Thomas Armstrong

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 568-569, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Thomas Armstrong, a retired farmer now residing in Bainbridge township, was born in county Monaghan, Ireland, in March, 1837. His father, Robert Armstrong, was a native of the same county, but unquestionably of Scotch extraction; he was a farmer by occupation, and passed his life in his own country. He married Jane Crozier, a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, and a daughter of William Crozier; she emigrated to America in 1852, resided in the State of New York four years, and then came to Illinois, where she spent the remainder of her days; she was the mother of sixteen children. Thomas Armstrong was a youth of sixteen years when he came to America; he sailed from Dundalk to Liverpool, and there embarked upon an American vessel; he landed at the port of New York after a voyage of five weeks and three days. He now found himself a stranger in a strange land, without money. After a time he found work at the cabinetmaker's trade which he followed about a year and a half, and then turned his attention to marble-cutting. Times were hard, business dull, and he could earn but little more than a living. He therefore determined to emigrate to the West, and try his fortunes on the frontier. He located at Rushville, Illinois, and worked by the day, month or job for three years. He then rented land for a time, and a little later, purchased forty acres in Bainbridge township; there was a small house on the place, and seven acres had been cleared; this constituted the improvements. Mr. Armstrong lived here four years, and at the end of that time sold at an advance; he then bought seventy-five acres in the same township, made many valuable improvements, occupying the place two years; he disposed of this farm and purchased 106 acres, which are included in his present farm. He has erected a nice set of frame buildings, has invested in other lands as his means increased, and now owns 285 acres. He was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1892, when he removed to the home he now occupies; he erected this dwelling in 1891, and is surrounded with all the comforts which his years of industry have secured.
  Mr. Armstrong was married, in 1859, to Catherine Ryan, who was born in Buena Vista township, February 1, 1840, a daughter of Charles and Margaret Ryan (see sketch of Thomas Ryan). They have six children living: John, Mary, Charles, Robert, Samuel and Frank. The parents are consistent members of the Protestant Methodist church. Mr. Armstrong is a supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. He is a man of strict integrity, and has the respect of the entire community.

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