AGRICULTURE

WHO WERE THE ALEXANDER FARMERS IN 1880?

WHAT DID THEY OWN FOR LAND AND BUILDINGS?

The values stated includes land and buildings listed and the dollar amount was determined by Belcher Tyler and G. Stillman S. Scribner, Alexander assessors. Belcher was the one with the four-legged chicken! This material is from the Alexander Assessors Book that Pliney Frost gave A-CHS. This list states the number of buildings and number of acres owned by each farmer. A couple of quotes from area newspapers are compliments of Gordon Lord. A lot map of Alexander is with this article so readers can locate where each farm was located. Where were your ancestors living?

William Brown eastern part lot 81 with 2 buildings; 65 acres valued at $200

Michael Brown north part lot 82 with 2 buildings; 60 acres valued at $275

60 acres on east part lot 70 valued at $60

80 acres undivided half of meadow lot 16 valued at $30

Isaiah Bailey western half lot 56 with 2 buildings; 60 acres valued at $225

Jasper Bailey lots 18 and 19; 235 acres valued at $100Simeon Bailey parts of lots 79 and 80 with 2 buildings; 120 acres valued at $850

Eastern part lot 88, known as the Weymouth pasture; 60 acres valued at $200

The Machias Union reports that Simeon Bailey killed a last spring’s pig that weighed 355 pounds.

James A. Bohanon lot 45 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $400

53 1/3 acres undivided interest in meadow lot 14 valued at $20

Thomas Blaney south part lot 46 with 2 buildings; 120 acres valued at $250

South part lot 28 with 2 buildings; 107 acres valued at 200

Mrs. Rhoda Billings lot 10 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $250

Robert C. Brown part of lots 57 and 58 with 2 buildings; 90 acres valued at $450

160 acres of meadow lot 2 valued at $60

Joel K. Brown lot 71 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $300

Estate of David E. Bailey eastern half lot 122 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $200

32 acres east part of lot 129; valued included with above

George B. Berry western half lot 81 and part of lot 120 with 3 buildings; 83 acres valued at $850

Part of lot 88, known as Tyler’s Lower Meadow; 8 acres valued at $50

  1. K. P. Berry lot 125 and east half lot 122 with 2 buildings; 240 acres valued at $600

Asa L. Berry lot 72 and the south part lot 61 with 3 buildings; 195 acres valued at $450

James Bailey lot 35 with 2 buildings; 135 acres valued at $200

Nathaniel Bailey eastern half lot 75 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $150

George W. Bohanon lot 87 with 3 buildings and south part lot 78; 210 acres valued at $500

Thomas Cottar south part lot 127 & north part lot 126 with 2 buildings; 127 acres valued at $225

Walter Carlow west half lot 91 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $200

Pat Cottar part of lot 97 known as the Jesse Fenlason Place with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $450

Levi Connick lot 106 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $500

Shepard Cottle parts of lots 68 & 69 with 3 buildings; 88+ acres valued at $1400

Hiram A. Crafts west part lot 88 with 2 buildings; 60 acres valued at $200 West part lot 96 willed by I. P. Crafts to H. A. Crafts and Mary J. McLean with 1 building and unknown acreage, valued at $125

John W. Dwelley lot 94 with 3 buildings; 95 acres valued at $750

Meadow lot 95; 160 acres valued at $125

Meadow lot 120; 160 acres valued at $200

Lot 99; 160 acres valued at $60

Lot 102 and part lot 101; 185 acres valued at $250

Joseph Ellsworth north part lot 59 and west part lot 70 with 3 buildings; 165 acres valued at $500

Mrs. Joanna Foley part of lot 97, known as the Hayward Farm, 2 buildings; 140 acres valued at $450

Stephen D. Frost east half lot 66 with 3 buildings; 80 acres valued at $450

Lot 64; 160 acres valued at $100

The Machias Union reported that S. D. Frost raised 500 bushels of potatoes in 1880

Thomas B. Frost east part lot 61 with 2 buildings; 60 acres valued at $200

Wesley Flood north half lots 111 & 112 with 3 buildings; 164 acres valued at $900

Lot 113; 160 acres valued at $100

William Gillespie east part lot 98 with 2 buildings, the J. Gooch Homestead; 60 acres valued at $400

William Gillespie, Jr. part of lot 97 known as the old Gooch homestead with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $350

Mrs. Sarah Griffin part of lot 55 with 2 buildings, known as the Taylor Palmer place; 20 acres at $200

Hugh Griffin lot 36 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $400

Joseph Godfrey lot 85 except Lamb Orchard with 3 buildings & south part lot 76; 200 acres valued at $850

Levi Henderson lot 88, known as the Tyler Homestead, with 2 buildings; 92 acres valued at $400

Jonathan Hunnewell lot 37 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $200

North part lot 46; 40 acres valued at $150

Meadow lot 3; 160 acres valued at $60

C.M. Huff west half lots 77 & 86 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $500

Stillman P. Knight north part of lot 126 that he occupies; 50 acres. (no building & no value, This was taxed to Thomas Cottar) Undivided half of meadow lot 16; 160 acres (no value given, Michael Brown had the other undivided half interest)

Andrew Little Lot 90 with 3 buildings; 160 acres valued at $600

Lot 84; 160 acres valued at $100

Stephen Loverin north half lot 53 with 3 buildings & lot 44; 240 acres valued at $1475

Meadow lot 34; 160 acres valued at $275

Greenwood Lyon Ministerial lot 5 with 2 buildings & north part lot 58; 128 acres valued at $800

North part of Ministerial lot 6; 14 acres valued at $15

Filmore Lyon lot 54; (no building, Addison place) 160 acres valued at $125

O. H. Libby north part lot 61 with 4 buildings and lot 52; 240 acres valued at $900

Meadow lot 43; 160 acres valued at $50

John McLaughlin north part lot 28 with 1 building; 53 1/3 acres valued at $100

Edward McLean part of lot 88 known as the W. Spring Farm & part of lot 88 between E. Stephenson’s and the Weymouth pasture with 3 buildings; 90 acres valued at $650 northeast corner lot 27; 66 acres valued at $25undivided half of lot 96 willed by I. P. Craft to H. A. Craft and Mary McLean $125

Joseph McPheters lot 65 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $450

The Calais Times reported that drovers are buying all the cattle and sheep in the section that farmers will dispose of.

John McNealley part of lot 97, known as the Little Homestead, with 2 buildings; 120 acres valued at $400

Joseph McLean part of lots 68 & 69 known as the Townsend homestead, with 3 buildings; 88 ½ acres valued at $1200

John J. Perkins undivided parts of lots 56, 57 & 68 with 2 buildings; 76 acres valued at $350

Undivided ¼ part of meadow lot 15; 40 acres valued at $15

The Machias Union reported that John Perkins raised 65 bushels of wheat in 1880.

Wesley Perkins undivided parts of lots 56, 57 & 68 with 2 buildings; 76 acres valued at $350

Undivided ¼ part of meadow lot 15; 40 acres valued at $15

Joseph Perkins parts of lots 79 and 80 with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $1100

Albion H. Perkins parts of lots 69 & 81 with 2 buildings; 81 acres valued at $1100

Elisha Perkins western part lot 67 with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $800

Undivided ¼ part of meadow lot 15; 40 acres valued at $15

Undivided 1/3 of lot 26 known as little Goodhue, 107 acres valued at $34

Undivided 1/3 of 320 acres in the north part of Big Goodhue; 107 acres valued at $34

John J. Perkins, Jr. eastern part lot 56 & western part lot 57 with 2 buildings; 45 acres valued at $175

Eastern ½ of Ministerial lot 1; 50 acres valued at $25

Taylor Palmer part of lot 58 which he occupies; 50 acres valued at $350 (No buildings assessed!) South part Ministerial lot 4; 20 acres valued at $18

The DeLaval Separator is advertised in the Machias Union. The cream separator comes in all sizes, styles and prices $50 - $800. Send now for catalogue.

Thomas Robb lot 25 with 2 buildings; 125 acres valued at $300

Leander Spearin south part lot 82 with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $700

Solomon Strout west half lot 55 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $450

Jeremiah Spearin south part lot 58 and north part 69; 66 acres valued at $700 NO BLGD

South half lot 59; 80 acres valued at $100

Meadow lot 51; 160 acres valued at $60

John Sears Lot 92 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $300

John G. Spearin central part lot 55 with 2 buildings; 60 acres valued at $300

Undivided ½ meadow lot 15; 40 acres valued at $15

Undivided 1/3 of lot 26 known as little Goodhue, 107 acres valued at $34

Undivided 1/3 of 320 acres in the north part of Big Goodhue; 107 acres valued at $34

Mrs. Mary Strout west half lot 66 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $400

West half of Ministerial lot 1; 50 acres valued at $25

Jefferson Spearin north part lots 39 and 96 with 3 buildings; 179 acres valued at $1700

The Machias Union reported that Jefferson Spearin has a hog of about 600 pounds.

B. A. Strout NW corner lot 58 and NE corner lot 69 with 2 buildings; 47 acres valued at $400

Elisha Stephenson part of lots 88 and 77 with 2 buildings; 110 acres valued at $350

Jesse Stephenson west part lot 98 with 2 buildings; 97 acres valued at $400

Undivided half of meadow lots 104 & 119; 160 acres valued at $100

Samuel K. Seaman south part lot 9 with 2 buildings; 46 acres valued at $200

George S. S. Scribner north part lot 76 with 2 buildings; 110 acres valued at $450

Mrs. Martha Sprague south half lot 83 with 2 buildings; 80 acres valued at $225

North half lot 83 with 2 buildings occupied by Gordon Davis; 80 acres valued at $350

Stephen Spaulding east half of lots 77 & 86 with 2 buildings; 160 acres valued at $500

The Machias Union reported that Stephen Spaulding had rows filled with well developed corn. Between the rows of corn were well developed kernels of wheat. (called fusion season).

Belcher W. Tyler half of lot 75 and gore west of same with 2 buildings; 100 acres valued at $150

Undivided 1/3 of lot 26 known as little Goodhue, 106 acres valued at $34

Undivided 1/3 of 320 acres in the north part of Big Goodhue; 106 acres valued at $34

The Machias Union reported that B. W. Tyler had a hen that laid several eggs last season that had 3 separate yolks. He also has a hen that hatched a chicken with four legs, two necks, and one eye, all well developed.

Stillman Taylor central part of lot 9 known as the Taylor homestead with 2 buildings; 78 acres valued at $30

Jonathan Taylor north part lot 9 with 2 buildings; 41 acres valued at $225

John K. Thistlewood ministerial lots 3 & 4 with 3 buildings; 200 acres valued at $600

Ministerial lot 2; 100 acres valued at $15

Lot 40; 160 acres valued at $100

Robert K Thistlewood NW corner lot 78 with 2 buildings; 70 acres valued at $300

Robert Wallace that part of the gore lying between the Town Road and the NW corner of lot 85 with 2 buildings; 75 acres valued at $150

TWENTY-TWO OTHERS LISTED BUT NOT ASSESSED FOR REAL ESTATE

Josiah Bailey; William Bohanon; Freeman Billings; Everett Berry; Charles Bailey; George Bohanon; William Cottar; James Connick; Gordon Davis; Enos Frost; Stephen D. Frost, Jr; Abner Frost; Gorham Flood; Andrew Hunnewell; Charles Hunnewell; Andrew Higgins; Samuel Knight; James B. Lyon; John Moore; Willis C. Strout; Fremont Stephenson and Claire M. Tyler