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Squire Anglen


Squire Thompson ANGLEN, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this county, 
died at his home in Bonnie last evening at 7:15 o'clock. The funeral will be held at Bonnie 
tomorrow, Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, the remains brought to Mt. Vernon by the C & 
E I R R at 11 o'clock and direct from thence to the burying ground at Old Union cemetery 
for interment. 

Thompson Anglen was born in Rockingham county, North Carolina, Sept. 15, 1822, and was 
the ninth in a family of thirteen children. In his native county he attended the first school, and in 
1831, the father brought his family to Montgomery county, Tenn., where he died in 1856. 

Subject finished his education in the schools of that county, and then assisted on the home farm 
until 1849. December 19 of that year, he came to Jefferson county, and settled on a  government 
improvement at Pendleton township, about a mile east of Belle Rive: he, however, only farmed 
there for four years and then came to Mt. Vernon, where he clerked in a general store then 
owned by Thorn D. Balzell;  remained with them but one year and then returned to 
Pendleton township, and there purchased the home farm. In connection with his farm, 
he also ran a store for the accommodation of his neighbors in that township; he only remained 
three years, and then exchanged his farm for a hotel in Mt. Vernon, then owned by a Mr. Thomas. 
It stood (1858) where Ward's clothing house now stands. In that hotel he remained until 1865, 
when he went to Spring Garden township. Here he first purchased a half interest in a flouring mill 
and still house which then stood about one and one half miles south of the village, but 
only remained about a month there, and then came to the village, where he has since resided. His 
first venture in the town was merchandising, and he followed that for about two years; he then 
opened his hotel. He also turned his attention some to stock trading and engaged in that for about 
three years. He next purchased a harness shop and commenced following the occupation of 
a harness maker. 

Mr. Anglen was married in Montgomery county, Tenn. on June 10, 1846, to Nancy J. Smith, a 
daughter of Joseph H. Nancy (Clifton) Smith, natives of that county. This lady was the mother of 
five children, of whom now four are living, viz.: H. V., in Princeton, Ky.; E. J. in Canton, Mon.; 
Thomas, in Bolivar, Tex. and Lillie, in Marissa, Ill. This lady died Feb. 14, 1864, and subject 
was married the second time, in Spring Garden township, May 11, 1865, to Mrs. Nancy F. Williams, 
a daughter of Joseph Felps, of Robertson Co., Tenn. The result of the marriage was one child- 
Ora Maude. He was married May 3, 1888, a third time to Mrs. Elizabeth Dial of Elk Prairie. 

Mr. Anglen has served in numerous county and township offices, among which are Justice of the 
Peace of Mt. Vernon township, from 1859 to 1865. In April 1872 was appointed school treasurer. 
He also served as member of the county board of supervisors. Was a member of William Lodge, 
No 242, I. O. O. F., of Spring Garden. Has held all offices in that lodge. For the past fifteen years 
had also served as treasurer of that organization. 

September 8, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera 

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