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Researching a deed in York County is pretty easy from 1960-the present. For Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, Start with the appraisal database Vision Appraisal Database to learn the street address of the house or the owners name, when they bought it and to see a picture of the house. Then go to the York County Registry of Deeds and sign up for a free account. Read the deeds associated with the names you found on the appraisal database until you find the correct deed. It will refer to a previous deed. Deeds are online only back as far as 1960 but you can go to the York County Registry of Deeds in the Alfred Courthouse Alfred, Maine to see the rest, all the way back to the earliest deeds. Google Books has early York Deeds online.
Book I 1642-1666 Book II 1666-1676 Book III 1676-1684 Book IV 1684-1699 Book V 1680-1699 Book VI 1687-1703 Book VII 1703-1713 Book VIII 1685-1716 Book IX 1717-1720 Book X 1719-1722 Book XI 1722-1726 Book XII Part 1 Book XII Part 2 Book XIII Book XIV Book XV Book XVI Book XVII Book XVIII 1736-1737
July 2009, Michelle Cmaylo visited her mom and dad in Kennebunkport. Mrs. Cmaylo took her daughter kayaking and they found another Indian artifact on a different island in Cape Porpoise Harbor. This one was sitting atop a little ridge where the water washes up. A wave must have deposited it there.
Mrs. Kathy Cmaylo, teacher at Consolidated School in Kennebunkport is an avid Kayaker. She loves to visit the islands in Cape Porpoise Harbor and take photographs of the treasures she finds there. In August of 2008, something tapped against her leg as she stepped out of her boat onto Green Island aka President George H.W. Bush Island. She gave the artifact to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. They have teamed up with the Maine State Museum to do some archeological investigation on several of the islands in Cape Porpoise Harbor. For more information, see Hunt for Stage Island Fort and Desperate Letter from Wells
1688 Oct 11 – Bussey and Barrow – Barrow may actuallyhave been Barrett. (see 1689). A letter dated Oct 16, 1688, written by John Allyn to Gov Andros, refers to an attack at Cape Porpoise that took place on Oct 11.
- 1689 Apr – Attack at Stage Island Fort. John Barrett was killed. An Indian attack on Cape Porpoise is described in a desparate letter from Wells “they came to Cape-Porpus burnt a house begun to be Garrisoned, belonging to Nicho Moorey slew one young man: uiz: John Barrett (whose father and two Brothers, were killed by sum Indians as is supposed, ye last fall)”
1703 – Stephen Harding and his family fled their home in time to save themselves from an Indian attack. The Durrell family upriver were not so fortunate. Philip Durrell’s wife and 4 children were kidnapped while he was away from home. Mrs. Durrell pursuaded the Indians to let her return home with her one infant son. She was kidnapped again in 1726 and she , her daughter and infant grandaughter were all killed.
1713 – William Larrabee’s family was killed at his home near Butler’s Rock.
1723 – The Old Garrison House now stands in Cape Porpoise at the site of the earlier Major’s Garrison. White-haired Mr. Joseph Baily was scalped and killed by Indians there in October of 1723. During the same month, two men from Huff’s Garrison, Fitz Henry and Bartow, being on Vaughn’s Island for wood, were surprised and wounded by three Indians. The Indians tortured the two men, trying to get them to reveal the number of men at the garrison. The Indians killed them and threw their bodies into a creek on the island which still bears the name Fitz Henry’s Ditch. Also in 1723, Thirty women and children were sheltered at Harding’s Garrison when Chief WaWa of Great Hill, and his men unsucessfully attacked.
1724 Mar – Felt, Wormwood and Lewis were killed by Indians while loading lumber onto a vessel anchored on the Kennebunk River. All three were killed with bullets. Sergeant Smith, of the Cape Porpoise fort, was killed by Indians on March 23, 1724. Bradbury says he was killed at the fort on Stage Island but the new fort had already been built. Others say Smith was killed on Vaughn’s Island.
1725 – Mr. Huff’s daughter was milking his cow near Huff’s garrison when she was attacked by an Indian. She knocked him down with her milk pail and made her escape to the house. The same year, a boy was sent to Trott’s Island to retreive his father’s cow. When he didn’t return another son was sent and then a third. None of the boys ever returned. The next morning their heads were discovered elevated on poles and seven Indians were tracked from Trott’s Island. A man was also killed by Indians at Goff’s Brook in 1725.