Noah CROSS (1710 – 1793) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather, one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Noah Cross was born about 1710 in Barrington, New Hampshire. His parents were probably not Robert Cross and Elizabeth Graves. It is more likely that Noah’s father probably was either Richard, John, Benjamin, or William CROSS who were original proprietors of Barrington, New Hampshire and drew lots at the first meeting of the Barrington Proprietors held in Portsmouth May 28, 1722. Jay Cross thinks their parents were Richard CROSS and Jane PUDEATER, who married 24 Sep 1670 in Salem, Mass. (See the discussion on Robert’s page for more details)
Noah married Lydia CROMWELL. After Lydia died, he married Abygail Hammock 20 Aug 1767 in Wiscasset, Lincoln, Maine. Noah died before 1793 in Vassalboro, Kennebec Co., Maine.
Lydia Cromwell was baptized 31 Oct 1736 in South Berwick, Maine. Her parents were Joshua CROMWELL and Lydia [__?__]. Lydia died before 1767.
I can’t find a record of Abygail (Abagail) Hammock other than the 1767 marriage By Jno. Murray, V. D. M.. Thomas, John and Elizabeth Hammock were baptized into the Rochester Strafford, New Hampshire Church at the same time as Noah.
Children of Noah and Lydia:
1764 Vassalboro, Maine
|19 Aug 1817 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.|
|2.||John Cross||28 Feb 1739/40 New Hampshire||Sarah Smith
24 May 1768 Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine
|10 Mar 1784 Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine|
|3.||Josiah (Joshua) Cross||1746
1768 – Boothbay, Maine
|24 Aug 1819 Waldo, Lincoln, Maine|
Barrington, New Hampshire
|6.||Caleb Cross||1753 Somersworth NH||Judith Hooper
14 Aug 1784
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
2 May 1809
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
|7.||Benjamin Cross||1755 New Hampshire||Sarah Lampson
14 Aug 1785 Hallowell, Maine
|8.||James Cross||Hannah Varney
14 Apr 1796 Vassalboro
Noah’s Possible Parents
Many genealogies say Noah was the son of Robert Cross and Elizabeth Graves, but they married in 1719, nine years after Noah is said to be born. Noah’s first child William was born about 1738 so there is a little wiggle room for a later date of birth.
Some genealogists feel Noah grew up in Barrington, New Hampshire, 50 miles north of Ipswich, Mass where Robert lived, but I don’t see any evidence Robert went to New Hampshire. On the other hand, Noah’s supposed brother Robert Jr moved to Newmarket, New Hampshire which is only 15 miles south of Barrington.
Both Robert Jr and Moses later moved to Sandbornton, NH, another 50 miles northwest. Not the same direction as Noah who moved to Vassalboro, Maine, but the same pioneering spirit.
Noah named one of his children Moses, and Samuel is a common name among his descendants, but I don’t see any Roberts. Moses’ son Moses Jr (1755-1820) moved to Vassalboro too. He named his children Lydia, Caleb, Mercy, and Sarah common names among Noah’s descendants.
Noah was not named in Robert’s will.
My conclusion is Noah was related to Robert Cross, but probably was not his son.
Noah’s father probably was either Richard, John, Benjamin, or William CROSS or one of their sons who were original proprietors of Barrington, New Hampshire and drew lots at the first meeting of the Barrington Proprietors held in Portsmouth May 28, 1722. Jay Cross thinks their parents were Richard CROSS and Jane PUDEATER, who married 24 Sep 1670 in Salem, Mass
Barrington was incorporated in 1722 and named for Samuel Shute of Barrington Hall, colonial governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. His brother was John Shute Barrington, 1st Viscount Barrington.
The town was made up of two grants, the first containing all of Strafford and present-day Barrington except for a parcel two miles wide called New Portsmouth, or the Two Mile Streak. This second grant had been set aside to provide fuel and home sites for imported workers at the Lamprey RiverIron Works, chartered in 1719 by the Massachusetts General Court to encourage industrial development in the province.
A HISTORY OF BARRINGTON NH by Morton Wiggin. Transcribed by Karen Penman ( firstname.lastname@example.org) July 2000 Chapter 3: Incorporation and Early Settlement 1722-1744
Barrington was quickly surveyed and divided into lots in proportion to the tax levied on each person in Portsmouth for the cost repairs of the H.M.S. “Barrington”. The lots were numbered up to 277, the number of taxpayers. They drew their numbers on the first range of lots on the east side of the town at the Rochester line and so continued until the ranges of a mile wide were laid off into lots and the land taken up, with the exception of the lots of the Two Mile Streak, which were reserved to Portsmouth expressly to pay the expense of starting the foundry of the Lamphrey Iron Works.
In laying off the lots, when they came to a pond, as Ayers Pond in the first range of lots, they numbered the acres of water and led the lot in course beyond.
Between lot 11 of James Libby and lot 12 of Samuel Allcock there was 280 acres of Round Pond which was not included in the area allotted to each proprietor. Bow Lake and commons numbered 960 acres and was not included in the lot distribution. A man by the name of Thomas Parker drew lot 149 containing 648 acres, which happened to fall on the top of a mountain. Hence the name of Parker Mountain.
John Foss, one of the original settlers sold Bow Lake to John Caverly and the Caverly family sold it to the Cocheco Manufacturing Company of Dover. It has never been figured out how Foss got it in the first place, since bodies of water were excluded from the grants to proprietors.
The survey created ranges of lots one mile wide, commencing at the Rochester line. In between the ranges there were five range roads each four rods wide. There was a half mile left over next to the Nottingham line which was not laid out in lots. A cross range road was laid out not far from the center of the township. It was on the north side of the range road, in the fourth range of lots between lot No. 156, Joshua Perce’s 720 acres and the Parsonage lot on the northwest and No. 157 John Hoker’s 96 acres on the southeast.
The first meeting of the Barrington Proprietors was held in Portsmouth May 28, 1722, with Richard Wibert as moderator and Clement Hughes as clerk. They drew lots for selecting the place where they would take up their number of acres. In Vol. IX of the Provincial Papers, page 41 is found the following:
“A list of the original Proprietors of the Town of Barrington with the Rate which each man Paid & by which the Quantity of Acres each man had is ascertained at the rate of two Pence pr acre & also the number of Each Lot as the Same was drawn by each Propr or his Constituent.”
49. Richd Cross 120 Acres
76. Wm Cross 72 Acres
243. Jno Cross 30 Acres
244. Benja Cross 210 Acres
111. Ed Pendexter 96 Acres (Corrupted spelling of Pudeater?)
John Cross was born 1660 – Rockingham, New Hampshire. His parents were Robert Craw and Ellen [__?_]. He married in 1688 in Rockingham, New Hampshire to Esther Manson Esther(b. abt 1668, Hampton, Rockingham, NH – d. aft. 1736) daughter of Richard and Esther Manson. Esther m. 1st John Cross; m. 2d Alexr. Dennett; m. 3d Anthony Roe. Children 1688-1702: George, Joseph, Joshua, Mary, Lydia, Richard, John. John died 6 Jun 1730 – Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.
Children of John and Esther
i. George Cross (1688 – 1739
ii. Joseph Cross (1691 – 1739
iii. Joshua Cross (1693 –
iv. Mary Cross (1695 – 1774
v. Lydia Cross (1698 –
vi. Richard Cross (1700 – 1726
vii. John Cross Jr. (1702 –
Benjamin Cross married 16 Mar 1721 – Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire to Elizabeth Treworgy . Benjamin died before 28 Dec 1730.
Benjamin, mariner, mar. in Portsm. 16 Mar. 1720/21 Elizabeth (Treworgy) wid. of John Field. He continued the Field tavern, as did his widow after his death. Will 29 Jan. 1722-3 – 28 Dec. 1730 names only w. Elizabeth, who was living Portsmouth 1740.
Elizabeth Treworgy was born 1655 in Kittery, Maine. Her parents were Samuel Treworgye and Dorcas Walton. She first married Noah Parker ( – d. 8 Feb 1708 in Lisbon, Androscoggin, Maine). She first married 26 Aug 1714 to John Field (b. 1655 – d. 1718 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire). Finally, she married Benjamin Cross. Elizabeth died in 1740.
Jay Cross posts:
I think that that Noah had brothers Robert, Richard, Benjamin, Nathan, Samuel, & John, and were some of the children of Robert CROSS son of Stephen CROSS and Elizabeth CHENEY of Ipswich. The evidence for this is tenuous, and based on apparent but undocumented joint ownership of certain real estate, proximity, and seeming contact with the same other families. I wouldn’t bet any body parts on this.
Jay also posts
A third family poorly documented CROSS family in New Hampshire with a Joseph and a Caleb are from Rockingham County [now Strafford County]. They lived near Dover/Barrington, and are probably descended from Richard who married in Ipswich MA, 1670. This is also near where the older Zachariah witnessed the will.
Jay also posts
I’ve been trying to find the origins of all the CROSSes in NE in the 1790 US Census.
The Vasselborough ME CROSSes are very likely the children of the Barrington NH [and nearby other] CROSSes. There were four CROSSes that had original claims in the fifth range of lots in Barrington, when it split from Portsmouth in 1721 [I haven’t read the history books, I’m just going on what I could glean from the town records.] These lots were 100-200 acres.
Those four CROSSes were Richard, John, Benjamin, and William. Where Richard and Capt. Benjamin were assessed 1 or 2 Pounds each, and John and William were assesed a few Shillings.
By 1731 Richard was dead, and his estate was taxed. By 1736 Benjamin & John were both dead. After 1740, William no longer shows up on the tax rolls. In the 1759-66 time frame, their estates were being subdivided to pay back taxes.
There is a good chance that this family are the children of Richard CROSS who m. Jane PUDEATOR in Salem in 1670. They had children John & Elizabeth before moving probably to Cape Porpus Maine, and then later to Portsmouth NH. There is an Edward PENDEXTOR listed in the early tax rolls, and that is what some say the name PUDEATOR became.
There is a Caleb GRAFTON in town [the only Caleb]. Do any of you GRAFTON searchers have info about a CROSS marriage that could have produced Caleb CROSS, Rev War Vet in 1753?
I’d be interested in hearing any evidence that supports or refutes these ideas.
Richard Cross married Jane Pudeater, (which may be an tranliterated French name like Jeanne Pu d’Ater) 24 Sep 1670 – Salem, Mass. Savage was they had Elizabeth August 17 following and John April 12 1673.
Maybe Jacob Pudeater is Jane’s brother — Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers Volume 3 page 492
Jacob Pudeater, Salem, m. 28 Oct. 1666, Isabel Mosier, wh. d. 3 Mar. 1677, and took sec. w. Nothing is mentioned of him, except that his widow. Ann Pudater (wiki), was one of those innocents charged. with the preposter. offence of witchery. in May 1692, shut up in Boston gaol, at the same time with Philip English and his w. tried in Sept. and with seven others executed on 22. See Felt II. 477-80; Essex Inst.II. 187, 8; and Hutch. II. 58.
Events in Noah’s Life
19 May 1743 – Noah signed the petition for the incorporation of Somersworth, a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities. It originally called Sligo after Sligo in Ireland, was settled before 1700 as a part of Dover. It was organized in 1729 as the parish of Summersworth, meaning summer town, because during that season the ministers would preach here. It was set off and incorporated in 1754 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and until 1849 included Rollinsford. A clerical error at incorporation contracted the name to Somersworth.
27 Apr 1749 – Noah Cross was one of the original purchasers of land in Middleton, NH [a bit North of Rochester]. He drew eighth and chose a lot numbered 95.
Granted by the Masonian Proprietors in 1749, the town was named after Sir Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, who was in charge of convoy service between Barbados and the colonies. The land was first settled shortly before the Revolutionary War by settlers from Lee and Rochester. Although the soil is rocky and unsuited for cultivation, cider was made in considerable quantities, and maple syrup to some extent.
Middleton was situated on the road between Exeter and Wolfeboro, the location of Colonial Governor John Wentworth’s summer home, Kingswood. Neglect of the road caused the governor to bill the proprietors for repairs he had to make for safe travel to Kingswood, built in 1771. Middleton was incorporated on March 4, 1778, and originally included Brookfield, which was split off in December of 1794
17 Sep 1749 – Noah Cross Renewed his Baptismal Covenant with the Church in Rochester, New Hampshire. Rochester is 7 miles northwest of Summerworth.
8 Dec 1766 – Noah recorded a survey for 100 acres at Salt Marsh Cove in what is now East Edgecomb. This record (Lincoln County Records, Book 5, pg 129) also mentions his son William.
The Kitzi Colby Wildlife Preserve is a 12-acre parcel on Salt Marsh Cove on the Damariscotta River. This cove was the site of saltworks, iceworks, a brickyard, ferry landing, sawmills, and gristmills. Now in its natural state, the Salt Marsh Cove is of environmental importance to the health of the Damariscotta River. Follow the old road 0.3 of a mile to Salt Marsh Cove, and a loop trail of about 0.6 mile.
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The family was in Boothbay for a time before moving to Vassalboro. Lydia died abt. 1766 either in NH or in Wiscasset.
In the 1767 Maine census, Noah was living in Freetown, Lincoln County. Freetownn is now called Edgecomb.
1769 – Noah’s property in Middletown NH [bought in 1749] was sold to Silas Varney.
The 1790 Vasalboro Census shows:
Cabot [Caleb] Cross, 1-0-7
Moses Cross, 1-1-3
James Cross, 1-0-0
William CROSS, 4-2-3
Benjamin Cross, 2-3-5
1. William CROSS (See his page)
2. John Cross
John’s wife Sarah Smith was born 1 Nov 1743 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine. Her parents were Ebenezer Smith and Hannah [__?__]. Sarah died 17 Feb 1823 in Woolwich, Maine.
Woolwich is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine. The population was 2,810 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. Located beside Merrymeeting Bay, Woolwich is a suburb of the city of Bath. It was attacked repeatedly in King Philip’s and King William’s Wars and was assailed again in 1723 during Dummer’s War, when the Norridgewocks and their 250 Indian allies from Canada, incited by the French missionary Sebastien Rale, burned dwellings and killed cattle. Following Governor William Dummer’s peace treaty of 1725, resettlement would be slow until the 1759 Fall of Quebec. Nequasset had become a district of Georgetown, but on October 20, 1759, the plantation was set off and incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court, named after Woolwich, England.
Children of John and Sarah:
i. John Cross b. 5 Jun 1769 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 25 Jun 1841 in Woolwich
ii. Daniel Cross b. 6 Jun 1771 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine
iii. Damaris Cross b. 12 Mar 1772 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 21 Nov 1834 in Woolwich
iv. Betty Cross (twin) b. 26 Apr 1773 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine
v. Rachael Cross (twin) b. 26 Apr 1773 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine
vi. Susan Cross b. 01 Nov 1774 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine; d. 28 Oct 1851 in Camden, Knox County, Maine; m. 19 Mar 1792 Camden, Knox County, Maine to James Simonton Jr. (b. 10 Dec 1767 in Camden, Knox County, Maine – d. 02 Dec 1839 in Camden) James’ parents were James Simonton Sr. (1734 – 1813) and Anne Lane (1738 – 1832) Susan and James had ten children born between 1793 and 1815.
vii. Ebenezer Cross b. 16 Mar 1781 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 23 Aug 1805
viii. Lydia Cross b. 16 Mar 1781 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 15 Aug 1816 in Woolwich
ix. James Cross b. 25 Jul 1783 in Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 11 Jul 1861 in Kingfield, Franklin, Maine; m. 20 Jul 1807 Woolwich to Mary Snell (b. 15 Jan 1787 in Woolwich, Maine – d.20 Jan 1849 in Kingfield, Franklin, Maine)
3. Josiah (Joshua) Cross
Josiah’s wife Mary Day was born about 1748 in Boothbay, Maine.
Joshua stayed in Woolwich while his father and brothers moved to Vassalboro.
4. Moses Cross
Moses’ wife Mary Kelley was born in 1760 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. Her parents were Samuel Kelley and Olive Leighton.
In Vboro, there are records for Moses & Mary having the following children:
01 Jan 1780, Lydia Cross
21 Feb 1781, Caleb Cross
18 Aug 1783, Mary Cross
18 Aug 1785, Sarah Cross
Moses is shown in the 1800 census as living in Belgrade township, Kennebec
In order to be aware of possible confusion, it is worth noting that there was a Moses Cross who married a Mary Emerson, Jan 24, 1745 in Methuen MA. They moved to NH, and had children that moved to Maine.
Children of Moses and Mary
i. Moses Cross b. 1778 in Waterville, Maine; d. 1 Nov 1847 in Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine; m1. 30 Sep 1798 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Mary Gray (b. Clinton, Maine); m2. 13 Jun 1803 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Sally Sands
ii. Lydia Cross b. 16 Mar 1781 – Sagadahoc, Maine; d. 15 Aug 1816 – Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine; m.
20 Apr 1805 – Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine to John Preble (b. 16 Jul 1770 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine – d. 5 Aug 1839 in Georgetown) John’s parents were Joseph Preble (1729 – 1808) and Mary Hodgkinson (1735 – 1822). Lydia and John had seven children born between 1805 and 1813. After Lydia died, John married 11 Nov 1815 Age: 45 Phippsburg, Lincoln, Maine to Rachel Clark (b. 7 Mar 1778 in Phippsburg, Lincoln, Maine) John and Rachel had two more children in 1817 and 1820.
iii. Caleb Cross b. 21 Feb 1782 in Kennebec, Maine. d. Bef. 1840 census ; m. 9 Jul 1807 Age: 25 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Rhoda Ann Townsend (b. 08 Mar 1783 in Kennebec Maine – Aft. 1850 in Sheffield, Bureau, Illinois) Caleb and Rhoda had seven children born between 1807 and 1822.
In the 1840 census, Rhoda Cross was living alone in Bureau, Illinois.
Caleb’s son, Lorenzo Dow Cross was born in 24 Oct 1822 in Stark County, Ohio and crossed the Oregon Trail in 1852 . He settled in what is now Canby, Clackamas, Oregon. Lorenzo’s donation land claim is now downtown Canby.
iv. Mercy Cross b. 24 Sep 1783 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
iv. Sarah Cross b. 18 Aug 1785 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
v. Noah Cross b. 23 Apr 1789 in Belgrade, Maine; m. 1811 in Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine to Hannah Bean (b. 13 Jul 1787 in Readfield, Kennebec, Maine,) Noah and Hannah had twelve children born between 1812 and 1833.
vi. James Cross d. 1801
5. Noah Cross
Noah’s married Mary Fall when she was 13 years old. One source has given Mary Fall as the daughter of Zebedee Fall who was a son of John Fall of Berwick, Maine. I find nothing on Zebedee Fall accept his mention in his father’s will. Mary Fall married (1st) Noah Cross (of either the same locale as she or from Vassalboro) in 1773 at the age of 13. She later married Francis Wyman in 1793 as his second wife. I assume that its believed that her father was Zebedee Fall since she named a child Zebedee Wyman.
Since Walpole Plantation generally referred to the area around Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, I’m trying to figure out whether or not this Fall family lived at Damariscotta Lake.
6. Caleb Cross
Caleb’s first wife Judith Hooper was born 1765 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Judith died before 1809 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine,
I can’t find any record of Caleb’s second wife Mercy Wentworth
Caleb was a Revolutionary War Veteran.
Cross, Caleb, Edgecomb, Maine. List dated Pownalborough, Aug. 20, 1778, of men raised in Lincoln Co. to march to Providence to reinforce Col. Wade’s and Col. Jacobs’s regts., as returned by Brig. Charles Cushing; residence, Edgecomb; enlisted from Col. Jones’s (3d Lincoln Co.) regt.;
also, Private, Capt. Timothy Foster’s co., Maj. William Lithgo’s detachment of militia; enlisted Sept. 1, 1779; discharged Nov. 1, 1779; service, 2 mos., defending frontiers of Lincoln Co.
Children of Caleb and Judith
i. Elizabeth Cross b. 14 Dec 1785 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine;
ii. Suzannah Cross b. 11 Aug 1787 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 24 Sep 1804 in Vassalboro to Benjamin Randall (b. 1783) Benjamin’s parents were Samuel Randall and Margaret Horn.
iii. Mary Cross b. 23 Dec 1788 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m1. Andrew Randall; m2. Daniel Robbins
iv. Judith Cross b. 6 Apr 1793 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 1 Jul 1816 in Vassalboro to James Cain
v. Caleb Cross b. 18 Dec 1797 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine;
vi. Isaac Cross b. 1 Apr 1799 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine;
7. Benjamin Cross
The only record about Benjamin Cross and Sarah Lampson that I can find is that they were married 14 Aug 1785 in Hallowell, Maine. The groom could have been this Benjamin, age 30 or his nephew of the same name age 19.
Some genealogies show Lawson, but the marriage record in Hallowell (Solemnized by Rev. Seth Noble:) shows Lamson.
There was a Lampson family living in Kennebec and Olive Lampson married Benjamin’s brother Jonathan Cross Mar 1792 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
At the summit of Mudgett hill is the Lampson homestead. About 1824 Benjamin Hussey, whose father, Isaac, had lived and died in Freedom, Me., came to Vassalboro and settled on the farm now owned by Benjamin G. Hussey, his grandson. Here James Cross had built a house on a two-acre clearing which his father, Benjamin Cross, had made, when this locality was known as Mudgett Hill, and was connected with the settlement at Cross Hill by only a foot path.
8. James Cross
There are many contradictory genealogies about Hannah Varney’s marriage to a Cross 26 Mar or 14 Apr 1796 in Vassalboro Maine. Some say he married this James and in 1801 had a son James Jr who married 28 Oct 1827 in Vassalboro to Love Brown and died 8 Feb 1877 in Vassalboro. Noah CROSS’s property in Middletown NH [bought in 1749] was sold to Silas Varney in 1769.
Other genealogies say Hannah married James’ nephew Josiah Cross and in 1812 had a son Peleg Cross. This version conflicts with Josiah’s marriage to Patience Cushman 9 Nov 1806 Belfast, Waldo, Maine.
Still others say Hannah married Josiah’s brother Jonathan Cross which conflicts with Jonathan’s marriages to Olive Lampson Mar 1792 and Lois Herd (Hird)
There was a Hannah Varney who was born in 16 Apr 1783 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire near the Crosses. Her parents were John Varney and Miriam Hanson. She married her cousin Festus Varney 1 Oct 1800 in Farmington, New Hampshire and died 14 Apr 1853 inDover, Strafford, New Hampshire.
Child of James and Hannah
i. James Cross b. 1801 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 8 Feb 1877 Vassalboro; m. 28 Oct 1827 in Kennebec, Maine to Love Brown (b. 1798 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – d. 24 Feb 1865 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine)