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Nelson W Armstrong
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1840
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1920
Renville County
North Dakota, USA

Nelson W. Armstrong, civil war veteran and pioneer of this locality, died at his home in Glenburn Friday evening, Nov. 12th, at 11:30 o'clock. The cause of his death was old age and a general breaking down of his digestive system. His health had failed him quite rapidly since his return from Michigan in August, where he had been for a couple of months receiving treatment for his eyes. He realized then that his remaining days on earth were few, and he so confided to close friends. He managed however to keep on his feet until about ten days before his death.

Funeral service was held at the family residence Monday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Gable having charge of the service. The body was taken by his wife to Paw Paw, Mich., to be interred in the family lot in Austin cemetery.

The funeral service was attended by nearly every one in Glenburn and by a large number of his old friends from Michigan who reside in the country nearby. Many of the places of business were closed during the hour of service in respect to his memory. As a special honor to the departed veteran, twelve soldiers of the World war acted as an escort.

The deceased was well known to all old timers in this community. He was one of the first Michigan settlers to locate here and it was thru him that a large number of Michigan people came to this state. He came to this locality accompanied by his wife, and they settled on the homestead in Van Buren township which Mrs. Armstrong filed on shortly before their marriage. Here they resided until moving to Glenburn about ten years ago.


Nelson W. Armstrong was born in the state of New York on the 3rd day of February, 1840. When a small boy he migrated with his parents to the state of Michigan, who located in Van Buren county. Here he received his education and grew to manhood. When the civil war broke out he was one of the many young men who responded to the call for volunteers in the Union army, enlisting in the 44th Illinois Infantry. After serving in the army for nearly three years he was taken sick and discharged on account of his health. As soon as his health was restored he re-enlisted, this time in the civil engineers corps, and joined Gen. Sherman's army on the return march from the sea, and at the close of the war participated in the grand review before President Lincoln at Washington.

On the 23rd day of June, 1864, he was united in marriage to Lottie O. Lillie, who died on the 23rd day of May, 1892. In 1894 he came to North Dakota, having filed on a homestead north of Leeds. On December 29, 1895, he was married to May Smith who died two years later.

On April 12, 1901, he was married to Mrs. Harriet Travis, and in 1902 they came to this part of the state.

Mr. Armstrong loved his country and the Flag for whose honor he served during the great struggle of sixties. Memorial day was to him one of the greatest, if not the greatest day of the year. His Flag never failed to respond to the breezes of that day. He was a member of the G. A. R., and his favorite song was "We're Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground."

He was 80 years, 9 months and 9 days old. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Copeland, of Glenburn, and one son, Vernon, of Okanogan, Wash., and a foster son, Fred Coon, of Spokane, Wash.

** Glenburn (ND) Advance, Thursday, November 18, 1920, page 1
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  James C. Armstrong (1819 - 1874)
  Julia Ann Cutler Armstrong (1819 - 1871)
  Harriet E. Travis Armstrong (1870 - 1940)
  Charlotte Lillie Armstrong (1844 - 1892)*
  Maude Alice Armstrong Copeland (1867 - 1958)*
  Nelson W Armstrong (1840 - 1920)
  Orlando W. Armstrong (1845 - 1855)*
  LeRoy Derrell Armstrong (1855 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Austin Cemetery
Paw Paw
Van Buren County
Michigan, USA
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Record added: Mar 04, 2011
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