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 Leroy, Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States of unspecified causes. He married Phebe Ann Morton (1786-1854) 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
- Mary Ann Angell (1808-1882) - 2nd wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young (1801-1877)
- 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.
- 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.
- Hiram Angell (1807-1829)
- 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.
- 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.