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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
.sorts of ices at wholesale and retail. In his political belief Mr. Angell is a staunch adherent of Republican principles, and as the candidate of that party was a year ago elected a member of the village board. For the past three years- he has been a member of the village fire department. Fraternally he is, a prominent member of the Royal Arch Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of the Maccabees. His religious belief finds expression in membership in the Presbyterian church. On Aug. 3, 1898, Mr. Angell was united in marriage to Miss Anna Karl, born in Adrian on Nov. 5, 1877, the daughter of George and Barbara (Sacks) KarI. Mrs. Karl died in Adrian in 1887, and her husband is still a resident of that city. Three children have been the issue of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Angell, namely: Ralph, born June 25, 1899; Karl, born April 13, 1901 ; and Alice, born Sept. 4, 19o6. Matthias A. Aten, who has made a profitable business of agriculture, was born in Summerfield township, Monroe county, Michigan, Sept. 4, 1852, son of John S. and Elizabeth (Mary) Aten. Both parents were born in Pennsylvania and the father worked at his calling of carpenter in the Keystone state until his coming to Michigan in 1848. He located first in Summerfield township, Monroe county, where he manufactured staves for several years. From 1858 to 1868 he was a resident of Tecumseh, Lenawee county, and for four years immediately thereafter was again a citizen of Summerfield township. At the end of that time he removed to glissfield township and made his home with his son for a year. The mother died in March, 1878, and the father passed away in Summerfield township on May 5, 1889. Four sons and two daughters were born to the parents. Samuel T. lives in Deerfield; Mary E. (Aten) Burton is a resident of Petersburg, Monroe county, Michigan; John M. lives in Norvell, Jackson county, Michigan; Merritt L. is engaged in business in Jackson, Mich. ; and Katie (Aten) Bliven lives in Blissfield. Matthias A. Aten's educational advantages were limited to the courses afforded by the district schools in the vicinity of his boyhood home. For several years he earned a livelihood by working on the farm in summer and in the woods during the winter months. He continued to work in that way until 1900, and since that time he has devoted himself exclusively to his farm duties. In early manhood he mastered the carpenter's trade and the home which the family now occupies is a monument to his skill and handiwork. Recently Mr. Aten purchased a threshing outfit, and he adds to his income from the farm by doing the threshing for his neighbors. In the matter of politics he is aligned with the Republican party but has never sought public office of any nature. Fraternally he is allied with the Ancient Order of Gleaners. On July 4, 1875, was celebrated Mr. Aten's marriage to Miss Carrie Hall, a daughter of George Hall, and her family relation is mentioned more particularly in the sketch of Willis Hall, her brother, elsewhere.in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs. Aten eight children have been born, and their names in the order of birth follow: George 'P., May 6, 1876; John S., March 14, 1878, died March 29, 1879; Lillian L. (Aten) Groth, March 27, 1882, resides in Palmyra village; Walter S., Oct. 4, 1884; Emily D., April 12, 1887; Clifford B.,' Jan. 3, 18go; Harold E., Oct. 29, 1895, died Feb. 10, 1896; and Leonard E., Oct. 31, 1897. William T. Atkin, a progressive agriculturist and a brick and tile maker of Deerfield township, was born in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1861, the son of William and Mary Ann (Turner) Atkin. Both parents were born in England, the father on Oct. 15, 1829, and the mother on March 3, 1833.

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