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Uriah "Ari" Armstrong
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1814
Wayne County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1905
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA

**Ari is buried HERE although his family also placed another grave marker in the Springville Cemetery West where Sarah was buried.

ARI ARMSTRONG, pioneer, was born in Wayne County, Ind., November 4, 1814, son of John and Letitia (Dye) Armstrong; is the sixth in a family of thirteen children, and is of Scotch-German lineage. The father of Mr. Armstrong was born in the Old Penn Commonwealth in 1776, and his mother in New Jersey. The paternal grandparent of Mr. Armstrong was James Armstrong, a native of Scotland, where the Armstrong family is supposed to have originated. When the father of Mr. Armstrong was thirteen years of age, he came with his parents from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, where they remained until 1810, when they removed to the territory that now composes Wayne County, Ind., and there the family remained until 1815, when it came to the territory of which Lawrence County is now composed, and made settlement near the present site of the town of Mitchell, and there the family remained two years, and then came to what is now Perry Township, and a cabin was erected where Mr. Ari Armstrong's house now stands. Here his father died in 1866, and his mother in 1828. The father of Mr. Armstrong was one of the first white men to make settlement in Lawrence County. He was also a prominent man, and was extensively known for his uprightness and integrity. He was formerly a member of the Baptist Church, but late in life united with that Christian Church. When the subject of this sketch had gained his years of majority, he took up the successes and reverses of life for himself. His first move was to borrow $300 of the Bedford Bank, and go to Cincinnati and invest it in Peacock plows, and bring his investment to Springville for sale. These were the first iron mold-board plows ever known in Perry Township, and consequently 1834 marks the new ear as far as plows are concerned in this township. The money which Mr. Armstrong borrowed was the first loaned from the Bedford Bank after its establishment. The marriage of Mr. Armstrong took place in 1835 to Miss Mary Short, a native of Pulaski County, Ky., but who came to Lawrence County in 1818. To this marriage were born twelve children, six of whom survive their mother, whose death occurred November, 1854. The subject to this sketch was married again in 1865 to Mrs. Sarah A. Pitman, who was born in Lawrence county. To this union have been born seven children. Mr. Armstrong is one of the most extensive land-holders in the county, and now has 1,700 acres. For many years he has been dealing in stock, and is yet one of the leading stock-men of the country. Politically Mr. Armstrong is a Republican. Under the old law he was one of the Trustees of Perry Township for a number of years. In 1871 he was elected County Commissioner of Lawrence County, and as such he served two terms. He has been a member of the Christian Church for fifty-six years, and has been an officer in that church most of the time. For nearly seventy years Mr. Armstrong has been a resident of Lawrence County, and for a half century he has been one of its leading and successful men. ("History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Co.'s, Indiana", Goodspeed Bros. and Co., 1884)
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Father, Ari Armstrong was born Nov. 4, 1814, in Wayne county, Indiana. Died Nov. 29, 1905, age 91 years and 25 days. He was a son of John and Letitia (Dye) Armstrong; was one of thirteen children. He was of Scotch-German lineage. His father was a native of Scotland. In 1815 he came with his parents to Lawrence county, Indiana, and settled near the present site of the town of Mitchell. Two years later he with his parents moved to Perry township and settled near what is now known as Armstrong Station. Here his mother died in 1828 and his father in 1866. He was married to Mary Short. To this marriage was born 12 children. His wife died Nov. 1854. He was again married to Mrs. Sarah A. Pitman in 1861. To this marriage was born 7 children. He located and built the first free school in Lawrence county, was the trustee of Perry township for a number of years. He was elected County Commissioner in 1871 and served two terms. Politically Mr. Armstrong was a Republican and always took part in all public enterprises. He was an extensive trader and did much business in Indiana and adjoining states. He was known far and wide for his honesty and good judgment. He served his country as soldier, statesman, advisor and citizen. His home was always open to those who were without food or shelter. He has been a faithful member of the Christian church for 77 years. Most of which time he has served in the capacity of Elder, Trustee, Treasurer, Clerk and instructor. He knew the Bible by memory and kept posted on current events. He was the father of 18 children, 65 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. He leaves a wife, 12 children, 55 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; also a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. (BEDFORD WEEKLY MAIL - FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 1905)
Family links: 
  John Ari Armstrong (1776 - 1866)
  Lutitia Dye Armstrong (1779 - 1828)
  Mary Short Armstrong (1814 - 1854)
  Sarah Ann Kern Armstrong (1836 - 1912)
  Christian Ann Armstrong Hatfield (1836 - 1923)*
  Felix Armstrong (1837 - 1916)*
  Artemacy Armstrong Elliott (1842 - 1871)*
  John S Armstrong (1843 - 1879)*
  Sarah Jane Armstrong Kern (1845 - 1936)*
  Barton W. S. Armstrong (1846 - 1933)*
  M. Ellen Armstrong McDowell (1851 - 1924)*
  Joseph Armstrong (1854 - 1936)*
  Elizabeth A. Armstrong Jackson (1862 - 1945)*
  Grant S. Armstrong (1864 - 1957)*
  Bradley Armstrong (1866 - 1922)*
  Franklin A Armstrong (1868 - 1908)*
  Ellis Armstrong (1870 - 1902)*
  Ezra Kern Armstrong (1873 - 1960)*
  Curtis Armstrong (1875 - 1976)*
  Eliza Armstrong Short (1805 - 1833)*
  Lutisha Armstrong Ferguson (1810 - 1848)*
  Uriah Armstrong (1814 - 1905)
  Even E. Armstrong (1816 - 1849)*
*Calculated relationship
Lowder Cemetery
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: AZ Susi
Originally Created by: Have Paws will travel !
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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Uriah Ari Armstrong
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Uriah Ari Armstrong
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5x gr grandfather to AJS
 Added: May. 2, 2016

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