Liberty T. Armitage

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Liberty T. Armitage

Birthplace: Franklin, Warren, Ohio, United States
Death: November 21, 1924 (83)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Emma Celia Armitage
Father of Louisa Phillips; Frank S. Armitage; L. Esther Amitage; Martha M. Swarts; Mary Stewart and 1 other

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About Liberty T. Armitage

Source: Benjamin G. Shinn, Blackford and Grant Counties, Indiana A Chronicle of their People Past and Present with Family Lineage and Personal Memoirs (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1914)

Liberty T. Armitage. Of the men of Blackford county who have wielded the implements of destruction as well as those of construction, who have bravely upheld their country's integrity on the field of battle and have capably maintained its supremacy in the peaceful pursuits of agriculture, few are better known or more highly esteemed than Liberty T. Armitage, the owner of a well cultivated farm of eighty acres, lying in section 18, Licking township. For forty-two years Mr. Armitage has identified himself with the farming interests of this section of the county, and in the meantime has performed the duties of citizenship so faithfully and well that he has won the unquestioned right to be named as one of his community's helpful and stirring men.

Mr. Armitage was born at Franklin, Warren county, Ohio, December 5, 1840, and was three months old when he was brought to Jay county, Indiana, by his parents, Seth and Prusia (Thayer) Armitage. His father, a native of Upper Canada, came to the United States in young manhood and settled in Ohio, where he was married, the mother being a native of Rhode Island and a member of an old New England family. On coming to Jay county, Indiana, with his wife and five children, Seth Armitage secured employment at his trade of wagonmaker at Pennville, but some time thereafter went to Knox township and purchased eighty acres of land, on which he carried on agricultural pursuits for a number of years. Some time prior to his death, in 1898, Mr. Armitage retired from active labors, and passed away on his farm at the age of eighty-three years. He was a good farmer, one of his community's well known men and a public-spirited citizen, was stanch in his support of the Union at a time when his part of the county was largely in favor of slaveholding and was also a republican when Jay county was largely democratic. On his mother's side he came of good old Quaker stock, but was himself a Methodist, an official of his church, and for years a class leader. His first wife died on the home farm, when Liberty T. Armitage was still young, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, the mother of five children: Ellen, who died as a child, two weeks after the death of her mother; Seba, who met his death in the Union army during the Civil War, as a result of sickness, having been a member of the Thirty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, aged twenty-six years, and left a widow and daughter, the latter of whom is deceased ; Mason, who died as a .young man not long after his mother's death; Liberty T. ; and Aaron, who died single at the age of eighteen years. Seth Armitage was married to Miss Eliza Timberlake, and they became the parents of the following children: Mary E.. who died as a young lady of eighteen years; John, who served two years as a Union soldier during the Civil war, now a prominent attorney of Peru, Indiana, is married and has two daughters: Elizabeth, who is single and makes her home in Jay county ; Emma, who is the widow of David Kesler, of Hartford City, and now living in Jay county; Laura, single, who lives with her sister in Jay county; Alvin, of Denver, Colo., in the hardware business; Mark, a farmer near Syracuse, New York ; and Ollie, who is the wife of Jacob Miller, a Jay county farmer, and has two sons and three daughters.

Liberty T. Armitage grew up on the home farm in Jay county and was given good educational advantages in his youth, being a student in the Farmers Academy when President Lincoln made his first call for troops during the Civil War. Although a lad of but twenty years, his patriotism was aroused, and with other youths of his neighborhood he succeeded in enlisting September 21, 1S61, in Company F, Thirtyfourth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, an organization with which he served for three years, participating in numerous engagements and having many thrilling experiences. Following the death of his brother, Mr. Armitage contracted the typhoid fever, and was confined to the hospital for some months, but rejoined his regiment at New Madrid, Mississippi, and participated in the battle of Champion Hills, the Vicksburg campaign, and the taking of Jackson and Vicksburg, at which latter place he received his only wound, a gunshot injury on the cheek. Mr. Armitage received his honorable discharge September 21, 1864, after a brave and honorable record as a soldier, and at once returned to Jay county to again resume the tilling of the soil. There he remained, however, only until 1866 in which year he came to Blackford county and located on a farm. He came to his present place in 1872, the property at that time being practically a wild swamp, with little promise of ever becoming a productive farm. Earnest, continued and well-directed labor have wrought wonders upon this property, and as the years have passed, Mr. Armitage has developed a valuable tract, equipped with the most modern of improvements and boasting of an excellent set of buildings. A practical farmer of the old school, he has kept himself fully abreast of the advancements being made in agriculture, and is able to thus successfully compete with the labors of the younger generation growing up about him. All but eight acres of timber of his land is developed, his residence has nine rooms, and his barn is a structure 44x60 feet. Mr. Armitage grows wheat, oats and corn, and has a good grade of all kinds of live stock. He is esteemed in his locality for his many stable and reliable traits of character, for his unceasing devotion to the best interests of the community, and for the example offered of ability, perseverance and well-won success.

Mr. Armitage was married in Blackford county, Indiana, to Miss Emma Mercer, who was born in this county about 1844 and died in 1867, without issue. Mr. Armitage was married in August, 1871, to Miss Emma Stevens, of Marion, Grant county, Indiana, who was born in Logan, Ohio, and was a young woman when brought to Indiana by her parents, Elias R. and Matilda B. (Rose) Stevens. Here her father died during the Civil War, while her mother survived for some years. Grandfather Rose was killed at Perry's victory on Lake Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Armitage have been the parents of six children, namely: Frank, who is single and lives with his parents, assisting his father in the work of the home place ; Mary, the wife of Edward Stewart, living on a farm in Licking township, who has four children, — Maybelle, Robert, Edna and Selma ; Martha, who resides at home and is unmarried; Louisa, who is the wife of Elwood Phillips, a farmer of Washington township, and has three children,—Walter, Donald and Esther; Nellie, the wife of John Williams, living on a farm in Licking township, and has two children,—Mildred Myrle and John ; and Esther, a graduate of the Hartford City high school, who is single and devotes herself to music. Mr. and Mrs. Armitage and their children are consistent members of the Methodist Protestant church.

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Liberty T. Armitage's Timeline

December 5, 1840
Franklin, Warren, Ohio, United States
July 1, 1872
Indiana, United States
October 1, 1873
Indiana, United States
August 1875
Indiana, United States
November 26, 1878
September 1881
Indiana, United States
January 9, 1884
Indiana, United States
November 21, 1924
Age 83