The Central Somerst Gazette 18 Dec 1908 A Somerset Benefactor Death of Mr J. Harvey TREAT at Pittsfield New Hampshire USA includes Pitminster Somrset

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The Central Somerset Gazette and the Western Counties Advertiser. Friday 18 Dec 1908

Page 6 Column 4


A SOMERSET BENEFACTOR.

DEATH OF MR. J. HARVEY TREAT IN AMERICA.

News has reached England of the death of Mr. J. Harvey TREAT, which occurred at Pittsfield, New Hampshire, U.S.A., on November 8. Mr. TREAT, who was 69 years old, formerly lived at Pitminster, West Somerset, and he was a great benefactor to the parish church there. His last visit to the parish was as recent as June. The clock and the sixth bell in the tower, the organ-case, the brass altar-rails, and the panelling in the belfry ringing-chamber, were among his gifts to the church, in which he had contemplated the erection of a chancel-screen. Mr. TREAT's ancestors left Pitminster for New England in 1637, and a brass tablet, which was erected in the church in 1902 by Mr. J. H. TREAT, records the fact that it was placed there in memory of Richard TREAT, who was baptised in the church. August 28, 1584, and who with his family emigrated to New England in 1637, and was created one of the patentees of the Charter of the Colony of Connecticut by King Charles II. in 1662. His son, Robert TREAT, was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Colony for thirty years. Another of Mr. J. Harvey TREAT's ancestors, Robert Treat PAYNE, was one of those who signed the declaration of independence, July 4, 1776.


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