Howes Orchard

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Date: 1790
Location: North Jay, Jay, Franklin, Maine, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Howes Fuller Woodman
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General Information

Howes Orchard is currently owned by Sam Howes, who purchased it from his mother in 2016. This page is to document the history of the property and connect the families that once lived there.


Early Settlement

The land was first purchased by Thomas Fuller from the Phipp's Canada Proprietors in 1790. The proprietor's had received this land from Massachusetts in 1771 for the service of their ancestors in the march to Canada in 1690. Fuller was granted lot 12 in the 6th range east of the Androscoggin River because he had cleared ten acres of land, built a dwelling house, and seeded the cleared land. In 1796 he purchased the west half of lot 13 in the 6th range east of the Androscoggin River from William Bond, which was just north of the original property. At some point Fuller sold the west half of lot 12, but the deed of this transfer has not been found. Later deeds refer to the property as being the west half of lots 12 and 13.

Thomas remained at the home until his death in 1844, though he had sold it to his son, George W. Fuller in 1831. George and his family lived on the property until 1854 when he bought land at the bottom of the hill on the opposite side of the road now called Old Jay Hill Road.

Later Development

After George sold the property a few different families lived there in quick succession, including Calvin Bumpus, Simon Yetton, and Stephen Childs. In 1860, Charles A. Macomber purchased the property and lived there with his family. After five years, he sold it to his older brother, Tilson Macomber, who lived on the property. At this time Charles broke up the lot and about 40 acres south of the road now called Woodman Hill Road was retained by Charles and sold to their other brother, George R. Macomber, in 1873. In the 1860s the granite at the north end of the property began to be quarried. One man who was involved in this was James M. Woodman from Wilton who had moved to Jay by 1870. By 1873, he was living on the Macomber property, but did not yet own it. Tilson Macomber sold the land in 1872 to Horace F. Davis of Cape Elizabeth (formerly of Wilton). It is not believed that Davis ever lived on the property, so the Woodman's probably rented it from him. The Woodman's purchased it from Davis in 1878 before selling it to Eugene Macomber in 1887. It is unknown when the Woodmans left the property, but over the next decade the property changed hands several times before Herman Briggs purchased the farm in 1898. Herman lived on the property with his family until his death in the 1940s.

Recent History

Herman's widow, Alice, sold the property in 1944 to her daughter and son-in-law, Verna and Frank Briggs. They sold it to Vernon and Ann Brown the following year. Vernon was originally from St. Stephen, New Brunswick but was living in Connecticut with his family. Vernon's parents, Ira and Mabel, moved in to the home and purchased it from their son and daughter-in-law in 1949. Mabel died there in 1953 and later that year Ira sold it to Lauriston and Gladys Swett. The Swetts lived in the home for three years before selling it to Reginald and Gertrude Howes in 1956. Reginald planted apple trees on the property and turned it into a large apple orchard. He later sold to the property to his son and daughter-in-law, Normand and Mary. Mary sold the home to her son, Sam, in 2016, who is the current owner.

Research Notes and Data

Known Residents

Date Family
1790-1844 Thomas Fuller
1810-1854 George W. Fuller
1854-1857 Calvin Bumpus
1857-1858 Simon B. Yetton
1858-1860 Stephen Childs
1860-1865 Charles A. Macomber
1865-c1872 Tilson Macomber
c1872-1887 James M. Woodman
1898-1944 Herman E. Briggs
1945-1949 Vernon F. Brown
1945-1953 Ira F. Brown
1953-1956 Lauriston E. Swett
1956-1997 Reginald E. Howes
1985-1996 Normand A. Howes and Mary B. Howes family


Date Grantor Grantee Book-Page
March 4, 1790 Phipp's Canada Proprietors Thomas Fuller 17-394
July 28, 1796 William Bond Thomas Fuller 27-307
December 5, 1831 Thomas Fuller George W. Fuller 50-335
December 17, 1842 George W. Fuller Thomas Fuller 7-118
February 24, 1844 Thomas Fuller and George W. Fuller Edward Fuller 8-84
May 1, 1849 Estate of Edward Fuller George W. Fuller 16-232
April 23, 1853 George W. Fuller Albion K.P. Childs 26-238
September 9, 1853 Albion K.P. Childs Calvin Bumpus 26-514
July 7, 1857 Calvin Bumpus Simon B. Yetton 36-500
February 6, 1858 Simon B. Yetton Stephen Childs and Lucy Ann Childs 38-373
May 4, 1860 Stephen Childs and Lucy Ann Childs Charles A. Macomber 46-215
October 12, 1865 Charles A. Macomber Tilson Macomber 57-478
September 19, 1872 Tilson Macomber Horace F. Davis 74-209
July 1, 1878 Horace F. Davis Julia A. Woodman 109-581
May 11, 1887 Julia A. Woodman Eugene W. Macomber 109-582
September 26, 1890 Eugene W. Macomber Myra E. George 114-376
October 10, 1891 Myra E. George Ella M. Jordan 122-333
April 20, 1895 Ella M. Jordan Frank H. Lane 131-332
May 16, 1896 Frank H. Lane Everett G. Look 133-313
November 10, 1898 Everett G. Look Herman E. Briggs 140-403
January 1, 1944 Alice G. Briggs Frank R. Grant and Verna B. Grant 295-380
September 17, 1945 Frank R. Grant and Verna B. Grant Vernon F. Brown and Ann Morris Brown 295-557
July 12, 1949 Vernon F. Brown Ira F. Brown and Mabel G. Brown 302-392
August 25, 1953 Ira F. Brown Lauriston E. Swett and Gladys E. Swett 327-411
June 26, 1956 Lauriston E. Swett and Gladys E. Swett Reginald E. Howes and Gertrude C. Howes 344-71
November 8, 1985 Reginald E. Howes Normand A. Howes and Mary B. Howes 861-253
August 29, 2016 Mary B. Howes Samuel N. Howes 3850-333

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