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Canton, Connecticut, USA - The Collins Company, Box, Packing & Handling Dept., Colinsville, Conn.

The Collins Axe Co. factory opened in Canton in 1826 and produced the first ready-to-use axes in the U.S.

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The Collins Company, Box, Packing & Handling Dept., Colinsville, Conn.
Canton, Connecticut, USA

The Collins Company, Box, Packing & Handling Dept., Colinsville, Conn.
Baptist Church, Canton, Ct.
Canton, Connecticut, USA

Baptist Church, Canton, Ct.
East Main Street
Canton, Connecticut, USA

East Main Street
Stone Mill, Collins Comp. Plant, Collinsville, Conn.
Canton, Connecticut, USA

Stone Mill, Collins Comp. Plant, Collinsville, Conn.
Canton, Connecticut, USA


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1806 - (Canton, CT) incorporated
This rural town in western Hartford County is located on the Farmington River and lies on land originally part of Simsbury. After Canton’s incorporation in 1806, the town’s industries, once dominated by resin, pitch, and turpentine making along with saw and grist mills, diversified. towns-page/ canton/
1819 - Canton
Canton, a post town in the western part of the county, being 13 miles northwesterly from Hartford, is bounded east on Simsbury, south on Farmington and Burlington, west on New-Hartford and Barkhamstead, and north on Granby. The township is about eight miles in length, north and south, and near four miles in breadth, comprising 19,200 acres. It is considerably broken, being hilly and mountainous. One of the mountainous ranges commencing in the vicinity of New-Haven, near the sound and extending far into the interior of New-England, runs through this town; the mountain here is considerably elevated. The rocks are principally granitic. The prevailing character of the soil is a course gravel, which is hard, dry and stoney...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1826 - (Canton, CT) - The Collins Axe Company, founded in 1826, used early mass-production techniques and soon became the world-leading axe manufacturer. towns-page/ canton/
1839 - Canton
Canton, Connecticut
Hartford county. First settled, 1740. Incorporated, 1806. Population, 1830, 1,437. Collinsville is the principal village in the town, at which a large amount of axes, of a superior quality, are annually made. It lies 16 miles N.W. by W. from Hartford and 16 N.E. from Litchfield. This village presents a beautiful appearance, and is a noble specimen of individual enterprize. The soil of Canton is coarse and stony, and the surface is hilly. Farmington river passes through its S.W. corner.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
CANTON, a township of Hartford co., in the state of Connecticut, 13 m. WNW of Hartford. Its surface is hilly, and its soil unproductive. Pop. 1,736.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1869 - October 4 - Canton CT was deluged with 12.35 inches of rain.
1886 - Canton
CANTON* measures eight miles north and south, with a breadth east and west varying from one and a half miles at the north to three miles at the south. It is bounded north by Barkhamsted and Granby; east, by Simsbury; south, by Avon, Burlington, and New Hartford; and west by New Hartford and Barkhamsted. It has in its territory four post-offices, seven churches, eight school-houses, fifty-five miles of public highway, and about four hundred dwelling-houses. The Hartford and Connecticut Western Railroad, and a branch of the New Haven and Northampton Railroad, commonly called the Canal Road, pass through the town.

The surface of the territory is much broken by hills. There are Rocky, Rattlesnake, Onion, Crump's, and Wildcat mountains. The valley of the Farmington River in the southwest part of the town is fertile, and Cherry Brook valley, where Canton Centre lies, is noted for its fine farms, though the most valuable agricultural land in the town limits is said to be in the low plain... Read MORE...

1895 - Canton
Canton, a post-township of Hartford co., Conn., is drained by Farmington River, and intersected by the Connecticut Western Railroad. It has 7 churches, a savings bank, an academy, and manufactures of axes, edge-tools, &c. . It contains a village named Collinsville, and a post hamlet named Canton, which is on the railroad, 14 miles S.E. of Winsted. Pop. 2639.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Canton:
Collinsville Historic District:

Start your exploration in Collinsville, a charming historic district with brick buildings and a picturesque river. Stroll through the streets and explore local shops.

Farmington River Trail:

Enjoy the beauty of nature by taking a walk or bike ride along the Farmington River Trail. The trail offers scenic views and is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

Canton Historical Museum:

Discover the town's history at the Canton Historical Museum. It showcases artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that highlight Canton's past.

Cherry Brook Health Care Center:

If you're interested in healthcare history, the Cherry Brook Health Care Center is worth a visit. It's a beautifully preserved example of early 20th-century healthcare architecture.

Matterhorn Mini Golf:

For a fun and laid-back activity, head to Matterhorn Mini Golf. It's a family-friendly spot with a beautifully landscaped course.

Canton Green Shopping Center:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Canton, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorSamuel HUMPHREY (15 October 1710, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 7 July 1755, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorElisha GRAHAM (1734, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 7 February 1805, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
female ancestorAbigail HILL (21 March 1737, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 18 September 1819, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorDavid ADAMS (1740, - 10 March 1834, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorTheophilus HUMPHREY (1744, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville) - 7 March 1826, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorJames MERRITT (1744, - 21 July 1822, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorAzuriah BARBER (1750, - 13 June 1817, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
male ancestorAbraham MOSES (1751, - 11 June 1823, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
female ancestorHepzibah CORNISH (November 1752, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 1 October 1800, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Canton, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorAmos COOK (5 December 1734 - July 1813) and female ancestorRhoda HOSFORD (1736 - 28 March 1772) married 23 February 1757
male ancestorRobert William KENNEDY (5 April 1916 - 6 December 2004) and female ancestorDorothy WIDEN (28 June 1916 - 6 August 2006) married 24 September 1948

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