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Denmark, Oxford County, Maine

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Originally composed of several grants and gores, and land set off from Brownfield. Pleasant Mountain Gore was purchased by Fryeburg Academy, Jan. 30, 1795 [Massachusetts Deeds, 4:199]. It stretched from Fryeburg in the north to Flintstown (later Baldwin) in the south, bounded by Brownfield on the west and Bridgton on east, and measured 14,902 acres. Reservations were made for Asahel Foster's grant (2000 acres), Gideon Lowell's grant (640 acres), 300 acres surveyed for Ichabod Warren, and 200 acres surveyed for David Porter. Asahel Foster's grant was conveyed June 8, 1795, and abutted Bridgton [Massachusetts Deeds, 5:61]. Lowell's Grant lay in the southeasterly corner of the Gore; Porter's land adjoined Foster's Grant to the west. The southwestern portion of town was once part of Brownfield Addition—granted to Henry Young Brown when part of his grant was found to lie in New Hampshire, June 25, 1766.

Surveyed by John Peabody, June 1792, and by Vere Royse in 1794 [Land Office Plans, 25:36, 2:18]. Foster's Grant was surveyed July 10, 1790, by Samuel Titcomb [Land Office Plans, 24:18]. The tract was lotted out the same month: 1,600 acres by Titcomb, and the remaining 400 acres by Titcomb with the assistance of John Peabody. The inhabitants of Brownfield Addition joined with those of Hiram Plantation and Prescott's Grant to petition for incorporation in 1801; a plan of the grants accompanied the petition [Land Office Plans, 25:25].

First known as part of Pequawket.

Settled by Daniel Boston, on land he bought in 1780. He lived on that part of Denmark once belonging to Brownfield.

Incorporated Feb. 20, 1807, by petition of Elias Berry, agent for the Academy Grants and Foster's Gore, et al.

Land annexed from Fryeburg, Feb. 26, 1813.

Land annexed from Brownfield, Feb. 3, 1821.

Land set off to Sebago, Mar. 12, 1830.

Land set off to Bridgton, Mar. 7, 1842.

Land set off to Bridgton, 2 Aug. 1847. This was an area in Denmark and Fryeburg known as "Texas."

Land annexed from Brownfield, Mar. 2, 1907.

Villages and locations: Denmark Corners, East Denmark, Heads Corner, Liberty Corner, West Denmark.

Neighboring towns and townships: Fryeburg, Brownfield, Hiram, and Sebago and Bridgton (both in Cumberland County).

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Address Book

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______, The Denmark Congregational Church, Denmark, Maine: centennial anniversary, 1829-1929. ([Denmark, Me.? : The Church?, 1929?]).

MacDonald, Sylvia Davis, Rita LaMountain, and E. Blanche Warren Anthony, Denmark, Maine past and present. (Denmark, Maine: Printed by Cardinal Printing Co., 1977, 1976).

Mitchell, Harry Edward, compiler, The Town Register, 1907: Brownfield, Denmark, Hiram and Porter. (Brunswick, Me.: H. E. Mitchell Co., 1907).

Sanborn, Evelyn, This way to Denmark: a vignette (somewhat enlarged) of a Maine town. ([S.l. : s.n.], 1957 (Denmark, Me. : Cardinal Printing Co.)).

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History of Denmark — From Varney's Gazetteer of the State of Maine.

Annual Report for the Town of Denmark, Maine: Feb. 11, 1893, to Feb. 10, 1894

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