I was excited to read in Tuesday's Lewiston Sun Journal a story about Canton Mountain Cemetery in Oxford County—suspected to be the resting place of my ancestor Simon Coolidge.

Nelson Coolidge of East Dixfield (my father's fourth cousin) had seen the graveyard years ago while hunting with his father, and was able to direct Elise Despres, secretary of the Canton Historical Society, to its location.

She said the society knew The Burying Place was on Canton Mountain — they just didn't know where.

"The Canton Historical Society hunted for it for a long time, looking alongside roads, but (The Burying Place) was out in a back field," Nelson Coolidge said. "Of course, it's big woods now."

Despres said she has an older copy of a deed dated Feb. 20, 1863, which states that four square rods are reserved where Canton Mountain Cemetery is located.

"This deed was for John Coolidge, and I also have a copy of a deed dated June 10, 1987, for Richard Bailey," she said. "These deeds mention farms for a Daniel Flagg and William Flagg in that area and the Flaggs had married into the Coolidge family."

The 1863 deed (from Oxford County Eastern District Deeds, vol. 131, page 31) is shown below. It describes a parcel of land in the northern part of Canton—a wedge of land between Dixfield and Jay once full of farms but mostly unoccupied today.

As a genealogist, I have to make one small correction to the article: Simon Coolidge's wife was Mary Jennison, not Mary Jameson.

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Comment by Alan Spaulding on January 4, 2015 at 9:34pm

An update to the October story in the Lewiston Sun Journal.  


Comment by Alan Spaulding on June 2, 2016 at 3:11pm

This article appeared in the Lewiston Sun Journal on May 16. It discusses the successful effort by Nelson Coolidge to have a Revolutionary War marker placed on the grave of his ancestor Simon Coolidge. Kudos to Nelson, Don Simoneau, Ray Hamilton, and the Ancient Ones. Let us hope this cemetery will remain honored and not become the site of a future wind mill or other intrusion. 



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