John W. Angel, an enterprising citizen, and the owner of the saw and planing mills formerly owned by a company, called the Spring City Saw and Planning Mill Company, was born In Missouri, September 22nd 1841, and is the son of Edmund and Margaret(Falkner)Angel. The father was born in North Carolina, in 1811, and is now a resident of Sparta, White Co., Tenn. He learned the wheel wright and wagon-maker’s trade in his native state, and after marriage he moved to Missouri, where he purchased land and was engaged in farming, which he followed in connection with his trade. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and a Republican in politics. The mother was also born in North Carolina and died in Cumberland County, Tenn., in 1868, at the age of forty-four. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Four of their six children are now living.
Our subject received a liberal education in White and Cumberland Counties. June 20, 1863, he married Miss Mary Barnard, a native of North Carolina, born in 1842, and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This union resulted in the birth of six children now living: Margaret, William C., James W., Edward C., Sallie and Lizzie. Our subject learned the blacksmith’s trade in White County, and worked at this for about fifteen years in Cumberland and White Counties, and made his start while working at this trade. He then moved to Spring City and engaged In the saw mill business with the Spring City Saw and Planing Mill Company as a partner. In January, 1887, he purchased the other shares.
He employed eighteen hands, and the capacity is about 18,000 feet per day. He is also engaged in farming, and owns 200 acres of land. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, is a Mason, and a Republican in politics. He was appointed sheriff of Rhea County, by Gov. Brownlow, but would not accept the position.
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co 1887