|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1815|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||May 10, 1907|
Mr. John G. Angelo, of Pocomoke City, who celebrated his eighty-first birthday August 22, is one of the most useful citizens of Worcester county and well known in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is a shipsmith, and though eighty-one years of age does not shrink from duty. On his birthday he worked a full day of ten hours....He has worked continuously for sixty-seven years….Among the noted vessels on which he did the iron work was the New Ironsides which attacked Fort Sumter during the war....the yacht America, owned by the Stuarts and Vanderbilts in New York. Among the vessels he fitted out for the Pocomoke river trade were two for Hisley and Ashcraft in 1843; the three-masted schooner James H. Young, built at Pocomoke in 1865, and the schooners E. K. Wilson and S. K. Dennis, built about the same time.
Mr. Angelo began his trade with Mr. Henry Ellwell in Philadelphia in 1828, and during his apprenticeship made a number of useful and handy blacksmith tools, among them an anvil and other implements, which he now has in his possession. He has a pair of calipers of his own design….He has a number of little trinkets made by himself, including a miniature anchor….several small anvils and smith's tools…all made by hand. The steel used in the manufacture of these curios was taken from the ship Messenger of Peace, sent to this country during the revolutionary war, and which bore the declaration of peace between this country and England…his father was wounded during the memorable battle of New Orleans.
Excerpts from article published in the Baltimore Sun, August 27, 1896
A VETERAN AT THE ANVIL
John G. Angelo's Implements Galvanized for Preservation At Pocomoke City
William H. Whiting & Co., northwest corner Pratt and South streets, have galvanized an ancient blacksmith's anvil and hammer belonging to John G. Angelo, now a veteran shipsmith, with a shop at Pocomoke City, Md. The anvil and hammer were sent here to have the work done by E. James Tull, shipbuilder, of Pocomoke City.
Mr. Angelo is in the eighty-fourth year of his age, but still a strong and active workman at his trade. He was born at Woodbury, N.J., August 22, 1815, and began his apprenticeship June 25, 1828. His first work was done on the anvil just galvanized and at the age of twenty-one it was presented to him by his employer. The hammer is welded to the top of the anvil and at the end of the handle is a three-link chain, which is an emblem of the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows. The anvil weighs about 175 pounds and is in good condition. It will be placed on exhibition for a few days at Messrs. Whiting & Co.'s establishment and then sent to Mr. Angelo, who will treasure it as long as he lives.
Published in the Baltimore Sun, 1899
In a letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun dated February 21, 1903, Mr. Angelo's grandson from Pocomoke City, Md., indicates that at 88 years of age, Mr. Angelo may be the oldest living past grand master of Odd Fellows in the world. He described his grandfather as "hale and hearty, is a well known shipsmith and works in his shop every day. He was initiated as an Odd Fellow on September 13, 1839 and became a member of Unity Lodge No. 19, of Philadelphia, Pa….His picture, in a handsome frame now adorns the wall of the lodge room in this town. The fourth generation is represented in Mr. Angelo's family, as he has two living great grandchildren."
Note: According to his obituary, Mr. Angelo designed his own headstone, made from a block of stone and the hammer and anvil referred to in the cited articles.
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