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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harris, William Thaddeus 1826-1854 (search)
Harris, William Thaddeus 1826-1854 Author; born in Milton, Mass., Jan. 25, 1826; graduated at Harvard College in 1846. He was the author of Epitaphs from the old burying-ground at Cambridge, and editor of History of New England and of the third volume of the Historical and Genealogical register. He died in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 19, 1854.
covered with a massive stone block, on which is cut:— Here lyeth interred ye body of Major-General Gookin, aged 75 years, who departed this life ye 19th of March, 1686-7. The tomb probably contains the remains of his family, including his son, the Rev. Nathaniel Gookin. General Gookin was an influential man in the early days of the colony. Near this are the tombs of Governor Belcher, Dr. Gamage, the Watsons, and the Munroes, level with the sod and unmarked. In the year 1845, Mr. William Thaddeus Harris published a very useful book of epitaphs from this old ground, from the earliest date to the year 1800. In the years succeeding 1800, with a few exceptions, the names only, on the monuments erected since that date, are given. Therefore it is hoped that some modern Old Mortality, with the records of the first proprietors and the town, together with the needed tools of his profession in hand, will yet be commissioned to scan every stone, monument, and all records, for the names o
d handsome a wall in the front; and the College has used, and expects to make use of the burying-place as Providence gives occasion for it; therefore, Voted, that as soon as the said stone wall shall be completed, the Treasurer pay the sum of twenty-five pounds to Samuel Danforth, William Brattle and Andrew Bordman, Esq., a committee for the town to take care of the said fence. After another hundred years, in his Preface to Epitaphs from the old burying-ground in Cambridge, 1845, Mr. William Thaddeus Harris says, It is rather surprising, that, in this age of improvement, Cambridge should fall behind her neighbors, and suffer her ancient graveyard to lie neglected. Interesting as it is from containing within its limits the tombs of the prophets, the spot is often visited by the curious stranger; but it is to be feared that he as often leaves it with feelings of regret at its desolate appearance. It should be added, that this desolate appearance has been almost entirely removed with