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 17

Samuel Blackman (1731 - 1779) and Samuel Blackman, Jr. (1759 - 1837)

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 12:03 PM by Patty Ryburn

Referred to in the history books as a “true patriot”--the inscription on his gravestone--Samuel Blackman Jr.’s life followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways.

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Aug 19

MARY (WILLS) WILBOR BURR (1751 - 1852) SEYMOUR BURR (____ - 1837)

Posted on August 19, 2020 at 6:33 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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Jul 10

Charles Peter DeMetropoulos (1912 - 1976)

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 4:53 PM by Patty Ryburn

The textile mill city of Lowell, MA was the birthplace of artist Charles Peter Demetropoulos and the Whistler House Museum of Art located there--named for well-known American painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler of an earlier era--houses several pieces of Demetropoulos’ work.

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