Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House

Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House
Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House
Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House is located in Michigan
Location: 7675 N. Ridge Rd.
Nearest city: Canton, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°20′30″N 83°31′43″W / 42.34167°N 83.52861°W / 42.34167; -83.52861Coordinates: 42°20′30″N 83°31′43″W / 42.34167°N 83.52861°W / 42.34167; -83.52861
Area: 2.8 acres (1.1 ha)
Built: 1850
Architectural style: Greek Revival
Governing body: Private
MPS: Canton Township MPS
NRHP Reference#: 00000649[1]
Added to NRHP: June 09, 2000

The Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House is a private house located at 7675 N. Ridge Road in Canton, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]



One of the earliest settlers in Canton Township was Elisha Kinyon; he and his wife Dilla first bought land in the area in 1831.[2] Elisha's son Orrin bough 120 acres (49 ha) from his father in 1834,[2] and in 1835 he married Roxanne Fairman.[3] The couple had eight children between 1836 and 1856, all sons,[3] and built this house in 1850. Only three of the couple's sons survived to adulthood; family tradition recounts that in 1849, Roxanne Kinyon accidentally poisoned two of her sons, and every day thereafter visited their graves for the rest of her life.[3]

Orrin Kinyon was active in township government, serving as Highway Commissioner, School Inspector, Justice of the Peace, constable, and Poor Director between 1835 and 1865.[2]


The Orrin and Roxanne Fairman Kinyon House is a Greek Revival farmhouse, of post and beam construction, sided with wood and sitting on a stone foundation.[2] The rear room was once a summer kitchen, but at some point was integrated into the house proper.[2] Although the house sits on reduced acreage, outbuildings and the remains of an orchard still exist on the property.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kosky and Glynn Associates (April, 2000), Historic and Architectural Resources of Canton Township Multiple Property Submission Nomination Form, National Park Service, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/64500269.pdf 
  3. ^ a b c Diane Follmer Wilson (1988), Cornerstones: a history of Canton township families, Canton Historical Society, p. 113 

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