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REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Baker's Island, Maine
U.S. title - trespassers, etc.
The first record on file is a letter from
Inspector Franklin, making complaints against
certain trespassers on Baker's Island, named Gilsey,
sons of a former keeper. The elder Gilsey lived
seventeen years on the Island before it was
purchased by the U.S. He was the first Keeper appoint-
ed when the light was established; he was
removed in 1849 - and then left the Island. His
sons remained, and made themselves so obnoxious
to the Government employees, that the Inspector on
10 Dec 1853, made complaint as above. On 27 Dec 1853
the Secretary of the Treasury directed that legal steps
be taken to eject the trespassers. About May 1, 1854
the District Attorney reported that the squatters would
contest the title and asked for original or certi-
fied copies of deed of conveyance and correspon-
dence at the time the land was bought. The Bd.
sent copies of deeds of conveyance and cession
on 6 May 1854. On 15 Sept. 1854 the Dist. Attorney
reported that there would be difficulty in securing
evidence to prove the U.S. title, owing to the death or
great age of witnesses, the question turning upon
possession having been taken about 1806. He suggest [sic.]
a survey and marking boundaries with a
view to possible compromise. The survey was
authorized 20 Sept. 1854. As a result an +Agreement
was made with E. and S. Gilsey to remain on
the Island under certain limitations. On 16 Aug.
1888 Engineer Stanton sends a copy of this Agreement.
+ Note: For copy of Agreement see L.R. v.771 p.68
12 December 1891. E.S.I.
[everything on this page is apparently a handwritten note from 1891]
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