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Josiah W. Seaver Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 1368

Scope and Contents

The collection contains documents dating from 1838-1845 concerning Josiah Seaver's timberlands, especially 1785 acres of spruce and pine timberland in the Dead River area that was sold to Seaver in 1839. Documents include correspondence, deeds and legal agreements, assessments on land owners, and receipts and bills of sale for logging operations. The collection also includes correspondence dated 1899-1900 of Robert Harding, one of Seaver's descendants. The letters are from Morris H. Beall, an attorney in New York City, and the law firm of Walton & Walton of Skowhegan, Maine, and concern Josiah Seaver's heirs and estate.


  • 1839-1845

Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biographical Note

Josiah W. Seaver was a resident of South Berwick, Maine. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, served two terms in the Maine Senate after 1820 and was in the Maine House of Representatives in the 1830s. He also served as revenue collector of the 8th Massachusetts District and was sheriff of York County, Maine, in 1824. Josiah Seaver died around 1848.


1 box (9 folders)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Robert Harding, Jr., Hendersonville, N.C. in August 1981.
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States