Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Antiquarian Providence: Angell

... document dated 1766, where Gideon Harris, clerk has signed the administration for the estate of the late widow Sarah Angell to her son...signed at bottom by Harris, 8x10, overall fine shape ... Gideon Harris is a very prominent man in the history of Scituate. He married Damaus Wescott, a noted maiden in her day. He died in 1777, at an advanced age, and was buried in the Quaker burying ground. For many years he filled the office of Town Clerk. It was a common saying that everbody who was poor, in distress, or wanted employment, resorted to Mr. Harris, on account of his property, influence and benevolent disposition. His house was in a place called the "Old Bank." It was enlarged and made into two stories by his son, and pleasantly situated on ground rising from the road, with its stately and ancient button-wood and elm trees, makes an imposing appearance.

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