Hi: Dexter is in Penobscot County. Clinton and Benton are in Kennebec Co., as is Waterville. To get the Kennebec County Register you might ask (beg?)your library for an inter-library loan. Then you would probably have to inspect it on the library premises when it arrives. These registers usually have a section on settlers, incomers and outgoers, etc.
Maine archives contain death records for all people who died in the state from 1898 on. If you have relatives who lived to that late date you would be lucky, as often the parents and their birthplaces are given.
Also, in the 1850 and later censuses, some areas in Maine give the birthplaces of not only heads of families, but also the parents of heads. This can help to identify them.
Of course, there are probates for these counties, and you can write to them for copies of any wills or administrations of persons who died at an estimated time. Many average citizens did not have any estate to divise or divide. Augusta is the probate location for Kennebec Co., and Dover-Foxcroft is the probate location for Piscataquis Co.
It's possible that the registry of deeds in Augusta might hold a land transfer between Emersons. Occasionally one will state what the relationship is, such as "From my beloved son," etc. Get back to me in a month or so, in case I get a chance to peek at the registry in Augusta. Kathleen
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