Job W. Angus (1856-1936) — Sept. 9, 1877, letter from Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool near Dripping Springs; Photo taken by Reid Sullivan during drought conditions 1/2/2006 (Wikimedia - Image in public domain)

Hamilton Pool near Dripping Springs; Photo taken by Reid Sullivan during drought conditions 1/2/2006 (Wikimedia – Image in public domain)

As I sat out by our fire pit last night, looking up at the stars on a rare, cold and crisp South Florida evening, my mind could not help but drift westward towards thoughts of our country’s pioneers, cowboys, explorers, and others who spent plenty of nights roughing it by campfires, trying to stay warm at night, traveling weeks or months without a bed to sleep on. Past posts of Matthias Woodruff and Job W. Angus came to mind, so it seems fitting to publish another letter in that vein.

Regular readers may recall that, last November, I published a post containing a letter from Job Angus to his mother Wealthy Ann (Jaques) Angus. That letter was written on 24 July 1877. This post contains a letter written by Job to his older sister Wealthy (b. 1850) and her husband William Woodruff (my great grandparents) some six weeks later. He is in Dripping Springs, Texas, and describes his prospects for establishing himself in that area as a rancher.

Job’s handwriting is outstanding, so there is no need for me to transcribe it. (Apparently his Mom worked with the children on their handwriting when they were young*, and it’s apparent her hard work paid off.) Job closes with a mention William and Wealthy’ daughter Jennie Belle Woodruff (then age 4) and “the other one”—obviously he forgot that little one’s name! (He must have been referring to Flora M. Woodruff, born April 1877.)

Enjoy the letter–it sure left me appreciating the bed I sleep on every night (and the food I eat every day!)


Letter from Job Angus to William E. Woodruff and Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff (Job’s brother-in-law & sister) – from my family’s private collection


Letter from Job Angus to William E. Woodruff and Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff (Job’s brother-in-law & sister) – from my family’s private collection

*One Line of Descendants of James Angus

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14 thoughts on “Job W. Angus (1856-1936) — Sept. 9, 1877, letter from Dripping Springs, Texas

  1. Thank you again for the wonderful reading I truly enjoyed this article, And need to tell you my father who has passed on 2yrs now work and lived most his life overseas. He would write almost the same kind of letter not the same subject, his reference to his family LOL Francis Louis Angus Jr, My dad surely sounded like Job !!


    • Thanks, Maureen. Glad you enjoyed the post. Bless Job’s heart. I give him a lot of credit for heading off from the comfort of NJ to the great unknown, something many young people are motivated to do at that age—go off and see the world. I have a feeling we could all look back on things we wrote at age 21 and find lots of humor in them. How interesting that your dad was driven by so much wanderlust. Seems to be a thread in the Angus family.


      • The older I get the more I appreciate my Father, LOL. I know his overseas jobs were for the better of the family, just like Job Angus and yes I see so many similarities it is scary!! Keep writings going and if you stumble on any photo and such please post as I cant get enough of this magnificent family!!


  2. One of my relatives, William K. Makemson, lived just north of Austin in Georgetown during the same time frame. William’s grandfather was one of six brothers who came from Ireland and fought in the Revolutionary War, including my great, great grand father. William became sheriff of Williamson County during and following the Civil War. Later he would run for Governor on the Republican ticket… not a way to get elected at the time. 🙂 –Curt


    • Must have been an interesting time to be in Texas. I wonder what brought your William down there to begin with. Sounds like he was a man of very strong character!


      • Opportunity and wandering genes, would be my guess. I have my share. 🙂


      • Hello again! I have been searching for my Grandfather, Francis Louis Angus, born 1895 Boston to James Angus and Winifred Harris. Still have not found Gramps , I am now looking ay Ann Katherine Angus born 1910 and Augustus Sherman Angus who lived at 2 Mill Lane in NY
        I have a New York passenger list for Winifred Angus July 12th 1914 she has James listed as husband , her son Louis is with her from Santiago to New York Address 2 Mill Lane NY!!, so some how they are all connected! So excited!! Maureen


      • That’s great, Maureen. Keep me posted! Fingers crossed for you!


      • The genealogy business can do that to you. It’s like doing an extremely hard puzzle where each new piece you find is a great triumph. Or, I like to think of it as a treasure hunt. It can become quite addictive. 🙂 –Curt


  3. This falls under the “it’s a small world concept.” I was playing around last night doing research on one of my ancestors, James Mekemson. He would have been the brother of my Great Grandfather to the fifth, Joseph Mekemson. My first information on James specifically was in York, Pa. in the 1760s when he lost his property due to debt and disappeared for a while. I next find a (and probably the) James Mekemson in Marbletown, Ulster, NY. Not sure why he went there. Anyhow this is the relevant document:

    “To the Honourable the Provincial Congress for the Province of NEW-YORK
    The Petition of JOSIAH ROBERSON, JOHANNES TACK, &c., of MARBLETOWN, in the County of ULSTER, and Province of NEW-YORK, humbly showeth:
    That whereas the Township of Marbletown formerly contained a sufficient number of men for three distinct Companies of Militia, which, although increased since that time have, by the Committee of said Town, for local conveniences,
    Page v5:39
    only divided into two Beats or Districts, and now forms two Companies, of upwards of one hundred men each. And whereas certain dissatisfactions have arisen, about the choice of a Captain in the Southwest District of said Township, which we humbly conceive may have an evil tendency to disunite the good people of this town, if some suitable remedy be not applied in time.
    And whereas it is judged that the most effectual method for removing dissatisfaction from amongst us would be to raise a Company of Grenadiers, under the command of Charles W. Broadhead, Captain, Jacob Delamater, First Lieutenant, Moses M. Cantine, Second Lieutenant, and Jacob Chambers, Ensign.
    We therefore (having obtained the previous approbation of the Commanding Officer of this Regiment, together with the Committee, and the Officers of the Militia of said Township) humbly pray, that we may be embodied into a Company of Grenadiers, in said Regiment, and that the said Charles W. Broadhead, Jacob Delamater, Moses M. Cantine, and Jacob Chambers, may be commissioned as above-mentioned, And your Petitioners shall ever pray.
    Jacob J. Freer,
Benoni Mulks,
Cornelius Tack,
Thos. Schoonmaker,
John Sluyter,
Johannes G. Rosa,
Dirck Chambers,
James Mekemson,
John Raplegh,
William Cantine,
Solomon Vandemerk,
Thomas Chambers,
Arie Tack,
Isaac Robison,
John Cusnehan,
Joseph Chambers,
John Roosa,
Martinus Oosterhout,
Harma’ s Oosterhout,
J. A. Van Wagener,
Peter Van Wagener,
Johannes Krom,
William Krom,
Jacob Rapelya,
John Van Demerken,
Wilhelmus Roosa,
Lues Brodhead,
Mindert Newkirk,
Peter P. Oosterhout,
John Davis,
James Robison,
Samuel Brodhead,
Levi Pawling, Jun.,
John McKenry,
Johan.Van Leuven,
David Hetkim,
Daniel Mowers,
Petrus Mowers,
William Love,
Edward Deval,
Aldert Roosa,
William Hardy,
John Cantine, Jun.,
Robert Has,
Abraham Saler,
Daniel Schoonmaker,
Samuel Dodge.
    Marbletown, March, 1776

    I didn’t make the connection to you until I put in Charles Broadhead and up popped Chips off the Old Block. So, James and Charles would have known each other.

    Almost immediately afterwards, James returned to Pa. He and his five brothers all fought in the Revolutionary War. James was killed at the Battle for Ft. Mifflin.



    • That’s really interesting. Small world indeed. That must have been Charles Wessel Brodhead. The first Brodhead (Daniel Brodhead) came to America with wife Ann Tye in 1664. They had three sons: Daniel, Charles, and Richard. I am a descendant of Richard. Charles Wessel Brodhead was a descendant of Charles. Richard was a captain in the Marbletown militia. He probably had quite a few descendants in Marbletown and vicinity in the 1770s, considering he had 9 children with wife number 2. So maybe one of them ran into James as well. Mekemson is an unusual surname. Where did it originate? Any idea?


      • Thanks for the further information. There is a fair amount of debate over the name. My sixth cousins and I often discuss it. 🙂 One branch suggests it comes from Malcomson. Regardless, we are all Scotch-Irish and the name is spelled in many different ways. –Curt


      • I can see where with a strong Scottish accent Malcomson could end up sounding like Mekemson.


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