Clear Pond: The Reconstruction of a Life (New York State Series)

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Poet Roger Mitchell rediscovers his roots when he returns to his home in the Saranac Lake region of New York and delves into the life of a nineteenth-century Adirondack millwright

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Roger Mitchell writes with a poet's eye for exact detail in his absorbing new book about his search for Israel Johnson--a ghostly presence who comes to haunt the reader as much as he did the author. This book might easily be thought of as a detective story in which the detective discovers himself at the center of a seeming crime. It's a lovely book, richly layered and beautifully written.

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At the age of 45, poet Mitchell decided to learn more about the place where he'd grown up, New York State's Adirondack region. In his research, he found a name, place and date in a diary: Israel Johnson had built a sawmill at Clear Pond in 1836. Would it be possible to reconstruct this man's life and times? In an intensive five-year search, Mitchell talked to historians and librarians; studied census reports, deed books and war records; traced family members and searched the National Archives. We rejoice when, in 1986, he meets an 87-year-old great-grandson of Israel Johnson in the town of Adirondack. A remarkable piece of historical detective work and an engaging story, Mitchell's account offers valuable information for others pursuing genealogical questions. Photos.

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