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Favorite things: A clock that tells of family ties

Raleigh reader Peter Donnely shares the story of a clock that has been in his family for seven generations.
Raleigh reader Peter Donnely shares the story of a clock that has been in his family for seven generations.

The clock was my mother’s most cherished family heirloom. It’s been in my family for seven generations. She told me when I was a teenager that someday it would be mine. I’ve had the clock for a decade. I love it too. The clock is an 8-day tall case clock assembled in 1809 by Samuel Kennedy Miller of New Germantown, N.J. The case has its original finish and is attributed to Mathew Egerton Jr., a prominent cabinetmaker from New Brunswick, N.J. My oldest daughter now knows someday the clock will be hers.

Peter Donnelly, Raleigh

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