Charles F. Canby


CHARLES F. CANBY, a prominent and popular retail grocer of Steubenville, was born in Allegheny City, Penn., March 21, 1851. His parents, Edward and Jane Canby, both were natives of England. His father, son of George and Mary Canby, with whom he came to America, when a small boy, in early manhood met, at Pittsburgh, the daughter of Charles and Jane Flint, who came to America with her parents when a little child, and they were married there in 1848. They became the parents of twelve children, six sons and six daughters, of whom Charles F. was the second. When the subject of this sketch was six years old they removed to Wheeling, W. Va., where they resided until 1867, when they came to Steubenville, where they now reside. In early youth Mr. Canby had learned the trade of a nailer, in Wheeling, and he followed it two years after locating in Steubenville. He learned the trade of a stationary engineer and followed it about five years in the Jefferson Iron Works. He then learned telegraphy but soon sought another pursuit. In 1875 he engaged in the produce business. To this was added a grocery business in April 1879 and he has conducted the two together ever since. He was married September 18, 1873 to Emma B. Carns, daughter of Manassah Carns, an old resident of Steubenville, who died in 1884. Mrs. Canby was born in the house in which she and her husband now reside on North Fifth street. They have two children: Flora M. and Eva J., both of whom are living. Mr. Canby and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, which he joined at ten years of age. He is a member of the K. of P., the K. of H., the Fraternal Mystic Circle, and the International Progressive Association and in politics is a republican. He helped organize the Y. M. C. A. of Steubenville and served as its first president two years. He also aided in organizing the Thompson Methodist Episcopal chapel of Steubenville, of which he was a member and recording steward several years, until his removal to another part of the city. Since then he has been a member of Hamline Methodist Episcopal church, in which he is now a steward.

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