James Williams Angell was born 15 October 1776 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States to Solomon Angell (1741-1806) and Mary Tripp (1748-1819) and died 7 November 1851 in Leroy, Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States of unspecified causes. He married Phebe Ann Morton (1786-1854) circa 1802 in New York, United States.


His middle name is often given as William, but according to a family history, he was named James Williams Angell in honor of the Protestant theologian Roger Williams (c1595). James and his wife, Phebe Morton Angell were married about 1802 in New York. They had 10 children, several of whom joined the Mormon Church in the 1830s and went on to play prominent roles in early church history.

James and Phebe eventually separated. She moved to Utah with several of her grown children, and died there in 1854. James lived for a time in Lake County, Ohio, but moved to Dodge County, Wisconsin about 1844 with his daughter Phebe Ann Johnson and her family. He died in Leroy, Dodge, Wisconsin in 1851.

Marriage and Family

  1. Mary Ann Angell (1808-1882) - 2nd wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young (1801-1877)
  2. Jemima Angell (1804-1869) - after divorce from Valentine Young (no relation), she was married to Mormon leader Brigham Young (1801-1877) as a plural wife on same day he also married Phebe Ann.
  3. Solomon Angell (1806-1881) - member of Zion's Camp (1834), member of LDS Church 1st Quorum of Seventy, Mormon pioneer that helped to settle Washington County, Utah.
  4. Hiram Angell (1807-1829)
  5. Truman Osborn Angell (1810-1887) - chosen as the architect for the LDS Church and built the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Beehive House, the Lion House and the Salt Lake City Temple.
  6. Caroline Frances Angell (1825-1908) - wrote an interesting chronicle of the family's struggle on their journey from Providence, Rhode Island to Salt Lake City, Utah including their stays in Ohio, Missouri, Nauvoo and Winter Quarters.


Offspring of James Williams Angell and Phebe Ann Morton (1786-1854)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Ann Angell (1808-1882) 8 June 1808 North Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 27 June 1882 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Jemima Angell (1804-1869) 4 October 1804 Camden, Oneida County, New York 16 July 1869 Wanship, Summit County, Utah Valentine W. Young (c1800-1843)
William Stringham
Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Solomon Angell (1806-1881) 26 April 1806 Florence, Oneida County, New York 20 September 1881 Leeds, Washington County, Utah Eunice Clark Young (1809-1879)
Lucinda Clark (1822-1904)
Anna Cajia Johanson (1835-1914)

Hiram Angell (1807-1829) 17 July 1807 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 7 September 1829 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
Truman Osborn Angell (1810-1887) 5 June 1810 North Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 16 October 1887 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Polly Ann Johnson (1813-1876)
Susan Eliza Savage (1825-1893)
Mary Ann Johnson (1836-1906)

Caroline Frances Angell (1825-1908) 3 October 1825 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States 28 October 1908 Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States George David Varner Davis (1823-1870)
Joseph Holbrook (1806-1885)



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