Welcome to Weld, Franklin County, Maine

From Ava Harriet Chadboure in her 1957 edition of "Maine Place Names and the Peopling of Its Towns," published by the Bond Wheelwright Company, she describes the town as follows: "Incorporated 1816, the town of Weld is a broad plain like valley and forming the middle portion of the town encloses Webb's Pond, from which the plantation name, Webb's Pond Plantation, came." It was formerly known as plantation No. 5 and is bounded by the towns of Avon, Wilton, Temple, Carthage and Byron."

Certainly there are many who are far more intimately acquainted with the town and indeed more qualified to speak on it's history, but  to date no one else has stepped forward. To the credit of its townspeople and the life forged here, my grandfather spoke lovingly and often of his growing up and ancestral history in Weld. And, although I am a non-native, here's my crack at telling the story. This site is dedicated to Dorothy Swett Winter.  -ajwatson

Genealogy

            Online texts

                    Early Settlers of Weld, chronicled in the Maine Historical and Genealogical Register

                    First Families of Weld, from a document at the Weld Historical  Society

            Veterans

                    Some Civil War Soldiers of Northwestern Maine (from Weld and the surrounding towns)

            Cemeteries

      NEW!  Center Hill Cemetery 
                    Mountain View Cemetery
                    Robertson Cemetery
                    Sinnett Cemetery (Government Beach)
                    Webster-Masterman  Cemetery

            Weld Historical Society

            Vital Records

                    Census Schedules
 
                    (I am currently working on transcribing both the 1850 and 1880 schedules for the town.
                    I have copies of the Weld town census from 1820 to 1930. If  you have a lookup request, please
                   contact me at ajwatson@rcn.com
)

                    Local contacts for town data 

Weld, and the Boston Post Cane

            Personal Genealogy Pages (I welcome all submissions or links)

                    The Family Tree of Stanton Laforest Swett
      NEW!  McLaughlin and Irish Family History (courtesy of Chris Null)

            Volunteer Resources (I am actively soliciting resources that contain Weld specific information)

                    Search Franklin County Queries

                    Post a new query for Franklin County

            Please sign the Weld Genealogy Guestbook
            or view the guestbook to see who else might be researching your surnames.

 

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If you have any comments, questions or suggestions regarding this site, please contact me at ajwatson@rcn.com. Although I am not local, I can try to connect you to a local resource.