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Thomas Armstrong

  • Birth 2 May 1843 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1900 Cedar County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 59679989

THE HISTORY OF CEDAR COUNTY IOWA
Western Historical Company
Successors to H. F. Kett & Co., 1878

Armstrong, Thos. , farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Mechanicsville; born in Philadelphia in 1843; came to this State in 1850; owns 320 acres of land. He enlisted in the 11th I.V.I. in the late war, and served four years; was at the battles of Shiloh, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Jackson, siege of Vicksburg, &c. He married Miss Nancy E. McAffee in 1867; have five children—Bessie, Jessie, William M., Nellie M. and Edward S.; lost one.

A TOPICAL HISTORY of CEDAR COUNTY, IOWA
1910
Clarence Ray Aurner, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Volume II pages 68-70
Thomas and Nancy E. (McAfee) Armstrong. The former, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1843, was a son of James and Bessie (Moffit) Armstrong, both natives of Ireland, where they were reared. Later, however, they came to the United States and were married in Philadelphia, where both passed away, their deaths occurring in 1849 but three weeks apart. Their son Thomas was but six years of age when left an orphan, and with his sister Lucinda, then four years old, was brought to Cedar County in 1850, where he spent the period of his boyhood and youth in the home of his grandparents. The sister is now a resident of Napa City, California.
Thomas Armstrong remained with his grandfather until eighteen years of age, when in 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil war, he enlisted from Cedar County as a soldier in Company E, Eleventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, for three years. Later he reenlisted for another term of three years, or until the close of the war, thus serving throughout the entire period of hostilities. With his regiment he was present at all of the principal engagements of the war, was dispatch carrier for a time and throughout his term of service was never wounded nor in the hospital. He accompanied Sherman on the famous march to the sea which proved the weakness of the Confederacy, and participated in the grand review at Washington the greatest military pageant ever witnessed in this country. He was finally mustered out with a splendid record, and returning to Cedar county Iowa, devoted the rest of his life to agricultural pursuits. For eight years he resided on a farm two miles south of Mechanicsville, and then, selling that property, purchased a farm in Mason Grove, Cass Township, consisting of three hundred acres. This he operated for twenty years, after which he again sold out and removed to a farm in Center Township, three miles west of Tipton, which is now owned by his son E.S. Armstrong, who operated it for the father until the latter's death, which occurred November 20, 1900. Thomas Armstrong was a stanch supporter of Republican Party, although he never sought nor desired public office, and was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bethel. He belonged to the Loyal Legion and also the Modern Brotherhood of America, while he maintained pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in the Grand Army of the Republic of Tipton.
Thomas Armstrong was married in 1868 to Miss Nancy E. McAfee, a native of Perry County, Pennsylvania, where her birth occurred February 7, 1846. She was the daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Wilson) McAfee, who were also born in the Keystone state and were the parents of four sons and six daughters. They came to Iowa about 1853, Mr. McAfee preempting a quarter section of land three miles northeast of Cedar Bluff, and there the family resided for twelve y ears, after which a removal was made to Mechanicsville. In the latter town Mr. McAfee and his wife both passed away, the former's death occurring in October, 1873, at the age of seventy-five years, while the latter was seventy-two years old at the time of her demise in 1880. Their daughter Nancy E. was but seven years old when she accompanied her parents to Iowa, and she remained a resident of Mechanicsville until her marriage, while two years after her husband's death she became a resident of Tipton, where she now resides.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Armstrong were born eleven children who were as follows: Bessie, residing in Davenport; Jessie the wife of E.G. Filson, of Burlington, William Moffit, of Red Oak township; Nellie McAfee, a twin sister of William M., who became the wife of C.A. Smith of Tipton; Edward S., of this review; one who passed away when only twelve days old; Frank B., also residing in Red Oak Township; Lucinda, the wife of Charles Cottrell, of Tipton; John T., making his home in Tipton; Arabell, the wife of A.P. Hebstetter, residing in Tipton with the widowed mother; Ursula B., the wife of Lester Hackman, of Tipton. All of the children were born in Cedar County.


Name: Thomas Armstrong
Residence: Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlistment Date: 23 Sep 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Iowa 11th Infantry Regiment on 05 Oct 1861.
Mustered out on 15 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Birth Date: 2 May 1843
Death Date: 22 Nov 1890
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion National Archives: Index to Federal Pension Records Research by R. Ross Houston

Enlisted in Company E of 11th Iowa Infantry in September 1861 as a private and served 3 years and 10 months with his regiment every day. He stood in line on the morning of April 6 at the great battle of Shiloh and was still there when the sun sank in the west. Always in the line at Corinth, Vicksburg, Iuka, and on to Atlanta, the march to the sea and up through the Carolinas to the grand review at Washington; discharged in August 1865.

Death Notice, November, 1900, Newspaper Unknown.

Died.
ARMSTRONG-At his late home near West Bethel, on Wednesday, November 21, 1900, of heart trouble, Mr. Thos. Armstrong.
The funeral was conducted from West Bethel church on Saturday, November 24, 1900, by Rev. J. T. Spry, with interment in Sand Hill cemetery.
The deceased was one of the pioneers of Cedar county, and an old soldier, and was buried with G. A. R. honors. He leaves a host of warm personal friends to mourn his death.


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  • Added: 6 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59679989
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Armstrong (2 May 1843–21 Nov 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59679989, citing Sand Hill Cemetery, Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jacie (contributor 47037786) .