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Wayne County Michigan

CANTON TOWNSHIP
History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan
By Silas Farmer 1890
Transcribed by Christine Walters Host of Wayne County

This township was created by act of March 7, 1834, out of part of what had been Plymouth township. It was named Canton, after the city by that name in China, the object being to get a name not found elsewhere in the United States.

The first meeting to organize the township was held at the house of Henry Chafee, on the first Monday of April, 1834. James Safford was chosen Moderator, and L. Witter, Clerk. The following town officers were elected in that and subsequent years:

1834. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Lyman Witter; Assessors, Ira M. Hough, Alfred Moore, Ira Towle; Collector, Thomas Huston; Directors of the Poor, Aruna Bradford, John Chambers; Commissioners of Highways, Isaac Cummings, S. R. Tripp, A. Y. Murray; Constables, John Cortright, Benj. Clark; Commissioners of Common Schools, A Y. Murray, Jos. Brearley, Amos Stephens; Inspectors of Common Schools, Wm. Morrison, Jacob Ramsdell, Alonzo Henrys.

1835. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Augustus Andrews; Assessors, Ira M. Hough, J. Brearley, A. Moore; Collector, L. Kimoie; Poor Directors, J. Chambers, J. Fairman; Highway Commissioners, J. Cummings, S. R. Tripp, L. Cole; Constables, J. Cortright, S. Kinyon; School Inspectors, James Safford, A. Henry, D. Smith; Justices of the Peace, A. Bradford, Amos Stephens.

1836. Supervisor, Archibald Y. Murray; Clerk, Augustus Andrews; Highway Commissioners, A. Bradford, A. C. Leach, H. Hackett; Assessors, P. Bird, R. Follett, W. Hannan; Poor Directors, J. Fairman, J. Chambers; Collector, S. Kinyon; Constables, J. Cortright, S. Kinyon; Justices of the Peace, A. Stevens, T. Huston, R. Safford, D. D. Cady; School Inspectors, D. D. Cady, T. Huston, T. Bigham.

1837. Supervisor, Archibald Y. Murray; Clerk, Timothy F. Sheldon; Highway Commissioners, A. Bradford, S. Cobb, J. Cortright; Poor Directors, J. Fairman, J. Chambers; Assessors, P. Bird, I. Sines, Wm. Glannan; Collector. S. Lindon; Constables, T. Bigham, S. Lindon; Justices of the Peace, J. Foster, A. C. Leach; School Commissioners, D. D. Cady, B. Huston, A. McCann; School Inspectors, P. Bird, J Safford, T. Bigham.

1838. Supervisor, Philander Bird; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justices of the Peace, A Stevens, D. D. Cady, B. W. Huston, A. J. McCann; Highway Commissioners, H. Fairman, A. Andrews, P. Sines; Poor Directors, W. Huston, E. J. Downer; Collector, S. Kinyon; Constables, S. Kinyon, N. Vanhorn; School Inspectors, T. Bigham, P. Bird, A. C Leach.

1839 Supervisor, Philander Bird; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, J. Foster; Treasurer, Amos Stevens; Assessors, D. D. Cady, B. W. Huston, W. Hannan; School Inspectors, A. R. Mott, A. C. Leach, P. Bird; Highway Commissioners, A. Y. Murray, O Kinyon, I. Sines; Collector, J. Cortright; Poor Directors, W. Huston, E. G. Downer; Constables, J. Cortright, A. Parrish, W. J. Adams, O. Beach.

1840. Supervisor, Philander Bird; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Treasurer, Amos Stevens; Justice of the Peace, D. D. Cady; Assessors, D. D. Cady, B. W. Huston, W. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, A. Y. Murray, 0. Kinyon, R Gill; School Inspectors, A. R. Mott. T. Bigham, O. Kinyon; Poor Directors, A. Y. Murray, P. Sines; Constables, T. Bigham, D. Cady; Collector, T. Bigham.

1841. Supervisor, Archibald Y. Murray; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Assessors, W. Hannon, D. D. Cady, B. W. Huston; Highway Commissioners, R. Gill, A. Andrews, H. Warner; School Inspectors, O. Kinyon, E. Adams, W. C. Foster; Justice of the Peace, A. C. Leach; Treasurer, A. Stevens; Poor Directors, T. F. Sheldon. M. Bradford; Collector, T Bigham; Constables, T. Bigham, D. Cady.

1842. Supervisor, Philander Bird; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, T. Bigham; Assessors, B. W. Huston, W. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, S. Cobb. H. Warner, A. Y. Murray; School Inspectors, O. Kinyon, E. Adams, W. C. Foster; Treasurer, J. Cortright; Poor Directors, J. Huston, A. Chambers; Constables, A. Fitzgerald, T. Downer, S. Lindon, A. R. Mott.

1843. Supervisor, Philander Bird; Clerk, William Palmister; Justice of the Peace, H. Warner; Assessors, B. W. Huston, W. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, A. Y. Murray, S. Cobb, J. Cilly; School Inspectors, W. C. Foster, J. Safford; Treasurer, Wm. Huston; Poor Directors, A. J. McCann, J. Foster; Sealer, A. Andrews; Constables, D. Cady, W. T. Miller, A. Hannon, J. D. Cilly.

1844, Supervisor, Archibald Y. Murray; Clerk, William Palmister; Justice of the Peace, O. Kinyon; Treasurer, Wm. Huston; Assessors, I, M. Hough, Wm. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, A. Y. Murray, J. D. Cilly, S. Cobb; School Inspector, G. Booth; Poor Directors, H. Smith, J. Foster; Constables, A. R. Mott, J. D. Cilly, D. Boldman, D Cady.

1845. Supervisor, Amos Stevens; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, B. W. Huston; Treasurer, D. Cady; Assessors, D. D. Cady, I. M. Hough; Highway Commissioners, M. Bradford, A. C. Leach, H. Smith; School Inspector, J. Safford; Poor Directors, P. Bird, T. F. Sheldon; Constables, D. Cady, T. P. Downer.

1846. Supervisor, David D. Cady; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, T. Bigham; Assessors, W. Hannan, A. Stevens; Treasurer, P. Bird; Highway Commissioners, M. Bradford, A C. Leach, J. D. Cilly; School Inspector, W. Palmister; Poor Directors, E. Kinyon, J. Fairman; Constables, T. W. McKee, A. R. Mott.

1847. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Thomas McGraw; Justice of the Peace, H. Warner; Treasurer, D. Cady; Assessors, B. W. Huston, W. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, I. M. Hough, M. Bradford, D. Boldman; School Inspector, J. Safford; Poor Directors, P. Bird, A. Y. Murray; Constables, A. Hannan, D. Cady, T, W. McKee, F. Fairman.

1848. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, David Cady; Justice of the Peace, P. Bird; Assessors, B. W. Huston, A. J. McCann; Treasurer, T. W. McKee; Highway Commissioners, I. M. Hough, J. H. Rowley; School Inspector, W. Palmister; Poor Directors, A. Towner, A. Y. Murray; Constables, T. W. McKee, J. Cortright, W. Lewis, R. Huston.

1849. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, B. W. Huston; Treasurer, T. W. McKee; Highway Commissioner, T. Bigham; Poor Directors, O. W. Holt, A. Towner; School Inspectors, J. Safford, L. R. Hough; Constables, 6. W. Holt, T. W. McKee, D. Bolden, A. Hannan.

1850. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Asa Parrish; Justice of the Peace, T. Bigham; Treasurer, D. Cady; Highway Commissioner, A. Cobb; School Inspector, O. Kinyon; Assessors, A. Hannan, B. W. Huston; Poor Directors, O. W. Holt, J. D. Cilly; Constables, 0. W. Holt, D. Cady, R. Huston, A. Hannan.

1851. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Asa Parrish; Justice of the Peace, I. M. Hough; Treasurer, D. Cady; Assessors, B. W. Huston, H. Warner; Highway Commissioners, I. M. Hough, O. W. Holt; School Inspectors, J. Safford, B. W. Huston; Poor Directors, A. C. Leach, T. Westbrook; Constables, D. Cady, O. W. Holt, W. Hannan.

1852. Supervisor, Archibald Y. Murray; Clerk, David Cady; Justice of the Peace, P. Bird; Treasurer, R. Huston; Assessors, B. W. Huston, P. Stevens; School Inspector, B. W. Huston, Jr.; Highway Commissioner, T. Bigham; Poor Directors, P. Bird, A. C. Leach; Constables, T. Jeffry, O. W. Holt, R. Huston, L. Secord.

1853. Supervisor, David Cady; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justices of the Peace, B. W. Huston, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, C. W. Sines; Poor Directors, P. Bird, A. C. Leach; Highway Commissioners, 0. W. Holt, G. Berdan; Constables, O. W. Holt, G. Berdan, G. Smith, J. Kenyon.

1854. Supervisor, David Cady; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews; Justice of the Peace, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, C. W. Sines; Highway Commissioner, D. Cady; School Inspector, A. J. Leach; Poor Directors, A. C. Leach, T. Westbrook; Constables, G. Smith, C. W. Sines, O. Hartwell, D. S. Dean.

1855. Supervisor, David Cady; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews; Justice of the Peace, I. M. Hough; Treasurer, G Berdan; Highway Commissioner, B. Hodgkinson; School Inspector, C. W. Sines; Poor Directors, A. C. Leach, W. P. Adams; Constables, G: Berdan, C. W. Sines, O. W. Holt, D. Cady.

1856. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, John V. Jackson; Justice of the Peace, P. Bird; Treasurer, J. Cady; School Inspector, J. A. Safford; Highway Commissioners, B. W. Huston, J. Hannan; Poor Directors, J. M. Chambers, A. B. Palmer; Constables, J. Cady, O. Kinyon, C. W. Sines, O. W. Holt.

1857. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews; Justice of the Peace, B. W. Huston; Treasurer, W. Hannan, Jr; Highway Commissioner, A. B. Palmer; School Inspector, C. W. Sines; Poor Directors, A. B. Palmer, O. Kinyon; Constables, J. Huston, G. Berdan, W. Hannan, Jr, C. W. Sines.

1858. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, George W. Booth; Justice of the Peace, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, G. M. Sines; Highway Commissioner, B. Hodgkinson; School Inspector, E. G. Downer; Poor Directors, A. B. Palmer, I. M. Hough; Constables, G. Berdan, J. Huston, G. M. Sines, C. Coykendall.

1859. Supervisor, James Safford; Clerk, George W. Booth; Justice of the Peace, D. B. Brown; Treasurer, J. Huston, 2d; Highway Commissioner, W. Cotton; School Inspector, C. W. Sines; Poor Directors, A. B. Palmer, S. Barber; Constables, J. Huston, 2d, O. W. Holt, S. Barber, P. Berdan.

1860. Supervisor, James- Safford; Clerk, R. Huston; Justice of the Peace, P. Bird; Treasurer. S. Barber; Highway Commissioner, A. J. Murray; School Inspector, E. P. Barbow; Poor Directors, C. W. Sines, S. Barber; Constables, W. Cotton, J. Huston, 2d, P. Berdan, S. Barber.

1861. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Reuben Huston; Justices of the Peace, B W. Huston, S. Barber, A. N. Parrish; Treasurer, C. E. Andrews; School Inspector, R. C Safford; Highway Commissioners, C. W. Sines, S. Barber; Poor Directors, I. M. Hough, W. Hannan, Jr; Constables, W. Cotton, J. Huston, 2d, J. W. Chambers, J. Harmon.

1862. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, R. Huston; Justice of the Peace, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, E. Anderson; Highway Commissioner, W. Cotton; School Inspector, C W. Sines; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, J Harmon; Constables, P. Berdan, W. Cotton, J. Huston, 2d, J. Harmon.

1863. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Reuben Huston; Justice of the Peace, S. Barber, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, W. Cotton; Highway Commissioner, S. Barber; School Inspector, R. C. Safford; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, D. Boldman; Constables, J. M. Chambers, W. Cotton, J. Huston, 2d, J. Kenyon.

1864. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews; Justice of the Peace, A. N. Parrish; Treasurer, D. Boldman; Highway Commissioner, C. W. Sines; School Inspectors, C. W. Sines, J. P. Safford; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, S. Lyndon; Constables, G. Berdan, W. Cotton, D. Boldman, J. Kenyon.

1865. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, J. Huston, 2d; Treasurer, W. Hannan; Highway Commissioners, D. Boldman, H. Murray; School Inspectors, E. R Crawford, E. C. Warner; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, O. Kinyon; Constables, W. Hannan, J. Butterfield, O. Coyl, S. Lyndon.

1866. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, B. Hodgkinson; Treasurer, John Hannan; Highway Commissioners, R. Huston, R. Barker; School Inspectors, 0. Hough, H. O Hanford; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, C. W. Sines; Constables, J. Hannan, C. Westfall, W. Cotton, J. Butterfield.

1867. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk; Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, S. Barber, Treasurer, Walter R. Rich; Highway Commissioner, J. Tillottson; School Inspectors, J. A. Safford, J. V. Jackson; Poor Directors. J. Harmon, W. Hannan, Jr; Constables, J. Butterfield, W. Cotton, H. W. Geer, W. Hannan, Jr.,

1868. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, J. Harmon; Treasurer, J. P. Parshall; Highway Commissioners, R. Barker, G. Berdan; School Inspectors, L. C. Hough, J. V. Jackson; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, S. Barber; Constables, W. Hannan, P. Goodell, M. Cragg, B. Tillottson.

1869. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justices of the Peace, J. Huston, H. Murray; Treasurer, W. Penney; Highway Commissioner, R. Huston; School Inspector, J. V. Jackson; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Jr, J. Huston, 2d; Constables, W. Penney, W. Hannan, W. Cotton, F. Howard.

1870. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justices of the Peace, B. Hodgkinson, 0. Kinyon; Treasurer, J. Huston, 2d; Highway Commissioner, G. Berdan; School Inspector, C. L. Hough; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, S. Barber; Constables, W. Hannan, O. Butterfield, M. Cragg, F. Howard.

1871. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Treasurer, S. Barber; Justices of the Peace, S. Barber, I. M. Lewis; Highway Commissioner, D. Boldman; School Inspector, J. V. Jackson; Poor Directors, W. Hannan, Z. Winsor; Drain Commissioner, W. Artley; Constables, W. Hubbell, M. Craig, F. Howard, W. Cady.

1872. Supervisor, Bradshaw Hodgkinson; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Treasurer, A. Riggs; Justice of the Peace, I. M. Lewis; School Inspector, J. A. Safford; Highway Commissioner, R. Huston; Poor Directors, S. Lindon, W. Hannan; Drain Commissioner, R. Barker; Constables, M. Cragg, M. Francisco, A. Hannan.

1873. Supervisor, John Huston, 2d; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, J. Huston, 2d; Treasurer, B Tillottson; Highway Commissioner, J. Harmon; Drain Commissioner, R. Barker; School Inspector, J. V. Jackson; Poor Directors, Z. Winsor, W. Hannan; Constables, M. Cragg, J. Butterfield, W. Hannan, C. Sayles.

1874. Supervisor, John Huston, 2d; Clerk, Charles W. Sines; Justice of the Peace, C. W. Sines; Treasurer, G. C. Padget; Highway Commissioner, D. Boldman; Drain Commissioner, J. P. Parshall; School Inspector, C. E Andrews; Constables, M. Cragg, J. Gunn, J. Butterfield.

1875. Supervisor, John Huston, 2d; Clerk, Mark Sines; Justice of the Peace, J. B. Cady, S H. Joslin, I. E. Kinyon; Highway Commissioner, D. Boldman; Supt. of Schools, L. C. Hough; Drain Commissioner, J. Harmon; School Inspector, I. E. Kinyon; Constables, M. Cragg, D. H. Parshall, J. Gunn, N. Kinyon.

1876 Supervisor, John Huston, 2d; Clerk, Mark Sines; Justice of the Peace, I. E. Kinyon; Treasurer, R C. Sayles; Highway Commissioner, D. Boldman; Supt. of Schools, L C. Hough; Drain Commissioner, S. Lyndon; School Inspector, I. E. Kinyon; Constables, J. Kissand, D. H. Parshall, J. Gunn, T. Harmon.

1877. Supervisor, John Huston, 2d; Clerk, Mark Sines; Justices of the Peace, J. Huston, 2d, J. P. Parshall; Treasurer, D. H. Parshall; Highway Commissioner, W. R. Suggett; Supt. of Schools, S. P. Codner; School Inspector, I. E. Kinyon; Constables, J. Gunn, J. Kissand, C. Dohr, F. Tillottson.

1878. Supervisor, J. A. Safford; Clerk, Henry F. Horner; Justice of the Peace, S. H. Joslin; Treasurer, F. Corwin; Highway Commissioner, G. C. Podget; Drain Commissioner, V. Tillottson; Supt. of Schools, S. P. Codner; School Inspector, J. Gillespie; Constables, A. Smith, U. P. Packard, W. Hannan, C. S. Sayles.

1879. Supervisor, James A. Safford; Clerk, Mark Sines; Treasurer, P. Packard; Justices of the Peace, R. P. Clark, W. F. Ballou; Highway Commissioner, G. C. Podget; Supt. of Schools, W. H. Boldman; School Inspector, C. H. Jones; Constables, A. Smith, J. Gunn, F. Tillottson, G. H. Berdan.

1880. Supervisor, James A. Safford; Clerk, Henry F. Horner; Justices of the Peace, A. Cody, W. P. Packard; Treasurer, C. Truesdall; Highway Commissioner, S. Howard; Drain Commissioner, G. Berdan; Supt of Schools, J. A Safford; School Inspector, Frank Tillottson; Constables, A. Smith, J. Gunn, W. Hannan, C. Sayles.

1881. Supervisor, Herbert W. Bradford; Clerk, Samuel H. Joslin; Justices of the Peace, J. Huston, 2d, J. B. Tillottson; Treasurer, L S Clark; Highway Commissioner, R. C. Sayles; Drain Commissioner, R Barker; Supt. of Schools, W. Boldman; School Inspector, F. Tillottson; Constables, S. Barker, J. Gunn, A. Smith, W. E. Cady.

1882. Supervisor, James A. Safford; Clerk, Henry F. Horner; Justices of the Peace, C. E. Andrews, W. Manchester; Treasurer, H. Safford; Highway Commissioner, J. Harmon; Drain Commissioner, J. Wiles; School Inspectors, A. Stevens, F. Tillottson; Constables, D. Truesdall, S. Goodell, J. Gunn, J. Lilley.

1883. Supervisor, James A. Safford; Clerk, Chas. E. Andrews; Justice of the Peace, W. P. Packard, H. H. Safford; Treasurer, M. E. Carlton; Highway Commissioner, R. C. Sayles; Drain Commissioner, W. R. Suggett; School Inspector, H. F. Horner; Constables, J. Eyloff, G. Smith, Jr, J. Padgett.

1884. Supervisor, Henry F. Horner; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews; Treasurer, Oscar Huston; ORGANIZATION AND OFFICERS. Justices of the Peace, F. A. Tillottson, G. Berdan; Highway Commissioner, Hiram Bissell; Drain Commissioner, Wm. R. Suggett; School Inspector. Oscar Stevens; Constables, Geo. Smith, J. Gunn, J. Eyloff, W. Harmon.

1885. Supervisor, Henry F. Horner, C. E. Andrews, each part of a year; Clerk, Charles E. Andrews, part of a year; Treasurer, J. C. Padgett; Justices of the Peace, John Huston, Henry 0. Hanford, James A. Safford; Highway Commissioner, H. Bissell; School Inspector, Ira E. Kinyon; Constables, J. Gunn, H. Anderson, Albert Smith, T. L. Harmon.

1886. Supervisor, Henry F. Horner; Clerk, John Huston, 2d; Treasurer, Albert W. Bradford; Justices of the Peace, Charles E. Andrews, G. H. Berdan; Highway Commissioner, Samuel Barber; Drain Commissioner, J. B. Tillottson; School Inspector, M. Winters; Constables, J. Gunn, J. Savage, E. Courtrite, Wm. Mott.

1887. Supervisor, Orlando R. Pattengell; Clerk, John W. Cady; Treasurer, F. Huston; Justice of the Peace, Henry Anderson; Highway Commissioner, Samuel Barber; Drain Commissioner, T. L. Harmon; School Inspector, C. R. Huston; Constables, J. M. Savage, J. Gunn, E. Courtrite, Christian Lohr.

1888. Supervisor, Orlando R. Pattengell; Clerk, John W. Cady; Treasurer, Albert Smith; Justices of the Peace, H. O. Hanford, Wm. Harmon; Highway Commissioner, T. L. Harmon; Drain Commissioner, W. R. Suggett; School Inspector, M. H. Winters; Constable, J. Gunn.

1889. Supervisor, Orlando R. Pattengell; Clerk, James H. Hanford; Treasurer, Albert Smith; Justices of the Peace, John Huston, 2d, Samuel Barber; Highway Commissioner, T. L. Harmon; School Inspector, A. G. Huston; Constables, J. Gunn, J. Savage, T. Geer, J. Gordon

1890. Supervisor, 0. R. Pattengell; Clerk, James H. Hanford; Justice of the Peace, C. E. Andrews; Treasurer, G. M. Cotton; Highway Commissioner, Theo. L. Harmon; Drain Commissioner, Wm. Suggett; Board of Review, P. Goodell, C. E. Andrews; Constable, John Gunn.

The town hall is located on the southwest quarter of section 15, cost about $700, will seat 400, and was first used in 1874.

The report for the school year ending September 3d, 1888, showed an enrollment of 392 scholars in the township, with an average daily attendance of 274. There was in the township three frame school houses, seating 150, valued at $I,040, and six brick school houses, seating 296, and valued at $8,900. Four male teachers and thirteen female teachers were employed.

The first public cemetery was opened about 1834, on the northeast quarter of section 19, and is known as the "Ridge Cemetery." In 1835 a cemetery was established on the northwest quarter of section 36. This is known as the " Old Sheldon" Cemetery. In 1840, what is known as the " Kinyon " Cemetery, was opened on the northwest corner of section 5, and in 1868, the "-New Sheldon" Cemetery was located on the southwest quarter of section 27.

The population of the township in 1850, was 1,333; in 1860, 1,554; in 1870, 1,392; in 1880, 1,350. The decrease between 1860 and 1870 is evidently due to the loss of those who were engaged in the War with the South. The valuation in the several decades, as appears from the records of the Board of Supervisors, is as follows; 1840, $154,832; 1850, $76,728; 1860, $302,990; 1870, $331,362; 1880, $1,077,345

The township is watered by what is known as the Lower Rouge, by Tonquish Creek, and by other smaller streams. It has a rich soil, much of which has been reclaimed by a very extensive system of drainage.


CANTON, FORMERLY SHELDON'S CORNERS.

This place was named after Timothy F. Sheldon, who bought lands there in 1842 A Presbyterian Church was organized on August 31, 1848, and a church built in 1850, at a cost of $1,000. It seated 175. The pastors have been as follows: Rev. J S. Kidder, from 1848 to 1852; Rev. Mr. Green, during part of 1853; Rev. George M. Boardman, from 1854 to 1859; Rev. John Pierce, from the fall of 1859 to 1866; Rev. Mr. Murden, from 1869 to 1870; Rev. Mr. Platt, from 1870 to 1879; Rev. E. P. Goodrich, from 1880 to 1884.

The society has had no pastor for several years, and the church has been for sale.

There is a Methodist Episcopal Church, and the society worship in a building which was erected in 1858. The lot was donated by T. F. Sheldon; the building seats 225, and cost $i,800. The following persons have served as pastors: 1859-1860, John Levington; 1860-1861, R. R. Richards; I861-1862, R. C. Crane; 1862-1864, H. N. Brown; 1864-1865, S. P. Warner; 1865-1867, M. C. Anderson; 1867 1869, Jesse Kilpatrick; 1869-1870, Jesse Kilpatrick and W. W. Washburn; 1870-1871, S Kitzmiller; 1871-1873, J. S. Sutton; I873-1874, H. M. Brown; 1874-1876, N. Newton; 1,876-1879, L. C. York; 1879-188I, S. Clements; 1881-1882, R. Wrench; 1882-1884, W. Warren; 1884-1885, L. C. York; 1885-1888, J. A. Lowry; 1888 —, S. W. Bird.


SHELDON'S STATION.

This is located on the Michigan Central R. R., about three-quarters of a mile south of Sheldon's Corners.


CHERRY HILL.

This locality, on section 19, was formerly known as the Ridge, from the rise of ground on which it is situated. About 1860, a man named Hitchcock built a hotel here, and from the number of cherry trees growing near by, he named his place the Cherry Hill House, and thus the name originated.

The first beginnings of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this place date from 1836. In 1848 the Society was formally named the Crandall Church, after Mr. Crandall, the first class leader. The Society has occupied two different buildings; the first cost $600, and was dedicated in the fall of 1848. The present church building was dedicated February 9, 1882, and cost $2,500.

Among the earlier ministers were the Revs. Messrs. Steel, Bradley, Sprague, King, Staples, Hall, D. Burns, Wm. Fox, Adam Minnis, S. E. Warren, J. F. Davidson, Wm. C. Way, - Buchanan, J. W. Kellogg, Wm. Hevener, C. C. Yemans, R. Bird, T. Wakelin,- Scotford, Geo. Smith, S. Caulkins, and J. K. Gillett. The Society has always been connected with the Sheldon Church, and the names of the ministers since 2871 will be found in connection with the history of that church.


TONQUISH CREEK.

This is a station on the F. & P. M. R. R., and is named after the Indian chief who was killed near this place.