Saturday, May 28, 2016

Margaret Patton Armstrong, 1783-1866

On Thursday I wrote about my 5th-great-grandfather Thomas Armstrong. His wife, my 5th-great-grandmother, Margaret Patton Armstrong, was born about 1783 in Pennsylvania. After the death of Thomas in 1856, Margaret continued to live in Perry Township, Hocking County, Ohio. She appears in the 1860 US Census, living next to the family of her daughter Nancy Ann Armstrong and husband Daniel Defenbaugh.
Source: Ancestry. 1860 US Census, Hocking County, Ohio.

Margaret died on 5 May 1866. Her estate was settled in Hocking County probate court. William Armstrong served as administrator of the estate.
FamilySearch, Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996, Image 260.
FamilySearch, Ohio Probate Records, Image 274.
My 4th-great-grandfather John Armstrong received his distribution from the estate on 27 February 1867. He signed the document, indicating that he returned to Hocking County, Ohio from Indiana for the settlement of the estate.
FamilySearch, Ohio Probate Records, Image 283.
After Margaret's death, William Armstrong purchased several tracts of land in Hocking County. I am awaiting copies of land deeds from the Hocking County Recorder's Office. I believe William was consolidating the holdings that had previously belonged to Thomas Armstrong. Before I can follow the family back to Pennsylvania, I need to wait on these documents.

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