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Jacksonville Journal, Wednesday, June 17, 1885


Mr. John Angelo, of Buck Horn, six miles southeast of the city, died on Monday evening at the age of 85. Though there was no fear of foul play, yet as his death was very sudden the coroner was summoned yesterday morning. The following facts were revealed at the inquest: On Monday evening about five o'clock Mr. Wm. Burmeister was in the yard with Mr. Angelo when the latter expressed a desire to go to the road some distance from the house. Mr. Burmeister took hold of his arm and told him not to as it was late and the grass was wet. At this Mr. Angelo said that he thought that he had a right to do as he pleased. At once he leaned against the fence and fell sideways to the ground. He was taken into the house in a trembling and unconscious condition and died in almost half an hour. Several parties, who, however, lived at a considerable distance from the house, testified that they had heard, at about the time of death of the deceased, loud talking. Someone, who thought it was Burmeister, using threatening and abusive language, and someone else, who they thought was Angelo, screaming in distress. Dr. Prince at first said that from the testimony he considered the deceased to have met his death from an attack of apoplexy. After hearing further testimony the doctor opened the skull and examined the brain without finding any effusion of blood indicative of apoplexy. This examination throws no light upon the cause of death. The heart was not examined to find any deficiency of that organ. no marks of extternal violence are found upon the body. The cause of death is uncertain.

The following is the verdict of the jury. "In the matter of the inquisition on the body of John Angelo, deceased, held at Buckhorn on the 16th of June, A.D. 1885, we, the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of John angelo, on oath do find that he came to his death by causes to the jury unknown." W. Ellicock, forman; John F. Hackman; Wm. F. North; John Dearing; Richard Morrow; Wm. Hackman, clerk.

For several years Mr. Angelo has been nearly blind and his mind has seemed shattered. He has lived in this county over 60 years, has been married five times and is the father of 24 children, 14 of whom survive him. (Anyone interested in John Angelo may learn of his involvement in the killing of Isaac Hammel by referred to Hammel, Isaac R. in this listing. More information may be found on the Angelos by referring to pages 603 and 679 of "History of Morgan County, Illinois, 1878".

NOTE: His death certificate shows that he was born in Pa. and that he was a widower. On page 66 of "Coroners Record Book A" will be found an entry showing John Angelo came to his death by causes unknown to the coroner's jury. Dated June 16, 1885, the entry in the record book described John Angelo as a male, 5' 11" tall, light complexion, and having dark eyes and white hair.

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