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William Godsoe Survey Maps

William Godsoe was the first surveyor of Kittery, Maine. His earliest surviving map was drawn in 1689, and his last map dates to 1725.  He was called upon to draw maps that were used to show town grants, or to be used in land disputes. Many of these maps includes the houses and outbuildings that were on the property surveyed, and give us a rare view of early Maine buildings, as the following details from maps indicate.

Frost Farm by Godsoe, 1701

Humphrey Chadbourne Jr.'s Sturgeon Creek farm (left) and Lt. Charles Frost's
farm (right), Eliot, Maine. Detail from William Godsoe,  "A Plott of Mr. Humprhey Chadburns Farm at Sturgen Creek Taken October 6-7, 1701," The Maine State Archives.
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John Shepard homestead by Godsoe

John Shepard's homestead (left) and Paul William's house (right). Detail from William Godsoe, "Draught of a parcell of land lying in Spruce Creek, Kittery, April 4, 1689."  Kittery Town Records, Volume 1, page 198. Click here or on the image for a higher resolution detail of the map.

 

Hammond Garrison by Godsoe

Major Hammond's Garrison (left)   Richard Roger's  house (right). Detail from William Godsoe, "Richard Roger's land in the reach of Kittery, 1698," Kittery Town Records Volume 1, page 131. Click here or on the image for a higher resolution detail of the map.

 

Cold Harbor by Godsoe

Houses in present-day Eliot, Maine. William Godsoe, detail of untitled map of Cold Harbor,  ca. 1715, Maine State Archives. Click here or on image for a higher resolution detail of the map.

 

Great Cove by Godsoe

Christian Remick house (left)  Thomas Withers house (right) in Kittery, Maine. William Godsoe, detail from "Mr. Thomas Spinney...his old Lot in Great Cove, December 18, 1697," Maine State Archives. Click here or on image for a higher resolution detail of the map.

 

Hooke farm by Godsoe

Detail from William Godsoe, "Late Major Hooke houselot lying neere Kittery Point, August 29, 1715." Kittery Town Records, Volume 2, page 32. Click here or on image for a higher resolution detail of the map.

 

Wilson house by Godsoe
William Godsoe, detail of "Sargent Joseph Wilson's... Home Lot, May 15, 1703."  Kittery Town Records, Volume 1, page 178. Click here or on image for a higher resolution detail of the map.