The Armstrongs were among the earliest settlers of Hocking County. Thomas Armstrong was born in Franklin County, Pa., June 15, of that memorable year of our country's history, 1775, and came to Hocking County in his twenty- fourth year. He married the same year Miss Margaret Patton, born in the same county and State as himself, and who with her father's family had preceded him one year, having come to Ohio in the year 1801, and settled soon after in Salt Creek Township. Miss Patton was born June 15, 1783, being just eight years her husband's junior. They were married Oct. 16, 1802.
To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were born nine children, five sons and four daughters — James, born in October, 1803; Ann, Dec. 19,1805, deceased, wife of D. K. Debaugh; George Flanningham, born April 19, 1808; William, Oct. 28, 1810; John, March 4, 1813; Thomas, May 30, 1815; Mary Mc, Jan. 18, 1818; Margaret, Jan. 11, 1822; George, Dec. 25, 1826. All of the above have crossed the mystic river for the golden shore excepting Mary Mc, now the widow of Jacob Bussard, residing in Reading, Ill., and William, the subject of this sketch.
William Armstrong, whose birth is recorded above, resided with his parents on the farm until he reached man's estate and took upon himself the cares of a family. He married Miss Susanah Fetherolf, one of a family of noble pioneers who became prominent in the early history of the valley. The result of this marriage was a family of ten children, four sons and six daughters — Jane, wife of Alvin Kanck; Minerva, wife of Zara McDaniel; Caroline Mowry; Mary Ann, wife of Samuel McClelland; Susanah, wife of Albert Wolf; Nelson, who married Alice Dillon; George B. married Sarah Aun Dunkle; Emma O. deceased, late wife of John T. Albin; Cinderella, late the wife of A. J. Wise, but now deceased; William T., who married Mace Kittsmiller.
Mr. Armstrong lost his wife of over a quarter of a century Oct. 17, 1863. They had passed through the trials and struggles of pioneer days emerging into the broad sunlight of prosperity and rest when they were called to part. Mr. Armstrong married again April 13, 1865, this second wife being Mrs. Ellen A. Floyd, a daughter of Alexander White and widow of the late John M. Floyd, both honest, honorable and trusted citizens. The fruit of this marriage was one child — Minnie.
Mr. Armstrong has always followed that noblest of occupations, a farmer's life, and with rare tact and judgment combined with strong sense his labor has proved profitable, and he has gathered the fruits of a well-spent and laborious life around him in such quantity as to make life a pleasure — a well cultivated farm, a good house and a full granary. Mr. Armstrong, although over three- score years and ten, being now seventy-three years of age, is a hearty, vigorous old man, enjoying a clear conscience, good health, his latter days being days of peace and plenty, with a loved family and friends around him.
Mr. Armstrong served two terms as County Commissioner of Hocking County, from 1860 to 1866, a time that tried the honesty, judgment and nerve of the incumbent, and he filled the office with credit to himself and to the honor of his county. As one of the most prosperous farmers in the county, a Christian gentleman, active in the cause of religion and morality, in sympathy with the doctrines of the Lutheran church, he stands as a representative man in his county, and can look back upon a well-spent life without sorrow and without reproach. Mrs. Armstrong is an active member of the Methodist church, and they are floating down the pathway of life hand in hand, with peace and plenty here, and hereafter life everlasting.
History of Hocking Valley, Ohio
by Inter-state publishing co., Chicago, 1883
retrieved 24 MAY 2021