YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, Sarah Dyer King, Member of a Prominent Canton Family
Born in the Dyer Farm homestead, Sarah Dyer King (1823-1909) had her funeral in the same house, then owned by her nephew Daniel T. Dyer. It’s the large 1789 colonial on what is now Dyer Cemetery Road, but was once part of the Albany Turnpike. She was a member of one of Canton’s most prominent families. Her father, Zenas Dyer, ran a stage coach hotel and tavern out of the home, operated a cider distillery, and was captain of the local militia. At times there were up to twenty guests and forty horses staying there. It must have been an amazing place for a girl growing up, filled with a wide range of people and their stories.
Sarah was the youngest of four children born to Zenas and his wife Sally. In 1853, Sarah married Joseph Frank King, a native of Lebanon, Connecticut who lived for many years in New Hartford. The couple had no children.
Sarah Dyer King is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.
“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.