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!

Sep 15

Charles Howe French (21 Sep 1814 - 13 Jan 1889)

Posted on September 15, 2021 at 8:29 PM by Patty Ryburn


Born to Hannah Howe and Alexander French, Charles Howe French started out in life with the gravest of unforeseen circumstances--his mother died in 1816 when he was only two years old, eleven days after the birth of his sister; his father died ten years later when Charles was twelve.  Despite his disadvantaged beginnings, French not only had a productive life, but also a prosperous one.

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Aug 13

Mary (Wills) Wilbor Burr (1751 - 1852) Seymour Burr (____ - 1837)

Posted on August 13, 2021 at 3:35 PM by Patty Ryburn

Considered “the last of the Punkapoag Indians”, Mary (Wills) Wilbor Burr’s life and times--as well as her two marriages--are a glimpse not only into Canton’s local history but also into our young nation’s early beginnings as a whole.

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Aug 13

Joanne F. Regan (1929 - 2006)

Posted on August 13, 2021 at 3:30 PM by Patty Ryburn

The Canton Public Library is pleased to bring your attention to the four works of the accomplished New England artist Joanne F. Regan which are on permanent display in the building.  Two drawings hang in the Adult Reading Room and two paintings hang in the Reference Room.  Regan’s acquired skills of good design, accuracy and color are evident in all four works and they are especially prized by the community as they depict landmarks of Canton, both past and present.

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