was a part of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts until it became an independent state in 1820. On February
5th 1821, the new Maine State Legislature passed an act to divide more
than 1/3 of the Town of Jay, and incorporate the westerly section
thereof, into a town by the name of Canton. (Named after the town of
Canton, MA) This act was signed by the first Governor of Maine, William
King. Also a portion of Canton Village came from the town of Hartford.
the readings, I take it that some of the people
who lived alone the town line, now found themselves in a new town and
didn't like the idea. Thus the Canton borders with Jay changed several
times soon after the incorporation. On 27 Jan 1823, several lots alone
the line at Canton Mountain was annexed back to Jay. This action was
repealed on 3 Feb 1824 and at the Canton town meeting of 28 Feb 1824,
this land was again annexed back to the town of Jay. On 3 Apr 1831,
additional land was annexed back to Jay.
first town meeting at Canton was held at the
Canton Point School on March 28th 1821. John Hersey was elected as the
moderator. Dr. Cornelius Holland was elected as the first town clerk,
and Joel Howard, as the first treasurer. The selectman were Joseph
Holland, Abiathar Austin, and Joseph Coolidge.
Point was the center of town at this time, and
Canton Village was than known as Hayford Mills. Gustavus Hayford was
the first settler in the Village. He moved here from Hartford in 1814,
built the first log cabin, first house , first saw mill and the first
gristmill there. The Village later became known as Canton Mills until
the Post Office came, then it was called Canton. There was also a small
settlement up on Canton Mountain.
Most genealogy data for Canton prior to 1821, will
be found in the Jay vital records.
- Alden Farm
- Alden Hill, located on the
Alden Hill Road.
- Ames, located on the Jones
- Canton Mt., located on
- Canton Point/Hillside,
located off the Dixfield Road
& Rt. 140.
- Hines/Adkins, located on the
- Ludden, located off the
Canton Point Road in the woods.
- Meadow View, located on the
Meadow View Road.
- North Canton, located on
- Pine Grove, located on Rt.
- Simmons Family, located on
the Meadow View Road.
- Staples Hill, located on
- Whitney, located off the
Canton Point Road.
Town Clerk - Treasurer - Tax Collector
Craig Gammon 2007
Paula Marsters, Michelle
George Spear, Mark
, Rick Houghton
- Jacqueline Conant
- Wallace Haynes
- Richard Ray
- Lisa Cummings
- Donald Hutchins
- Cynthia Bissell
- Ben McCollister
- Scott Verrill
I Need Canton
Resources and Lookup Volunteers
you have any reference material on Canton and
would like to volunteer to do lookup's,
or have any info that you'd like to see added to this page,
please let me know.Craig
you know of any links that would be
appropriate to add to this page,
please e-mail me
following are the Surnames of the first settlers of Canton in 1821
Bacon, Bean, Bennett, Benson, Brackett, Brett, Brown, Bryant, Capen,
Carver, Carey, Child, Childs, Conant, Coolidge, Dyke, Eastman, Ellis,
Farrington, French, Fuller, Gibbs, Hannaford, Harlow, Hathaway,
Hawkins, Hayford, Hill, Hinkley, Holland, Howard, Huntress, Jewett,
Leach, Ludden, McCollister, Parsons, Peabody, Peterson,Reynolds,
Robertson, Shackley, Stevens, Strout, Thomas, Thorn, Treat, Turner,
Wilson and Wood.
NOTE, that do to a disability, I
am no longer able to do
research and am unable to answer e-mails. I am going leave the site
open for you to use. Good
hunting and remember, I have not been able to find sources for some of
the genealogy data within, thus the information should be questionable,
until you have verified it yourself.
Apr 9, 2010
maintained by Craig Bryant,
© 15 August
Canton, Oxford County, Maine Genealogy Project