From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 258-259, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Franklin L. Angier, chief clerk of the Locomotive and Car
Department of the St. Louis Division, of the Chicago, Burlington and
Quincy Railroad, was born in Vermont at Waterbury, where he was reared
until twelve years of age. He was the son of Aaron Angier of New
Hampshire. His father was American of French ancestry. Aaron was a
Baptist clergyman and married in Vermont, Miss Eliza Luther. She came
of good family of Scotch descent. After marrying, Rev. Mr. Angier
continued his work in the church of his faith until 1850, when he moved
to New York State, and after four years moved to Illinois in 1854. He
died a few months after his arrival in this State, in Bureau county,
while yet in active work, being then only forty-seven. He was a
hard-working, logical preacher, fluent talker and a worthy citizen. His
wife survived him until 1863, and then died at the age of fifty-four.
They had ten children.
When Franklin Angier was twelve they removed to Elbridge, New
York, and here he was educated until he was sixteen, when the family
removed to Illinois, where he has since resided. Except three years in
the army, he has been engaged in clerical work. He enlisted from
Geneva, Illinois, in September, 1861, in Company B, Fifty-second
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Captain E. A. Bowen and Colonel Wilson in
command. The latter named official did not retain his command very
long, but was succeeded by Colonel T. W. Sweeny. The regiment was in
the Fifteenth Army Corps of the Army of the Tennessee. They fought
their first battles at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and siege of Corinth and
battle of Corinth under General Rosecrans, and in October, 1863, Mr.
Angier was discharge, and in May, 1864 re-enlisted and joined Company
G, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, remaining
until expiration of service, October 28, 1864. They were garrisoned at
Cairo, Illinois. He served in the capacity of First Lieutenant all the
time he was in the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth regiment.
After coming to this State Mr. Angier lived in Bureau county for
a short time, and was married there to Adaline Smith, born in
Rochester, New York, in 1838, but was reared in Illinois, where her
parents had moved when she was young. Her father, Alonzo Smith was a
farmer and died in Bureau county in 1865, when in middle life. His wife
is still living and resides with her daughter Mrs. Angier. She is
eighty-four. She has been a worthy member of the Baptist Church for
Mr. and Mrs. Angier are members of the Baptist Church. Mr.
Angier is a Republican in politics, and a Master Mason, being a member
of Cass Lodge, No. 23, and Clarke Chapter, No. 29, of Beardstown. He
has been Master and is now Secretary of the lodge. Is a member of
McLane Post, No. 97, Grand Army of the Republic.
They have seven children: Mary, wife of C. E. Sperry, a painter
of Aurora, Illinois; Frank is a clerk under his father and married
Maude Foster; Florence is at home; Carl and Earl (twins), and Charles
and Dana are all four at home. They all have received the advantage of
a good education and are refined, intelligent young people.