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Your Silent Neighbors

Take a tour through the past with “Your Silent Neighbors", which introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.

“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.

Choose a name from the list to begin your journey into Canton's Past:


4/29/2021 - William W. Case

YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, William W. Case, Farmer, Civil War Veteran   
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate and Deputy Town Historian    

A lifelong resident of Canton, William W. Case (1834-1910) was a farmer for most of his life, and supplied materials to the Collins Company.  He enlisted in the Civil War and served in the 22 nd regiment of Connecticut volunteers, a unit that was active between September 1862 and July 1863.  The twenty-second did not engage in battle, but instead was involved in picket duty, reconnaissance, and construction among other activities.  After the war, Case was among the first members of the Burnside Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in Unionville. 
  
Case was married twice.  His first wife, Ellen Humphrey of Bloomfield, Connecticut died in 1873 after about nine years of marriage.  Harriet Dexter of Coventry, Connecticut was his second wife.  She lived until 1921.  He had two daughters by his first marriage and a son and daughter by his second.  His son Dexter, was postmaster at Sound View, a part of Old Lyme. 
  
Case died at home.  Members of his G.A.R. post turned out in force for the funeral, and conducted graveside services.  “Rock of Ages” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul” were sung by a male quartet of Anson Bristol, Jr., Roscoe Bristol, Sterling Bristol, and Harold Humphrey. 
  
William W. Case 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. 
  

  



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