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MAINE BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS

 

The climate and terrain of Maine as well as the resistence of the Native Amercians to colonial expansion kept the European settlers mainly to a few small towns in the south east until the 1700s and Maine was still considered a frontier up to the twentieth century. Even with the arrival in the 1700 and 1800s of many new settlers from Nova Scotia, Canada and Ireland, the population tended to stay near the coast, along the border with New Hampshire and in the lower third of the state.

Maine did not become a separate state until 1820 and from 1667 until 1780 was part of the province of Massachusetts. Between 1780 and 1820 it was a separate county and was referred to as as the district of Maine in Massachusetts. Historical records, especially early census from 1790 on, are often grouped by the Maine State Archives for research purposes under the state of Maine from 1780.

Birth, marriage and death records were not well kept by most towns until well into the 1800s and after Maine became a state, although a handful exist from the 1600s and 200 towns were keeping reasonable records by the 1700s. Marriage records were more likely to be maintained than birth and death records. Town clerks maintained the records but were not required to send copies to the secretary of state, as a central authority, until 1864. It was not until 1892 that the newly created State Board of Vital Statistics was established and the reporting of birth, marriage and death records became mandatory. Records from 1892 to 1922 are held by the Maine State Archives and after 1822 by the Office of Vital Statistics.

Most of the existing early Town Clerk records for the various townships in Maine before 1892 were filmed by the Mormons in the 1950s. In the 1920's, the State requested copies of pre-1892 vital records from the towns but only about 20 percent responded.  Those are called "delayed vital records" and these have also been filmed by the LDS.

Marriage records may also include 'Intention to Marry' records (similar to banns) requiring 3 weeks notice of intention to marriage. These may be published in the township of one partner in the marriage whilst the actual marriage may be recorded in the township of the other. Birth and death records may be grouped under the name of the current head of the household when the records were created. The dates of birth or death of family members may or may not mean that they occurred in the township where the family group was recorded.

Churches maintained their own records, especially the largest denomination, the Congregational Church, followed by the Baptists, Universalists and the Quakers. Few of these records have been published or filmed. However, whether the marriage ceremony was performed by a civil or a church authority, local laws required the marriage to be recorded in civil records. If the marriage was performed by someone other than the town clerk, such as a minister or justice of the peace, that person was required to report, or "return" the marriage information to the town or county clerk.

NAVR = North America Vital Records 

The following birth, marriage & death records have been searched without finding any STERRYS or similar:

Argyle, Penobscot County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1873-1885-NAVR)
Atkinson, Piscataquis County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1819-1885-NAVR)
Bangor, Penobscot County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1848-1864-NAVR)
Belfast, Waldo County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1874-1885-NAVR)
Berwick North Parish, York County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1716-1774-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1742-1771-NAVR)
Biddeford, York County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1854-1885-NAVR)
Bowerbank, Piscataquis County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1839-1895-NAVR)
Bremen, Lincoln County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1828-1891-NAVR)
Brookton, Washington County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1857, 1871-1885-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1884-1892-NAVR)
Brownville, Piscataquis County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1844-1861-NAVR)
Canaan, Somerset County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1784-1895-NAVR)
Chesterville, Franklin County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1788-1875-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1788-1895-NAVR)
Columbia Falls, Washington County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1863-1885-NAVR)
Cooper, Washington County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1877-1885-NAVR)
Crawford, Washington County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1827-1885-NAVR)
Crystal, Aroostook County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1859-1885-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1854-1896-NAVR)
Damariscotta, Lincoln County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1848-1891-NAVR)
Edmunds, Washington County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1806-1885-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1877-1891-NAVR)
Exeter, Penobscot County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1804-1864-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1811-1817, 1821-1864-NAVR)
Fairfield, Somerset County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1788-1867-NAVR)
Freeport, Cumberland County (Marriages-Topwn Clerk-1789-1885-NAVR)
Friendship, Knox County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1845-1889-NAVR)
Jefferson, Lincoln County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1809-1891-NAVR)
Hancock, Hancock County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1829-1891-NAVR)
Hebron, Oxford County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1726-1885-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1795-1893-NAVR)
Kingsbury Plantation, Piscataquis (Births-Town Clerk Records-1838-1847-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1838-1878-NAVR)
Lakefield Plantation, Penobscot County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1859-1875-NAVR)
Lee, Penobscot County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1717-1875-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1832-1863-NAVR)
Leeds, Androscoggin County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1762-1885-NAVR)
Levant, Penobscot County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1858-1892-NAVR)
Lewiston, Androscoggin County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1748-1885-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1845-1855-NAVR)

Liberty, Waldo County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1857-1891-NAVR)
Monroe, Waldo County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1834-1891-NAVR)
Morrill, Waldo County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1855-1892-NAVR)
New Portland, Somerset County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1808-1885-NAVR)
Portland, Cumberland County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1787-1896-NAVR)
Pownal, Cumberland County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1808-1885-NAVR)
Rockfort, Knox County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1844-1885-NAVR)

Waldoboro, Lincoln County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1714-1858-NAVR)
Waterford, Oxford County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1798-1861-NAVR)
Wellington, Piscataquis County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1828-1892-NAVR)
Westport, Lincoln County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1761-1883-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1854-1885-NAVR)
Whitefield, Lincoln County Winslow, Kennebec County (Births-Town Clerk Records-1742-1878-NAVR; Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1811-1885-NAVR)
Winslow, Kennebec County (Marriages-Town Clerk Records-1771-1891-NAVR)

The following birth, marriage & death records have been searched and have located STERRYS or similar:

Anson (Somerset County)
Marriages
1798-1885 (Town Clerk Records: NAVR)
+++1836 Jul 17 Mark Felker & Julia Sterry

Biddeford (York County)
Marriages

The following entries are from Vital Records North America (LDS)
1891 Apr 26 William C Stery & Orinna B Smith (extracted from Vital records, 1779-1895, Biddeford, Maine. City Clerk)

Industry (Franklin County)
Births 1738-1872, 1885-1891
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11035)
Nil

Industry (Franklin County)
Marriages
1804-1850 (Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11035); 1794-1891 (IGI extracted from Vital records, 1794-1891  Industry, Maine. Town Clerk)
+++1809 Mar 23 Edward L Sterrey of Starks with Phebe Harding of New Sharon [See Intention to Marry New Sharon]
+++1880 Nov 4 Ass B Quimby & Luella Sterry

Industry (Franklin County)
Deaths 1804-1832
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11035)
Nil

Mercer (Somerset County)
Births 1769-1861
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11552)
Nil

Mercer (Somerset County)
Marriages 1804-1891
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11552)
+++1886 Mar 15 Mark D Sterry, of Starks & Angaetta I Worthen, of Mercer (Only Intention to Marry on this date. Married at Starks. See below.)

Mercer (Somerset County)
Deaths 1769-1861
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11552)
Nil

New Sharon (Franklin County)
Births 1805-1891
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11578; Delayed Returns Maine 1670?-1891-LDS Film 1205247)
Nil

New Sharon (Franklin County)
Marriages 1809-1891
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11578; Delayed Returns Maine 1670?-1891-LDS Film 1205247)
+++1808 Mar 13 Samuel Sterry, of Starks & Hannah Harding, of New Sharon [Town Clerk records also record their 'intention to marry' dated 18 Feb 1808.]
+++1809 Mar 24 Edward L Sterry, of Starks & Miss Phebe Harding, of New Sharon [Town Clerk records for New Sharon state 'intention of marriage' dated 24 Mar 1809 as follows: 'Hereby certify that an intention of marriage between Mr Edward L Sterry of Starks and Miss Phebe Harding of New Sharon thatth been entered with me 14 days prior to the date hereof and published in the town of New Sharon as the law requires. Given under my hand as hir 24 Mar 1809-Jer. N Smith, Town Clark. The Delayed Returns state they were married by a JP on 23 Mar 1809. See Marriage in Industry, Maine above.]
+++1865 Oct 14 Albert Sterry, of Starks & Miss Lois K Williamson, of New Sharon
+++1868 Jan 23 Nahum Sterry, of Illinois & Caroline Harding, of New Sharon
+++1880 Jun 30 George A Prince, of New Sharon & Miss Addie L Sterry, of Farmington. Married in Farmington.

New Sharon (Franklin County)
Deaths 1805-1809, 1815-1850
(Town Clerk Records-LDS Film 11578; Delayed Returns Maine 1670?-1891-LDS Film 1205247)
+++1870 Jul 21 Mrs Hannah Atkins Sterry, died at New Sharon, aged 88 yrs [only located in Delayed Returns]

Starks (Somerset County)
Births 1780-1891
(Town Clerk Records)
+++1783 Sep 25 Samuell Sterry s. David & Cathran Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1786 Mar 6 Edward Larkin Sterry s. David & Catheran Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1788 Feb 5 Sally Sterry the second born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1808 Jun 29 John Larkin s. Samuel & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry) (IGI has Jun 23)
+++1809 Jun 9 Mercy Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1811 Feb 20 Sophia An Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1813 Nov 9 Julian Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1814 Dec 13 Ephraim Sterry s. Samuell & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
+++1816 Mar 27 David s. Edward L Sterry & Phebe (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry. Note this appears to be an error in the Town Clerk records. He was in fact the son of Samuel and Hannah Sterry.)
+++1818 Jun 24 David Sterry s. Samuell & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry. Note this appears to be an error in the Town Clerk records. He was in fact the son of Edward L Sterry & Phebe.)
+++1819 Mar 17 Edward L Jr Sterry s. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1820 Sep 28 Naham Baldwin Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
+++1821 Aug 13 Elizabeth Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born(Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1823 Oct 3 Samuel s. Samuel & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
+++1823 Dec 12 Sarah Ann Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born(Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1826 Aug 5 James V Sterry s. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1826 Aug 12 Christopher Williamson Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
+++1828 Mar 30 Katherine F Sterry d. Edward L Sterry & Phebe born(Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1838 Apr 20 Albert s. David & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1840 Aug 22 Merion d. David & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Marian)
+++1841 Aug 24 Sarah Ann Sterry d Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1842 Dec 20 Eliza d. David & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Elvia)
+++1843 Feb 6 Charles Sterry s. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1844 Apr 5 Carsandra d. David Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1844 May 13 Exanah Sterry d. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1846 Sep 29 Charles Sterry s. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1847 Mar 27 Rosanna d. David Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1849 Apr 2 Llewellyn Sterry d. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr) (IGI has April 20)
+++1849 Jun 1 Hannah d. David Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1850 Jul 14 Mark Danville s. David & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Mark Sanville)
+++1851 Apr 14 Julia Sophia Sterry d. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1852 Aug 21 David O Sterry born and died 30th day of June 1853 (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Lucil C Sterry)
+++1854 May 21 David E Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1855 Jan 21 John Larkin Sterry s. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1856 May 19 Tamar Curtis Sterry d. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1856 Jul 30 Phebe F Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Jul 20)
+++1859 Apr 24 Henry H Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1861 Jun 16 Luwella Sterry d. Edward L Jr Sterry & Hannah born(Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr)
+++1861 Sep 1 Abby Anjelid d. David Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry) (IGI has Sep 7)
+++1878 May 6 Carrol H Sterry s. Llewellyn Sterry & Annie born (Grouped in register under family of Llewellyn Sterry)
+++1879 Feb 17 Stephen W Sterry s. John L Sterry & Zuella born (Grouped in register under family of John L Sterry)
+++1881 Jan 22 Amy A Sterry d. John L Sterry & Zuella born (Grouped in register under family of John L Sterry)
+++1884 Mar 16 Charles E Sterry s. John L Sterry & Zuella born (Grouped in register under family of John L Sterry)

Starks (Somerset County)
Marriages 1829-1891
(Town Clerk Records)
+++1829 Apr 23 Jonathan Williamson 3rd & Mrs Hannah Sterry both of Starks
+++1836 [not stated] David Sterry, Starks & Hannah Frederick, Starks
+++1841 Apr 22 Edward L Sterry Jr & Miss Hannah Fish both of Starks
+++1848 Mar 29 Harrison Waugh & Sophia Ann Sterry both of Starks
+++1850 Dec 3 Samuel Fish Jr & Miss Catharine F Sterry, both of Starks
+++1865 Jul 23 Seth H Leeman & Sarah J Sterry, both of this parish
+++1866 Dec 9 Osbern Allen of Canton & Miss Corie N Stery of Starks
+++1867 Nov 17 Charles A Fearington of Andover & Miss Meron W Sterry of Starks
+++1868 Sep 27 Henry A Thompson of Farmington & Miss Rose S Sterry of Starks
+++1868 Oct 8 John A P Standish of Eustice Plantation, Maine & Miss Lizzie Sterry of Starks
+++1876 Apr 8 William W Moore & Tamar Sterry, both of Starks
+++1877 Jul 7 Llwellyn Sterry & Annie Jennings, both of Starks
+++1886 May 3 Mark D Sterry of Starks & Miss Angeretta A Worthing of Mercer Maine
1891 Jan 1 S R Fuller of Eustis & Hannah B Sterry of Starks (IGI has date 11 Dec 1890)

Starks (Somerset County)
Deaths 1780-1891
(Town Clerk Records)
+++1789 Nov 2 Sally Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1800 Oct 20 The widow Mary Sterry died(Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1826 Dec 25 James V Sterry s. Edward L & Phebe Sterry departed life (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1827 Jul 25 Samuel Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
+++1835 Jan 8 Mercy Felker died (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1837 May 30 Eliza Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1838 Oct 31 Charles MCCoy Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1840 May 8 Sarah A Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry)
+++1843 Apr 4 David Sterry (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry) (Not stated whether a birth or death but grouped under deaths)
+++1843 May 21 Charles s. Edward L jnr & Hannah Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry Jr. Entry is repeated but with date May 22.)
+++1862 Jul 17 Pheby Sterry daughter David & Hannah died (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
+++1862 Aug 1 Henry H Sterry son David & Hannah Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of David Sterry)
18__ Oct 30 wid Sterry died

Wiscasset aka Pownalborough (Lincoln County)
Births 1761-1790 (Town Clerk Records, in family groups and delayed birth returns; LDS Films 12309 & 12310); 1733-1820 (Town Clerk Records: NAVR)
Nil

Wiscasset aka Pownalborough (Lincoln County)
Marriages
1760-1790, 1812-1902 (Town Clerk Records, Intentions to Marry, LDS Films 12309 & 12310); 1760-1822 (Town Clerk Records: NAVR)
+++1782 May 1 David Sterry of New Castle & Kathrine Gray of Pownalboro intend marriage April 1782 a certificate given May 1 1782, David Silvester Town Clerk [Note: David Sterry is also listed as one of freeholders and inhabitants of Pownalborough at a town meeting there in Apr 1787]

Wiscasset aka Pownalborough (Lincoln County)
Deaths 1761-1891 (Town Clerk Records, LDS Films 12309 & 12310)
Nil

+++ = Starks, Maine, USA