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Canton, Oxford County

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Oxford County (set off from Cumberland County in 1805)


1821 from part of Jay

Previous Designations

Rockomeeko (Rockmeeko, Rockameeko, Rockamecco, Arrockaumecook, etc.)

Boundary Changes

Land was set off to Jay in 1823 (returned in 1824), 1824, and 1831, and to Peru in 1859

Parts of Hartford were annexed in 1838, 1839, and 1850

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Canton, Canton Point (formerly Jay Point), Gilbertville, Meadowview, North Hartford (later Canton Mills, a former post office), Sawyers (former railroad station), The Park (former railroad station), The Wye (former railroad station), Whitney Brook (former railroad station)

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Dixfield, Hartford, Jay, Livermore, Peru


Maine Historical Maps: Canton


Canton Cemeteries

Miscellaneous Records

Extracts & Memoranda from Proprietors Records of Phips Canada and from Assessors Records of the Town of Jay

History of the Canton Baptist Church


The Canton Telephone

Vital Records

Canton Town Records, Book 1

Abstract of Canton Records from 1821 to 1882

General Resources

Digital Maine: Canton Books

Canton Historical Society

FamilySearch Catalog: Canton, Oxford, Maine

Maine Memory Network: Canton

Maine Memory Network: Gilbertville


______, Leading business men of Lewiston, Augusta and vicinity: embracing also, Auburn, Gardiner, Waterville, Oakland, Dexter, Fairfield, Skowhegan, Hallowell, Richmond, Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Canton, Buckfield, Mechanic Falls, South Paris, Norway, Farmington and Winthrop with an historical sketch of each place, illustrated (Boston: Mercantile Pub. Co., 1889, c1888)

______, Pioneer Days of Canton," Lewiston Journal Illustrated Magazine Section, 19 Jan. 1918

Ellis, Hiram and Clinton Ellis, Records of Births and Deaths Made by Mr. Hiram Ellis and Continued by His Son Mr. Clinton Ellis of Canton (typescript, [1936?])

Lawrence, Benjamin F., History of Jay, Franklin County, Maine (Boston, Mass.: Griffith-Stillings Press, 1912)

Mitchell, Harry Edward, The Canton and Dixfield Register, 1905 (Brunswick, Me. The H. E. Mitchell co., 1905)

Moulton, Virginia Plaisted, A History of Jay, Maine from its Settlement as Phips, Canada (Camden, Me.: Penobscot Press, c1995)

Vashaw, Norman A., What Was Ain't What Is: A Picture History of Canton, Maine ([S.l.]: Norm Vashaw & Bob Barrett, 1995 (Canton, Me.: Country Press Printing))

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