There are an endless number of people with connections to Hartland over the past 200 years of its history. We present this ongoing project with some of these people in random order along with a brief account of their story. For some of those listed so far, a link is provided to their individual Family Tree or Hartland Cemetery interment with further details. If no Family Tree currently exists or they are interred outside of Hartland, there’s usually a link to a location on our website associated with their connection to Hartland.
William Moor (1776-1848)
William first came to explore the future Hartland area around 1796 and purchased property almost a mile wide and a mile long on both sides of the Sebasticook River in what was then still part of St Albans.
He returned to his native Goffstown, New Hampshire where he married Sally Moor in 1797. In 1802 they returned to the property where he built the first sawmill and their home on what became Commercial Street.
Moor traded some of his property with Captain Joseph Ireland in Corinna around 1811. They would eventually move to Corinna with their 6 youngest children while their 2 oldest children, Maria (Moor) Stinchfield & James Moor, remained in Hartland.
William & Sally are interred together in Corinna Village Cemetery.
James Fuller, Sr (1785-1845)
James was the original settler of West Hartland arriving in 1802 at the age of 16. His property would become a crossing for the original ‘County Road’ which connected Norridgewock to Bangor where he later opened Fuller’s Tavern as a Stage Coach Stop on the route.
Fuller was very involved in early town affairs serving as Town Selectman and often held early Town Meetings as his tavern.
He married twice into the Samuel Lancey Family of Palmyra. His 1st wife was Rebecca Lancey with whom he had 5 children.
Following Rebecca’s death in 1829, he remarried her younger sister, Elizabeth Lancey, and had 5 more children.
Many of his children and their descendants married into other local families with some still living in Hartland today.
James is interred at Fullers Corner Cemetery with many members of his family including both his wives.
Philomelia (Starbird) Elliott (1833-1910)
Philomelia was born in North Hartland, the daughter of David Starbird & Aphia Fogg.
She married John Hancock Elliott in 1854 and had 7 children. The Starbird Families are some of the oldest settlers of North Hartland and Starbird Pond bears their namesake.
The Elliott Family moved to Hartland in the early 1830s and several of their descendants still live here.
Philomelia and John are interred at Starbird-Jordan Cemetery with many of their family members.
Fred Wayne Libby
Known as Wayne, he was born in Hartland in 1932, the son of Fred Wing Libby & Edthye M. Philbrick. He taught school for many years at Hartland Consolidated School, Hartland Academy and Nokomis Regional High School while serving in the U. S. Army for over 30 years. Wayne is also a long time member of the Hartland Historical Society.
Wayne’s 1970 Sesquicentennial History of Hartland Book is a masterpiece of research materials compiled together into words and photos. His research is the founding base from which all further research of Hartland’s history has been developed and recorded to this website.
We are forever indebted for Wayne’s incredible work and dedication on this historical project.
See Libby Family
Kingman Littlefield (1823-1902)
Kingman is the oldest of the children of Charles Littlefield & Nancy Ham.
The Littlefield and Ham Families were both early settlers in the North Hartland region.
Kingman lived his entire life in North Hartland where he was a farmer and operated a brickyard. His property still remains in the Littlefield Family where many of the family’s descendants live today.
Kingman and many other Littlefield Family members are interred at Black Stream Cemetery in North Hartland.
James Moor (1800-1873)
James is the 2nd child of William Moor & Sally Moor and was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
He arrived in Hartland with his parents in 1802 while he was still an infant to settle their new lot on what became Commercial Street.
James remained in Hartland when his parents moved to Corinna and married Dorcas Wiggin whose family were early settlers at Wiggins Hill in Palmyra. James’ house on Main Street eventually become Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital.
He built the first dam on the upper part of the Sebasticook River tributary of Great Moose Lake in 1825 and located a sawmill there at the corner of Mill Street and Moore Street. He was later joined in business by 2 of his sons, Amasa James Moor & James William Moor.
James & Dorcas, along with several family members, are interred at the grounds he gave to the town as a burial location first known as the Village Cemetery, then Pleasant Street Cemetery and eventually committed as it is known today as Ireland Cemetery.
James’ maternal grandfather, Abraham Moor, another early Hartland settler, was the first to be interred at the burying grounds in 1823.
Addie Mary (Coston) Smith (1884-1971)
Known as Mary, she is the daughter of Abraham Lincoln Coston & Emma McFarland and granddaughter of Joshua Coston & Aurilla Starbird. She graduated from Hartland Academy in 1902 and married Harry Newton Smith in 1905.
Mary worked as a millinery in Hartland until she divorced Harry and began working at the Hartland Public Library in 1916 where she would remain until her retirement in 1966.
During her younger years, she also played piano at the Hartland Opera House during the first years of silent movies. Mary’s personal journal has given us many additional insights into Hartland’s history.
See Coston Family
Harriet Eudora (Stinchfield) Baird (1862-1934)
Harriet is a daughter of Alfonso Stinchfield & Harriet Briggs.
Her paternal grandmother is Maria (Moor) Stinchfield, a daughter of William Moor.
She married Alfred Durkee Baird in 1885 in Boston where Alfred worked for the railroad as an Expressman. They had 10 children.
Their surviving children were Carl, Arthur, Frederick, Stuart, Harold, Elmer, Marion and Ethel Baird.
Harold Baird operated a wood delivery service in Hartland while Stuart Baird operated a gas station at the corner of Main Street & Pittsfield Avenue.
Archibald Linn (1818-1889)
Archibald and his wife, Grace Wilson (1819-1884), first came to Massachusetts from Scotland in 1848 where he worked and later built several woolen mills.
Mr. Linn played a major role in many town affairs and was one of the driving forces behind the Sebasticook & Moosehead Railroad coming to town in 1886.
He was also one of the original Founders of The Wild Goose Club at Castle Harmony on Great Moose Lake which was built on property he owned.
Archibald, seated in the center of this photo, and Grace are interred at Ireland Cemetery with 2 of their deceased young children.
See Linn Family
Dr. Edwin Augustus Bean (1848-1898)
Dr. Bean was born in Brighton and moved to Newport where he was practicing medicine.
He moved to Hartland in the late 1880s to replace Dr. Harris H. Pushor as a physician following Dr. Pushor’s sudden death.
Edwin and his wife, Loantha Libby (1851-1888), lived in Warren Square at Dr. Pushor’s former home with his office located next door.
Dr. Bean served on the Hartland School Committee and was very active in town affairs before his untimely death at just 50 years old.
Edwin & Loantha are interred together at Ireland Cemetery with 2 of their infant children.
George Merrill Lancey (1861-1942)
Known as G. M. Lancey, he is the son of George Lancey, Jr & Frances Blake. In 1885, he married Annie Clapperton Linn (1861-1948), the daughter of William Linn, Sr & Elizabeth Patterson.
Following his father’s death in 1889, G. M. took over his business at the corner of Commercial Street & Academy Street where he operated as “G. M. Lancey Dry Goods & Groceries” and became a very successful local merchant. The store held a location of Hartland’s first bank (a Branch of Waterville Trust Company) as well as the first location of the newly incorporated Hartland Public Library in 1903.
George & Annie moved into his Uncle Calvin Blake’s house on Academy Street following his death in 1905.
He and Thomas Archibald Linn built a family camp on Great Moose Lake in the 1890s naming it “Camp DeLancey” in honor of his Great Grandfather, Samuel DeLancey, where G. M. passed away in 1942.
Annie Clapperton (Linn) Lancey (1861-1948)
Annie is a daughter of William Linn, Sr & Elizabeth Patterson.
Annie was about 3 years old when she traveled on the ship ‘Caledonia’ from Scotland with her father, siblings and paternal grandmother first arriving in New York City on December 9, 1864 before arriving in Hartland on December 14th of that same year.
Noted on the Caledonia’s Passenger List with Annie were her father, William Linn Sr; siblings Robert, Walter, William Jr, Elizabeth and Charlotte along with her 80 year old widowed grandmother Nicholas Linn. Her mother Elizabeth, for reasons unknown, remained in Scotland.
In 1885, she married George Merrill Lancey, son of George Lancey, Jr & Frances Blake.
George & Annie moved into his Uncle Calvin Blake’s house on Academy Street following his death in 1905 which had been built by Calvin’s father, Dr. Calvin Blake.
Ralph Carlton Hamilton (1882-1955)
Ralph operated the Hartland Drug Store from about 1906 until 1955.
All the men who resided in Hartland registered at his store for the World War I Draft; their applications all signed by Hamilton. Ralph also registered Hartland men and women for the World War II Draft.
He was very active in town, county & state politics and civic affairs throughout his life including serving as President of Hartland Academy Board of Trustees, Maine House of Representatives and Hartland Town Treasurer.
In addition to his many business and town political ventures, Ralph also built and operated the Hamilton & Young Shirt Factory on Mill Street in 1914 which later became Skate Land and the Blue Moon Roller Skating Rink.
Ralph and his wife, Gertrude Patterson, lived at the corner of Main Street & Mill Street at her parents’ former home.
See Hamilton Family
Sewell Prescott Moody (1837-1875)
Known as Sew, he was born and raised in West Hartland, a son of Joshua Moody, Jr & Amy Kendall Bowley. In the late 1850s, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia with his brother, Thomas Gage Moody, who was also a lumber merchant.
Sew Moody founded Moodyville in British Columbia (eventually becoming North Vancouver) and was the principle owner of the Moodyville Sawmill Company.
He went down with the ‘S.S. Pacific’ off the coast of Cape Flattery in Washington on November 4, 1875.
Among the floating wreckage was found this inscription on a broken post, “S. P. MOODY ALL LOST”
This plaque was dedicated in his honor in Vancouver.
Allen Richard Burton (1865-1932)
Allen was born in Hartland the son of John Burton, Sr & Nancy Wright where he began in the undertaking profession following his marriage to Hartland native Adeline M. Woodbury in 1886.
He purchased the former George Lancey, Jr Store on Commercial Street where he operated as A. R. Burton Hardware & Undertaking. He was later joined in business by his son, Elmer Burton, operating then as A. R. Burton & Son Hardware & Undertakers.
Burton was very active in town affairs serving on the Hartland School Committee and also sponsored the Burton Prize Speaking Speaking Contest at Hartland Academy for many years.
John Morrill Annis (1832-1892)
Known as Morrill, he is a son of Dudley Annis, Sr & Abigail Thompson and the first of their children to be born in Hartland soon after they moved here.
Morrill served twice for the Union Army during the Civil War; the first time with the 7th Maine Infantry, Company C and again with 2nd Maine Calvary, Company K.
He married Hartland native Susan Woodbury (1845-1912) in 1869 and their children married into numerous other Hartland families.
Dr. Charles Avery Moulton (1860-1946)
Dr. Moulton attended Bowdoin College Medical School graduating in 1884. He began his practice in North New Portland until he moved to St Albans in July of 1885 where he practiced medicine until 1897 before moving to Hartland.
He founded the Hartland & St Albans Telephone Company in 1893 in St. Albans and was the founder of the Hartland Electric Light & Power Company. He would be the first Administrator and Head Physician at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital which he helped to establish at the request of Eva (Webb) Scott in 1932.
Dr. Moulton’s contributions to Hartland and the surrounding communities are incredible by any standard. His 50+ year medical practice served Hartland, St. Albans & Palmyra where he performed regular house calls to care for the sick, delivered children and made death pronunciations.
He served as Hartland Town Selectman, Hartland School Physician, Hartland Public Health Officer, Hartland School Committee Member, 50 Year Member & Master of the Hartland Chapter of the Corinthian Lodge, Noble Grand of the Hartland Chapter of the I.O.O.F., Trustee of the Hartland Public Library and President of the Maine Medical Association as well as being a devoted husband and father to 2 children.
See Moulton Family
Uzzial Withee (1765-1862)
Uzzial first settled in Norridgewock with his brother Luke in 1793 before becoming an early settler in North Hartland by 1810 where Withee Stream & Withee Pond still bear his name.
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War on April 4, 1781 for a period of three years serving as a Private under Captain Williams in the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment under the command of Colonel Sprout.
Uzzial lived to be the oldest Revolutionary War Veteran in Somerset County and the 2nd oldest in Maine and one of the oldest survivors in the entire country. (The oldest died in 1866) He was 97 years, 4 months and 18 days old when he died on September 5, 1862 according to his grave stone.
Uzzial and his wife, Betsey Stevens, are buried together at Ireland Cemetery with a couple of their children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
See Withee Family
Vaughn Adair Stedman (1932-2015)
Vaughn graduated from Hartland Academy in 1950 and went on to Boston University on an American Legion Baseball Scholarship. He played baseball professionally for the Milwaukee Braves for 4 years and served in the U. S. Army for 2 years.
He received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Maine and was a Science Teacher at Hartland Consolidated Schools, Principal at Hartland Academy, and Guidance Counselor at Nokomis High School, retiring in 1992. He was involved in education for 34 years and served as the area State Representative for 10 years.
Vaughn was a member of the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club for over 50 years, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest honor the Lions Club can bestow. He was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
See Stedman Family
Charles H. Springer (1842-1914)
“Charles was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on December 1, 1842. He moved to Hartland at an early age and was educated in the public schools of that town. He commenced work in the woolen mill for Linn and Harper in Dexter in 1859 where he worked until 1862. He then enlisted with the 11th Maine Regiment, Company E and served his country until the end of the war. Returning to Hartland he entered the employ of Archibald Linn who had moved from Dexter to Hartland and started a woolen mill in the absence of Mr. Springer. He learned to dress in 1865 and has worked on the same dressing frame, with the exception of a few years, until the present time and both he and the machine bid fair to serve the company for many years to come. His eyesight and hearing are unimpaired and he is as active as a man of forty. He has a wife and one son and they have a beautiful home on the outskirts of town. He is universally loved and respected by all both old and young for his pleasant disposition has endeared him to all with whom he comes in contact.”
Charles and his wife, Christiana Nevens, lived in West Hartland on the Canaan Road near Huff Hill and are both interred at Pine Grove Cemetery with their son, Harry Springer and grandson, Charles A. Springer.
William Linn, Sr (1822-1903)
William is a younger brother of Archibald Linn. William and his 6 young children, ranging from 17 yrs old to 3 yrs old, first arrived in New York City from Scotland on December 9, 1864 on the ship ‘Caledonia’ before arriving in Hartland on December 14th of that same year.
Noted on the Caledonia’s Passenger List were: William Sr, Robert, Walter, William Jr, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Annie along with Nicholas Linn, age 80, his widowed mother.
He lived on Main Street and worked at the Linn Woolen Mill for his brother as a Weaver Overseer.
See Linn Family
William Richard Cross (1839-1907)
Albert Brooks Deering, Sr (1866-1951)
Known as Bert, he was the first of the Deering Family to move to Hartland from East Corinth soon after 1880 where he later married Hartland native Elsie May Brooks in 1889.
In 1920, Bert began working as a Custodian at Hartland Academy where he continued for another 22 years.
The Academy’s 1942 Yearbook, “The Ripple” was dedicated to him upon his retirement that year.
Bert & Elsie are interred at Pine Grove Cemetery along with their 6 children.
See Deering Family
Ambrose Finson, Sr (1789-1857)
Ambrose was an early settler in West Hartland moving from Pejobscot (Danville) to Hartland in 1809.
He signed the petition for Hartland to incorporate as a town in 1820 and was elected as the first Town Clerk as well as a Town Selectman and served as the first State Representative from Hartland in 1820.
Ambrose was a delegate to the Maine Constitutional Convention in 1819 and also served as County Commissioner in 1842.
Many of the early Town Meetings were held at his home in West Hartland where he later interred with his wife, Elizabeth Jordan, at Nevens Cemetery, formerly known as the Finson Burying Grounds.
“Squire Finson, as he was called, was held in the highest esteem by his fellow townsmen, often being called upon to settle disputes between his townsmen. It is said that his decisions were never questioned.”
See Finson Family
Mary (Anderson) Butterfield (1888-1985)
Mary is the daughter of William Anderson & Alice Nicol and was a local school teacher in the Hartland Schools.
Mary is seen here in 1905 near her family home.
Everett Wesley Ham (1921-1999)
Known as Hammie, he is a son of Ivan Warren Ham & Nora Edith Adams and a Great-Great Grandson of Samuel Ham, Sr.
Hammie was a well known and very active citizen in Hartland town affairs and served on the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
He was a very popular musician who played with several local bands as seen here playing his sax with The Nite Hawks and was equally famous for playing his saxophone anytime and anywhere.
Lewis Henry Barden, Sr (1876-1960)
Lewis opened his first grocery store in Hartland about 1920 at the former A. W. Miller Drug Store building on Main Street.
He moved his business to Commercial Street in the late 1920s to the former Walter E. M. Seekins Block operating as “L. H. Barden Economy IGA Store”
In 1942, he purchased and moved into the former Blake-Lancey house on Academy Street following the death of G. M. Lancey.
In 1949, he purchased the Davis Block at Warren Square and relocated his store there.
See Barden Family
Isreal M. Elliott (1813-1895)
Isreal is the oldest son of Isaiah Elliott & Betsy Maloon. He was living in Hartland when he enlisted in the Union Army as a Musician on August 29, 1862 at the age of 49, the oldest man in Hartland to enlist.
He was mustered into the 20th Maine Infantry, Company F at Portland which was assigned to the V Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
Elliott was listed as sick at Antietam, Maryland on October 1, 1862 and fell ill again in June of 1863. He was later transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (aka VRC) on January 5, 1864.
The VRC, previously known as the Invalid Corps, was established for soldiers who were unfit for active service due to injuries or diseases contracted in the line of duty. These men were assigned to participate in appropriate military or semi-military activities, such as garrison and light duty work, after being declared deserving of such duty by their commanding officers.
Isreal is buried at Ute Cemetery in Aspen, Colorado.
See Elliott Family
Ardis Elizabeth Lancey (1900-1983)
Ardis is a daughter of George Merrill Lancey & Annie Clapperton Linn.
In 1936, she married George A. Moore of Pittsfield but the couple eventually divorced and had no children.
She returned to Hartland to live with her parents at their home on Academy Street.
Ella Mildred (Corson) Whittemore (1859-1942)
Ella was born in Athens, the daughter of Hiram Corson & Emeline Esther Robinson.
In 1883, she married as her 2nd husband, Samuel Whittemore of Skowhegan. They had 3 children all born in Skowhegan including Cleba Samuel Whittemore who moved to Hartland and married Annette Ford, daughter of Joseph Ford & Agnes Jackson.
Following Samuel’s death in 1918, Ella moved to Hartland and lived with Cleba and his family at Annette’s parents homestead in West Hartland. She reported herself in all Census reports as a housewife.
She is interred with other Corson family members at Mount Rest Cemetery in Athens.
Joshua Moody, Jr (1808-1894)
Joshua moved from West Hartland to Victoria, British Columbia in December of 1865 after the death of his wife Amy (Bowley) Moody with his surviving daughters, Sarah Jane and Mary Moody traveling via the Isthmus of Panama to join his sons, Sewell Prescott Moody and Thomas Gage Moody.
As noted in the The Daily Colonist on January 4, 1894, “Still another familiar face will be missed from the little band of hardy pioneers whose ranks daily grow smaller and more scattered. Joshua Moody died at his home on Pandora Avenue at a late hour last night, after an illness of several weeks duration.”
“The deceased was a native of Massachusetts, coming from Newburyport, and was in his 86th year, the greater portion of his busy life being spent in Victoria, where he accumulated considerable property interests, and where he leaves a numerous family, the majority of whom have grown up and taken their places as the heads of families in the city of their birth.”
Guy Bertram Knowles (1888-1958)
Guy purchased the former Hamilton & Young Shirt Factory on Mill Street where he operated a Dance Hall in the 1930s before he sold it to Rae Randlett to become the future Skate Land and later the Blue Moon Skating Rink.
Guy & Relief are the parents of Geraldine Euleta (Knowles) Bishop & Meredith Ellen (Knowles) Randlett who both lived their adult lives in Hartland.
Seen in the photo is Guy sitting in the front passenger seat with his 2nd wife, Relief Helen Giles (1899-1996), in the back passenger side seat about 1916.
The McCormack Brothers
Donlin Francis McCormack (1919-1943), Norman Bennett McCormack (1921-1994) & Murray Lawrence McCormack (1923-2007) pictured left to right in the late 1920s at their Pleasant Street home in Hartland.
Born and raised in Hartland, they are the sons of Frank Michael McCormack & Elsie Geneva Bennett. All 3 boys attended Hartland Academy.
Donlin was Killed In Action in World War II in 1943. Following a Gold Star Ceremony at Warren Square for the 5 Hartland Serviceman Killed or Missing in Action in WWII, the Christopher G. Linn American Legion Post #141 of Hartland changed its name to Steeves-McCormack Post #141 in 1951 in honor of Donlin & Norman Steeves.
See McCormack Family
Eva (Webb) Scott (1862-1932)
Eva is the oldest of the 3 daughters of Nathan Webb & Almira Moor and maternal granddaughter of James Moor.
She moved into her parent’s house following their deaths and the deaths of her husband, Andrew Scott, and 2 siblings, Cora & Nina, leaving her as the sole surviving member of the Webb Family.
Upon her death in 1932, Eva bequeathed the house built by James Moor and the lot in her Will to be used as public hospital.
Later that year, her Will Executor, Dr. Charles A. Moulton, opened Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital dedicating it in her honor.
Margaret (MacRae) Randlett (1880-1975)
Margaret was born in Canada before her parents moved to Norwood, Massachusetts in 1889. There she met Thomas Fuller Randlett who was working as a caretaker for a local Norwood family.
They married in 1901 and returned to Hartland where they raised their 2 surviving sons, Rae Fuller Randlett & John Donald Randlett.
Margaret was the first woman to serve on the Hartland School Committee and was very active in town affairs her entire life.
She was presented with the Boston Gold Cane in 1970 as the oldest living woman in Hartland.
Margaret is seen here with 1968 Presidential Candidate Senator Edmond Muskie of Maine campaigning in Hartland.
See Randlett Family
Clyde Harold Smith (1876-1940)
Clyde moved to Hartland from Harmony with his parents in 1891 where he graduated from Hartland Academy. Smith went on to teach school and also served in the Maine House of Representatives in 1899-1903 and again from 1919-1923. He engaged in the retail clothing and hardware business in Hartland in 1901. He was also Superintendent of Schools of Hartland from 1899-1903 and was a member of the Board of Selectmen of Hartland 1904-1907.
He moved to Skowhegan having been elected Sheriff of Somerset County serving from 1905-1909. There Smith engaged in the retail automobile sales, the hardware and plumbing business, and the newspaper publishing business. He later engaged in banking and the real estate business and was a member of the Board of Selectmen of Skowhegan from 1914-1932.
Smith served in the Maine State Senate 1923-1929, was chairman of the State Highway Commission 1928-1932 and was a member of the Governor’s Council 1933-1937. He was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives as a Republican for the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses serving from January 3, 1937 until his death on April 8, 1940. He was succeeded in Congress by his second wife and future U. S. Senator, Margaret Chase Smith.
See Smith Family
Ervin Wilbur Martin (1900-1977)
Ervin was born in St. Albans, the 2nd of 4 sons born to Seldon James Martin I & Nellie Parkman. He married Vivian Mildred Cookson in 1920 and the family settled on Commercial Street in Hartland where they raised their 3 sons, Seldon, Gerald & Raymond Martin.
He soon began the E. W. Martin Logging Company which grew into one of the largest private logging operations in the state producing over 1 million cord of wood annually by the 1940s. He was later joined in business for several years by his 3 sons.
Ervin was very active in local town affairs serving on the Hartland School Committee and as Secretary of Hartland Mills, Incorporated.
Frank Lee Griffith (1877-1937)
Frank graduated from Hartland Academy and opened his woodworking business on Mill Street in the early 1900s after purchasing and moving the former James W. Moor Furniture Manufacturing building from Moor Street to Mill Street where it became known as “The Big Shop”.
Frank fulfilled hundreds of custom made wood projects for almost every person and business in Hartland over his almost 40 years in the trade as noted in his Work Order Journals.
He was involved with various town affairs and served as Hartland Town Clerk for several years.
See Griffith Family
Albert W. Miller (1835-1916)
Albert was born in Palmyra and moved to Hartland around 1860 where he opened the A. W. Miller Drug Store on Main Street.
Miller was very active in town affairs and served in several offices including Town Selectman, Liquor Agent, Probate Judge and a Maine State Representative.
His store was also an unofficial town library when he stored and lent hundred of books to the people of Hartland.
Albert moved his business in the mid-1880s for a decade or so across the street into the Hartland Drug Store building but returned to his original location where he worked right up until his death.
In the late 1890s, he built a large, beautiful park which ran the length of his property line along the Sebasticook River which he named Woodbine Terrace.
See Miller Family
Charles Henry Skinner (1838-1894)
Charles was a native of St. Albans and operated his C. H. Skinner Dry Goods & Groceries Store on Commercial Street in the 1880s which he leased from George Lancey, Jr who built the building.
He left for Everett, Washington with his family in the early 1890s to open a store and died soon after they arrived. The family remained in Everett and his sons would go on to open their own generals stores in the new fledgling railroad town.
Carl Fuller Randlett (1868-1951)
Carl was the oldest of the 3 Randlett Brothers born to Harrison Randlett & Ellen Fuller of West Hartland who all eventually had successful businesses in Hartland.
Carl was involved in almost every aspect of town business and numerous civic organizations as well as operating his Hartland Grain & Grocery Store on Main Street for some 48 years with his wife, Maude Annis, and son, Linwood Annis Randlett.
The store continued business into the 1980s operated by Carl’s granddaughter, Estelle Randlett, and her husband, Keith Tapley.
Thomas Fuller Randlett (1869-1955)
Thomas was the 2nd of the 3 Randlett Brothers born to Harrison Randlett & Ellen Fuller of West Hartland.
As a young man, he worked for a while as a Caretaker in Norwood, Massachusetts where he met his future wife, Margaret MacRae. The couple married in 1901 and following the birth of their 1st child, Rae Fuller Randlett in 1904, returned to Thomas’ native hometown.
Thomas operated an Ice Company off North Street above the Upper Dam as well as a successful Trucking Company. They owned a large farm on the St. Albans Mountain Road. He was also active in Town Affairs serving as a Selectman.
Thomas is seen here with his work horses at his St. Albans Homestead.
Harry Elwin Randlett (1879-1973)
Harry was the youngest of the 3 Randlett Brothers born to Harrison Randlett & Ellen Fuller of West Hartland.
He married Alice Blanche Moore of Ellsworth (1885-1969) in 1912 before purchasing the former Park House on Main Street in 1914 where he opened the Hartland Hardware Store which he operated until his retirement in 1959.
Harry was active in town affairs and served as Manager of the Hartland Water Company for over 40 years. They later purchased a house on the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street where they remained until their deaths.
Elizabeth Ann Linn (1875-1973)
Elizabeth is a daughter of William Linn, Jr & Luella Greene. Her grandfather, William Linn, Sr is a brother of Archibald Linn.
She operated a Variety Store on Commercial Street and was quite fond of collecting postcards.
She was also very active in the early Suffragette Movement in Hartland.
Elizabeth also enjoyed spending time at her cottage “The Wee Helm” on Great Moose Lake with her younger brother, Otho Linn.
See Linn Family
William Larrabee (1796-1850)
“William was a prominent citizen of Hartland where he filled various offices including for many years as Justice of the Peace, for one term as County Commissioner, and twice represented his District in the State Legislature. Farming was his life occupation and he owned, cleared and developed one hundred acres of land in West Hartland.
He was accidentally killed by falling upon a rake while throwing down hay from the barn loft. The handle pierced his body and caused him to bleed to death. He was a most popular man, well educated, genial in manner and courteous in deportment.”
See Larrabee Family
Meyer Kirstein (1897-1969)
Known as Max, he was a Polish immigrant who left his native land at age 13 and took a leather worker job in Peabody, Massachusetts. He founded the Irving Tanning Company in Peabody in 1925.
On December 19, 1935, members of Hartland Mills, Incorporated met at his Peabody office and secured a financial commitment from Kirstein to open a new tanning company in Hartland at the former woolen mill facility.
Opening in 1936, the Hartland Tanning Company would enjoy decades of success employing hundreds of local citizens throughout the years.
Kirstein also earned a well respected status as a philanthropist with numerous financial contributions to Hartland area businesses and local civic projects.
Merrill Amasa Moore (1897-1976)
Merrill is a son of Walter H. Moore & Florence Belle Page and a Great-Great Grandson of Hartland settler, William Moor.
He was a graduate of Hartland Academy and West Point Academy and served in World War I before marrying Bertha Emily Gilliatt in 1923.
He and his father opened the W. H. Moore & Son Woodworking Mill on North Street in 1923. Walter is a son of Amasa James Moor and a grandson of James Moor.
Merrill was deeply involved with town affairs including serving as Town Selectman, Hartland School Committee, President of Hartland Mills, Inc. Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee and as one of Hartland’s earliest Boy Scout Troop Masters.
Dr. Lynne Harry Blanchard (1872-1920)
Dr. Blanchard moved to Hartland from Springfield, Maine about 1890 where he later purchased and operated the Hartland Drug Store from about 1895-1906. He also served as a physician for many years to the people of Hartland and the surrounding area.
In 1901, he married Carrie May Linn, daughter of Thomas Archibald Linn with whom they had their only child, Meredith Linn Blanchard.
Dr. Blanchard moved to Pittsfield about 1906 to become a full-time physician but he still served Hartland performing many births and declaring numerous deaths of which he signed the respective certificates.
See Linn Family
Samuel Ham, Sr (1782-1865)
As noted in 1912, “Samuel was the first of the name to come to Cambridge. He came from Kennebunkport to Harmony nearly 100 years ago, and soon afterward to Cambridge, where he settled on Ham Hill. He married Shuah Staples and they had 14 children, only the last three of whom were born in Cambridge. The old place is now occupied by Sumner Ham. The house is situated on the old county road from Skowhegan to Moosehead Lake. It is now the home of the fourth generation of the family. During his life Mr. Ham worked to a considerable extent at the blacksmith’s trade, making chains, axes, and all kinds of farming implements for the farmers in the vicinity. An interesting event to members of the family is the annual reunion, which is to be held on the last Wednesday in August. In 1910 the gathering was held at the home of Samuel Ham and 48 members of the family were present. In 1911 the place of meeting was the home of Ivan Ham in Cambridge.”
Ivan Ham moved to Hartland in the 1920s where many of his descendants would be born and raised.
Lucius Bowles Marsh (1818-1901)
Lucius was born in Danvers, Massachusetts and came to Waterville with his parents who then moved to West Hartland in 1829. He later moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he remained until his death.
“At the age of 12 in July of 1830, Lucius, with his brother Thomas, then two and a half years older than himself, with a horse and a herd of cattle, went from (West) Hartland to Milton, Massachusetts, a distance of 230 miles, occupying nine days, including the Sabbath, which day they rested. Lucius carried the money and made all the bargains.
He expected to remain and receive an education in the vicinity of Boston, but his father having been disabled by a stroke of palsy, he was obliged to commence, at this early age of 12, to earn his own living, in which he was not only successful, but was also able to assist his parents, who had become dependent on account of his father’s total inability to do anything.”
See Marsh Family
Elberton P. Dyer (1869-1947)
Elberton moved from Brighton to St Albans working as a school teacher before he became Principal at Hartland Academy and married Hartland native Georgia Ellen Annis. (1870-1963)
He served as Superintendent of Hartland Schools in 1897 before they moved to Newport in 1900.
They moved to Hartland around 1902 with their children where he opened his store, E. P. Dyer Mens Clothing, on Commercial Street with Georgia.
Elberton is seen here at his clothing store on Commercial Street.
Aurelia (Starbird) Coston (1841-1927)
Also known as Aurilla, she was born in North Hartland, the daughter of David Starbird & Aphia Fogg.
She married Joshua Coston (1833-1905) in 1860 and had 4 children; Abraham Lincoln Coston, Ellen (Coston) Linnell, Fremont Joshua Coston & Harry Howard Coston.
Aurilla and Joshua are interred together at Pine Grove Cemetery with several of their children and descendants.
Samuel Littlefield (1825-1917)
Samuel is the 2nd child of Charles Littlefield, Sr & Nancy Ham of North Hartland where he lived his entire life.
He married 1st to Almira Starbird in 1855 and had 2 children.
Following her death in 1859, he remarried to Sophia Hoyt about 1861 and had 6 more children with her.
Samuel and both of his wives are interred at Black Stream Cemetery in North Hartland.
Samuel is seen here celebrating his 90th Birthday on May 19, 1915.
Edgar Horace Thompson (1860-1941)
Edgar is a son of Prince Thompson & Hannah Prince of West Hartland where he was born and raised. Edgar’s paternal grandfather, Peleg Thompson, settled in West Hartland soon after 1820 and built the original Thompson Homestead.
Edgar was a livestock dealer in Hartland as was his brother, Frank Thompson, who lived at the Palmyra Town Line side of Elm Street.
In 1907, Edgar and his family moved from Hartland to the Seattle area where he built a large livestock business in Mt. Vernon, Washington.
See Thompson Family
Dr. Arthur Lunt Moulton, D.D.S. (1901-1985)
Arthur is the son of Dr. Charles A. Moulton & Abbie Lunt.
He was born and raised in Hartland and later became a Dentist in Auburn. He also took over his father’s business as President at the Hartland & St Albans Telephone Company following his death.
Arthur is pictured here while attending Hartland Academy about 1916.
See Moulton Family
Sarah Jane Robinson (Moody) Dalby (1836-1886)
Sarah was born in West Hartland and came to Victoria, British Columbia with her father, Joshua Moody, and married William Dalby.
William came to Victoria in 1862 and became the 9th Mayor of the City of Victoria in 1873. He was a past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, A.F. & A.M. and in 1887 was appointed by the Grand Lodge of Canada as Representative of their Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
As noted in The Daily Colonist on March, 10 1886; “No death has occurred in Victoria for a long time that has created so deep and painful a feeling of regret as that of Mrs. Dalby. The flag at City Hall was displayed at half-mast during the day as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased”.
Dr. Paul Revere Briggs (1904-1985)
Dr. Briggs was born in Ashland, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Phoenix Briggs & Catherine Blanche Raymond.
He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in 1931 and moved to Hartland to join the Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital Staff in 1935. He lived on Elm Street before moving into the former Dr. L. H. Blanchard residence on Blake Street.
He became the Chief Hospital Administrator and Resident Surgeon following the death of Dr. Charles A. Moulton in 1946. He was also on the Hartland Board of Public Health and was School Physician for Hartland Schools for 20 years.
See Briggs Family
Ambrose Finson Church (1836-1920)
Ambrose is a son of Greenleaf Church & Elizabeth Jane Finson of West Hartland where he was born and raised.
“He is virtually unknown, yet his masterpieces, the ‘Church Maps’, are hailed as genealogical treasures and are unequaled as a genealogy tool.
In the States he had been employed with a mapmaker, Jacob Chace Jr, who in 1862 had been dickering with the Nova Scotia government regarding the creation of county maps and had already surveyed portions of the province.
The government of Nova Scotia became interested in map making in 1862 and contracted Jacob Chace, a mapmaker from Portland Maine for a series of 18 county maps.
Civil Engineer Ambrose Finson Church took over the contract in 1865 and relocated from his hometown of Hartland to Bedford, Nova Scotia for the duration of the work.”
See Church Family
Daniel Elmer Connelly (1908-1973)
Dan is a son of John F. Connelly & Mary Annis who was a school teacher in the Hartland Common School for decades.
Dan was noted by his peers as a well respected local resident who brought his management and people skills to the tannery and played a key role in its future success over the following 25 years.
Dan is pictured here with his son, John Connelly, around 1943.
See Annis Family
Walter Ernest Mebroy Seekins (1860-1910)
Walter came from St. Albans and built his store on Commercial Street in the mid 1880s.
In 1903, Seekins purchased land from Calvin Blake, Jr and extended a road from Commercial Street through to Blake Street which became known as Seekins Street.
The store block, pictured here with Walter on the right and Elberton P. Dyer on the left, would be operated by several different owners over the next few decades including Sterns, Barden, Cooper, Cookson, Reynolds & Doyle.
Dr. Peleg Sprague Haskell (1832-1890)
Dr. Haskell was born in Hartland, a son of Peleg C. Haskell & Louise Fogg who had settled on Commercial Street in Hartland in the early 1820s.
Dr. Haskell married Almira Page in 1856, daughter of John Page, and opened his first medical practice in Hartland at the future Harrington Block on Main Street.
The couple moved to Stockton soon after 1860, but following Almira’s death in 1865 at just 30 years old, he remarried and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1879 with his 2nd wife & family where he remained until his death.
Rae Fuller Randlett I (1904-1984)
Rae is a son of Thomas Fuller Randlett & Margaret MacRae. He was born in Norwood, Massachusetts where his parents had met and married before they moved back to Hartland soon after his birth.
Rae was very involved with many town affairs and was instrumental as part of Hartland Mills, Inc. effort to bring the Hartland Tanning Company to town in 1936. Rae was also a member of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department and a Somerset County Deputy Sheriff.
He purchased the former A. R. Burton & Son Hardware Store on Commercial Street in the early 1940s where he began Rae’s Hardware later becoming Randlett’s Market.
Rae is seen here with his wife, Meredith (Knowles) Randlett, at their store.
Allen W. Webber (1840-1920)
Allen moved from Orono to Hartland with his parents by 1860 and settled in North Hartland.
He served in the Civil War with the 22nd Maine, Company K.
Their daughter, Lena (Webber) Davis, and her husband built the Davis Block at Warren Square in the mid 1920s.
Allen and his wife, Louisa Tripp (1840-1934), are pictured here at their North Hartland home about 1905.
They are interred together at Ireland Cemetery.
The Webb Family
Front Row: Elmeda (Moor) Webb (1835-1919) & Nathan Webb (1838-1917).
Back Row (L-R): Nina (Webb) Buck (1874-1918), Cora (Webb) Shaw (1869-1917) & Eva (Webb) Scott (1862-1932).
After her mother’s death in 1919, Eva was the only living descendant of the Webb Family. She lost her sister Cora, her husband Scott Andrew and her father Nathan in 1917 followed by her sister Nina’s death in 1918.
The only child of any of the sisters was Eva’s daughter, Annie Scott, who had died in 1909.
John Plummer (-)
John Plummer purchased the former Hartland Hardware Store from Harry Randlett in 1959 and operated the Hartland Emporium there until 1984. The building was originally built as The Park House.
“Johnny” was famous for his rotating displays of store goods in the large glass bay windows and particularly popular was an annual Christmas display of Santa’s Workshop complete with mechanical elves that seemed to saw and hammer away at their workbenches.
John was a World War II Veteran and was also very involved in town affairs. He will long be remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Sam in numerous parades over the years.
Carleton Eli Deering (1906-1960)
Carleton is a son of Albert Brooks Deering, Sr & Elsie Mae Brooks.
He was born and raised in Hartland and graduated from Hartland Academy with the Class of 1924 who were the first to graduate in the newly renovated Academy building following its destruction from fire in December of 1923.
Carleton served as the first Fire Chief of the newly reorganized Hartland Volunteer Fire Department in 1941 continuing in the position for many years.
He is pictured here on November 19, 1941 bringing home the Fire Department’s brand new 1941 Pump & Hose Engine No. 1
See Deering Family
Alberta (Wilkins) Hanson (1874-1960)
Known as Bertie, she was born in St. Albans and married Perley Moses Hanson of Palmyra. They moved to Hartland shortly after 1910 where she began working for G. M. Lancey at his Commercial Street Store as a millinery. They lived upstairs where they raised their 2 children, Maurice Wilkins Hanson & Gwendolyn F. Hanson.
Bertie became the Store Manager before they purchased the building by 1920 where she soon began operating as B. W. Hanson Clothing Store until 1930 when Maurice joined the family business and they operated as B. W. Hanson & Son Clothing Store.
William P. Larrabee (1825-1904)
William is a son of William Larrabee & Sarah Plummer. He left the family farm in West Hartland in 1846 and worked 9 summers in Somerville, Massachusetts as a brick maker returning home to work in the woods during the winters.
William traveled to the West Indies twice during this time and in 1852 went to California to be a miner with his brother, Hugh. He returned to Hartland one final time in the spring of 1854 then left that summer for Illinois.
In September of 1854, he purchased 232 acres of land in Auburn, Sangamon County, Illinois. In 1859, he married Mary Church, also from West Hartland, a daughter of Hanson Church & Frances Bowley. They built this sprawling farm raising corn and livestock and raised their family.
Dr. Calvin Blake (1798-1870)
Dr. Blake came from Turner to Hartland in December of 1825 where he commenced his medical practice as the first resident Doctor in town. He remained in active practice in Hartland for forty-two years.
He was greatly involved with town politics and was on the original Board of Trustees for Hartland Academy in 1832.
Dr. Blake and his wife, Louisa Haskell, eventually built a house on the corner of Academy Street and Main Street which still stands today and has been occupied over the decades by his son, Calvin Blake Jr, George M. Lancey, Lewis H. Barden and the Crummett Family.
As written posthumously by fellow Hartland physician Dr. Harris Pushor, “He was most assuredly a good and practical physician, possessing an active mind, disciplined by study and an extensive practice; quick in his decisions; promptly resorting to bold and heroic treatment when necessity required prompt measures to be taken. As an obstetrician none excelled him. In consultation he was honorable and gentlemanly, seeking to promote the welfare of both patient and physician. Though stern and decided in his deportment, he possessed a heart as tender as a child. The cheat, the impostor and quack, he hated with bitter hatred. In his death the community feels that they have met with an irreparable loss.”
Dr. Blake & Louisa are interred together at Ireland Cemetery.
Doris Iva (Pelkie) Emery (1914-1980)
Doris was born in West Hartland, the oldest of the 9 children of Emerson Randolph Pelkie & Iva Pearl Dickinson.
She began her decades long teaching career in the Hartland Common Schools at the Fullers Corner School as a Teacher’s Assistant in 1933 before marrying St. Albans native Floyd H. Emery in November of the same year and beginning their family of 2 sons.
She soon returned to teaching at the Village Schools and eventually became the 6th Grade Teacher at the new Hartland Consolidated School when it opened in 1950. In her last few years of teaching, she taught 2nd Grade until her retirement.
Doris & Floyd are pictured here in 1969.
Peggy Ann Morgan (1950-2017)
Peggy is a daughter of Thirnwood Frederick Morgan, Sr & Lenora Mae Brooks.
She was born and raised in Hartland and graduated in 1968 as a member of the last class to graduate from Hartland Academy.
Peggy became the first woman to serve as Hartland Town Manager, a position she would hold for the next 30 years.
Through the three decades of often turbulent times for Hartland, she was usually appreciated for her can-do attitude and her caring devotion in obtaining what she thought was best for the town.
Peggy was instrumental in assisting with the formation of numerous local civic groups including her undivided support for the creation of the Hartland Historical Society in 2003.
See Morgan Family
The Littlefield Sisters
Born and raised in North Hartland, they are the daughters of Kingman H. Littlefield and his 2nd wife, Sophia Ann Wing.
Pictured here from about 1895 clockwise from left:
Flora (Littlefield) Longfellow (1871-1957)
Martha “Mattie” (Littlefield) Malbon (1864-1916)
Andella “Della” (Littlefield) Clough (1867-1952)
Mina (Littlefield) Clough (1875-1960)
Addie Ruth Berry (1851-1878)
Addie is a daughter of Casandana Perkins and her 1st husband, Joseph Berry.
Addie passed away at 27 years old and is interred at Ireland Cemetery with several other family members.
Casandana is a daughter of Hobbs & Lois Perkins who were early settlers on Huff Hill.
Thomas M. Finson (1816-1896)
Thomas M. Finson was born in West Hartland, the 3rd of the 10 children of Ambrose Finson, Sr & Susan Jordan.
Thomas made his way to Iowa with his wife sometime after 1860 where they settled in “Maine Township” in Linn County where he was a farmer and lived out the rest of their lives there.
Whether by his request or by his brother, Henry W. Finson, his gravestone eternally reflects his native roots from Mount Clark Cemetery in Central City, Iowa.
See Finson Family
Greenville Jefferson Shaw (1843-1903)
Greenville was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, the son of Charles P. Shaw & Jane Whiting.
He and his father purchased the former Josiah Billings Tannery on North Street at the Upper Dam in 1867 along with tanneries in Burnham, Plymouth and Detroit. They operated the Shaw & Son Tannery until the late 1880s before Greenville left for Stetson where he owned and operated the famous Cream Brook Farm.
He was very active in town affairs including important roles creating the Hartland Town Hall Association and the Sebasticook & Moosehead Railroad. Greenville and his family lived at the Century House on Commercial Street.
See Shaw Family