A canal era home in Kent's Center Place

A man and a woman get married. They save money at first, living with his family or hers. Soon they purchase a lot in town and begin to build a house. These are years of promise. The economy is picking up and the town has prospects. They are ready to start a family. A year goes by and a child is born, a boy, but both mother and child are sick. The mother dies in January, the child in March. The man sells the house and leaves town. Where does he go? One hundred sixty-five years later, a will, an obituary, a broken and illegible stone marking the grave of mother and child, and the house are all that remain.

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