m. ABT 1750
m. BEF 1780
Facts and Events
Note: this John Armstrong has been confused with another John Armstrong that married Mary 'Polly' Crawford, daughter of William Crawford. This is a different family, as detailed in "The History of Highland County, VA" by Oren Frederic Morton, and in the letter written below and posted on Rootsweb:
In the witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the eight day of June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty. John Armstrong
Acknowledged and signed in the presence of us. John Hiner Jacob Eye John Hiner
All my moveable estate that is left after my sons Thomas has paid of the legatees, the balance of my moveable if there should be any left to fall to my son Thomas.
At a Court held for Pendleton County this 7th day of August 1821. This last will and Testament of John Armstrong deceased was presented to Court and proved by the oaths of Jacob Eye and John Hiner and ordered to be recorded.
Letter written to Augusta Co. Va Historical Society
December 28, 1993
P.O. Box 306 Madison, Va 22727 (703) 948-4620
This letter is in regard to a book in the Staunton Library that has an error that is worthy of correction - maybe an errata sheet placed in the front or back. Page 344 of Early Western Augusta Pioneers by George W. Cleek has John Armstrong and Mary (Polly) Crawford's family as: Elizabeth, William, Jared etc. This is in error. The family listed there is the family of Agnes Erwin of Highland County, Va (formerly Pendleton Co. & Augusta Co.) see attached page 260 from Morton's A History of Highland County Virginia.
It is true that a John Armstrong married Mary Crawford in Augusta County 10 Dec 1790 (see attached page 12 of First Marriage Record of Augusta County Virginia), but Jared Armstrong was born in 1785 according to Morton, Highland County 1850 census and Jared Armstrong's death recors:
The 1850 census by Matheny, page 79 has Jared and Agnus (Agnes) ages 65 and 58 respectively. Both were born in Pendleton.
The Book by John Matheny, lists the following for Jared and Agnes Hiner:
Page 283 - Jared Armstrong d. 16 Apr 1865. Spouse - Agnes Hiner, Father - John armstrong, Mother - Nancy. Age 80, occupation, miller. Note that Nancy is a pet name for Agnes according to Greenwood.
Page 282 - Agnes Hiner d. 16 Oct 1867. Spouse - Jared Armstrong. Father - John Hiner. Age 76.
The ages are consistent, Jared was born about 1785 and Agnes Hiner was born about 1791 or 92. It is apparent that Polly Crawford is not Jared's mother since she was married in 1790.
I will add that I am descended from John Armstrong and Agnes Erwin of Highland Co., VA (John Armstrong, Jared Armstrong, Mahala Armstrong Edmond, Mary Edman DeMoss, Clarence DeMoss, Lela DeMoss Epperly, Loyd Epperly).
Respectfully, Loyd Epperly
Attached was a page from History of Highland County page 260 Armstrong (B) John - bro. To William - m Agnes Erwin - d. 1821 - c-2*-
1. Elizabeth - b. 1780 2. William - b 1783 - away. 3. Jared - b. 1785, d. 1865 - agnes Hiner. 4. Jane - b. 1787, d. 1857 - m. Joseph Hiner, 1808. 5. John - b. 1790 - m. ? Margaret Jones, 1812 - O. 6. Margaret - b. 1792 - m. George Crummett. 7. Mary - twin to Margaret - d. 1867 - m. John Bodkin. 8. James - b. 1795 - m. 1 Elizabeth Hiner, 2. - Smith - W. VA. 9. George - b. 1797 Sarah Hiner, 1824. 10. Thomas - b. 1799 -m. Sarah Pullin, 1822 - Lewis. 11. Nancy - b. 1802 - m. John Knicely, 1827 - away. 12. Samuel - b. 1804 - m. Mary Taylor, Rkm.
32. John Morgan Armstrong, born 1759 in Augusta Co. VA; died 1821 in Pendleton Co. VA. He was the son of 64. Robert Armstrong II and 65. Jane Van Ardsale. He married 33. Agnes Erwin 1779 in Highland Co., Virginia.
33. Agnes Erwin, born 1764 in Augusta Co., Va; died 1827 in Pendleton Co., Va. She was the daughter of 66. Jared Erwin and 67. Elizabet
Child of John Armstrong and Agnes Erwin is:
16 i. John Armstrong, born April 14, 1790 in Doe Hill, Highland Co, Virginia; died February 09, 1865 in Fayette Co., Ohio; married Elizabeth Parrett March 25, 1817 in Washington Court House, Fayett County, Ohio.