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Canton, Norfolk, MA
Paul Revere built the nation's first copper rolling mill in Canton in 1801.
Canton includes: Deedham Road Station, Ponkapoag, Springdale, and York.
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Canton, Massachusetts, USA
Revere Copper Yards, Canton, Mass. 1909
"The Revere Copper Company is a copper rolling mill in the United States. It operated North America's first copper rolling mill. It was started by Paul Revere in 1801 in Canton, Massachusetts and developed a commercially viable process for manufacturing copper sheets..." wikipedia
Canton, Massachusetts, USA
"The Crane School, named for Elijah Crane... was a red brick building set back in the lot. As one might imagine, it had grass in its front yard. Its steps, leading to Washington street, are still in existence..."
by Marc Kantrowitz
Arcadia Publishing, 2000
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1630 - Canton is settled
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
Canton was officially incorporated on February 23, 1797 from the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Canton
Norfolk county. Neponset river and several large ponds give this town a great water power. It lies 15 miles S.W. from Boston and 5 S. by E. from Dedham. Incorporated, 1797. Population, 1830, 1,517; 1837, 2,185. The manufactures of Canton the year ending 1st of April, 1837, amounted to $695,180. They consisted of cotton and woolen goods, shoes, palm-leaf hats, copper, wicking, thread, candle-sticks, hoes, iron castings, trying squares, and "shapes." The bells manufactured at this place are of superior metal and sound. This place is easily approached from the capital by the Boston and Providence rail-road. The viaduct, or bridge, on that road at this place, cost the company about $80,000. It is of massive hewn granite, 600 feet in length; 63 feet above the foundation, on 6 arches, with a succession of arches at top. It is an admirable piece of workmanship.
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
1845 - CANTON. [Pop. 1,995. Inc. 1797.]
Canton was formerly the south parish of Dorchester, and was
called Dorchester Village.
It is situated upon Neponset River, and is extensively engaged in the manufacture of woollen and cotton cloth, and copper.
The granite viaduct, or structure on which the Providence rail- road crosses a deep valley, is an object of curiosity.
Distance from Dedham, 5 miles ; from Boston, 15.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Canton
CANTON was originally the south precinct of Dorchester, called Dorchester village it was incorporated in 1797. The first church was embodied here in the year 1717, and Rev. Joseph Morse was ordained its minister the same year. He had preached in the village, previous to his ordination, nearly eleven years. He was succeeded by Rev. Samuel Dunhar, in 1727. Mr. Dunbar was a warm and decided friend to the liberties of his country. In 17557 he was chaplain to Col. Brown’s regiment, in the expedition against Crown Point. His zeal and firmness in the American Revolution contributed not a little to support the hopes and sustain the sinking spirits of his people, when clouds and darkness shrouded our prospects.” He died in 1783, and was succeeded by Rev. Zachariah Howard, who was settled in 1786. The Rev. William Harlow was installed, over the second church in 1829, resigned the same year.
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1854 - Canton
Canton, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., on the Boston and Providence railroad, 14 miles S. from Boston. It has 1 bank. Population of the township, 2598.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
CANTON, a township of Norfolk co., in the state of Massachusetts, 16 m. SW of Boston. It is intersected by the Boston and Providence railroad, and gives rise to the Neponset river. It possesses little fertility of soil, but has considerable manufactures. Pop. 1,995.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1870 - In the case of Miss Barston, the school teacher stoned to death by four of her pupils, at Canton, Mass., the Coroner's jury have rendered a verdict of death from disease, accelerated by the assault made upon her.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 22, 1870
Canton Massachusetts, 1890
Canton is an active manufacturing and farming town, lying a little east of the centre of Norfolk County. The railroad station at South Canton (Canton Junction), on the Boston Providence Railroad, is 20 miles from Boston; and Ponkapoag Village, in the northeast part, is about 12 miles in a direct line. The latter and Canton are the post-offices; and the villages are the same, South Canton, Canton Corner, Dedham Road, Farms, Hardware, Springdale and Stone Factory.
On the northeast side lie the towns of Milton and Randolph, on the south and southwest are Stoughton and Sharon, and on the north-west is Dedham The general form of the territory is that of a common kite. Its assessed area is 11,488 acres, including the 2,039 acres of woodland. The rooks are gneissic and porphyritic; and the soil ranges through loam, sand and gravel The 63 farms, in 1885, yielded a product valued at $77,763.
The scenery of this town is varied and picturesque. There are elevations at the south and centre; ... Read MORE...
1895 - Canton
Canton, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass, on the Neponset River, which affords water-power, and on the Providence division of the Old Colony Railroad, at the junction of the Stoughton Branch, 14 miles S. of Boston. It has 6 churches, a national and a co-operative bank, a high school, a savings-bank, and manufactures of sheet copper, cotton goods, machinery, bar iron, woollen jackets, axles, oil-cloth, prints, &c. Pop, of the township, in 1890, 4538.
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
Canton, a banking post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., on tho Neponset River, which affords water-power, and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 14 miles S. of Boston. It has manufactures of cotton and woollen goods, machinery, woollen jackets, thread, stove-polish, etc. Pop. of the township (town) in 1900, 4584.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Canton, Massachusetts, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Canton.
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John WENTWORTH (1644, Rowley, Massachusetts, USA - 1716, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
Benjamin BLACKMAN (15 December 1665, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA - 12 June 1749, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
Jemima BRECK (17 April 1672, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA - 5 August 1742, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
John SHERMAN (8 July 1750, New Milford, Connecticut, USA - 6 August 1802, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
Anna "Nancy" TUCKER (1762, Milton, Massachusetts, USA - 7 December 1858, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
Jesse BILLINGS (1765, Canton, Massachusetts, USA - 19 March 1849, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield))
Ezra ADAMS (1769, - 1 May 1830, Canton, Massachusetts, USA)
Timothy BILLINGS (16 August 1770, Canton, Massachusetts, USA - 7 July 1860, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA (South Deerfield))
Zenas CRANE (9 May 1777, Canton, Massachusetts, USA - 29 June 1845, Dalton, Massachusetts, USA)
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