That's an interesting question. I checked on the date of incorporation for Robbinston and found it was 1811 (settled in 1787, acc. to "Length and Breadth of Maine)." John left this area for the coast about 1811.
I am not sure of the exact process of incorporation. There is a 3-page declaration for the town of Madison stating that it was prepared by John Harvell (surely the older man), and listing the names of the others concerned separately. Also, strangely enough, it cautions that in every case where the name "Palmyra" is used, it should be meant to read as "Madison." Also I noticed that the census for Madison is sometimes placed with that of Palmyra.
The Petition was presented to the Senate of the Commonwealth of Mass. and passed through the House of Rep. on Feb. 28, 1803.
Also, a copy of the petition was to be published in the Kennebec Gazette 3 weeks successively....(in such a way as to allow those against it to speak their piece). By 1803 Madison was not a big place either. Probably the Maine Historical Society would know (or have) info. on the Robbinston incorporation. Do you think so? Kathy
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