Portrait of Augustus Hemenway

Canton Local History Blog

Patty Ryburn, Local History Librarian at the Canton Public Library, will periodically share her research into town history, library history and genealogy.  Feel free to email her any questions you may have at caill@ocln.org!

Jan 15

George Robert Carpenter (1928 - 2006)

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 8:39 PM by Patty Ryburn

Artist George Carpenter’s oil seascape hangs near the top of the stairs on the second floor of the Canton Public Library.  Library records indicate that it was gifted to the library by the artist after a painting demonstration c. the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.

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Jan 11


Posted on January 11, 2020 at 11:13 AM by Patty Ryburn

The Native American surname, Ahauton, appears repeatedly in Canton’s very early records-- from the mid 1600’s through the 1700’s--and is found as early in the town’s recorded history as that of any Christian family surname.

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Nov 13

Augustus Hemenway (1853 - 1931)

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Patty Ryburn

The youngest child and only son in the family of five born to Edward Augustus Holyoke Hemenway and Mary (Tileston) Hemenway, young Augustus Hemenway was raised in great wealth balanced by an example of philanthropy set by both of his parents.

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