Sunday, June 23, 2013

Great Works, Penobscot Co., Maine--- circa 1870 -George H. Demmons Relocates from Washington County, Maine to Penobscot County, Maine

Leonice N. Grant, b. 8 Apr. 1857 in Bradley, Penobscot Co., Maine Married George H. Demmons, b. Nov. 1840 in Marion or Whiting, Washington Co., Maine on 18 Jan. 1874 in Bangor, Maine. They gave birth to all of their babies in Bradley Villiage(Great Works), and the Old Town area, but it seems that they all moved to the Rockport, Knox Co., Maine area where many of them would live their lives, marry, raise families themselves and die. The patriarch, George H. Demmons, was a Mayflower descendant, and like many of them, they worked their way up the coast generation after generation, finding new places along the way.

 One problem we genealogists may have today when searching out family members from days long past is now non-existent towns, renamed towns, even towns that have turned to lakes! Great Works, Maine does not exist anymore. It did not take me too long to find out where it was, because there is still a town there. Bradley, Penobscot Co., Maine is up the river from where I presently live in Bangor. There are 3 towns and a bridge between me and this town. I am eager to learn a little bit about this area to see what the big attraction was for George to relocate from Washington County, as it is not a short trip even today.

 I found a site with an old map of Bradley Village or Great Works, Maine and thought I'd share it with you!  Zoom in and out to find the right map.

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