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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Addison in Washington County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)


Addison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 13, 2021
1. Addison Marker
The Early Settlers
The town of Addison was given permission to incorporate by the General Court of Massachusetts on February 14, 1797. The settlers chose the name in honor of the British writer Joseph Addison. The earliest town records were lost but information has been pieced together from original family documents. The earliest settlers that we have knowledge of were: Moses Plummer, William Ingersoll who came around the Revolutionary War, the Driske brothers, John, Joseph and Samuel Nash, Daniel Merritt, John Hall, William Tibbetts, Charles Tabbutt and Lemeul Dyer. Later documented settlers were Jeremiah Plummer (son of Moses), Freeman Yates, William Hix and Wilmot Wass. Jeremiah Plummer's house was on the Wescogus River. It was known for its beautiful meadows and for an abundance of codfish.

Freeman Yates lived on Addison Point and owned the entire tract of land now known as Addison Village. A tombstone, which has been recently re-cut by history benefactors, lies in the Baptist burying ground. It marks the place of Yates and his wife.

William Hix lived on the east bank of the river, on the marsh. The
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Hix family is known to have arrived previous to 1770. He was famous for his moose hunting.

Wilmot Wass and his family were from Martha's Vineyard and settled on Cape Split. They had six children.

Joseph, Samuel and James Nash were three brothers who settled here in 1767. Joseph made his home on Addison Point and had nine children. Samuel settled on the Ridge, a little south of the Columbia line. He and his wife had three boys, Samuel Jr., Isaac and Keziah. James made his home on the Ridge also, but sold it to Isaiah, one of Joseph's children and moved to New York.

About 1770, a vessel left Martha's Vineyard, bearing seven families and landed on the shores of the Pleasant River. We know the names of five of these families and where they settled.

Seth and Amy Norton made their home on the east bank of the river, a little south of the bridge. They had seven children. Daniel and Anna Look established their residence on the east bank also, just a little farther south. They had nine children and and their ancestors still live on the property. It is documented that Daniel was a writer and lived to be 90.

Richard and Mary Coffin settled on the Ridge across from the Nash's. Mr Coffin is said to have planted the first apple tree in town. He and Mary had seven children.

Barnabas Coffin who was a cousin of Samuel, built his house
<i>Spirit of the Marsh</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 13, 2021
2. Spirit of the Marsh
Sculpture beside Addison Marker in the small park next to the old church.
on the west bank of the river. He and his wife Betsey were Quakers and had no children.

Daniel Small settled on the edge of Harrington to the west of Addison Village.

The Bangor Historical Magazine gives the number of inhabitants on April 27, 1778 as 213. It states that most of the residents are direct descendants of the early settlers.

Early Industry
There were several key industries that brought the population of Addison to it's peak in 1860 to 1,272. Shipbuilding and quarrying were the major contributors. There were 83 vessels built between 1860 and 1900 and four major granite quarries in operation. Other important industries were coasting (bringing people and goods to the area by ship), Fishing, timber and silver mining. By 1958 most of these industries had disappeared. With the closing of the last quarry, the population reached it's low in 1960 at 744.

Key Dates in History
1603: The Red Paint People and other Native Americans settle in the region
1604: Champlain visits the area
1750: Early white settlers arrive
1797: Addison is incorporated
1800: Three thriving villages are established in Addison: Addison Point, Indian River and South Addison
1866: 100 Addison residents migrate to Jaffa in Palestine, aboard the "Nellie Chapman". When the ill-fated Jaffa settlement failed, the ones that made
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it back were destitute.
1938: The great Addison Point village Fire.

There is a wealth of knowledge available at the Addison Library about all these settlers and more. I encourage you to explore it. There is a 53 page booklet of the History of Addison, published in 1905, available at Town Hall. It includes information about the Indians that lived here before the settlers and stories of the early explorers. The Bicentennial book, also available at Town hall, is full of wonderful photos. There is extended information in the Comprehensive Plan section of this website. The Pleasant River Historical Society is another source of information. Details about this group are listed in the Community Organization section of-this website.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1797.
Location. 44° 37.098′ N, 67° 44.624′ W. Marker is in Addison, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is on Water Street east of Ridge Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Addison ME 04606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ruggles House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Early Settlers of the Pleasant River (approx. 2˝ miles away); Columbia Falls Town Hall (approx. 2˝ miles away); Capt. Bucknam House (approx. 2.6 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hassey’s Riverside Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); Jonesboro Union Church (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Addison, Maine (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 21, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on October 14, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2023