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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WALTER H. ANGELL, senior member of the well known firm of Angell & McFall, proprietors of the leading meat market of Cortland village, is a son of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Angell, and was born April 4, 1864, at Union Valley, Cortland County, N. Y.

Franklin Angell, the grandfather, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., and when a lad came with his mother to Taylor, Cortland County, N. Y., where he received his schooling, and after his marriage engaged in farming. He married Mary Ann Brooks, by whom he had five children: Lucia died in infancy; Jerome; Walter H., who died in the army; Helen M.; and Lucy C., deceased, who was the wife of J. L. Cotton. Mrs. Cotton left one daughter, May Louise. Franklin Angell was a member of the Congregational Church, while his wife was a Methodist. He died at the age of thirty-six, and his wife was taken Home at seventy-eight.

Dr. Jerome Angell, the father, was born in Union Valley, Cortland County, and received a good common school education in his native town and then graduated from the Geneva Medical College, and began practicing in the locality of his birth, remaining there for thirty-three years, and enjoying a very extentensive practice. He then moved to Cortland in 1887 and practiced in Cortland until September 1, 1896, when his death occurred. He was considered one of the ablest physicians in the county, his practice covering a large territory, and embracing the best class of patrons. He had many warm friends all through the county. He was a Republican and took an active part in politics, serving as supervisor of the town of Taylor, this county, two terms. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Cortland, and was an earnest Christian. June 10, 1858, the Doctor was married to Mary Ann Halbert of Pitcher, Chenango County, N. Y. They had one child, Walter H.

Walter H. Angell received his primary education in the common schools, which was supplemented by a course in Palmyra Academy. He remained at home with his father for a short time after leaving school, and in September, 1887, opened a meat shop on Main Street, in Cortland, which he conducted for four years. He then went to Baltimore, Md., and engaged in the wholesale meat business for ten months, when he returned to Cortland and clerked in the grocery store of C. W. Stoker for a short time, when he formed a partnership with Francis M. McFall and again embarked in the meat and grocery business under the firm name of Angell & McFall; their store was opened in September, 1895, and they enjoy a lucrative patronage, as they are both good business men. Mr. Angell is a strong Republican. He was united in wedlock with Hattie Kinney, a daughter of Warren Kinney, August 29, 1892, and their home has been cheered by the arrivals of a bright little girl, Margaret, born July 29, 1894, and an infant son, Earl Jerome, born September 8, 1897. Mr. Angell is a man of sterling worth, of upright dealings, and a useful member of the community, who has contributed his share to the enterprise and thrift of the village. On another page of this work appears a portrait* of Dr. Jerome Angell, the father of the subject of the above biographical notice.

*A portrait was included in the original printed volume.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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