JONATHAN CICERO ANGIER
Although fifteen years have passed since the death of Jonathan Cicero Angier, he still is remembered as a progressive and substantial business man of high integrity and personal probity, and a citizen who took a helpful part in civic affairs which he promoted with good judgment and enlightened views. During his day he was prominent in the lumber manufacturing industry, which he followed for nearly twenty years, and his death, October 27, 1911, removed from Durham a man who had always been worthy of the world's esteem.
Mr. Angier was born October 18, 1857, at Durham, a son of. Melbourne A, and Mary Jane (Pearson) Angier. His father, a native of what is now Durham County, was reared on a farm, but in young manhood left the parental roof to engage in mercantile pursuits at Durham, with which he was identified for many years. Jonathan Cicero Angier attended the public schools of Durham and spent one year at Wake Forest College, following which he entered upon a course of study at the University of North Carolina, which he left in the spring before which he would have graduated. In 1879 he became associated with his father in the elder man's mercantile business at Durham, and followed this line of endeavor until 1888, when he disposed of his interests. He was variously engaged until 1892; in which year he entered the lumber manufacturing business, with which he was prominently connected until his death, when he was president of the Cary Lumber Company. Mr. Angier also had large timber interests in Florida, and in every community in which he was known was accepted as a man of high business ideals and practices. Mr. Angier was also prominent in the civic affairs of Durham, and his public record was a splendid one. A well-read man, and possessed of oratorical ability, he was an entertaining and forceful public speaker, and his services were frequently in demand upon the platform. He was a great friend of education and did much to encourage the development and elevation of the public school system. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masons, and his religious connection was with Duke Memorial Church, which he supported generously.
Henry Duke, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Angier, was born in Virginia, whence he came to North Carolina prior to the American Revolution and settled near Hillsboro with his two brothers, Hardeman and William Taylor Duke, the grandfather of Mrs. Angier, was born in 1770, a son of Henry Duke. The family was prominent during the War of 1812. John Taylor Duke, the father of Mrs. Angier and a brother of Washington Duke, was born in Orange County, and in 1842 went to Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee, where he lived until his death in 1893. As a young man he learned the trade of plasterer and contracted to plaster the first building erected at Wake Forest, as well as the first state capitol. Subsequently he retired from that business and settled on a farm, becoming a large landowner and slaveholder. He grew cotton and wheat and all manner of farm produce, and became one of the most substantial men of his community. He married Sarah Ann Yancey, who was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, June 8, 1827, a daughter of Charles Yancey, a farmer and slaveholder, and they became the parents of the following children: Mrs. Angier; John Thomas, who has been a railroad conductor for thirty years; Nannie, the wife of D. H. Wyont, a contractor of Milan. Tennessee; Lillie I. who is unmarried and makes her home with Mrs. Angier; and Maude the wife of W. A. Stuart of Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
On September 29, 1880, Jonathan Cicero Angier married Miss Lida Duke, who was born and reared at Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee, a daughter of John Taylor and Sarah Ann (Yancey) Duke, and she survives him and resides at Durham, where she is active in the work of Duke Memorial Church and in social circles.
To this union there were born the following children: Inez, the wife of E. M. Stokes, manager of the British-American Tobacco Company of Richmond, Virginia; Carlotta, the wife of H. C. Satterfield, who is engaged in the lumber business at Durham; Maude A., the wife of W. A. Blue, of Aberdeen, North Carolina, owner of the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railway, a peach grower and capitalist; Samuel J., who spent two years at Trinity College and is now secretary and treasurer of the Cary Lumber Company at Durham, and who was in Portland, Oregon, during the World war, having been engaged in the ship building yards there; Melbourne A., who was a second lieutenant during the World war, had charge of the Depot Brigade at Camp Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, and is engaged in the real estate business at St. Petersburg, Florida; and John C., who entered the World war as a cabin boy, served for two and one-half years and rose to gunner's mate in the United States navy, making fifteen round trips across the Atlantic during the World war, and now a resident of Merchantville, New Jersey, and an employee at Philadelphia of the Bell Telephone Company.