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Canton Township
in Bradford County PA

Drawing at left  scanned 
from Beers 1869 Atlas
Canton was named for a Connecticut township of that name which included present day Canton in its borders. This area of PA was once part of the Connecticut Claim. Formed in 1804 - Township Formation
Canton Township Histories
Canton History by H. C. Bradsby.
Canton History from Bradford Reporter
Canton History from Seven Counties Outline...
Alba Borough History from Seven Counties Outline ...
Canton History by D. C. Craft
Canton Township History 1923 - Heverly
Canton 1849
Canton 1795 - 1976
Canton Trivia 1989
The Legend of Minnequa & Nephawin - Poem
Canton History compiled by Roger Keagle
1876 - Cantonians Visit the Centennial in Philadelphia
Dwyer Home of Canton
Railroad Station at Canton
1893 Snowplow Photos at Canton NCRR Station
P., B., & E. Railroad
1893 - Jackson train Wreck on Way to Columbian Exposition in Chicago - Local People involved
Township Articles
Underground Railway in Canton
Cedar Ledge Monument
Grover PA
Canton 1898 Eye Witness Account
Canton Post Office History
Canton Postmasters
Green Free Library of Canton
Beech Flats
Some Canton Clippings
Township Postcards & Photos
Let's Visit
Spalding-Lawrence House in East Canton
Rockgirt at Minnequa
Alba Boro
Canton Borough
East Canton
1890 - Route of Lee's Circus
Lee Circus Scehdule 1886 - 1902
1911 Pastime Theater
Greatest Show - Lee's Circus
1915 Movie Making in Canton
Post Offices
Alba PO
Canton PO
East Canton PO
Villages Past & Present
Alba Borougn
Canton Borough
East Canton
Canton Township Census Records
1800 Wyalusing, Luzerne County Census
1810 Canton Township Census, Luzerne County
1820 Canton Census
1830 Canton Census
1840 Canton Census
1850 Canton Census
1860 Canton (Volunteer Needed)
1870 Canton Township Census
1870 Canton Borough Census
1870 Alba Borough Census
1880 Alba Census
1880 Canton Township Census
1880 Canton Borough Census
Canton Township Directories
1900 Canton Borough Directory 1900 Canton Township Directory
1900 Canton Street Directory 1900 Alba Borough Directory
1907 Alba Borough Directory 1907 Canton Township Directory
1907 Canton Borough Directory 1911 Canton Directory & Souvenir Booklet
Canton Township Tax Records
1806 Canton Taxables, Luzerne County 1812 Taxables at Bradford County Formation
Canton Township Cemetery Records
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Alba Cemetery / Alba Boro (1999)  Alba Cemetery Obituaries
Andrus - Williams Burials (1984) Pratt Cemetery (2001)
Sellard Cemetery (1998) Cold Springs on LeRoy Mountain, (Porter family)
East Canton Cemetery (Partial) East Canton Cemetery (Full List in Process) East Canton Cemetery Obituaries
Park Cemetery (2001/2002) 
GPS  N 41.39.545, South 76.50.907
Park Cemetery Obituaries Goff/ Griffin A Griffin Cemetery (2003)
Rutty Cemetery (1970s)
GPS North 41.35.985, West 76.52.437
Rutty Cemetery [2008] Rutty Cemetery Obituaries
Beech Flats Cemetery (Partial) Beech Flats Cemetery (Full List 2002) Beech Flats Cemetery Obituaries
Grover/ Turner Cemetery  (Plot Ownership) Grover Cemetery - Tombstone Reading (2001) Grover Cemetery Obituaries
Main Street Cemetery / Canton Boro (2001)  Main Street Cemetery Obituaries History of the Main Street Cemetery
St.Michael's in Canton Boro. (2002) St. Michael's Cemetery Obituaries Spalding Cemetery (1999)
Scott Sheeden farm (first marked burials for Hezakiah son of David and Drisslia/ Prissilla Andrus who died 1818 and for Amy wife of Thomas Williams who died 1834)
In a message dated 3/5/2012 8:33:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
I found four stones in a field along 414.  They are across the road from Cross Road T 352 (on 414, the left side going to Canton).  The stones read:
Here rest Polly wife of Samuel Webber  3/6/ 1813--2/12/1877 and the other stone reads Samuel  Died 6/12/1875 (not sure of the 5) 67 years, 1 month 13 days and one with PW and SW.  I assume they are Polly and Samuel.
Canton Township Schools
1899-1900 Voorhis School 1900-1901 Voorhis School
1901-1902 Alba Boro School 1902-1903 Grover School - Upper Grade
1903-1904 Beech Flats School 1900s Canton High School
1900 Pond Hill School 1904 Lake Breeze School 1905 Grover High School
More Pond Hill School 1920 Grover Graded School 1922 Canton High School Commencement
1932 Canton High School
Canton Band 1925 (BB) 1940 Canton High School Commencement 1945 Church of Christ and School at Grover
1961 Alba School Burns 150 Years of Canton Schools Canton School Alumni 1878-1889
1931 Grover School Canton School Clippings
1869 Canton Township School Districts
1. Fuller District  6. Williams District 11. Locks Mills District
2. Gilletts Pond District 7. Turner District 12. Irish Settlement District
3. Beardslee District 8. Ayers District 13. Voorhis District
4. Warren District 9. Beech Flats District Alba Borough
5. Pratt District 10. Rockwell District Canton Borough
Towanda Daily Review, 4 April 2009
Schoolhouse moved to East Canton

The Hoagland School has been moved to the Manley-Bohlayer Farm in East Canton, and work is continuing on the one-room schoolhouse. Rekindle the Spirit Inc. in Canton is seeking memorabilia of the school, and items about any one- or two-room schoolhouses. The items will put into a booklet about “schoolhouse memories.” Plans are under way for an open house for the schoolhouse on Sept. 13, according to Roberta Arnold of the Canton area. For more information, call Arnold at (570) 673-3474. Originally, the schoolhouse was located along Towanda Creek in LeRoy Township. Bob and Mary Jennings donated it. Arnold said donations so far include a pot-belly stove and an antique door. In addition, workers are reconstructing an old school bell to be put on top of the school. “It’s starting to take shape now,” she said.

Canton Township Business Histories & Photos
1871 Canton Business Directory Canton's First Newspaper
1907 Canton Township Businesses 1907 Alba Businesses
Rockwell & Son Feed Mill 1907 Canton Borough Businesses
W. E. Gleckner & Sons, Harness Shop First National Bank of Canton Bellmar Manufacturing Company
Mrs. F. F. Bristow, Millinery & Dressmaking Napoleon Peterson's Barber Shop 1976 Canton Ads
Historic Canton Ads Landon & Cedar Ledge, and Other Filling Stations Our House Restaurant - Grover
Cannibal Inn, Canton 1957 Rathbun's Store, Grover Bellows - Valvair
Canford Manufacturing Corp. 1889 - The Taber Buuilding Swayze's Folding Box Company
Crawford's Mill Magic Yeast Salesmen Brann Store - Thomas Store
Hotels in Canton Township
Packard House
Park Hotel in Canton
Minnequa Springs Hotel and Spa
More Minnequa Views from Stereoscopics
Lake Nepahwin & Lake Breeze Hotel
Halfway House in Leolyn (Lycoming County)
Photographers in Canton Township
Heim's Studio (1905) Perry of Canton
Frank E. Benedict C. R. Carson
Center Street Gallery - pre 1893 B. L. Wright - 1879
Canton Township Organizations
Canton's American Legion History of Canton's Girl Scouts
VFW of Canton - History Directors of Troy-Canton Cooperative Bull Association
Friends of the Green Free Library Knights Templar Cards
1942 Officers of Canton's OES Canton's Masons Village Improvement Association
Order of Eastern Star D.A.R. Loyal Order of Moose
The Canton Independent-Sentinel, Canton, PA
Horsin' Around 4-H Club Opens New Year
  The Horsin' Around 4-H Club held their first meeting on Sept 8 at Shari O'Neal's horse farm, Route 14, Grover.  The leader is Rose Zeigler and teachers are Shari O'Neal and Pat Gobea.  Officers are:  Pres Sara Spencer, VP Stacy Neitz, Sec Norman Westerbaan, Treas Adam Zeigler, Reporter Alex Robertson, and Sgt at Arms Peter Westerbaan. This 4-H Club works mainly with horses; riding, grooming, and feeding them.  Some members are also doing a dog project.  Membership is open to anyone between the ages of 8-18.  The Club meets every Tues from 6 to 8 pm.  Dues are 50 cents per week.  It is recommended that members have a horse. 
Canton Explorers Win Conservation Receive Aware, Get VIP Treatment at Capitol  (March 25, 1961)
Executives of the Pennsylvania Game Commission hung out the welcome sign, unrolled the red carpet and gave VIP treatment to 15 boys from Canton on Monday. The day marked the opening of Pennsylvania’s observance of National Wildlife Week, Mar 20-25. The boys, members of Canton’s Explorer Post 3, travelled to the state Capitol in Harrisburg to receive the William T. Hornaday award for distinguished service in wildlife conservation, a coveted award made available by the Boy Scouts of America in cooperation with the New York Zoological Society in memory of the late W. T. Hornaday, a pioneer in the field on wildlife conservation. The impressive presentation was made by m. J. Golden, executive director of the Game Commission and one of the nation’s foremost conservationists, on the steps of the state Capitol. Following the presentation the boys luncheon guests of the Rep. Evan S. Williams, Bradford County representative in the General Assembly. The boys then made the grand tour of the state Capitol, arranged by Mr. Golden and Mr. Williams, with various department heads acting as guides. R. S. Lichtenberger, chief of the Division of Administration explained the general operation of the State Game Commission. A. Clinton Ganster of the Bounties section told the boys how bounty claims were handled. Will Johns, editor of the Pennsylvania Game News presented each boy with charts of the state flower, tree, bird, and animal. W. W. Britton, chief warden, explained the overall operation of the Fish Commission.  The boys were conducted on a tour of the State Education building and the State Museum. The tour concluded with a visit to the impressive Supreme Court Chambers, and at 4 o’clock the Speaker of the House introduced the Explorers to the members of the state House of Representatives. The adult advisors who accompanied the Scouts were greatly impressed with the efforts made by Mr. Golden and his staff and Mr. Williams to make this day one to be long remembered by the Explorers, who were the first group in Pennsylvania to receive the Hornaday award. All guides throughout their tour were the heads of their respective departments, not assistants. The Explorers who won the award are: George Schoonover Jr., Dave McConnell, Gary Packard, Rodney Ellis, Larry Packard, Dale Robbins, Bob Most, Fritz Knerr, Bradley Hatherill, Bob Ballard, Charles Leahy, John Schlappi, Doyle Morgan, Robert Brown, and Nick Colton.
Canton Township Churches
Histories, Records, Photos
Baptist Church Church of Christ
St. Michael's Catholic Church St. James Episcopal Church
Presybterian Church Methodist Churches
Clarence Brady, early Canton Minister East Canton Methodist Church
Canton Township Family Bible Records
Jonh E. Ostrom & Margaret Bunnell Vermilya - Whipple Bible
Ayers - Collins Bible Taylor Family Bible
Fellows - Landon Bible
Newell - Fitzwater Bible Newell - Granteer Bible
Canton Township Families & Individuals,
Genealogies, Photos
Marriages in Canton Township and Borough
Freeman / Astwood Descendants
Descendants of Martha MOORE & John VanDYKE
Hill-Denmark Family
Omira Tate WILSON & Silas GRAY Family
Gram's Journal - includes history of Alba and its Pioneer Families Manley Family pre 1867
Queen Mab & Caspar Weis, Canton's Little People Manley Reunion 1876
Deaths from Journal of J. W. Parsons, M.D. of Canton 1880 to 1907 Luckey - Kennedy Research Report
Births from Journal of J. W. Parsons, M.D. of Canton 1880 to 1926 Harry Davenport - Actor from Canton
Township Resident Photo Album
Noah Wilson (1761-1844) of Alba Anne Smith "Wilson" of Alba
The Manley Sisters Col. Irad Wilson
Crofut-Chapin Family Photos Thomas Manley - Includes Autobiographical letter
Some Alba Family Photos, Memorial Cards - Nelson Watson Elvira Rice & Elisha Carey Family
Canton Township Diaries & Letters 
1919 Myra Holcomb to her brother 1927 Eugene Crippen
1928 Eugene Crippen 1895 Mary Beardsley of Alba
Nathaniel Hickok Letters 1852-1885 1882/83 Diary of Sadie Parsons, Schoolteacher
Canton Township Wills, Deeds, Legal Documents 
Will of Ezra Rutty 1814
George Vermilyea Will (GF)
1849 Deed - Rockwell to Parsons
1880 Philander Case Will
1875 Seneca Kendall Will
Canton Township Military Records
Nathaniel Hickok Pension Papers
Canton - World War One Soldiers
Canton World War 2 Memorial
Canton Township Sports 
1895 & 1896 Canton High School Football Teams
A Granville Baseball Team
1902 Canton High School Football Team
Population Statistics
1840 Canton Township = 1254
1887 Alba Borough = 189
1887 Canton Borough = 1194
1887 Canton Township including the villages below = 1837
1887 East Canton Village = 74
1887 Grover Village = 60