|1840 US Census, Greenfield Twp, Fairfield County, Ohio|
"Birthday Anniversary - a Complete Surprise" Article in the Crawfordsville Daily Journal, p4 column 2
"One of the most complete surprises that ever happened in Franklin Township occurred last Friday, March 4, it being the birthday of John Armstrong who passed the 68th milestone on life's journey on that day. Mr. Armstrong was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, March 4, 1813, he moved to his present home in Franklin Township, Montgomery County, Indiana in the Fall of 1849. Sarah Armstrong, wife of Mr. Armstrong whose 82nd birthday occurred a few days previous, was also included in the surprise. Mr and Mrs Armstrong were at home, not expecting anyone on such a blustering day, but were thinking what an awful day it was for Garfield to take his seat, when all at once a wagon drove up, then another and another, until they began to think everybody was coming to see them on that day, and why there where coming when no one could tell. Finally the truth began to leak out, as basketful after basketful were brought in from the wagons and piled on the table until it fairly groaned with the weight.
A grand time was now had, enjoying the hospitalities and company of these old people. May they live to see and enjoy many other returning anniversaries as old time rolls on. There were fifty-four guests present and many more would have been present had the day been favorable. Among those present and who gave presents were the following: Mrs Margaret Booher, pin cushion; Mrs Hala Armstrong, glass butter dish; M.L. Booher, comb case and shaving mug; S.C. Booher, molasses stand; P.E. Booher, spectacle case; Emma Sherrel, handkerchief and dress; Easter Armstrong, silk handkerchief and dress; Allen Armstrong, handkerchief and knot maul; Mrs Phebe Grimes, drawers and pickle dish; Mrs Mary J Heiston, tine shirt and wreath of flowers; David Armstrong, $2 in silver; Lizzie Grimes, one rug; Alkana Booher, feedbasket; Mrs J.A. Booher, silk handkerchief and cotton handkerchief, pen knife and silver quarter; Newt and Reub Booher, each salt stand."
The article above highlights the close connection between the Armstrong and Booher families in Montgomery County, Indiana.
John and Sarah Armstrong appear in the 1850 US Census in Franklin Township, Montgomery County, living next door to my 4th-great-grandparents James and Selina Vail, and Jonathan Booher and family. John's occupation is listed as blacksmith. John's sister Elizabeth Armstrong and husband George Flanningam were neighbors of James and Selina Vail. Other Booher siblings were also neighbors. The Armstrong land can be seen in the map section I posted back in March 2015, titled The Place That Brought Them Together.
|1850 US Census, Franklin Twp, Montgomery County, Indiana.|
|1860 US Census, Franklin Twp, Montgomery County, Indiana.|
|1870 US Census, Franklin Twp, Montgomery County, Indiana.|
|1880 US Census, Franklin Twp, Montgomery County, Indiana.|
|Photo by M. McHargue.|
- Margaret Armstrong (born 1834 in Ohio, died 17 January 1912)
- David Armstrong (born 16 Dec 1835 in Ohio, died 1887 in Montgomery County, Indiana)
- John Allen Armstrong (born 19 February 1838 in Ohio, died 17 October 1911 in Indiana)
- Mary Jane Armstrong (born 5 July 1840 in Ohio, died 1924 in Indiana)
- Elizabeth Armstrong (born 27 August 1842 in Ohio, died 23 June 1851 in Indiana)
- Phoebe Armstrong (born 1 April 1845 in Ohio, died in 1924 in Indiana)
- William J. Armstrong (born 1848 in Ohio)
There is quite a bit more information as I trace the Armstrong family back to Ohio. I will have more on this over the weekend.