|Birth: ||Jun., 1845, Ireland|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1904|
James Anglese was born in Ireland in June 1845, the child of unknown parents. Soon after the Irish Potato Famine in about 1853, he immigrated to Whiteside County, Illinois at the age of 8 or 9.
Family rumor is that James came to the United States with his mother and three brothers. It is very likely, but unconfirmed, that Thomas Anglese (born 1839 and living in Newton) was his older brother. If so then the 1880 US Census for Newton shows that Mary Ryan (born about 1815 in Ireland) was their mother. Mary also was in Newton during the 1870 US Census where she was living with a William Ryan. It is probable that William was her second husband.
By 1860, at age 15, James was living with the Guffy family (also from Ireland) and working on their farm in Fenton Illinois. Thomas was also in Fenton at this time working on the Corbinn farm as a laborer. They probably witnessed the 1860 'Great Tornado' that tore through Iowa and Illinois. James became a naturalized citizen in Morrison on 23 Oct 1866 with William Ryan and Thomas Anglese as witnesses.
When he was 25, James married Keziah Orr of Ohio on June 30, 1870, in Rock Island County, Illinois. Keziah, her mother, and a few siblings had moved to Rock Island from Ohio sometime between 1860 and 1870 – perhaps due to her father’s death and the Civil War. Both James & Keziah were Methodists. They had five children in 14 years:
1) William Miles Anglese b.1871 - d.1880
2) Mary Myrtle Anglese b.1873 - d.1967
3) James Clyde Anglese b.1875 - d.1880
4) John Raymond Anglese b.1881 - d.1975
5) Eliza Ethel Anglese b.1885 - d.1914
Around this time they lived in Hillsdale, Rock Island and worshiped at the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bethesda, built in 1859, located about a mile southwest of Hillsdale. His two sons (William age 8 and James age 4) died of Diphtheria in early 1880. According to the 1880 US Census, he and his remaining family had moved to Clinton, Iowa while James worked at one of the 5 saw mills there. Note that in 1882 Clinton produced more than 166 million feet of lumber, producing more lumber than any other city on the Mississippi River except Minneapolis.
But by 1885, James & Keziah were back in Albany Township farming. James died of cirrhosis of the liver on July 17, 1904, in Whiteside County, Illinois, at the age of 59, and was buried in Bethesda Cemetery at Hillsdale, Illinois.
Kezia Orr Anglese (1847 - 1928)*
William M Anglese (1871 - 1880)*
Mary Myrtle Anglese Pollard (1873 - 1967)*
James C Anglese (1875 - 1880)*
John Raymond Anglese (1881 - 1975)*
Ethel Anglese Mace (1885 - 1914)*
Rock Island County
Maintained by: Chris Anglese
Originally Created by: Paula Schave
Record added: Sep 14, 2011
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