk's Office, 2 York Drive,Westbrook, ME 04092, (207) 854-0624

Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street, Westbrook, ME 04092, (207) 854-0630

Warren Memorial Library, 479 Main Street, Westbrook, ME 04092, (207) 854-5891

Woodlawn Cemetery, Rochester Street, Westbrook, ME 04092, (207) 854-0640

St. Hyacinth's Cemetery (Catholic), Stroudwater Street. Westbrook, ME 04092, (207) 856-6148

Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland ME ,(207) 871-1700

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Gorham, ME Genealogical Databases

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Maine USGenWeb Coordinator's Pages

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Cumberland County USGenWeb Coordinator

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