ZACCHEUS CLOUGH was born in Ipswich, Mass., from whence he came to the Sandy River Lower Township in 1787 with
a family, and settled on river lot No. 20, west side (long owned and occupied by Josiah B. Gordon). Here he resided
until his death, which occurred early in the second quarter of the present century. At the time of his removal
he brought with his family a negress by the name of Chloe Norway, who was a faithful domestic and continued in
service until she was wooed and won (December, 1807) by a gentleman of African descent named Domas Harris. They
went to reside in Portland, but Chloe, not finding the pathway in her new relation strewn with flowers, soon abandoned
her husband and sought the protection and support of Mr. Clough. With him she remained until 1819, when she made
the acquaintance of Henry Gardiner, another gentleman of color, and a fiddler who plied his profession upon various
muster fields during the autumn for the benefit of those who wished to regale themselves in the merry dance. Mr.
Gardiner proposed, Mrs. Harris accepted, and they were united in January, 182o. They moved to Chesterville, where
Mr. Gardiner died in September, 1825. She afterwards married York Hastings, and lived in Anson, where her death
occurred at an advanced age.
A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine
From the warliest explorations to the present time,
By: Francis G. Butler
Member of the Maine Historical Society
Press of Knowlton, McLeary and Co.
Sonoma County, CA
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