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Benjamin Remington Armstrong
Birth: 1821
Jamestown
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1901
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA

Benjamin Remington ARMSTRONG I was born in July of 1821 in Rhode Island to George ARMSTRONG & Sarah REMINGTON.

He came to Savannah, where, in 1847, he married Sarah C. DASHER of nearby Effingham County. They were the parents of two children:
Alexander ARMSTRONG I, C.S.A. (1848-1886), the husband of Ellen I. WILLETT, and
Sarah F. ARMSTRONG, "Little Alice" (1849-1853, buried in Effingham County with her mother at the first Salzburger church).
Sarah C. DASHER ARMSTRONG died when their daughter was only two months old, and Benjamin then married Elizabeth M. FERGUSON of Charleston. By her, he was the father of five more children, born 1854-1868:
Leander G. ARMSTRONG, "Lee" (1854-1927, born in Charleston),
John R. ARMSTRONG, (about 1858-1866),
Marion ARMSTRONG CLARK (1860-1913),
Florence ARMSTRONG (1864-1936), the wife of William Albert DAVIS, and
George Ferguson ARMSTRONG (1868-1924), the husband of Lucy Mae CAMP (couple buried at Bonaventure Cemetery).

In September of 1850, Benjamin was a widower, residing in Chatham County with his two very young children, employed as an overseer. By June of 1860, he was a master mason; living with him and his second wife were his surviving child by his first marriage and his first two children by his second marriage. In 1870, census takers double-counted him as a brick mason living in adjacent counties: In July in the 10th District of Effingham County (Guyton P.O.) with his wife and their four surviving children (the elder two at school), and in June, boarding in Chatham County at the Plantation Hotel with only their eldest child (at school).

In June of 1880, Benjamin, a brick mason, and his wife were living at 79 Gordon Street in Savannah, with their four surviving children and his eldest grandchild. In 1882, Benjamin R. ARMSTRONG was a builder and contractor, residing at 79 Gordon Street; living at the same address were his daughter, Miss E. Marion ARMSTRONG, and his son, Leander G. ARMSTRONG (who was employed at G. I. Taggart). His employees at that time included Willis MOORE and William YOUNG.

In June of 1900, Benjamin, age 78, and Eliza, age 75, were living in Guyton, in the 10th District of Effingham County.

Abstract from Laurel Grove Cemetery Keepers Book: B. R. ARMSTRONG died the 17th of April, 1901, and was buried the following day in Lot 1128. He was a native of Georgia [sic], aged 79 years, and was a resident of Guyton, Ga.

Lucy Mae CAMP ARMSTRONG MOLTZ, the remarried widow of Benjamin's youngest child, and her daughter, Lucy Camp ARMSTRONG JOHNSON, presented their home to the City of Savannah, where, at the urging of the mayor, Armstrong Junior College (today, Armstrong Atlantic State University) was established.

From pages 75-76 of Volume I of GEORGIA - Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, in three volumes (Edited by Ex-governor Allen D. Candler and General Clement A. Evans, State Historical Association, Atlanta 1906), in a sketch concerning the youngest son, is this information about his parentage:

Armstrong, George Ferguson, is identified with the office management of Strachan & Co., of Savannah, and is one of the popular business men of that historic old city. He was born at Guyton, Effingham county, Ga., Sept. 25, 1868, a son of Benjamin Remington and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Armstrong, the former born in Jamestown, R. I., and the latter in Charleston, S. C. Benjamin R. Armstrong was a son of George and Sarah (Remington) Armstrong, who lived in Providence, R. I., and later at Jamestown, the father of the former having come from England to America and settled in Providence about 1750. Elizabeth (Ferguson) Armstrong was a daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth (England) Ferguson, whose home was in Charleston, and the latter of whom was a daughter of Alexander England, a prominent business man of Charleston at the time of the war of 1812. The lineage of the Ferguson family traces back to staunch Scotch origin, and the founder of the American branch here considered located in Charleston about 1780. The father of the subject of this review located in Savannah in 1836 and was a contracting mason by vocation. During the Civil war he was conductor on the "Shoo Fly" train running between Savannah and Oliver. Prior to the war he was captain of one of the old volunteer fire companies of Savannah and in later years served as city tax assessor. He held the high esteem of all who knew him, and continued a resident of Savannah until his death, in 1901, his widow passing away in 1903.  
 
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 Parents:
  George Armstrong (1785 - 1876)
  Sarah C Remington Armstrong (1786 - 1867)
 
 Spouses:
  Sarah C. Dasher Armstrong (1819 - 1849)
  Eliza M. Ferguson Armstrong (1825 - 1902)
 
 Children:
  John R. Armstrong (____ - 1866)*
  Alexander Armstrong (1848 - 1886)*
  Sarah F. Armstrong (1849 - 1853)*
  Leander G. Armstrong (1854 - 1927)*
  Marion Armstrong Clark (1860 - 1913)*
  Florence Armstrong Davis (1864 - 1945)*
  George Ferguson Armstrong (1868 - 1924)*
 
 Siblings:
  Almeda Armstrong (1810 - 1893)*
  Hannah R Armstrong (1812 - 1868)*
  Oliver Remington Armstrong (1814 - 1870)*
  Benjamin Remington Armstrong (1821 - 1901)
  Dorcus Weaver Armstrong Barber (1828 - 1898)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Savannah
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Lot 1128
 
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Record added: Nov 19, 2009
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