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Winter 2018

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'The company proceeded in automobiles to the farm, which was once the property of Col. Angell, and. in common with many country homesteads of his generation, contained the family burial lot. They arrived there at about 10 a.m. The farm is on the South Scituate Road at the corner of the Pippin Orchard Road in the town of Johnston, close to the boundary between Johnston and South Scituate. The condition of the farm buildings indicated the owner's prosperity, and everything but the old burial lot was well cared for. This was found to be in a most deplorable condition of neglect. Nothing in the shape of a fence nor any other form of protection was in evidence around the lot, and the ravages of time, weather and wandering cattle had broken off or pushed over the headstones until the semblance of a graveyard was almost lost from a short distance away. The headstone of Col. Angell's grave was broken off near the bottom, but it had fallen back on the grave. The broken end of the stone fit the stump remaining in its original socket, and that, together with the legible inscription, left no question as to the identity of the grave. The work of digging began at once and proceeded without interruption, as there were fewer rocks and stones beneath the surface than appeared probable from external indications. The outlines in dust only of the coffin of Col. Angell could be distinctly traced. The glass that had covered the face was found, though broken into several pieces; there were also several coffin nails, but the most careful and thorough search failed to disclose any coffin plate or other metallic trimmings. The bones were removed with the greatest care and placed in a suitable box for the purpose. The condition of Mrs. Angell's remains was much the same as that of her husband's, except that the bones were much firmer, due undoubtedly to the fact that Mrs. Angell was but 46 years old at the time of her death while the Colonel was in his 92nd year. Several tufts of hair also adhered to her skull, notwithstanding it had been in the grave for 135 years. The original raven black color was distinctly discernible. Early in the afternoon, the party was joined by Compatriots Robert P. Brown, Frederick D. Carr and Dr. Henry S. Brown, the two former being members of the committee in charge and the last named another descendant of Col. Angell. Dr. Brown carefully examined the remains and pronounced the bone structure practically intact, even to the smaller bones of the fingers and toes. Several photographs were taken after which the remains were placed in boxes, the one bearing Col. Angell's dust being carefully sealed and covered with the American flag. The boxes were placed in an automobile hearse, which was draped on the inside with the national colors, and a cortege comprising the hearse and two automobiles bearing the entire party proceeded to the North Burial Ground. There, the boxes were placed in the receiving tomb pending proper preparation of their final resting place. At noon on Monday, April 22, 1918, in the presence of Compatriot and Mrs. Arnold C. Brown, the mortal remains of Col. Angell and his wife were placed in their final resting place, which is located near the main entrance to the North Burial Ground in Providence, on a lot donated by the city for that purpose. The location is ideal, being situated on a commanding site surrounded by memorials to other celebrated public and historical characters, and it is eminently fitting and appropriate that one of Rhode Island's early heroes should be thus surrounded in his last long sleep. At noon at Saturday, May 4, 1918, the officers and members of the Rhode Island Society Sons of American Revolution, together with many descendants of Col. Angell, gathered at the North Burial Ground to unveil and dedicate WINTER 2018 13 Top, Angell's unearthed bones; above, the original resting place of Colonel Israel Angell.

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