STATE OF MAINE MILITARY RESERVATIONS, NATIONAL CEMETERIES AND MILITARY PARKS
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UNITED STATES

MILITARY RESERVATIONS,
NATIONAL CEMETERIES,
and MILITARY PARKS;

TITLE,

JURISDICTION

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UNITED STATES MILITARY RESERVATIONS, ETC.

MAINE

GENERAL ACT OF CESSION.

                Be it enacted, etc.

SECTION 1. That the jurisdiction of the state of Maine is hereby ceded to the United States of America over so much land as has been or may be hereafter acquired for the public purposes of the United States: Provided, That the jurisdiction hereby ceded shall not vest until the United States of America shall have acquired the title to the lands by grant or deed from the owner or owners thereof, and the evidences thereof shall have been recorded in the office where, by law, the title to such land is required to be recorded; and the United States of America are to retain such jurisdiction so long as such lands shall be used fro the purposes in this section mentioned, and no longer; and such jurisdiction is granted upon the express condition that the state of Maine shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over the said lands, so far as that civil process, in all cases not affecting the real or personal property of the United States, and such criminal or other process as shall issue, under the authority of the state of Maine, against any person or persons charged with crimes or misdemeanors committed within or without the limits of the said lands, may be executed therein, in the same way and manner as if no jurisdiction had been hereby ceded.

            SEC 2. That all lands and the tenements which may be granted, as aforesaid, to the United States, shall be and continue, so long as the same shall be used for the purposes in the last section mentioned, exonerated and discharged from all taxes, assessments, and other charges which may be imposed under the authority of the state of Maine. (Approved Mar. 28, 1903. Laws of Maine, 1903 pg. 146)


AUGUSTA NATIONAL CEMETERY

                   This cemetery is situated in the city of Augusta, in Kennebec County, and comprises lots Nos. 17, 18, 19, 49, 50, and 51, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

          Title.- Deed from the city of Augusta, dated December 27, 1870, conveying lots 1l7, 18, 19, 49, 50 and 51, in the east range of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Recorded in vol. 274, page 531, of the Kennebec registry of deeds, together with a copy of the record of the order of the board of aldermen of the city of Augusta, passed November 26, 1870.

          Jurisdiction.- Ceded by an act of the State legislature approved February 4, 1889, as follows:

          Be it enacted, etc.,

SECTION 1. That there be, and hereby is, ceded to the United States of America, the jurisdiction of lots number seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, forty-nine, fifty and fifty-one, in the east range of lots in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the City of Augusta, said lots containing the graves of soldiers of the United States of American, whose names are unknown.

            SEC 2. That this state shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the United States of America over the lots described in the first section of this act, so far, that all civil, criminal and military process, issued under the authority of this state, or any officer thereof, may be executed on any part of said lots, in the same manner as if this jurisdiction had not been ceded.

FORT BALDWIN

          This reservation is situated at Sabino Head, at the mouth of the Kennebec River, and exclusive of right of way, contains an area of about 38.18 acres of upland and aboaut 7 acres of flats. The reservation was named Fort Baldwin in G.O. 20, W.D., January 25, 1906.

          Title.- 1. Deed from Anson M Oliver et al., February 22, 1902, conveying .0877 acres of upland; recorded in book 100, page 448, deed records of Sagadohoc County.

          2. Deed from Nathaniel Perkins and wife, January 23, 1905, conveying 0.877 acre of upland; recorded in book 108, page 168, deed records of Sagadahoc County.

          3. Deed from Nathaniel Perkins et. Al. December 23, 1904, conveying about 7 acres of flats, recorded in book 108, page 170, deed records of said county.

          Jurisdiction.- See General act of cession.

CROW ISLAND

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          This reservation is situated northeasterly of Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island (formerly Hog Island), in Portland Harbor, and comprises all of Crow Island, containing an area of 2.2 acres.

          Title,- Deed from Mary A.P. Tucker and Alice Preble Anderson, dated July 1, 1913, conveying the entire island. Recorded in book 921, page 350, of the records of Cumberland County.

          Jurisdiction.- See General act of cession.

FORT EDGECOMB

            This reservation is situated in Edgecomb, Lincoln County, and contains an area of about 3 acres.

          Title.- Deed from Moses Davis, dated June 13, 1808, conveying the above by metes and bounds. Recorded in liber 68, folio 23, of the deed records of Lincoln County.

          Jurisdiction.- See General act of cession.

FORT FOSTER

          This reservation is situated on Gerrish Island, in Kittery, in the county of York, and contains about 40 acres, with metes and bounds as described in G.O. No 200, W.D., October 2, 1909.

          Title.- 1. Deed from Joseph T Wiggin, dated May 15, 1873, conveying 30 acres of the above by metes and bounds. Recorded in book 336, page 49, of the deed records of York County.

          2. Deed from Adna B Lane, dated May 29, 1873, conveying 10 acres and adjoining flats and right of way. Recorded in book 336, page 157 of same records.

          Jurisdiction.- See Fort Prebele. Where the act of February 18, 1871, seems to cede jurisdiction. See also General act of cession.

FORT GEORGES

          This reservation is situated on what is called: Hog Island Ledge, in Portland Harbor, 2 miles from Portland, Cumberland County. It is seven-eighths of a mile north of Fort Preble, about five-twelfths of a mile west of Great Hog Island, and about seven-eighths of a mile northwest of Fort Scammel, and contains about 1.5 acres

          Title and Jurisdiction.- Ceded to the United States by an act of the State legislature, approved April 17, 1857, as follows:

          Be it enacted, etc.

          SECTION 1. Jurisdiction is hereby ceded to the United States over the Hog Island Ledge, in the harbor of Portland, Maine, to include all of said ledge, above or within low-water mark, and so much thereof without low-water mark

As shall be bounded by lines drawn seven hundred yards distant from and parallel to the faces of any fort to be built thereon, for the purpose of carrying into effect an act of Congress, of March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, providing for the commencement of a fortification on Hog Island ledge, in Portland Harbor, Maine. Jurisdiction is also ceded to the United States over any tractor tracts of land at or near the entrance to the Kennebec River, Maine, that may be acquired by the United States for the purpose of carrying out an act of Congress of March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven (11 Stat., 191), providing for the erection of “fortifications at the mouth of the Kennebec River, Maine, by building and maintaining thereon forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, wharves, and other structures, with their appendages, and over all the continguous shores, flats, and waters, within four hundred yards from low water mark; and all right, titles and claim, which this State may have to or in the said Hog Island Ledge, in Portland Harbor, and said tract or tracts at or near the Kennebec River, are hereby granted to the United States; provided, that this State shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States, and and over all the premises aforesaid, so far as that all civil processes and such criminal processes as may issue, under the authority of this State, against any person or persons charged with crimes committed without the premises aforesaid, may be executed therein in the same way and manner as if jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.

            SEC 2. The premises over which jurisdiction is granted by this act, and all structures and other property thereon, shall be exonerated and discharged from all taxes and assessments which may be laid or imposed, under the authority of this State, while said premises shall remain the property of the United States, and shall be used for the purposes intended by this act.

            See also General act of cession.

KENNEBEC ARSENAL

This reservation is situated in the city of Augusta, on the east side of the Kennebec River, in Kennebec County, and contains about 39 acres and 140 square rods, and includes also a right of way.

          Title.- 1 Deed from John H Hartwell and wife, dated, September 25, 1827, conveying 19 acres and 140 square rods. Recorded in book 61, page 172 et seq., of the deed records of Kennebec County.

        2. Deed from John H Hartwell and wife, dated August 2, 1836, conveying 6 acres. Recorded in book 98, page 345, of same records.

          3. Deed from J.H. Hartwell and wife, dated August 2, 1836, conveying 14 acres. Recorded in book 98, pages 346 and 347, of same records.

          4. Lease for 999 years from John H Hartwell and wife, for a strip as right of way adjoining arsenal site. Recorded in book 169, page 1, of same records.

          The arsenal was abolished by order of the Secretary of War, May 1, 1901; and by deed, dated April 12, 1905, under Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1905 (33 Stat., 1270), the premises were conveyed to the State of Maine fro use of the Maine Insane Hospital, subject to possession being resumed by the United States”

          Whenever the President, in his discretion, shall decided that the said property is needed for the use of the United States or that the requirements of this act are not strictly observed.

FORT KNOX

            This reservation is situated on the west bank of the Penobscot River, opposite the town of Bucksport, in Waldo County, and, exclusive of roads, contains an area of 124.50 acres.

          Title.- 1. Deed from John Pierce, dated September 4, 1843, conveying 52 acres and 135 rods. Recorded in volume 46, page 338, of the deed records of Waldo County.

          2. Deed from Hannah R Harriman et al., dated September 4, 1843, conveying 4 acres. Recorded in volume 46, page 339, of same records.

          3. Deed from William French, dated September 25, 1843, conveying 7 acres and 79 rods. Recorded in volume 46, page 509, of same records.

          4. Deed from Daniel H Harriman, dated December 16, 1843, conveying two undivided third parts of land described therein. Recorded in volume 46, page 536, of same records.

          5. Deed from William French, dated March 23, 1844, conveying 50 acres (including the 7 acres an 79 rods in deed marked herein as “3”). Recorded in volume 50, page 178, of same records.

          6. Deed from John Lee, dated March 23, 1844, conveying a plat of about 0.5. acre at the ferry site. Recorded in volume 50, page 180, of same records.

          Jurisdiction.- By an act of the State legislature, approved March 12, 1844, jurisdiction was authorized to be ceded by the governor. The act provides as follows:

          SECTION 1. The consent of this Legislature is hereby granted that the United States may purchase at the narrows of the Penobscot River in the town of Prospect and County of Waldo, the following lands namely; the farm of John Piece, also another parcel of land adjoining the same, belonging to the widow and heirs of Benjamin Harriman, deceased; also a small parcel of land adjoining the second parcel, being about half an acre, belonging to John Lee; also the farm of William French, adjoining the farm of said Pierce, or of so much of said parcels of land as the United States may be desirous of purchasing.

            SEC. 2. After the United States shall have purchased the aforesaid lands, or so much thereof as they wish, and after they shall have surveyed the same, upon application of the United States to the Governor, for jurisdiction, describing the land purchased by metes and bounds, the Governor, with the advice and consent of Council, shall be and he hereby is authorized to cede jurisdiction over so much of said lands, to the United States, as shall have been purchased by them for the purpose of erecting fortifications and other purposes of national defense; reserving therein and thereby to the State its jurisdiction, so far as to have a right to execute within the limits of the tract so ceded, all civil and criminal processes lawfully issued under the authority of the State.

            Deed from the governor of the State ceding jurisdiction to the United States, in accordance with the foregoing act of the State legislature, was duly executed November 28, 1844, and recorded in the office of the secretary of state.

          See also: General act of cession.

FORT LEVETT

          This reservation is situated on the southerly side of Cushing Island, in Portland Harbor, in the county of Cumberland, and includes also the land which lies between high and low water mark in from of said reservation. It contains an area of about 125.68 acres, with metes and bounds as given in G.O. 63, W.D., 1908.

            Title.- 1. Decree of condemnation of said property, including right of way, all easements, etc. in a certain cause, wherein the United States was plaintiff and Francis Cushing et al. were defendants in the District Court of the United States for the District of Maine. Decree rendered March 1, 1894; filed and recorded in the clerks office of said court.

          2. Deed from Francis Cushing, dated March 27, 1894, conveying the land between high and low water mark, wharf, etc. Recorded in the office of the register of deeds for Cumberland County, in book No. 611, page 433.

          3. Decree of condemnation for 92.28 acres in a cause entitled:The United States v Francis Cushing et al., in the United States Circuit Court for the District of Maine. Copy of final decree of court entered February 1, 1904, and recorded in book 747, page 158, of same records.

          4. Deed from Francis Cushing, dated February 4, 1908, conveying right and privilege of laying underground cables, etc., for connecting the military and other work at Cushing Island. Recorded in office of register of deeds, Cumberland County, April 8, 1908, in book 820, page 347.

          Revocable license.  June 24, 1912, to the Peaks Island Corportaion, to lay a temporary water main for summer service across the reservation.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

LONG ISLAND

          This reservation is situated on Long Island, in Portland Harbor, and contains 9.594 acres.

          Title.- Decree of condemnation for 9.594 acres in the Circuit Court of the United States for the First Circuit, District of Maine, in a cause entitled, The United States v Jeremiah M Johnson, et at.

Final order of court entered February 1, 1904, and recorded in book 747, page 158, of the records of Cumberland County.

Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

FORT LYON.

          This reservation is situated in Cumberland County, in Casco Bay, and comprises all of Cow Island, with its shores, etc., containing an area of about 22 acres.

          Title.- Deed from Mary L Deering et al., dated November 29, 1873, conveying Cow Island, with an area of 22 acres, the shores, etc. Recorded in book 410, page 56, and plat in plan book 3, page 46, of the deed records of Cumberland County.

          Jurisdiction.- See Fort Gorges and Fort Preble; also General act of cession.

FORT MCKINLEY.

          This reservation is situated on Great Diamond Island (formerly known as Great Hog Island), Portland Harbor, and contains about 111 acres.

          Title.- 1 Deed from Mary L. Deering et al., dated November 29, 1873 conveying 70 acres, shores, right of way, etc. Recorded in book 410, page 53, and plat in plan book 3, page 46, of the registry of deeds in Cumberland County.

          2. Quitclaim deed from Alice P Anderson, dated November 29, 1873, conveying all above-described lands on Great Hog Island.

          3. Decree of condemnation, The United States v The Diamond Island Association et al., in the Circuit Court of the United States, District of Maine. Rendered June 18, 1901, and filed in clerks office of said court.

          Revocable license.- March 9, 1906, to E. F. Morgan Co., to construct, operate and maintain a laundry.

          Jurisdiction.- See: Fort Gorges and Fort Preble; also General act of cession.

FORT MACHIAS

          This reservation is situated on the Machias river, at Machiasport, in Washington County, and contains about 2 acres.

          Title.- 1 Deed from William Sanborn and wife, dated November 16, 1809, conveying 84.75 rods. Recorded in book 6, page 80, of the deed records of Washington County.

          2. Deed from Benjamin Berry and wife, dated November 16, 1809, conveying 224 rods and 10 links. Recorded in book 6, page 88, of same records.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

FORT MADISON

          This reservation is situated at Castine, on the bay of that name, in Hancock County, and contains an area of 3 acres.

          Title.- Deed from Joseph Perkins and wife to James Madison, President, etc., his successors, etc., dated Apr 1, 1809. Recorded in book 27, page 105, of the deed records of Hancock County.

          License by act of Congress, approved July 30, 1894, (28 Stat., 159), to town of Castine, Me., to improve, occupy, and control this reservation for purposes of a public park, the right being reserved to the United States to resume possession at any time. Plans of improvement approved by the Secretary of War October 11, 1894.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

FORT McCLARY

          This reservation is situated in York County, on Kittery Point, a projection into the Piscataqua River opposite Fort Constitution in Portsmouth Harbor, 3 ½ miles from Portsmouth, N.H., and contains an area of about 27.45 acres.

          Title.- 1 Deed from Mercy Follett, dated May 22, 1846, conveying 1 acre and 49 rods. Recorded in book 189, page 251, of the deed records of York County.

          2. Deed from Robert G Safford and wife, dated May 22, 1846, conveying 10 acres and 143 rods. Recorded in book 189, pages 251-252, of same records.

          3. Deed from Roger Deering and wife, dated May 22, 1846, conveying 13 acres and 62 rods. Recorded in book 189, pages 252-253, of same records.

          4. Deed from Isaac I. Stevens, dated October 14, 1846, conveying 1 acre and 49 rods. Recorded in book 190, pages 264-265, of same records.

          5. Deed from Isaac I. Stevens, dated October 14, 1846, conveying 18 acres and 62 rods. Recorded in book 190, pages 263-264, of same records.

          6. Deed from Isaac I. Stevens, dated October 14, 1846, conveying 10 acres and 143 rods. Recorded in book 190, page 263, of same records.

          7. Deed from the Inhabitants of School District No. 12, dated June 22, 1893, conveying, by way of exchange, a tract of land described. Recorded in book 458, page 527, of same records. The United States, as a consideration, conveying to said school district a tract of land described in a deed executed on the 4th day of December, 1893, by the Secretary of War, and recorded in said deed records. The said exchange was authorized on the part of the school district at an annual meeting held March 29, 1893, as shown by the records of said district at Kittery Point, and was made by the Secretary of War under and by virtue of the provisions of an act of Congress approved January 23, 1893. (27 Stat., 421.)

          8. Title to and jurisdiction over the original site of Fort McClary containing 1.87 acres was ceded by an act of the General Court of Massachusetts, approved March 12, 1808, as follows:

          SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That all the right and title of this Commonwealth to a certain piece of land in Kittery, in the County of York and Commonwealth aforesaid, called Battery Pasture, on which a Fortification formerly stood; and is bounded on the North by the Road, on the west by Frollet, on the South by the River, and on the east by Frollet, and contains one acre and one hundred and thirty nine rods, as will appear by a report made to the Hon. David Sewall, Esq., Agent for this Commonwealth, by Benjamin Parker, Surveyor, about the year Seventeen hundred and ninety-sight, be and hereby is granted and ceded to the United States, for the sole purpose of erecting Fortifications for the defence of the United States.

            SEC. 2 Be it further enacted, That the cession aforesaid is granted upon the express condition that this Commonwealth shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over the tract of land aforesaid, so far as that all civil and such criminal processes as may issue under the authority of this Commonwealth against any person or persons charged with crimes committed without the said tract of land may be executed therein, in the same way and manner as though this cession had not been made.

Easement.- Act of Congress approved June 18, 1888 (25 Stat., 188), granted to the York Harbor and Beach Railroad Co. a right of way 4 rods in width across the reservation.

          Lease.- November 27, 1912, to Horace Mitchell, of Kittery Point, Me., of the reservation for a term of five years from November 1, 1912.

          Revocable License.- May 8, 1897, to the Portsmouth, Kittery & York Street Railway Co. to construct and maintain an electric street railway over the roadway through the reservation.

          August 21, 1907, to the Kittery water district to lay and maintain its water pipes or mains in the present road through the reservation.

          August 22, 1907, to te New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. to construct a telephone line on poles along the north side of the road through the reservation.

          Jurisdiction.- See 8, Supra, as to original site.

          Jurisdiction over the additions to the original site was ceded by the following act of the State legislature of Maine, approved June 31, 1846;

          Be it enacted, etc.,

          SECTION 1. Consent of this state is hereby granted to the United States to purchase an additional tract of land, not exceeding in quantity thirty acres, lying adjacent to the present site of Fort McClary, in Kittery, county of York, for military purposes; the evidence of the purchase aforesaid to be entered and recorded in the Registry of Deeds, in the county of York, and State of Maine; and the jurisdiction over the said tract of land, is hereby granted and ceded to the United States; provided always, and the cession and consent aforesaid are granted upon the express condition that this State shall retain a concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over the tract aforesaid, so far that all civil and such criminal processes as may issue under the authority of this State against any person or persons charged with crimes committed without the said tract may be executed therein in the same way and manner as though this cession and consent had not been made and granted.

            SEC. 2. The property over which jurisdiction is granted by this act, shall be exonerated and discharged from all taxes and assessments, which may be laid or imposed under the authority of this state while the said tract shall remain the property of the United States, and shall be used for the purposes intended by this act.

            See also: General act of cession.

MILITIA TARGET RANGE

          This range is situated in the city of Auburn, Androscoggin County, and contains 70 acres.

          Title.- 1. Deed from John F. Moody, unmarried, dated June 22, 1908, conveyed 60 acres. Recorded in book 225, page 600 of the deed records of Androscoggin County.

          2. Deed from Perley H. Littlefield and wife, dated December 24, 1910, conveying 10 acres adjoining the above. Recorded in book 241, page 575, of same records.

NARROWS ISLAND

          This reservation is situated on Narrow Island, in Damariscotta River, Boothbay, in Lincoln County, and contains an area of 2.75 acres.

          Title.- Deed from John A. Kennedy, dated August 6, 1808, conveying 2.75 acres. Recorded in liber 67, folio 33, of the deed records of Lincoln County.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

PEAKS ISLAND

          This reservation is situated on Peaks Island in Portland Harbor, and contains 19.76 acres.

Title.- Deed from Herbert N. Humphrey et al., dated September 26, 1906, conveying four lots or parcels of land aggregating 19.76 acres. Recorded in book 804, page 223, of the records of Cumberland County.

          Revocable license.- September 22, 1913, to the Peaks Island Corporation to locate a temporary gas main inside the western boundary line of the reservation.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

FORT POPHAM,

          This reservation is situated on Hunnewells Point, in the town of Phipsburg, west bank of the Kennebec River, near its mouth and about 10 miles below the city of Bath, in the county of Sagadahoc. It containing an area of 6 2/3 acres, 3 ½ of which are flats.

          Title.- 1. Deed from Joshua Sharr, dated June 21, 1808, conveying 2 acres. Recorded in liber 70, folio 6, of the deed records of Lincoln County.

          2. Deed from Nathaniel Perkins et al., dated June 22, 1863, conveying weir privileges etc. Recorded in volume 22, pages 71 to 74, inclusive, of the deed records of Sagadahoc County.

          3. Deed from Thomas Spinney et al., dated June 22, 1863, conveying flats, beach, fishing privileges, etc. Recorded in volume 22, pages 68 to 71 inclusive, of same records.

          4. Deed from Charles A. Clark and wife, dated June 1, 1863, conveying all the lands and flats owned by the grantor on Hunnewells Point, etc. Recorded in volume 22, pages 78 to 82, inclusive, of same records.

          5. Condemnation proceedings involving the lands, etc., in foregoing deeds, marked Nos. 2, 3, and 4. decree entered of record in the office of the county commissioners of Sagadahoc County, June 4, 1862.

          Revocable licenses.- September 22, 1882, to the Treasury Department to use a portion of the reservation for life-saving purposes.

          December 13, 1902, to the Treasury Department to build a fog-bell house and a footbridge and walk leading to it.

          Jurisdiction.- Ceded to the United States by the act of the State legislature approved April 17, 1857 (for which see Fort Gorges), and by the following act, approved January 9, 1862:

          Be it enacted, etc.,

            SECTION 1. The United States may hold forever for the erection and maintaining of a fort thereupon, certain territory situated at Hunnewell’s point, at the mouth of the Kennebec river, in the town of Phipsburg, within the county of Sagadahoc, included within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at the limits of the land of the United States on Adkins bay at low water; thence running by low water westerly to a point fourteen rods west of the old wharf; thence south thirty-one degrees east, three hundred and fourteen feet to a point abreast of, and seven rods from, the first ledge of rocks; thence southerly six degrees east, to high water mark, on land owned by George Irvin; thence by high water mark to Larcy’s rock; thence easterly by said rock to low water mark; thence by low water mark to land owned by the United States; thence by said land to the place of beginning, and containing five and a quarter acres., with all the buildings, structures, and improvements of each kind situated thereon; reserving such jurisdiction as the state has in other places within the same, ceded to, or held by the United States for similar purposes; provided, That the United States shall pay to the owners of said estate such compensation as shall be ascertained in the manner prescribed by this act as hereinafter provided.

            See also: General act of cession.

FORT PREBLE

            This reservation is situated on the east side of Portland Harbor at Spring Point, 2 miles from the City of Portland, in Cumberland County, and contains an area of about 30.177 acres, with metes and bounds as published in G.O. 194, W.D., Sept. 16, 1907.

          Title.-  1. Deed from Ebenezer Thrasher and wife, dated February 29, 1808, conveying 5 acres. Recorded in liber 53, folio 533, etc., of the deed records of Cumberland County.

          2. Deed from Robert Thrasher et al., dated April 16th, 1833, conveying two-thirds interest in 2 acres. Recorded in book 132, page 642, of same records.

          3. Deed from John D. Bussell, guardian, etc., dated May 9, 1833, conveying one-third interest in 2 acres. Recorded in book 133, pages 191-192, of same records.

          4. Deed from Horace M. Day and wife et al., dated April 8, 1871, conveying the tract therein described. Recorded in book384, page 420, of same records.

          5. Deed from James B. Thornton, dated April 11, 1871, conveying by way of release all interest in land described in deed marked “4”. Recorded in book 382, page 267, of same records.

          6. Deed from Lucretia T. Adams and John Adams, dated April 14, 1871, conveying lots 20 to 31, inclusive, and other tracts of the estate of Ebenezer Thrasher, deceased. Recorded in book 383, page 530, and their power of attorney, recorded in book 384, page 402, of same records.

          7. Deed of Sarah J.T. Libby, dated April 14, 1871, conveying certain land near Fort Preble. Recorded in book 383, page 534, of same records.

          8. Deed from Reuben S. Smart and wife, dated April 14, 1871, conveying land near Fort Preble. Recorded in book 383, page 531, of same records.

          9. Deed from Henry S. Thrasher and wife, dated April 14, 1871, conveying land near Fort Preble. Recorded in book 383, page 535, of same records.

          10. Deed from Lydia B. Thrasher, dated April 14, 1871, conveying all her interest in certain land as the widow of Ebenezer Thrasher, deceased. Recorded in book 383, page 532, of same records.

          11. Deed of Edward M. Tucker, dated April 14, 1871, conveying lots 1 and 2 of estate of Ebenezer Thrasher, deceased. Recorded in book 383, page 533, of same records.

          12. Deed from Deborah Fisher and G.S. Fisher, dated May 12, 1871, conveying lots 16, 17, 18, 19, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38 of the estate of Ebenezer Thrasher, deceased; also all his interest, etc., in lots 5 and 6 of said estate and other property described. Recorded in book 387, page 148, of same records.

          13. Deed from Deborah Fisher and husband, dated November 21, 1871, conveying lot 15 of the estate of Ebenezer Thrasher, deceased. Recorded in book 389, page 309, of same records.

          14, Deed from Paulina T. Grant and husband, dated October 27, 1874, conveying 9, 024 square feet of land, etc. Recorded in book 411, page 496, of same records.

          15. Deed from George W. Libby, dated December 29, 1874, conveying 3, 300 square feet of land. Recorded in book 414, page 219, of same records.

          16. Deed from Paulina T. Grant and husband, dated February 3, 1875, conveyance to correct descriptions in former deeds. Recorded in Book 416, page 557, of same records.

          17. Deed from Bridget Brown and husband, dated February 16, 1875, conveying 3,000 square feet of land. Recorded in book 414, page 274, of same records.

          18. Deed from Lewis Piper, dated February 16, 1875, conveying (by release) the land conveyed by Bridget Brown to the United States. Recorded in book 408, page 413, of same records.

          19. Deed from Paulina T. Grant and husband, dated May 30, 1876, conveying 14, 600 square feet of land. Recorded in book 431, page 183, of same records.

          20. Deed from Reuben S. Smart and wife, dated June 28, 1876, conveying 27, 437 square feet of land and a certain right of way. Recorded in book 434, page 98, of same records.

          21. Deed from Reuben S. Smart and wife, dated June 28, 1876, conveying 27, 437 square feet of land and a certain right of way. Recorded in book 434, page 98, of same records.

          22. Deed from Leander S. Arey et al., dated September 18, 1896, conveying 48 square rods. Recorded in book 644, page 37, of same records.

          23. Deed from William W. Goold, dated September 18, 1896, conveying a tract of land in South Portland formerly Cape Elizabeth, therein described. Recorded in book 644, page 38, of same records.

          24. Deed from William Goddard et al., dated September 18, 1896, conveying as heirs at law of Hannah Goddard, deceased, their interest in lands near Fort Preble. Recorded in book 644, page 80, of same records.

          25. Deed from George W. Libby, dated September 19, 1896, conveying 3, 685 square feet of land. Recorded in book 644, page 40, of same records.

          26. Deed from Catherine Green, dated September 19,1896, conveying 10,635 square feet of land. Recorded in book 644, page 39, of same records.

          27. Deed from Charles W. Bray, dated March 23, 1900, conveying certain land therein described. Recorded in book 688, page 250, of same records.

          28. Deed from Adelaide M. Bray, dated March 23, 1900, conveying certain land therein described. Recorded in book 688, page 249, of same records.

          29. Deed from Adelaide M. Bray, dated October 2, 1901, conveying about 62, 616 square feet. Recorded in book 709, page 271, of same records.

          30. Deed from Charles W. Bray, dated October 2, 1901, conveying 15, 927 square feet. Recorded in book 709, page 270, of same records.

          Jurisdiction.- Ceded by an act of the general court of the State of Massachusetts passed March 12, 1808 for which see “Fort Scammal” and see also an act of the State Legislature of Maine approved February 18, 1871, which provides as follows:

                SECTION 1. In accordance with the Constitution of the United States, article one, section eight, clause seventeen, and acts of Congress in such cases provided, the consent of the legislature is given to the purchase by the government of the United States, or under its authority, of any tract of land, from any individuals or bodies politic or corporate, within the state, for the erection of lighthouses and other needful public buildings: and all deeds and conveyances or title-papers for the same, shall be recorded upon the land records of the county in which the land so conveyed may lie; and in like manner may be recorded, a sufficient description; by metes and bounds, courses and distances, of any tracts and legal divisions, of any public lands belonging to the United States, set apart by the general government for either of the purposes before mentioned, by an order, patent, or other official paper, so describing such land.

            SEC. 2 Lands so selected, with the tenements and appurtenances for the purposes before mentioned, are exempt from taxation by the State.

          See also: General act of cession.

ST. GEORGES.

          This reservation, also known as Robinsons Point, is situated on the eastern side of St. Georges River, in the town of St. George, in Know County (formerly Lincoln County), and contains 2 acres, 2 roods, and 20 rods.

          Title.- Deed from Joseph Robinson, dated September 22, 1908, conveying the above site. Recorded in liber 64, folia 126, of the deed records of Lincoln County.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession.

FORT SCAMMEL.

This reservation is situated on the southwestern part of House Island, near the entrance to Portland Harbor, in Cumberland County, and contains an area of 12 acres.

          Titles.- Deed from John Green Walden and wife, dated February 29, 1808, conveying the 12 acres of land. Recorded in liber 53, folio 531, etc., of the deeds records of Cumberland County.

          Revocable license.- March 3, 1914, to the Department of Commerce to establish a light on the reservation.

          Jurisdiction.- This territory being at the date of the above deed a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, jurisdiction was ceded by an act of the general court of that Commonwealth approved March 12, 1808, as follows:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That there by and hereby is ceded to the United States of America the jurisdiction of the southwest end of House Island, near the entrance of Portland Harbor, the northeast boundary of which land, is a line commencing at a large brown rock six rods from high water mark; thence south thirty-seven degrees east, five rods across the narrow part of said island, also five acres of land situated on the extreme end of spring point, opposite said House Island, for the purpose of erecting Batteries, and other works for the defence of Portland harbor, which lands shall be laid out, at or before the time of erecting of such public works and a description thereof in writing entered in the registry of deeds in the County of Cumberland.

            SEC. 2. That this Commonwealth shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the United States, in and over the said lands, so far as that all civil and criminal processes, issued under the authority of this Commonwealth or any officer thereof, may be executed on any part of said granted premises, or in any building thereon to be erected, in the same way and manner, as if the jurisdiction had not been granted as aforesaid.

            See also: Fort Georges and General act of cession.
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SUGAR LOAF ISLAND ( NORTH AND SOUTH )

            This reservation is situated at the entrance to Kennebec River.

          Title and jurisdiction.- Ceded to the United States for fortification purposes by act of the State legislature approved April 17, 1857.

          See: Fort Gorges

FORT WILLIAMS

          This reservation is situated at Portland Head, in the town of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, and, together with the premises occupied for lighthouse purposes, contains an area of about 75.72 acres, with metes nad bounds as published in G.O. 55, W. D., April 13, 1908.

Title.- 1. Deed from Asa T, Webster and wife, dated January 19, 1872, conveying 14 acres. Recorded in book 388, page 567, of the deed records of Cumberland County.

          2. Deed from George C. Thompson and wife, dated October 14, 1873, conveying tract conveyed to him by the sheriff, etc. Recorded in book 407, page 189, of same records.

          3. Deed from William L. Pennell, sheriff, etc. ( in condemnation proceedings), dated October 14, 1873, conveying 9 acres.

          4. Deed from Benjamin B. Dyer and wife, dated November 26, 1873, conveying 9 acres. Recorded in book 407, page 190, of same records.

          5. Deed from William L. Pennell, Sheriff, etc, ( in condemnation proceedings) dated October 14, 1873, conveying 13 acres. Recorded in book 406, page 177, of same records.

          6. Deed from Green Walden and wife, dated November 10, 1873, conveying 0.50 acre. Recorded in book 407, page 140, of same records.

          7. Deed from Joseph D. Symonds, dated March 1, 1900, conveying 9 acres, more or less, with certain rights and privileges. Recorded in book 687, page 390, of same records.

          8. Deed from Georgiana Thompson et al., dated April 9, 1900, conveying 12.50 acres with the buildings thereon. Recorded in book 688, page 239, of same records.

          9. Decree of United States district court, February 12, 1903, vesting title in United States to 17.72 acres, property of Arabella Dyer; recorded in book 730, page 16, of same records.

          Revocable licenses.- September-, 1900, to the selectmen of the town of Cape Elizabeth to straighten, widen and maintain the road along the west side of the reservation.

          March 8, 1906, to New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. for telephone line.

          Jurisdiction.- See: General act of cession. Fort Gorges. And Fort Preble


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