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Welcome to South Thomaston

Once Called Wessaweskeag

We announce with deep regret the death of long time genealogist, resource for KnoxGenWeb, and the South Thomaston coordinator,

Malcolm (Mac) Jackson

on February 28th, 2013. Aye, we'll miss ye Mac.


The Town of So. Thomaston was set off from Thomaston and incorporated July 18, 1848. At that time it included Owl's Head. The Indian name essaweskeag, the name of the main village and the river which runs through it, has been shortened to the Keag or Gig. The main industries over the years has been ship building, granite works, fishing , and farming. Only the fishing now remains. First settlers were Oliver Robbins, Samuel Brown, Elisha Snow, James Mathews, in what is now So. Thomaston and Stephen Peabody at Owl's Head.


South Thomaston is situated on the coast south of Thomaston just 4 miles from Rockland, around the intersection of Routes #72 and #121. It includes Spruce Head Island. The Finnish Congregational Church there is on the National Historic Register. There was once a large Finnish settlement in South Thomaston.


For copies of local Birth, Marriage and Death records contact theTown Clerk's Office, Municipal Bldg., 125 Spruce Head, Thomaston, ME 04858, 207-596-6584. Request a photocopy if available.

This is the closest to the original source but old records, like gold, are very sparse and often, if they exists at all , they will be a secondary source in the form of an entry in a book. For further leads go to

The Camden Area History Center, renamed the Walsh History CenterHeather Bilodeau, Archives Director, and relocated to quarters at the Camden Public Library. It is located on the 2nd Floor, 55 Main Street, Camden, ME 04843 and is open Tue. through Sat., 12:00 to 4:00. The History Center e-mail is   Phone: (207) 236-3440      Fax: (207) 236-6673

Go to Walsh History Center, see the column on the right hand side and click on the interactive searchable database. Type in any search word (for example "Directories") and it will pop up all items associated with that term.

For queries contact

For Maine State records go to
Cindy's Links to Maine State Records

  • For Probate Records request a photocopy of the 'Petition for Distribution or Administration' or 'Account of Administration' , (whichever is available), for the deceased individual. (Addresses below)
  • For Deeds of Land request a photocopy of the record for that individual.
  • For either of these use the following addresses:
    • For 1636-1760 write York County Clerk's Office, Alfred, ME 04002
    • For 1760-1827 write Lincoln County Clerk's Office, Wiscasset, ME 04578
    • For 1827-1860 write Waldo County Clerk's Office, Belfast, ME 04915
    • For 1860-present write Knox County Clerk's Office, Rockland, ME 04841
      Phone 207-594-0422, Fax 207-594-0446, Hours 8:-4: Eastern
  •   Volunteers With Books  

    To request a lookup from any of the references, click on the address of the owner and ask them politely. Please make your requests as specific as possible.




    'Rockland Courier Gazette',1897 to present plus an earlier paper from 1861

    Microfilm. Births, Marriages and Deaths

    Rockland Public Library, 86 Union St. Rockland ME 04841

    'Vital Records Published in Rockland, Maine, Prior to 1891', The Rockland Courier Gazette's Births, Marriages and Deaths 1846 to 1891

    Charle Candage

    Thomaston Recorder

    The newspaper's marriages and deaths from 1827-1846, indexed

    'Thomaston, Rockland, & South Thomaston', 1865

    Cyrus Eaton

    Edward J. Walsh History Center

    'The Mount Desert Widow' plus surname index, an attempt to update Eaton


    Knox County Directories

    Who has these books?

    Knox County Census Lookups, maximum 5


    Ann Davis

    'Maine Families in 1790'Vol. 1-6, one generation back and one forward

    ed. by Gray and Anderson

    Mary J. Coombs

    'Maine and NH Families'

    Walter Goodwin Davis

    Mary J. Coombs

    'MATHEWS Genealogy 1722-1942' Includes Allen, Batchelder, Bucklin, Butler, Coombs, Decrow, Dunning, Ingraham, Keating, Kelloch, Mathews, McAllister, Norton, Perry,and Spalding among others. 1942. Indexed. Includes military records. Of special interest to So. Thomaston

    Bernice Newborg