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Nancy Greene Armstrong
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1768
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1856
Petersburg
Menard County
Illinois, USA

Parents:
George William Green (1725-1770)
Nancy Ann Justice (1730-abt 1774)

Spouse:
Robert A. Armstrong (1760-1834)
Married: June 22,1787

Prior to marrying Robert Armstrong, Nancy Green had one son, Bowling Green born
January 25,1786. Judge Bowling Green was friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln in New Salem, Illinois who consoled him after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge(1813-1835).

He was a Volunteer Ranger in Tennessee during the War of 1812. He was also a Captain of Militia during the Winnebago War against the Ho-Chunk tribe in 1827.

On December 5, 1846, Nancy Green was represented by Congressman Elect Abraham Lincoln in a hearing regarding Robert A. Armstrong's qualifications to receive a Revolutionary War pension. As his widow she would receive 50% of his pension amount if he qualified. Robert Armstrong died before Congress approved a pension for Veteran's of the Revolutionary War.

The issue was, in part, that at the age of 19 Robert Armstrong served as a substitute for his father James Armstrong. Specifically mentioned was the battle of Briar Creek on March 03, 1779 in Georgia.

James Armstrong is also listed as a participant in the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina on the North Carolina border on October 7, 1780, but it's not clear if that was James Armstrong the father or Robert Armstrong the substitute.

Apparently the issue was resolved because there is a DAR marker at the grave of Robert A. Armstrong(1760-1834).

Nancy Green had three brothers who also fought in the Revolutionary War:
Jervis Green(1750-1782)was killed at the battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky on August 19, 1782 when 50 Loyalists and 300 Indians from various tribes ambushed 182 Kentucky Militiamen. Colonel Daniel Boone escaped but his son Israel died. Colonel John Todd, the great uncle of Mary Todd Lincoln also died in the battle.
George Green(1755-1834)
James Green(1758-1821)

Her sister Mary Greene(1755-1827) was married to Revolutionary War Veteran John Rattan(1747-1821).

Three grandsons died in the Civil War:
Corp.Pleasant Armstrong(1829-1863)
Pvt Thomas S Armstrong
May 19,1838-Nov 13,1863
and
Corp. Bowling Green, Jr(1834-1864)
Who was the brother of
Deliah Green Blatchley(1832-1895)

Two grandsons were wounded
James A. Armstrong (1838-1879)
on September 01, 1864
and
Royal Armstrong Clary (1813-1874) wounded at the battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8, 1862.

One of Nancy's sons, John "Jack" Armstrong(1803-1857) is famous for his wrestling match with Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln and Jack Armstrong were lifelong friends thereafter.

Jack Armstrong's son William "Duff" Armstrong(1833-1899) was the defendant in the famous "Almanac Trial". Abraham Lincoln defended "Duff" and won his freedom for no fee due to his friendship with the Armstrong family.

The Armstrong family record as written in Robert Armstrong's book presented at one of Nancy's pension hearings, edited for length.

Robert Armstrong, b. May the 28th 1760
Nancey (Green) Armstrong, b. February 6th 1768
Bowling Green, b. January 25th 1786
James Armstrong, b. 1788 and deceased 1789
Jesse Armstrong, b. December the 2nd 1789
Robert Armstrong, Junior, b. March 9th 1792,
deceased September the 18th 1798
Rhoda Armstrong, b. July the 15th 1794
Royal Armstrong, b. 1797
Hugh Armstrong, b. August the 7th 1800
John Armstrong, b. January 13th 1803
Betsy Armstrong, b. March 9th 1805
Nancey Armstrong Junior, b. April 6 1809
Eliza Armstrong, b. April 25th 1812
Robert Armstrong Senior and Nancy Greene
Married June the 22nd 1787
Hannah Jones, b. 2nd of August 1811
John Armstrong & Hannah Jones
Married the 22nd of October 1827

Original biography written here by
Michael Ratliff Lutz in December 2011.

When Nancy Greene Armstrong died she was living with her daughter Elizabeth Betsy Armstrong 1805-1886 and her Son-in-Law Edward Bunn Potter (1795-1863). Edward Potter was also her nephew. She was buried in the family cemetery known now as the Elijah Potter cemetery. Edward and Betsy were also buried there but their remains were later moved to the Oakland Cemetery. No headstone has been found for Nancy so it's not clear if her remains were ever moved. Not all of the remains were removed from that cemetery before it became a cow pasture.

Biography December 2011 by
Michael Ratliff Lutz
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  
Robert Armstrong (1760 - 1834)
 
 Children:
  Bowling Green (1786 - 1842)*
  Rhoda Armstrong Clary (1794 - 1840)*
  Hugh Armstrong (1800 - 1839)*
  John Jack Armstrong (1803 - 1854)*
  Elizabeth Betsy Armstrong Potter (1805 - 1886)*
  Nancy Armstrong McHenry (1809 - 1894)*
  Eliza W Armstrong Pantier (1812 - 1848)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elijah Potter Graveyard
Menard County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Michael Ratliff Lutz
Record added: Dec 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82393672
 


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