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Date: 16 Feb 1789 [unknown]
Location: Trenton, Hancock, Maine, United Statesmap
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Trentonis a town in Hancock County, incorporated 1789 from Plantation #1 EUR [1](Thorndyke Plantation). Named for the Battle of Trenton (New Jersey) in the American Revolution
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Trenton Chamber of Commerce: has the following:
Trenton was first settled in the early 1760s, when it was called Thornbury, or Thorndike Plantation. For many years ship building, fishing and shipping were the livelihoods of the population.
      Incorporated in 1789, Trenton was named in honor of the battle George Washington and his troops fought in Trenton, New Jersey.
      Throughout the 1800s Trenton prospered with the growth of the lumbering, mining and farming industries. A ferry ran between Trenton and Mt. Desert Island. Schooners were a common sight off the coast and the waterfront was a lively center of activity. The Grange Hall, built in the 1950s, was a popular place to meet with neighbors, and visitors were always welcome.
      The 1900s brought rapid growth as Trenton became established as the gateway to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Lobster pounds flourished as many stopped for their first taste of Maine’s famous delicacy.

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Important Dates
Date Event
September 18, 1759 Quebec surrenders to the British,
      Newly acquired land would be added to Lincoln County
1762 Several Land Grants were made from the Livermore Survey including:
      Township #1 East of Donaqua/Donaquee River , now known as Union River Ebenezer Thorndike (1719-1819) See: Hancock County Land Grants
February 16, 1789 Trenton Incorporated from Township No. 1 EUR
June 25, 1789 Hancock County was formed from a portion of Lincoln County
March 3, 1809 The "northerly part" of Trenton was set of to Ellsworth
March 15, 1820 Maine became the nation's 23rd state
February 21, 1828 a part of the town was set off and included in the new town of Hancock.
June 27, 1849 Thompson's Island and a small portion of Eden annexed as petitioned by William Thompson.
February 11, 1870The easterly part of the town was set off and incorporated into the new town of Lamoine.

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Villages, Locations
and Settlements
West Trenton

Historical Names

Name Note
Township No. 1 EUR
Thorndike Plantation

Pioneer Settlers

Pioneer Settler Arrival Year
Thorndike, Paul
Freeman, Samuel
Alden, David
Cates, Samuel
Simonton, Andrew
Wilson, Joseph
Thorndike, John
Woodbury, Joshua
Jordan, Nathaniel
Cushing, Jeremiah
Cushing, Ezekiel Jr.
Thorndike, Robert Jr.
Bradbury, John
Hutchinson, Stephen
Herrick, Theophilus
Thorndike, Ebenezer
Thorndike, Nicholas
Thorndike, Benjamin
Dyer, Anthony
Dyer, George
Dyer, William
Milliken, Nathaniel
Milliken, Joseph
Milliken, Thomas
Milliken, Jonathan
Robinson, John Jr.
Wallis, Joseph
Robbins, Benjamin
Milliken, John Mulbury
Milliken, Edward Jr.
Ingersol, Nathaniel
Milliken, Benjamin
Meserve, William
Brown, Joseph
Morgan, William
Haskill, Robert
Ellingswood, Ebenezer
Herrick, Henry
Smith, Lemuel
Milliken, Edward Esqr.
Roundy, John
Bartlet, William
Herrick, Joseph
Woodbury, Isaac
Harmon, Nathaniel
Herrick, Joshua Jr.
Herrick, Henry Jr.
Powel, Jer
Jones, Elisha


The state of Maine lists 3 Islands that are part of Trenton Maine Islands

Islands Settler/Namesake/Note


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Plan of Trenton
Lot Plan Trenton


Varney's Gazetteer of the state of Maine:
      Trenton, in Hancock County, lies north of Mount Desert Island, between Union River Bay and Jordan's River. Ellsworth bounds it on the north. It is on the stage-line from Ellsworth to South West Harbor. The surface of the town is undulating. It lies partially or wholly within the great mica-schist basin of the county, which is supposed to be of the Cambrian age. The occupation of the people aside from agriculture is connected with the sea. The town was formerly known as Number One of the six second class townships granted by Massachusetts in 1762, or according to Williamson, in 1764. It was confirmed to Paul Thorndike and others in 1785 The first English settlement known was in 1763. Anterior to this there were French settlers at Trenton and Oak Points. Thomson's and Alley's Islands are within its jurisdiction. Previous to 1870, Trenton had embraced the whole peninsula between Union River Bay and Frenchman's Bay, but at that date it was divided, and the eastern half incorporated as Lamoine. The Baptists and Methodists have each a church in town. There are seven public schoolhouses, and the school property is valued at $2,500. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $118,280. In 1880 it was $111,817. The population in 1870 was 678. In the census of 1880 it is placed at 639.

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  1. Hancock County Land Grants
  • Varney, George J. 1886. Gazetteer of the state of Maine. Boston: Russell.
  • Wasson, Samuel. 1878. A survey of Hancock County, Maine. Augusta [Me.]: Sprague, Owen & Nash, printers.

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