Harpswell, Maine, in Cumberland County, in the 1820 Federal Census.
Enumerator: Robert D. Dunning
Enumeration of Harpswell consists of all or parts of Sheets 374-383; use the arrow at top left of each image to page forward. Note: there are two sheets numbered 358 - the second one has the information.
Boundary changes to Harpswell since 1820:
- in 1891 Ragged Island was annexed from Phippsburg
Note: Spelling of the names of heads of households has been left as it appears in the enumerator’s hand; in some cases, for clarity, an optional spelling has been added. Your corrections and additional information are requested; please comment for the benefit of fellow researchers.
For the following reasons, be prepared to search the entire list for the object of your search:
Many people were not sure of the spelling of their names
Name spelling may have evolved throughout the person’s life
The enumerator may not have heard the person correctly
The enumerator may have interviewed someone not certain of the name of the head of household or how it was spelled
The enumerator may have used phonetic spellings.
Some enumerators grouped heads of households together by the first letter of their surname, giving an additional clue on a surname difficult to read.
Note: lists by first letter of surname are not alphabetical within that letter.
Some enumerators apparently grouped the names by walking through neighborhoods; in these cases, the first letter of the surname may sometimes be in error, but the information on neighboring households is valuable.