Francis Wells Armstrong
|Place of Burial:||Fort Coffee Community Cemetery Spiro Le Flore County Oklahoma, USA|
Son of James "Trooper" Armstrong and Suzannah Armstrong
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About Major Francis W. Armstrong
Major Francis Armstrong is buried in a small cemetery at Swallow Rock, Fort Coffee. He was Superintendent of the early Choctaw removal and also Superintendent of the Choctaw Agency when it was established in 1832. He died 1835 at the Agency and was brought to Swallow Rock, (Fort Coffee), for burial.
The fourth child of "Trooper" and Susan (Wells) Armstrong was Francis Wells, who was a graduate of West Point, in the war of 1812, and after resignation from the army in 1817 took up his residence in Mobile, Alabama. From Mobile county, upon Alabama's admission to the Union, he was sent repeatedly to the legislature, both as representative and senator.
When Andrew Jackson became president, it became his fixed purpose to remove the Indians west of the Mississippi river. In the final removal of the Choctaw Indians he committed the most delicate tasks to Majors Francis and William Armstrong, the latter also having been a soldier in the Creek war.
As successively superintendents of Indian territory and agents of the Choctaws, the remainder of their lives was given to patriotic and unselfish service in behalf of the western Indians. Francis W. died in the summer of 1835 at Fort Coffee, as resolutions of its officers published in Niles Register of October 10, 1835, show. William died June 12, 1847, and his remains were brought to Nashville for Interment.