YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, George Dexter Henry, Carpenter
“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.
As a boy, George Dexter Henry (1849-1909) moved with his parents from Ashford, Connecticut to Collinsville. He lived here for the rest of his life. He was educated in local schools and at Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
An expert carpenter, one newspaper wrote that “he prided himself on doing everything well, and there are many specimens of his skill in town today of chests, cupboards, inlaid chess boards and the like, all beautiful pieces of work.” Henry also worked for the Collins Company in a variety of capacities, and spent twenty years as foreman of the box making department.
He was a member of the Tunxis Lodge of the New England Order of Protection and the Eclectic Lodge of the Odd Fellows. He married Ellen M. Tucker of New Hartford in 1872.
A man of “rugged physique, he had his first bout of illness nine years before his death, and had intermittent health issues ever after. He died of anaemia.
The funeral was held in the Henry home, Reverend D. D. Waugh of Trinity Episcopal Church presiding. Friends were requested not to send flowers.
George Dexter Henry is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville.