Mexican-American

Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus (1815 – 1892)

Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus – early in her marriage (m. 1839); image from my family’s personal collection.

Today’s post shares an obituary that must surely be familiar to many Angus descendants, but since some may never have seen it, I am including it in this blog. It was originally published in the Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal on March 7, 1892. My grandmother typed up the below copy for her two sons.

I have done numerous posts about the James and Wealthy Angus family, so if you are visiting this blog for the first time, you can use the directory on the side of the page to find all the posts relevant to the Angus family. You can also use the search box.

Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus, born on 15 December 1815, was the daughter of prominent Manhattan tailor Isaac Jaques and his first wife Wealthy Cushman. At age 23, she married 28-year-old James Winans Angus.

Piece of Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus’s wedding dress – plaid was quite common in those days. This dress would have been her “best dress” for only the most special of occasions. It was also worn by her daughter (my great grandmother) Wealthy Ann Angus Woodruff (fabric and accompanying note from my family’s personal collection).

Roughly five years into the young couple’s marriage, his coach-making business took him from New Jersey to Mexico City. Eventually she and their two young children joined him, sharing part of the journey—the trip across the Vera Cruz Mountains—with a young Ulysses S. Grant, who had just recently graduated from West Point.

James’s coach-making business took a back seat when the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) broke out. Appointed a commissary by General Winfield Scott, James was responsible for providing supplies to the US Army. The obituary contains other exciting details from their life in Mexico, and I will let you enjoy reading them yourself.

Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus, widow of James Winans Angus, circa 1890; image from my family’s personal collection.

Wealthy was widowed at age 47 and left with 10 children to tend to. Of the 10, only two were over the age of 18. Without James, the family breadwinner, finances naturally became exceptionally tight. Yet somehow she managed to keep the ship afloat, selling off bits and pieces of real estate James had purchased during their married years, and no doubt relying on her older children, once working, to help out on the home front. Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus died of kidney disease* in 1892. She was 74.

Angus family home in Elizabeth, NJ, from 1848-1871. It stood at 927 Elizabeth Avenue.

My grandmother Fannie B. Woodruff Brodhead (Wealthy Angus’s granddaughter via daughter Wealthy Angus Woodruff) was fiercely proud of her Angus roots. Born 11 June 1882 (137 years ago tomorrow!), she was nearly 10 when her grandmother Angus died—old enough to have many memories of time spent visiting her grandmother at the big Angus house at 927 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ.

Unfortunately, I was just a little 5-year-old when my grandmother died, so I never had a chance to ask her anything of importance. But, here I am a half century later, doing my bit to pass along family history details nonetheless; details she left behind in the hope someone would take up the mantle. Fortunately, someone usually does. I think she would be pleased to know this obituary still has an audience all these years later.

*One Line of Descendants of James Angus by Harriet Stryker-Rodda, Certified Genealogist, Elizabeth, NJ, 1969

Wealthy Ann Jaques Angus obituary – copied by my grandmother, a granddaughter via Wealthy’s daughter Wealthy Angus Woodruff, for her two sons.

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With Gratitude for Our Veterans

On this Veteran’s Day, we give thanks for all our nation’s veterans, including those in our own family. I’m sure I have not gotten them all listed below, but I will add more as I come across them. As you’ll see there are quite a number who served in the Revolutionary War.

And more of some of our family’s veterans:

Revolutionary War

  • Col. Samuel Crow
  • Captain Martinus Westbrook, 3rd Reg. Sussex Co. NJ Militia
  • Pvt. Shubael Trowbridge, Capt. James Keene’s Company, Eastern Battalion, Morris County Militia, also known as “The Rams Horns Brigades”
  • Andrew Dingman
  • Isaac Neumann, Westchester Co. NY
  • Lt. Garret Brodhead
  • Norman Easton
  • Hezekiah Hand
  • Capt. Samuel Drake, served in Captain Jacob Stroud’s company
  • David Wait, Scottish Immigrant

War of 1812

  • Garret Brodhead
  • Hon. Richard Brodhead (1771-1843)

Mexican-American War

  • James W. Angus

Civil War

  • Moses Martin, Company I, NJ 28th Infantry Regiment
  • Pvt. Uzal Trowbridge, Company A, 1st NJ Infantry; killed in action at Gaines’s Mill
  • Pvt. Henry Augustine Trowbridge, Company C, NJ 14th Infantry NJ Volunteers
  • John Barron Jaques Jr., Drummer, Company I, 40th Regiment New Jersey
  • Charles B. Jaques, Assistant Surgeon, Company F & S, 7th Regiment New Jersey
  • William Trewin, clerk, Union Army War Office

World War I

  • William R. Boles

 

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