Ammi Burrington - "The Swamp Angel"
Coventry History
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About the year 1813 came Ammi Burrington from Burke, and purchased the tract of land on which stood the pudding-mill and saw-mill; which however, he soon sold and moved into the West part of the town. He was familiarly called "the swamp angel," and if the domains of actual or imaginary zoology contain any such being as that, he was probably not unworthy of the sobriquet. He was nearly seven feet in height, broad-shouldered, long-limbed, gaunt, skinny, and crooked; with dark complexion, wide mouth, large teeth, and other features to match. Tradition says that the name was given him by a Yankee peddler, whom he asked to give him a ride. The peddler told him that if he would ride within the box as far as the next tavern and remain in the box for an hour after arriving there, he should have not only a ride but his keeping over night. Ammi readily accepted the proposition and took his place among the tin-ware. Upon arriving at the tavern, the peddler announced himself as the exhibitor of "a very rare animal-the swamp angel," and proceeded to exhibit Ammi for a certain price, to his own good profit and the great amusement of the spectators.

Pliny White, History of Coventry, Vt.