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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,


  JAMES M. ARMSTRONG.  Probably no man in the section of Guernsey Mill is better known or more public-spirited than the gentleman whose name opens this sketch, now occupying the position of Postmaster.  He is also the proprietor of a general mercantile establishment, in which will be found all the articles needful in both the town and country household.
     The parents of our subject were Abraham and Mary (Patterson) Armstrong, and his birth occurred in Jefferson Township, Guernsey County, Oct. 19, 1853.  He was one in a family of three children, and received a fair education in the district school of the locality.  When ready to establish a home of his own he was married, Oct. 19, 1882, to Miss Mary E. Bennett, daughter of Emmet S. and Mary A. (Rogers) Bennett, natives of Harrison and Tuscarawas Counties, this state.  The three children which have come to bless their union are named respectively: Clarence M., Bertha M. and Fred A.  They are all attending school in the neighborhood, and it is the intention of the parents to give them good education.
   On first starting out in life for himself our subject went to Cambridge and entered the dry-goods store of a Mr. Raney, with whom he remained for three years, in the mean time acquiring a good understanding of the manner of carrying on the business.  At the end of that time he returned home, and for the following twelve years had charge of his father's farm.  This kind of employment and life not being at all congenial to him, he abandoned it as soon as practicable and came to Guernsey Mill, or, as the postoffice is called, Clio, and opened up a general store of merchandise, which he has conducted in a very profitable manner ever since. Mr. Armstrong is also Postmaster of the place, having the office located in his store.  He is a man of progressive mind, and is noted for many characteristics inherited from his honored father, and stands high in the community as a representative of one of the best families in Guernsey County.  He has been a member of the United Presbyterian Church for the past ten years, while his wife has worshiped with that denomination since fourteen years of age.
The father of Mrs. Armstrong was born near Tippecanoe, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1827, and her  mother's birth occurred in Tuscarawas County, Apr. 24, 1830.  A fuller history of this worthy couple will be found in the sketch of E. S. Bennett elsewhere in this volume.  The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Armstrong are: Thomas T., Emma J., Virginia E., Emmet C, William P. and Hattie.  The eldest son, who was born in October, 1850, married Martha A. Warren, and has six children: Charles D., Frank J., Robert C, James O., Otto L. and Emmet I. Emma J. married W. Allender, Dec. 19, 1875, and his two children, Hattie L. and Emmet W.   Virginia became the wife of John C. Hines, and lives in Centre Township, Guernsey County.  Their family comprise the following named children: Mary A., William W., James T., Nancy E., Emmet O. and Corwin. Emmet C. married, March 9, 1893, Phebe Johnson, and makes his home in Jefferson Township; William P. was married May 11, 1889, to Mary Booth, and to them have been granted two daughters and a son, namely: Mary C., Dorothy A. and Edwin.  The mother of our subject is still living, aged eighty-five years, and makes her home with him.  She has quite an interesting history, and we take pleasure in presenting her sketch to the readers on another page.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 338
  JEREMIAH P. ARMSTRONG.   The success which has crowned the efforts of our subject shows conclusively that he is one of the shrewdest and most intelligent of the residents of Jefferson Township, Guernsey County.  He is a man of much practical business talent and financial ability, and his valuable property is a standing monument to his energy.  He, in company with his brother James M., has a mercantile establishment in Clio, Jefferson Township,
Guernsey County, and is also interested in breeding full-blooded Morgan horses, having in his "Colonel Nelson," who never had a day's training and can show a 2:50 gait.  It is one of the best bred animals in the country, and stands fifteen and three-fourths hands high.
     Abraham and Mary C. (Patterson) Armstrong, parents of our subject, were among the earliest settlers in the county.  The mother is still living, aged eighty-five years, and the reader will find her biography on another page in this volume.  Jeremiah P. Armstrong was born Feb. 28, 1850, and was given such an education as could be obtained in the district school.  When twenty-four years of age he was married, Aug. 13, 1874, to Miss M. Agnes McConnell, who died after giving birth to a daughter, Blanche, who now makes her home with her maternal grandparents, who took charge of her when she was a babe of ten days.  The wife and mother passed away June 18, 1877, at the age of thirty years.
     Apr. 3, 1884, our subject was married to Miss Anice Allender, daughter of George and Margaret (Adams) Allender, who was born Jan. 30, 1862, in Jefferson Township.  The lady was one in a family of four children born to her parents, of whom William P. is at home.  George M. is engaged in the oil business in West Virginia; and Louella, born Dec. 1, 1870, married Wilbert Bonnell Oct. 31, 1894.  Mrs. Armstrong has two half-brothers and one half-sister, viz.: John A., David A. and Grace J.
     By his marriage with Miss Allender, Mr. Armstrong has become the father of five children: Alvin P., born Dec. 30, 1884; Edna G., June 6, 1887; Nancy M., June 20, 1889; Mary L., Oct. 9, 1891; and George Clyde, Jan. 31, 1895.  George Allender, the father of Mrs. Armstrong, was born Apr. 27, 1819, in Pennsylvania, and was first married to Jane Anderson, who became the mother of five children, two of whom died in infancy.  John A., born July 3, 1851, married Miss Lavinna Moore, Dec. 12, 1878, and their children are named, respectively, Eleanor, Wilber, Grace and JennieDavid A., the second child, was born May 30, 1853, and chose for his wife Miss Maggie McKahan, their marriage occurring Apr. 15, 1874.  Their children are Walter G., Ida E., Blanche, Robert F., and George M. and Margaret Grace, twins.  Grace J. Allender was born Apr. 1, 1855.  The second marriage of Mr. Allender united him with Miss Adams, who was the daughter of John and Jane (McGuffey) Adams, natives of the Emerald Isle.
     Mr. Armstrong worked for seven years in a flouring-niill, and is therefore thoroughly competent to superintend every department in this line of work.  He has held the position of Trustee of his township for two terms, and would have been the incumbent for a longer time, but he refused to serve, owing to his business interests requiring his entire time and attention.  He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, with which his wife is also connected.  Mr. Armstrong is a Republican in politics and is greatly honored by all who know him.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 251
  JOHN WALKER ARMSTRONG.   Guernsey County is justly proud of her native-board citizens, who are honorably bearing their share in sustaining her interests and extending her wealth.  Among these is the subject of this biographical, who is engaged in farming on section 24, Jefferson township, and is one of the most progressive and enlightened farmers.  His estate, which comprises one hundred acres, is placed under substantial improvements, the fields are well tilled, and a neat set of farm buildings adorns the place.
     Mr. Armstrong was born Jan. 13, 1847, in Cambridge, but was reared on the farm of his grandfather, John Armstrong in Jefferson Township, until thirteen years of age, when he went to live with his father, and assisted in the flouring-mill which a latter owned on section 24, Jefferson Township, and which was kept running day and night through the busy season.  His attendance at school was limited to a few months in each year, but on becoming his own master, in 1868, he determined to become well educated, and with the little money which he possessed entered Muskingum College, carrying on his studies in that institution for one term.  The tuition he next received was at the normal at Cambridge, and on leaving there he was given a certificate to teach.  This occupation he followed only a short time, however, as Sept. 2, 1869, he was married, and thereafter gave his attention to milling, which business occupied his entire attention for fifteen years.  At the end of that time he sold his interest in the mill, and gave his whole attention to farming.  The lady whom our subject married was Martha R., a daughter of Andrew and Nancy B. Clark, of Centre Township, this county.  She was born in Jefferson Township, Guernsey County, Feb. 7, 1849, and in girlhood was given the privilege of a good education.  After her union with Mr. Armstrong, the young couple located at Guernsey Mill, where their nine children were born, namely: Mary B., William R., Addie L., Martha E., John C, Abraham C., Harry O., Charles O. and Ira P.
The parents of Mrs. Armstrong came from Pennsylvania.  Andrew Clark, the father, was a son of William and Elizabeth (Baird) Clark, who emigrated to Ohio from Washington County, Pa., about 1815, and located in Jefferson Township about 1817.  Andrew Clark was born in Jefferson Township, Sept. 23, 1820.  Nancy B., his wife, was born in Liberty Township, this county, Oct. 10, 1821, and was married Aug. 25, 1846, after which she and her husband located in Jefferson Township, where their children, Eliza Ann, Sarah Jane and Martha Rebecca (Mrs. Armstrong), were born.
     The great-grandparents of John W. Armstrong, Abraham and Florence Armstrong, who established this branch of the family in America, were natives of Scotland and Ireland, respectively.  The great-grandmother came to Guernsey County at an early date, probably about 1813, and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in this township.  The grandfather and grandmother, John and Susannah Armstrong, in 1813 moved to section 24, Jefferson Township, where the grandfather died in 1852, and the grandmother in 1870. The former built a gristmill in 1815, and operated it in addition to carrying on a farm.  The old mill has been twice re-built, the last time in 1850.
     The father of our subject, Abraham Armstrong, was born Mar. 2, 1810, in Pennsylvania.  He was well educated, and for a number of years engaged in teaching school, after which he succeeded his father in the milling and farming business.  In 1844 he was elected Auditor of Guernsey County, and in 1871 was elected to the Legislature, serving in that position for two terms.  Nov. 4, 1845, he married Miss Elizabeth Walker, who was a daughter of James Walker, and was born May 20, 1820, in Allegheny County, Pa.  She died within two years of her marriage, leaving one child, John Walker, our subject, an infant of three weeks.
     He was at once taken into the home of his grandparents, John and Susannah Armstrong, who reared him until the age of thirteen, as above stated.  This old couple were pioneers of the county, and entered the land from the Government which the family now occupies.
     Our subject has been prominent in public affairs of his township, and the confidence which is reposed in him is shown by the fact that he served in the capacity of Township Clerk, Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.  In 1890 he was elected Census-taker of Jefferson Township, and is now Notary Public.  He is a working member of the United Presbyterian Church, to which his wife and
six children also belong. 
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 126
  MRS. MARY (PATTERSON) ARMSTRONG.  The venerable lady whose honored name introduces this sketch is one of whom the biographer esteems it a privilege to write.  A woman who has trod the pathway of life for eighty-five years with the bravery of true courage, in the face of trial, tribulation and hardship, and who has shown the devotion to right, and the beautiful traits of Christian character which have distinguished Mrs. Armstrong, deserves more extended praise than the feeble pen of the writer can indite.
     Mary Patterson was born in Fayette County, Pa., Apr. 2, 1810, and was the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (McFarland) Patterson, the former of whom was born July 20, 1776, in Bedford County, Pa.  He was a farmer by occupation, and was the son of William and Jane (Morrow) Patterson
William died, aged ninety-six years, in 1847; and his wife, whose birth occurred in York County, Pa., died many years previous.  Jeremiah Patterson had two uncles who served as soldiers in the Revolutionary War, one of whom was taken prisoner, and died from the effect of poisoned food.  The mother of Mrs. Armstrong was born in Franklin County, Pa., Aug. 20, 1775, and was married in March, 1809.  They at once moved to Fayette County, and lived on a farm there until their daughter Mary was twenty-six years of age.  In 1836 we find them en route for Ohio, where they located near New Concord.
     James M. Patterson, a brother of Mrs. Armstrong, was born Aug. 3, 1816, and was married to Jane McCreary.  They have a family of six children, and live on the old Patterson homestead in Westland Township, Guernsey County.  Their children are Jeremiah, Mary Agnes, Alexander, John A., Albert and Alice H.  John Patterson, another brother of Mrs. Armstrong, was born July 5, 1819, and married Eliza Glenn, in September, 1842.  Soon after the late war they moved to Salem, Ore., and the only member of their family now living is a son, J. Morrow, Cashier of the bank at The Dalles, Ore. Angelina Patterson was born about the year 1852, and was married to Thomas King, of Salem, Ore.  She departed this life in 1891, leaving a family of five sons. Elizabeth, born in 1858, became the wife of George Brown, and departed this life in Spokane Falls, Wash., in 1891.  She left a son, who makes his home with his father in Portland, Ore.
     The Armstrongs were among the earliest settlers of this section, and had for their neighbors in that early day a family by the name of Allen, and another known as Lynn.  Our subject is now one of the oldest living residents of Guernsey County, and notwithstanding her age has a bright memory, and can give accounts of events and experiences which have escaped those much younger.  She is still in the possession of all her faculties and enjoys life, taking an interest in the welfare of those around her as if she were but beginning life, instead of having climbed almost to the summit.  So universally esteemed is she, and so well known, that these few lines will find many interested readers.
     Mrs. Armstrong is the mother of two sons, with one of whom, J. P., she makes her home.  Jeremiah, born Feb. 28, 1850, married Agnes McConnell, who died, leaving one child.  He was married, in 1884, to Miss Anice Allender, and to them have been born four children.  A sketch of J. P. will appear elsewhere in this book.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 438





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