The Upper St. John River Valley

Northern Aroostook County, Maine and
Madawaska & Victoria Counties, New Brunswick

A history of the communities and people

This website covers communities in the St.John River valley, as well as in the valleys of the Allagash and the Fish Rivers in northern Aroostook County, and the valleys of the Green and Madawaska Rivers in Madawaska County

The upper St.John River valley was originally inhabited by members of the Maliseet nation, who called the region Wulustuk. Early settlers from Quebec, Acadia and Maine referred to the region as The Madawaska Settlement

This website also includes information on the rest of Aroostook County, Maine and on Victoria County, New Brunswick

This page is the starting point for history and genealogy links for the communities in the valley of the upper St. John River, or Wulustuk, in Aroostook County, Maine, USA and in Madawaska & Victoria Counties, New Brunswick, Canada.

In the early days the community spanned both banks of the St. John River, known to the original population of the valley as Wulustuk. Many of the documents transcribed here, especially from the first half of the 1800s, therefore include communities on both sides of the river.


Documents and Transcriptions

and population surveys

1900 census, Frenchville

Church Records

Land Grants and Surveys

Other Records  

Historical Maps   

Brief Histories of the Region's Towns and early settlers

Madawaska County:
Baker Brook | Clair | Connors | Edmundston | Rivière-Verte | Saint-André | Sainte-Anne | Saint-Basile | Saint-François | Saint-Hilaire | Saint-Jacques | Saint-Léonard |

Information on Victoria County:

Aroostook County:
Upper St.John Valley:
Allagash | Castonia Settlement (Twp.16, R.12) | Cyr Plantation | Daigle | EagleLake | Fort Kent | Frenchville | Grand Isle | Hamlin | Madawaska | New Canada Plantation | Portage Lake | St.Agatha | St. Francis | St. John Plantation | VanBuren | Wallagrass |

Information on the rest of Aroostook County:

History of the Madawaska Region

Family Histories  

Documents from other regions

In the course of researching my own ancestors I've transcribed documents from some of the regions from which they came before moving to the Upper St.John River valley.

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Last revised 12 April 2021
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