YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS
Sarah J. Hough, Active Churchwoman
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate & Deputy Town Historian
Born on the west side of the Farmington River in Collinsville, Sarah J. (Bidwell) Hough (1845-1904) spent about three years as a child in Farmington before moving back to the village of her birth where she lived the rest of her life. Said to be a model of “Christian fortitude and courage,” she was an active member of the Collinsville Congregational church and one of the most dependable congregants to attend services and other events.
Hough married Collinsville pharmacist Emerson Hough on her birthday, May 23, 1867. The couple had two sons and a daughter. Their son Frederick would become Collins Company superintendent.
Hough was sick for months and died of cancer. She had been confined to bed from August to December and was said to have suffered greatly. During her last week she was free from pain and during times of consciousness held conversations with those around her. She died at home, peacefully and surrounded by family. The funeral was held at the house with Reverend C. E. Coolidge conducting the service.
Sarah J. Hough is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville.
“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past. Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.