PORTRAIT OF HARLEY PLACE: FARMER AND WEARY RESIDENT OF GLOCESTER, RHODE ISLAND

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This vintage photograph features a portrait of a fine looking elderly man named Harley Place (1825-1913). His name appears in a number of state and federal census reports. The 1870 US census indicates that he and his wife Amanda E. Place were living with ten of their children in Glocester, Rhode Island. The 1880 US census indicates that Harley was a farmer. It appears that he lived all or most of his life in Glocester. He is also buried there. His grave is located in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester. The photographer of this image is unidentified. An inscription on the reverse of the image states “Harley Place. Dad’s grandfather. This is the one big picture was made from.”. In this image Harley has the appearance of a wise but weary man. His clasped hands may indicate some tension or impatience. He is wearing work clothing with terrific looking suspenders. Visitors to the cabinet card gallery will notice that this image also appears in the previous blog entry. The previous blog entry was actually blogged in May of 2014 but I moved it so it would follow this entry. I believe that the biographical information in that entry actually belongs to Harley Place’s son who was also named Harley Place. The image is likely not Harley Place, the son; but Harley Place, the father. I am leaving the incorrect information as an illustration of how difficult this type of research can be and to remind me and others to be very careful in our investigative work.

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Published in: on February 3, 2015 at 11:36 am  Comments (3)  
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  1. I absolutely love this photo. i wish I could sit and talk to him about his life, his wife,his children, his work–everything. I want to talk to his wife, too, and the individual children. So many stories to tell and hear….
    He has those thick well developed hands and forearms of a laborer. That’s sexy.

    • Déjà vu … seen this picture before … Looks like he has known ‘A Would of Woe’. Would you please check postings along about last May, same picture, different bio … mystery … could this bio be for the parent of the one pictured? The style of mount doesn’t seem to help. The expression reminds me of the (born 1856) bio, and tombstone. Sorry, didn’t mean to rock the boat. It is just such a great picture.

      • Thank you for catching my error. I blogged about the same image twice and confused father and son. It demonstrates how difficult it is to do this type of research and the importance of being careful in doing it. Thanks for noticing my mistake and don’t worry about “rocking the boat”. Finding my errors only improves the quality of the site.


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