|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1799|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1889|
Daughter of Thomas and Mary (Moorehead) Nutter, Jr. She and Daniel were the parents of 13: Mary Jane Lagers, William C., Thomas Ewing, Catherine Friel, Isabelle W., Elizabeth P. Taylor, Daniel Jameson, Wilson T., Robert Marion, Sarah Martha, James Harvey, John Joseph, and Barry Armstrong.
Sarah Nuttes (sic) Armstrong was born in Harrison county, Virginia, Sep. 28, 1799, was married when she was eighteen years old to Daniel F. (Friel) Armstrong, a resident of the same county, who took his young bride on the same day they were married to his new home in the forest several miles from the settlement and home of the bride's parents. The log cabin into which they moved was very primative indeed, as the writer has often heard them describe it as without floor, windows or even a door. A hole was left in the logs to go in and out at, a quilt served as a door and shut them in from the outside world. Their housekeeping commenced in a very simple manner. As they had no table or chairs they used an old box for a table and blocks of wood to sit upon. They made their own table furniture of wood. They only had a pot, skillet and a hunting knife to commence housekeeping with. Their wardrobe was very primative also, consisting of one suit of home spun jeans each. They were very much annoyed the first night in their new home by the wolves and bears that besieged their cabin, the young bridegroom frightening them off several times by firing his gun among them. He built a stout puncheon door the next day that he might the better protect his home from such invasions. They lived at this home until she had rocked the cradle for eight children, then in the year 1838 they moved to Clark county, Illinois, and remained there until 1854, when they went with the tide of emigration westward finally settling in Ringgold County, Iowa where her husband died November 6, 1884, they having lived together sixty-five years. From that time she has been anxious to lay down the burdens of life and join her husband on the other shore. Her wish was granted on Christmas morning, for them at the home of her son, T.E. Armstrong, the messenger came and said, "It is enough, come up higher and join him for whom you have so long mourned."
December 26th, 1889, a multitude of sympathizing friends followed her to her last resting place beside her husband. And thus we bid good by to Grandma Armstrong. Grandma was one of the most patient women I ever knew and so simple in her tastes, steadily holding to the habits of her early life, refusing to accept any of the fashions of the day. Her wants were few and simple and easily met. It seemed quite natural for her to be kind to all, and no one ever went from her home cold or hungry. Many persons have good and sufficient reasons to remember her great kindness to them. Although she lived in this century of such great and wonderful improvements, she did not care to know of them, much less to use them. She was never in a railway car, never sent or received a telegraphic message, never saw an electric light or had any desire to do so. She requested to be buried in the most simple way possible. She had her wardrobe all arranged that she wished to be buried in. It was neat and simple. Her wishes were all carried out to the letter. She joined the M.E. Church about the time of her marriage, and has always maintained her christian integrity and died in a living faith.
Daniel Friel Armstrong (1797 - 1884)*
Mary Jane Armstrong Lagers (1820 - 1899)*
Thomas Ewing Armstrong (1826 - 1891)*
Daniel Jameson Armstrong (1830 - 1910)*
Wilson Trimble Armstrong (1838 - 1863)*
Robert Marion Armstrong (1840 - 1886)*
Sarah Martha Armstrong Combs (1842 - 1916)*
James Harvey Armstrong (1844 - 1863)*
John Joseph Armstrong (1848 - 1918)*
Created by: Burt
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20799289