1677       

1st. September Saturday
John Angier died 1st September. He was born at Dedham, Essex, 8th October, 1605, and had a boyish ambition to be a preacher. At Emanuel College “he fell off to vain company,” but under the care of John Rogers and John Cotton became a Puritan. He married Ellen Winstanley, of Wigan, and a visit to her Lancashire relations induced him to break off an intended emigration to New England, and to settle at Ringley Chapel. He was ordained without subscription, and remained a Nonconformist. After the death of his first wife he married Margaret Mosley, of Ancoats. He was Presbyterian minister of Denton, but on refusing allegiance to the Commonwealth was carried prisoner to Liverpool. The universal respect in which the old man was held saved him from any great persecution after the Restoration. His house at Manchester was licensed as a dissenting preaching place in 1672. He is buried at Denton. He wrote An Helpe for Better Times, 1647, and was the author of the anonymous Lancashire’s Valley of Achor, 1643—an important historical tract. (Dictionary of National Biography, vol. i.)(7)