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Biography - PETER C. ANGEVINE

Among the retired farmers of LaSalle county is the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch, Peter C. Angevine, of Sheridan. He is a native of the neighboring state of Indiana, born in Dearborn county, August 1, 1830, a son of James and Susan (Montfort) Angevine, the former a native of New York city, born August 1, 1777; the latter of Fishkill, Dutchess county. New York, born September 23, 1793. James Angevine was a son of John Angevine, also a native of New York city, and a son of Daniel Angevine, who was a native of Rochelle, France. Daniel Angevine had to leave France on account of his religious views and was among the Huguenots who sought refuge from persecution in America. He was a sea captain and ship-owner and also at one time was a wine merchant. It was about 1643 that he landed in the American colonies and made a settlement in New York city, where he passed the closing years of his life, working at the trade of shoemaker. John Angevine, the grandfather of Peter C, was born and reared in New York city, and was there married to Miss Sallie Coutant, who, as her name indicates, was of French origin. They were the parents of several children, James being their only son. For thirteen years during his early life he followed the ocean, as a sailor and cooper. He was married in New York in 1812, and in 1817, accompanied by his wife and three children and his father and mother, he came west to Indiana, which had only the year previous attained to the dignity of statehood, and, selecting a location in Dearborn county, made a permanent settlement. Their children in order of birth were as follows: James A., John H., Charles E., Alletta AT, Eliza A., William, Gilbert, Jane S., Peter C, Sarah L. and Addie V.

Peter C. Angevine came to LaSalle county, Illinois, in the fall of 1869, landing on the present site of Sheridan, October 27. That was before the town of Sheridan came into existence. He has since been identified with this place. His father also came to LaSalle county, but lived here only a short time, when he died and was taken back to Dearborn county, Indiana, and laid to rest by the side of his wife. Peter C. carried on farming operations here during his early residence in the county, but for some time past has lived retired.

He came to LaSalle county in the fall previous to his permanent settlement here, and November 18 married Miss Jane E. Rowe, returning with his bride to Indiana and remaining there nearly a year. Mrs. Angevine was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, July 27, 1833, a daughter of Robert and Mary (McMath) Rowe. Mr. Rowe was a Scotchman, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, January 10, 1802, and died in Sheridan, Illinois, June 10, 1879; his wife, a native of Pennsylvania, born November 21, 1804, died in Sheridan in 1857. Mr. Rowe was brought to this country when two years old by his parents, Robert and Isabelle (Mill) Rowe, their settlement being in Dearborn county, Indiana, where Robert grew up and married. He and his family came to LaSalle county, Illinois, April 5, 1838, and settled on a farm which is now covered by the town of Sheridan, where he lived for many years, carrying on agricultural pursuits. He was also a surveyor and made many of the surveys in this locality, and he was somewhat of an astronomer, too. He was a successful man in whatever he undertook, and was well known and highly respected in this vicinity. His family comprised the following named members: Mary Ann, Isabelle M., James M., Samuel M., Jane E., Amelia, Emmeline, Alfred, and two that died in childhood.

Mr. and Mrs. Angevine had an only child, Aline A., who died at the age of five years; and they have an adopted daughter, Fannie A.

In their religious faith Mr. and Mrs. Angevine are Universalists and are identified with the church of that denomination.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 211-213.

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