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From: Dorothy Paul <>
Subject: [ARMSTRONG-L] Thomas Jefferson Armstrong (1833-1908)
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 10:32:18 -0700

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Surname: Armstrong, Bowman, Davis, George, Dolph

>From the Fort Scott Tribune, July 1, 1908:

Death Claims T. J. Armstrong

One of the Pioneers of Bourbon County Was Born the Year the Stars Fell

Died yesterday at Home, Seven Miles Northeast of City -- served under General

Thomas J. Armstrong, who has lived seven miles northeast of the city for
the past forty-eight years, died yesterday of dropsy. He celebrated his
75th birthday fourteen days ago. A widow and nine children survive. Mr.
Armstrong was on of the most widely known and prosperous farmers in the
county. He had been sick for the past six months. The funeral was held
this afternoon at 2:30 from the Armstrong house and was conductd by Rev.
Parken of the Methodist church at Fulton. The services were very largely
attended. Burial was made at Maple Grove cemetery, where many of the pioneers
of north Bourbon County sleep.

Thomas J. Armstrong, perhaps, had as extensive an acquaintance in Fort
Scott as any other tiller of the soil in this county. He visited the city
every few weeks during his residence of almost half a century here. He
was a members of the Baptist church, and in politics voted a split ticket
locally, desiring to aid the best men rgardless of political lines. He
was an admirer of Mr. Bryan nationally. Mr. Armstrong never sought political
office. He was an untiring worker to help induct the best and most capable
men into these positions, but personally shunned them. He was born in Michigan
[Schoolcraft Twp, Kalamazoo Co.], June 16th, 1833, the year the stars fell.
He was the father of ten children,nine of whom live at this time. A.D.
Armstrong, his oldest son, lives at Hiattville. His only daughter, Mrs.
Eva Davis, lives in Lisbon, Ohio. W.P. Armstrong resides at Hepler; F.S.
at Hiattville, as does E.B., who carries mail from that place. I.O. Armstrong
lives on the old homestead, and Melvin and Marvin, twins, live a few miles
north of town. M.H., the youngest son, lives in Farlington. All are farmers
save the one who carries mail. All live in comparatively a short distance
of the old home place, a condition that gladdened the hearts ofthe aged
couple for the past few years.

When civil war broke out, Mr. Armstrong enlisted in the home guards and
served under the late Gen. Blair in border troubles. In his last sickness
he knew that death was impending, but met the end bravely. He was a man
honored among me and his memory will long be revered and cherished.

NOTE: His parents were James & Elizabeth (George) Armstrong, and he was
the brother to my ancestor, Elizabeth (Armstrong)Dolph.

Link: Photo-Thomas Jefferson Armstrong Family
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