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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Annexation of Phillips Gore

Phillips Gore was located between Otisfield and that part of Hebron later set off to become Oxford. Alexander Shepard, proprietor of Hebron (then Shepardsfield), twice deeded away the Gore, believing that it lay within his grant. Samuel Phillips of Andover, Mass., bought the Gore from Shepard in 1782, received a quitclaim deed from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1794 that proved faulty, and finally secured ownership of the land in 1798.

In 1803, Phillips Gore and its inhabitants were annexed to Otisfield.

Source: William Samuel Spurr, A History of Otisfield, Cumberland County, Maine, from the Original Grant to the Close of the Year 1944 [] (Oxford, Me.: W.S. Spurr, c1950), p. 7.
June 20th 1803

In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three, An Act annexing the Gore of Land commonly called Phillips Gore in the County of Cumberland, to the Town of Otisfield.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled and by the authority of the same that the Gore of land aforesaid, with the Inhabitants thereon, as described within the following bounds, Viz: Beginning at the South East Corner of Otisfield, thence North 25º West, on the Easterly line of Otisfield, eight miles to the North East corner thereof, thence North 60º East, 410 rods to a Stake & Stones standing in a certain line marked by Captains Parker & Brackett in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy one, commonly known by the name of the Parker line, thence from said Stake & Stones South 25º East, on said Parker line, seven miles and 188 rods through Thompson Pond to a Stake & Stones, thence South-west 420 rods to the bounds first mentioned. Be and they hereby are annexed to and made a part of the Town of Otisfield, to enjoy all such Privileges as Town Inhabitants do by Law enjoy.

Section 2. And be it further enacted that the Inhabitants of said Phillips Gore with their Estates shall be exempted from all State Taxes which may be assessed on said Town of Otisfield for the space of ten years from the 14th day of December, 1798, agreeable to the conditions of the purchase of said Lands which was made with the Committee for the sale of Eastern Lands.

John C. Jones, Speaker

In Senate Feb. 8th 1803
This Bill having had two several readings passed to be enacted.
David Cobb, President

Feb. 9th 1803. By the Governor approved
Caleb Strong


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