The ancestor of the Angel family of Marion County came from Ireland and settled in North Carolina. He was the father of John Angel who was born in North Carolina, but was one of the early settlers in Tennessee. John Angel's son, James, was born in Hickman County, Tennessee. John Angel came to Marion County about 1853 and both he and his wife passed away in 1863. They had four children: William, who lived and died in Sebastian County; James; John, who died in Tennessee; and Benjamin, who died in Tennessee, also.
James Angel and his wife, Elizabeth (Ward) Angel became residents of Marion County in 1852, purchased a farm on Clear Creek, which James successfully tilled until he was killed during the war. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1863. They were the parents of fourteen children: Martha, wife of Mr. Jones of Texas; William, who was wounded and died at the Battle of Pea Ridge; Eli, who lived in Texas; Mary J. Casey, who spent her life in Marion County; John; Elizabeth Potter, who lived in Texas; James, who died in Little Rock during the war; Lucinda Richardson of Texas; Levi, of Texas; David, who also died in Texas; Sarah Casey, who lived in Marion County; and Nancy Casey, deceased. This is the story of the Angel family to 1892.
John Angel, son of James and Elizabeth Ward Angel, was a lad of ten years when he came to this county. He was born in Tennessee, February 5, 1841. He obtained a common-school education, and when the Civil War came he enlisted in Company B, 14th Arkansas Infantry, Confederate State Army, and was a participant in the engagements at Pea Ridge, Iuka, Corinth, the siege of Fort Hudson, and was with Price and his raid through Missouri. At the close of the war, he returned to Marion County and for eight or ten years he engaged in farming and raising stock on the old homestead. In 1874, he purchased a farm of 300 acres near Bruno. He also owned other valuable farming land in the county, and for many years had a successful mercantile business.
John Angel married (in 1866) Clementine Garrett, a daughter of Temple Garrett, an early settler of the county. She was born in Tennessee. They were the parents of: William Eli (1867-1951), who married Mary Elam. They were the parents of two children: Dolph married Cecil Morrow, and Celia (Ted) married Lon Adkins and later Floyd Stanley. James Wesley (1868-1876); Julia Ann (1870-1954), who married John S. Pyle. Their children were: Verna, married George Cavaness; C. Gilbert, married Essie Adkins; E. Arvil, who married Edna Setzler; Dixie married Karl King. Francis Marion (1871-1975) married Ethel Roberts. They were the parents of eight children: LeIla; Vilna; Garrett; Beulah; Lee; Floy; F. M., Jr.; and Billy. All these married after Marion left Bruno in Marion County and moved to Harrison in Boone County. He lived to see his children married and with grown children of their own. Garrett, Lee, and his wife Ethel, preceded him in death. He died at the age of 104 years. Samanth Jane (1873-1926) married B. Franklin Burnes. They were the parents of fifteen children: Theodore married Virgie Matlock; Myrtle married John Q. Adams; Bernice married Lonnie E. Briggs; Howell married Nellie Adams; Gertrude married P. Virgil Blankenship; Orphus died when a young man; Lena married Ikey Emery; Consuelo married Homer Blankenship; Tyrian married Hamlin Brown; Lester D. married Marion Setzler; Everett H. married Emily Gilbert; Norma married Roy C. Keeling; B. Franklin, Jr. married Lela Thompson; Fred married Ida Helen Vise; Buell married Vera Gibson and later Hattie Pearl Martin. Wilson L. (1875-1951) married Alice Pyle and their children were: Burch, who married Laura Holliday; Brooksie and Nadine, who married after Wildon moved his family from Marion County to Springfield, Mis- souri; and Eugene, who died in his teens. Thomas G. married Donna McCarty. They are the parents of four children -- Fern, who married Vin Tipton; Clyde, who married Paul McVey; John, who married Nellie Mae Fitzpatrick Wood; and James L., who died when a young child. Melissa Ethel, born in 1880, married W. Robert Elam. Their children are: Pearl, unmarried; Merle, who married Garland Ogden; Opal, who married Leslie Keyes; Ruby, who married J. D. McDuffey; Erma, who married Cecil Pierce; and Paul L., who married Faye King. Laura (1882-1965) married Jesse Wilson. Their children were: Howard, who married Flora Keeling; Hugh, who married Margaret Moore; Doris, who married Reber Mallard; Woodrow G., who married in California; Dale, who died at 16; Pauline, who married John Frye of Oklahoma; and Jesse, Jr., who married a girl from Russellville, Arkansas. Bertha (1883-1963); Maude married 0. B. Pyle. They were the parents of four children: Nina, who married Earl Adams; Johnnie, who married Marcella Smith; and 0. B., Jr., who married Lucy Dell Adams.
Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.