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An unidentified photographer produced this wonderful photograph of a stern looking elderly man. Fortunately, the subject of this portrait is identified.  The reverse of the photograph has an inscription (see image below) indicating that the subject’s name is “Harley Place”. Harley Place is wearing clothing that indicates that he was a working man. He is wearing overalls and what appears to be a work shirt. Note his large hands. Those big mitts must have come in handy in his work as a farmer. Harley Smith Place was born in Rhode Island in 1856. He was married to Adreanna Place (1866-1933). She was eleven years his junior. The couple had five children; Walter, Cora, Everett, Reuben, and Jennie. The 1910 US census listed him as a farmer in Killingly, Connecticut. The 1920 census found he and his wife living with a niece and nephew in Killingly and still listing his occupation as farmer. The 1930 census reported Harley and Adreanna continuing to reside with their niece and nephew in Killingly. Harley Place died in 1940 and is buried in Glocester, Rhode Island. His gravestone can be seen below.

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  1. He is holding something between his left hand fingers.

  2. A world of life is a world of woe. What a striking portrait, wish I could compliment the photographer. The headstone, however, has much to tell … other stories to puzzle over. Harley’s first wife, Lucy A. Bufferton, was no more than 14 years old when Walter was born. Cora and Everett followed at two year intervals, so at age 18 she had three babies to tend to. By the time she was no more than 21, Lucy and her two youngest were dead. Thinking this over, Lucy’s life, induces a wave of melancholy… sorry. Harley moved on within the year and Adreanna Ellis became his second wife. When Reubin was born in 1883, his mother’s age was no more than 17. There is a death date on the stone for Reubin, but unreadable for me. Twelve years passed before Jennie was born, but if I read it correctly it says: Jenny V. 1895 – 1895. This all adds some explanation to the sparse census reports for the family in later years.

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