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Canton

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Canton
State:
Connecticut
County:
Hartford County
Probate District:
9
Year Established:
1806
Year Incorporated:
1806
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
4 Market Street
P.O. Box 168
Collinsville, CT 06022
(860) 693-7847
Research hours - M,T,Th - 8:30 -4:30
W - 8:30 - 6:45 pm, Fri - 8:30 - Noon
Researchers must request volumes from clerk.
(860) 693-7870
Web Address:
www.townofcantonct.org/

History Brief:
First settled on Chestnut Hill in West Simsbury in 1737. The General Assembly constituted this the Parish of West Symsbury in May 1750. Canton incorporated in 1806, taking land from Simsbury and New Hartford. Town vital records begin 1838.
Barbour collection records cover 1806-53.
   
Other City Names (0)
No Data Available.
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Simsbury
 
Population (7)
Year:1810
Population:1374

Year:1840
Population:1736

Year:1870
Population:2639

Year:1900
Population:2678

Year:1990
Population:8268

Year:2000
Population:8840

Year:2010
Population:10292
 
Founding Families (6)
Surname:Alford

Surname:Barber

Surname:Bidwell

Surname:Case

Surname:Dyer

Surname:Humphrey
 
Cemeteries (9)
Name:Calvary Cemetery
Location:Collinsville

Name:Canton Center Cemetery
Location:Canton Center

Name:Canton Street Cemetery
Location:Canton Street

Name:Collinsville Cemetery
Location:Collinsville

Name:Dyer Cemetery
Location:On Dyer farm, west side of Albany Tpke.

Name:New Catholic Cemetery (860) 693-8067
Location:Collins Rd

Name:Southwest Canton Cemetery
Location:US 51 Collinsville

Name:St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Location:US 51 Collinsville

Name:Village Cemetery
Location:US 51
 
Churches (8)
Name:Canton Community Baptist (860) 693-8338
Location:125 Dowd Avenue, P.O.Box 369, Canton

Name:Canton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses (860) 693-0563
Location:18 Barbourtown Road, Canton Center
Website:www.watchtower.org

Name:Church of the Latter-Day Saints (860) 693-0788
Location:12 Dunham Road

Name:Collinsville Congregational Church (860) 693-6333
Location:7 South Street, Collinsville
Website:www.collinsvillecongragational.org

Name:Community United Methodist Church (860) 693-4589
Location:3 Case Street, Canton

Name:First Congregational Church of Canton Center (860) 693-4581
Location:184 Cherry Brook Road, P.O. Box 133 Canton Center

Name:St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (860) 693-1068
Location:7 Burlington Avenue Collinsville

Name:Trinity Episcopal Church (860) 693-8173
Location:55 River Road, Collinsville
 
Monuments (1)
Name:Canton Memorial Monument
Description:8-foot granite stele with incised lettering and bronze plaque
Location:Village Cemetery, Collinsville
Type:Military
Dedication Date:05/30/1903
Artist/Sculptor:Stephen Maslon Corp.
 
Communities (10)
Name:Bahre Corner

Name:Canton Center

Name:Canton Village

Name:Cherry Brook

Name:Collinsville

Name:Dowd's Corner

Name:East Hill

Name:North Canton

Name:Ratlum

Name:Secret Lake
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:Canton Historical Museum
Location:Collinsville (site of the Collins axe factory)
 
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Elisha Root - invented industrial die casting
Type:Historic

Name:Samuel W. Watkins - founder of Collins & Co.
Type:Historic

Name:William E. Simonds - Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:Canton Life (860) 953-0444 Monthly new magazine
Type:Contemporary
Location:106 South Street, West Hartford, CT 06110
Website:www.whitepublishing.com
 
Schools (4)
Name:Canton High School (860) 693-7707
Type:High School
Location:76 Simonds Avenue Canton
Website:www.cantonschools.org

Name:Canton Intermediate School (860) 693-7717
Type:Other
Location:39 Dyer Avenue, Canton
Website:www.cantonschools.org

Name:Canton Middle School (860) 693-7712
Type:Middle School
Location:76 Simonds Avenue Canton
Website:www.cantonschools.org

Name:Cherry Brook Primary School (860) 693-7721
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:4 Barbourtown Road, Canton
Website:www.cantonschools.org
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Canton Public Library (860) 693-5800
Type:Current
Location:40 Dyer Avenue, Canton
Website:www.cantonpubliclibrary.org
 
Published Histories (4)
Name:Canton Centennial Celebration 1806-1906
Author:Centennial Publication Committee
Date Published:1906
Publisher:Hartford Press
Description:Addresses at the Centennial Celebration, some historical. Appendix of historical information.

Name:Canton Connecticut
Author:Hon. William Edgar Simonds
Date Published:1895
Publisher:Connecticut Quarterly

Name:Gene Hist with Short Sketches and Family Records of Early Settlers of W Simsbury, Now Canton CT
Author:Abiel Brown
Date Published:1856
Publisher:Case, Tiffany & Company Hartford

Name:History of Simsbury, Granby & Canton, From 1642 to 1845
Author:Noah A. Phelps
Date Published:2001
Publisher:Abigail Phelps Chapter, DAR
Description:reprint of 1845 history. Chapter 11 covers Canton.
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (2)
Date:1741
Description:By this date religious services separate from Simsbury were being held in private homes.

Date:1826
Description:Collins & Company becomes one of the first manufacturers of axes in the world; located in Collinsville, the factory now houses the Historical Museum.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:
Collinsville Historical Society
11 Front Street
Collinsville, CT 06022
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1838 - Present (Earlier records can be found in Simsbury)
Marriage:1838 - Present (Earlier records can be found in Simsbury)
Death:1838 - Present (Earlier records can be found in Simsbury)
 





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