Thomas Armstrong (c.1734 - 1776)

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   (Part of Armstrong manuscript from Grace Torrance Clark, Member National S
   ociety D.A.R., No. 148190 signed November 30th, 1919.)
   Thomas Armstrong was born about 1734 and had a wife Mary. He died Septemb
   er 26, 1776, and we feel he died in the service of his country in the Revo
   lutionary War, probably at Long Island. We have not yet proven this, a
   nd may not be able to, though we are still working on it. We do know he l
   eft a widow Mary and minor children Joseph, the eldest son, Jean, Sarah, W
   illiam and Thomas. Joseph Armstrong, Jr., son of the first Joseph, was Je
   an Armstrong's Guardian. He was a Colonel of Cumberland County militia, 5
   th Battalion, during the Revolution.
   We have record evidence that "Jean intermarried with John Blackburn
   ." He called her Jane in his bible, but she signed her name Jean to deed
   s. They had nine children...(list not included)
   The oldest son, William Blackburn, was a Captain of Columbiana County, Ohi
   o, militia in the War of 1812. By President Van Buran he was appointed Co
   mmissioner of the Land Office and moved to Allen County, Ohio, where he w
   as later on Major General of the Northwestern Division of Ohio militia.
   Joseph Armstrong, Jr., son of Captain Joseph Armstrong, and brother of Tho
   mas Armstrong (the father of Jean), was a Colonel of Cumberland County mil
   itia in the War of the Revolution. In his will appears a paragraph whi
   ch will ...
   "To Joseph Armstrong Blackburn, son of John Blackburn of the State of Ohi
   o, the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to his father or legal guard
   ian for the purpose of educating the said Joseph, and in case of the dea
   th of the said Joseph in his minority then to his brothers and sisters a
   nd their legal representatives in equal portions."
   The Armstrong family is a very interesting one. Many facts have been coll
   ected during the prosecution of our search, which it is expected will be c
   ompiled and printed as opputunity offers.
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   The Second Generation…..Thomas and Mary of PA
   Thomas Armstrong was a man of wealth and distinction in the communit
   y. He was born in 1734 and died Sept. 26, 1776. I have no record of his wi
   fe except that her first name was Mary.
   According to his father's will Thomas inherited "that tract of land situat
   ed lying between Robert Elliot's and William Rankin's in Hamilton Township
   ."
   Thomas and Mary had five children. Their names were Jane (who married Jo
   hn Blackburn), Sarah (who married Hugh McClelland), Joseph, William and Th
   omas.
   http://www.geocities.com/mp_cemetery/arm_genealogy.html
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   The First Generation….Joseph & Jennet of Pennsylvania
   Joseph Armstrong was born about 1711 in North Ireland. In 1731, he emigrat
   ed from Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh (now known as Fermanagh District, N
   orthern Ireland), about five miles from Brookeborough, settling in the Cum
   berland Valley, at that time in Franklin County, PA. He purchased his la
   nd from the Penn Properties. The earliest date which shows positive posses
   sion of land is 1737 but his first warrant, numbered 9, was dated August 2
   6, 1751 and can be found in Survey Book A66, page 255, Pennsylvania Land O
   ffice, Harrisburg. This warrant antedated the town of Chambersburg, or Fal
   ling Spring, which was laid out in June 1764. He acquired other land in t
   he vicinity as well, eventually owning over a thousand acres. That la
   nd is now part of St. Thomas Township, Franklin County and lies along t
   he south slope of North Mountain near the present town of Edenvill
   e. It is well located, slightly rolling, very fertile soil watered by a sp
   ring fed stream then called Armstrong's Run (now known as Wilson's Run). T
   hat part which extended up the mountain was heavily wooded and was term
   ed "mountain land". The Joseph Armstrong farm is well-marked wi
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Thomas Armstrong's Timeline

1734
1734
1760
January 25, 1760
Age 26
Letterkenny Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
1776
September 26, 1776
Age 42
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