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Deed research

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Benson Gray, May 27, 2016.

  1. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Deeds appear to be yet another resource in my ongoing search for obscure canoe manufacturing trivia. The Penobscot County Registry of Deeds office at has some interesting information as shown below in the attached deeds.

    The Indian Old Town Canoe Company factory on Middle Street was purchased by Herbert Gray, George Gray, and George Richardson on October 23rd, 1901. The building was probably built shortly after the Keith Shoe Company purchased this lot on May 29th, 1895 for $600.

    The White Canoe Company factory on Water Street was purchased by E. M. White and Ernest L. Hinkley on October 1st, 1909 for $500. Their prior use of that factory must have been some sort of a rental or lease arrangement since the seller appears to have held it since 1835. White purchased a residential lot in Old Town during 1897. It is also interesting that White and Granville M. Gray jointly purchased a camp on Pushaw Lake in 1894. Granville was described as a hunter, guide, and taxidermist. He was an uncle to Fred White so there may be a family connection. This is not a name that I recognize from my family tree.

    The Carleton Canoe Company factory / saw mill on the river at Steam Mill Point was purchased by Guy E. Carleton on October 11th, 1883 for $550. He added the lot on the old County Road (a.k.a. Main Street) on November 8th, 1889 for $300.

    The Morris Canoe Company factory in Veazie was purchased by Bertie N. Morris on May 6th, 1891 for $675. Evan H. Gerrish purchased a residential lot in Bangor during 1884 but he must have been renting his commercial space since I could find no deed for that.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Fun stuff,


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    Last edited: May 27, 2016
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Great find, Benson!

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