Solomon Angell, of the First Quorum of the Seventy and
presiding Elder of the Leeds Ward, St. George Stake, Utah, from 1869 to
1876, was born April 21, 1806, at Florence, Oneida Co., N.Y. He was the eldest of the five sons and five daughters born to James William Angell and wife Phebe Ann Morton.
On March 21, 1824 Solomon took to wife Eunice Clark Young. She would bear him ten children. For the genealogically minded, it does not appear that Eunice was closely related to Brigham Young.
Solomon was baptized in 1834, and almost immediately
was recruited into Zions Camp, the expedition from Kirtland, Ohio to releive
the saints in Missouri who were suffering persecution at the hands of the
mob. After the camp was disbanded, Solomon returned to the Kirtland area,
where the following year, 1835, as a result of his valor and faithfulness,
he was ordained a Seventy and called into the First Quorum of the Seventy,
a presiding quorum of the Church. Thus he entered the ranks of the General Authorities.
A further measure of the esteem with which Solomon Angell was held by the Brethren is seen in the fact that on March 23 1847 Brigham Young adopted Solomon as a son.
After the expulsion of the saints from Nauvoo, Elder
Angell migrated west with the saints, arriving in Utah in 1848. In Utah
he embraced the principle of plural marriage and eventually married five
more times. Since the Ancestral File lists four of his wives as being named
either Lucy or Lucinda, one imgines either a mistake in the record or massive
confusion in the home.
Elder Angell was appointed presiding Elder of the
Leeds Ward, St. George Stake May 9, 1869, by Erastus
Snow. He held that calling until 1876.
Elder Solomon Angell died Sept. 20, 1881 in Leeds, Utah, leaving a large and well-respected family.
Grampa Bill is indebted to Adaire M. Faldmo for the picture and certain biographical details of Elder Angell's life.