In 1737 one or two families settled in the western part of Simsbury, which became Western Simsbury. The town of Canton was incorporated in May 1806. The town includes the villages of North Canton, Canton Center, Canton, and Collinsville.
Origin of choice of Canton as a name for the town, was located in "Canton Sesquicentennial 1806-1956" by the Canton Sesquicentennial committee. They provided the following quoted words from a historical address given by William Edgar Simonds in 1876.
"The Ecclesiastical Society of West Simsbury, containing about thirteen hundred inhabitants, was incorporated as the town of Canton, by an act of the General Assembly in 1806. The name Canton, suggested by the late Ephraim Mills, is derived from a supposed likeness to a Swiss canton, the meaning of the word being to divide or set off, and the partition from Simsbury made the name appropriate."
Looking at The Collins Company buildings Collinsville, Main Street
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A brief history overview from the "Canton Sesquicentennial 1806-1956".
The early history of Canton, prior to the Revolution, the people of Canton lived on "a subsistence basis". Local farming yielded barley, corn, flax and wheat. Sheep were raised for wool. By the 1790's the stagecoach roads were being built. "By 1820, it had built up a large volume of traffic. Daily stagecoaches ran from Hartford to Albany." Canton farms were able to sell hay.
After the invention of the breast water wheel, Samuel Collins bought up a old gristmill along the Farmington River and started a axe factory. This business provided jobs to the region. Collinsville grew from this business. Housing was build and stores were selling goods to workers and
From the "History of Simsbury, Granby and Canton From 1642 to 1845" by Noah A. Phelps (pages 137-140), I was able to located the early settlers of the area.
EARLY SETTLERS INCLUDED:
Richard Case is supposed to have been the first settler. Others include: Dr. Samuel Barber, Sergeant Thomas Barber, Jonathan Barber, John Barber, Deacon Abraham Case, Amos Case, Benjamin Dyer, Samuel Humphrey, Joseph Mills, Ezra Wilcox, Dudley Case, Oliver Humphrey Esq., Nathaniel Alford, Lieut. Lieutenant David Adams, Sergeant Daniel Case, Capt. Ezekiel Humphrey, Capt. Josiah Case, Isaac Messenger, Ensign Isaac Tuller, Capt. Zaccheus Case, Deacon Hosea Case, Capt. John Foot, Capt. John Brown and Solomon Humphrey.
Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front Street in Collinsville
The neighboring towns of Carton are Avon (South), Burlington (South), Granby (North), New Hartford (West), Barkhamsted (Northwest), and Simsbury (East).
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