Waverly Enterprise, March 26, 1903
Thomas Angelo, one of the oldest and most substantial citizens of Morgan county, passed from earth at a late hour Thursday night, March 12. The deceased was a man of strong character and through his habits of industry and perseverance became one of the most successful farmers in Morgan county. He was born in Crawford county, Pa., May 25, and was the son of James Angelo and Lucy McDowell. His parents removed to this county in 1830 and settled in what is known as Buckhorn Prairie. The journey was made overland with teams and was full of adventures incident to those pioneer times. Mr. Angelo was first married to Miss Elizabeth Hoover, of Macoupin county, and to them were born three children, Samuel, Sarah J. and William T. Angelo. Mrs. Angelo died in 1864 and in 1866 the decedent was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary J. Marker of Jefferson county, Iowa, and of this marriage two children were born, Alonzo E. and George E. Angelo. In 1889, sometime after the death of his second wife, Mr. Angelo was married to Mrs. Polly Horton Stockton, who with one daughter, Robertine survives him. His children, with the exception of Miss Robertine, have all grown to manhood and womanhood, an honor to their parents and those now living are honored and respected citizens in the respective communities where they reside.
The deceased took a keen and active interest in public affairs and was prominently identified with various fraternal organizations and was entrusted with many offices of responsibility and trust. Politically he was identified with the Republicans and was unswerving in his devotion to the principles in which he so strongly believed. For twelve years he served as justice of the peace for Lynnville precinct and made a competent and conscientious officer. He was a member of Gill Lodge; No. 382, A.F. & A. Mason, and occupied all the chairs and as master of the lodge, had an unusually successful administration. He was equally prominent in the Lynnville Odd Fellows Lodge No. 365, and for several terms he was elected treasurer. As a member of the Methodist church he enjoyed the respect and esteem of his fellow members. His going hence removes another of the pioneers of Morgan county, who have witnessed the changes that have occurred since the land now so rich and productive was a wilderness barren and unproductive.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, March 15, at 2 o'clock in Brooklyn church, the services were in charge of the Lynnville lodge of Masons. Interment was in Diamond Grove cemetery.