Stoneham, Oxford County, Maine
Composed of two tracts. The first was 3,000 acres granted to Fryeburg Academy, Mar. 27, 1793, laid out on the head line of New Suncook (now Lovell) [Massachusetts Deeds, 4:199]. The second was part of 28,822 acres sold to Josiah Batchelder of Boston, Massachusetts, June 20, 1816 [Massachusetts Deeds, 5:97].
Surveyed by Vere Royse in 1793 (the Fryeburg Academy grant) [Land Office Plans, 25:2; see also 25:2]. That part later sold to Josiah Batchelder was surveyed by Lothrop Lewis in 1808 [Land Office Plans, 2:33].
Settled by 1822.
First organized as Fryeburg Academy Grant Plantation.
Incorporated Jan. 31, 1834 as Stoneham. David McKeen and 23 others had petitioned in 1831 for incorporation, but were denied their wish. A second petition, presented in 1833, proved successful.
Name changed to "Usher" on Feb. 19, 1841. Ellis B. Usher of Hollis, a proprietor, had pushed through the name-change, which the townspeople subsequently protested and had reversed.
Name changed back to "Stoneham" on Mar. 11, 1843.
Villages and locations: East Stoneham.
Neighboring towns and townships: Albany Township, Waterford, Lovell, Stow, Batchelder's Grant.
Mitchell, Harry Edward, and B. V. Davis, compilers, 1906 Town Register: Greenwood, Albany, Waterford, and East Stoneham. (Brunswick, Me.: H. E. Mitchell Co., 1906).
Vital Records, 1842-1891 (FHL US/CAN Film 12244): "Contains family records listing births and deaths, ear markings, intentions of marriage 1842-1891, marriage records 1845-1891."
1906 Town Register: Waterford, Albany, Greenwood, and East Stoneham — Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
History of Stoneham — From Varney's Gazetteer of the State of Maine.