|Birth: ||1764, Ireland|
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1836|
John Armstrong, the Wabash County pioneer is said to have been a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and is listed in Harriet Walker's book, "Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois".
By his own account, he fought in this War as a young man, being only age 17 at war's end. John and three of his sons, Abner, James M, and Ephraim enlisted in Tennessee for service in the War of 1812.
The Armstrong family originally came from North Carolina, and later moved to Kentucky sometime between 1795 and 1799. From Kentucky, they moved to Smith's Fork (now Statesville), Wilson County, Tennessee about 1800. According to Wilson County Records, John Armstrong sold the 160 acres of land he owned in Tennessee on October 17, 1815. By late 1815 or early 1816, John Armstrong had moved to what is now Wabash County (Edwards County then), Illinois and settled in Section 13, Township 1 North, Range 12 West, in what is now Wabash precinct, on 200 acres of land purchased from Levi Compton. The land is located one mile southeast of the present town of Allendale, Illinois, and where the Armstrong Cemetery is today. Here he built a cabin which was to be his home until his death on April 30, 1836. John and his children were considered pioneers of the area. By 1824, a post office (named "Armstrong") had been established at this site and was first kept by his son, Abner Armstrong. At this time in the history of Wabash County, there were but three other post offices in the county: Mt Carmel, Centerville, and "Coffeeton" (the name and location of this post office was changed to Allendale about the year 187?).
(The above taken from "History & Families, Wabash County, Illinois."
John served on the first county commissioner's court of Edwards County (1819-1820) and on the first grand jury appointed in Wabash County in 1825.
Both John Armstrong and his wife Elizabeth are buried in the now abandoned Fox Cemetery, Wabash precinct. The grave marker of his wife Elizabeth was found years ago by Mr. B.J. Walters in a ditch running east and west along the north side of the burial plot. The marker was removed by relatives to the Armstrong Cemetery near Allendale, Illinois, where members of the Armstrong family are buried. (The above taken from "Wabash County Lineages").
Elizabeth Martin Armstrong (1760 - 1830)
Abner Armstrong (1790 - ____)*
James Martin Armstrong (1792 - 1865)*
Ephraim D Armstrong (1794 - 1873)*
Lewis Thomas Armstrong (1799 - 1869)*
Nancy Armstrong (1804 - 1821)*
Cynthia Armstrong Payne (1806 - 1876)*
Thomas Jefferson Armstrong (1808 - 1869)*
W. Elizabeth Martin
Created by: jeff armstrong
Record added: Jul 18, 2012
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