Abel Armstrong

Abel Armstrong

Male 1758 - 1837  (79 years)

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  • Name Abel Armstrong 
    Lived Between 1758 and 1832  Stone Ridge Farm, Lone Fountain, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 4 Jun 1758  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service From 28 Mar 1777 to 1 Apr 1780  Virginia, NJ, New York, MD - Brandywine, Germantown Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • enlisted at Staunton VA 28 Mar 1777 for 3 years
    Census From 1810 to 1820  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Pension 6 Aug 1832  Monroe Twp., Logan Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters
      Pension Application of Abel Armstrong S2039
      Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
      State of Ohio SS.
      County of Logan
      On this sixth day of August in the year eighteen hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in
      open court before George B. Holt president, and James McPherson, Robert Smith and Levi Gaswood his
      associates Judges of the court of common pleas of the county of Logan aforesaid Abel Armstrong a
      resident of Monroe township in the County of Logan and State of Ohio, aged seventy four years on the
      third or fourth day of June last past, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath, make
      the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress
      passed June 7 1 832. That he enlisted in the army of the United States on the 28 th day of March in the year
      1 777 with Thomas Bell first Lieutenant and served in the sixteenth regiment of the Virginia line under the
      following named officers Captain John Maguire [John McGuire] of Winchester Va. second Lieut. Samuel
      Bell. Ensign Wm. B. Lee [William B. Lee]. Colonel William Grayson commanded the regiment, General
      Charles Scott commanded the Brigade to which this regiment belonged. He left the service in the last of
      March or first of April 1 780. He enlisted in the town of Staunton, county of Augusta, and State of Virginia
      where he resided when he enlisted the service. He marched first to Winchester Va. thence to Leesburgh '96
      thence to Alexandria where he was reviewed by Gen. [William] Smallwood '96 thence to the
      neighbourhood of Philadelphia where he encamped a short time and joined the army '96 thence to Bucks
      county a place called the cross roads '96 thence to Shedes ford [sic: Chadds Ford] on the Brandywine where
      there was a battle, Gen. Washington commanded the American forces. Generals Scott and Stephenson
      [sic: Adam Stephens], Muhlenburgh [sic: Peter Muhlenberg] and [William] Woodford and others were at
      this battle '96 Colonels [John] Neville and [George] Nicholas were at this battle. The American army
      retreated to Chester the night after the battle
      Thence he marched to a place called the white marsh [Whitemarsh] near Germantown, (The battle last
      mentioned was on the eleventh of September [1 777]) He was in the battle at Germantown on the fourth
      of October following. It was the same army that had fought at Brandywine commanded by the same
      officers. Soon after this he went into winter quarters at Vally Forge in the State of New Jersey [sic: Valley
      Forge PA] where he remained till June the next year until Gen. [William] Howe with the British army left
      Philadelphia [1 8 Jun 1 778]. He was in the battle of Monmouth court-house [28 Jun 1 778]. He spent the fore
      part of this season in New Jersey. He then went to the White Plains in the State of New York where he
      was encamped at least one month, then marched to West Point '96 then he went back into the State of New
      Jersey. He was at the storming of a fort called Pawler's hook [sic: Paulus Hook, 1 9 Aug 1 779] where some
      Hessians and English were taken prisoners. He went into winter quarters at Middlebrook New Jersey. He
      was at the battle of Kings ferry on the Hudson river [Battle of Stony Point] '96 General [Anthony] Wayne
      commanded at this battle. He was under Capt. Guess [possibly John Gist] in this engagement. It was on
      the 1 6th. July [1 779]. Col. Johnston [sic: Lt. Col. Henry Johnson] commanded the British. He lay a part of
      the winter in Trenton New Jersey built some huts at Morristown. After he left Trenton he marched to
      Philadelphia '96 thence to Lancaster Pa. thence to Frederick town Md. where he was discharged by a
      written discharge which was given him by his Capt. Smith which discharge he sent many years ago to
      Richmond to get his land warrant and it has never been returned. He did procure a land warrant. He does
      not know whether his name is on the rolls in the war department or not for he has never inquired. He
      does not know of any commissioned officers in this country whom he could apply to, to certify as to his
      services.
      He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present, and
      he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any State '96
      [signed illegibly] Abel Armstrong
      NOTE: A Treasury-Department document notes that Armstrong died on 26 Aug 1 837.

      Affidavit of Daniel Moore, resident of Logan co, aged 42 years, says he has known Abel for 30 years, that he was born and raised in VA and was acquainted with Abel in Augusta co VA, has known Armstrong from his childhood and Armstrong was always considered locally to be a Rev War soldier and had a reputation for truthfulness.

      Affidavit of Josiah Osburn, clergyman of the regular Baptist church in Monroe twp, Logan co, OH, aged 82, has been intimately acquainted with Abel for 5 years, that Abel is about the age he says he is and is a man of veracity and unexceptionable character, and has heard Abel tell tales of the battles he was in and of his war service.

      Certificate 1750 issued Nov 10, 1831, $80/annum commencing 31 March 1831, Ohio Agency.

      A letter dated 12 June 1840 from the Treasury Dept says "the child'n of Abel Armstrong, a pensioner on the roll of the Ohio agency, have been paid $80/annum from 4 Mar 1837 to 26 Aug 1837, the day of his death."
    Died 26 Aug 1837  Monroe Twp., Logan Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Logan Cem, Monroe Twp. Logan Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Is listed in DAR Patriot Index, Vol. 1, meaning pension papers were filed with the National Archives. Birth/death and military service info are in these records (M804, roll 74 at San Bruno Archives). Rec'd pension of $80/yr from March 1832 til his death. Served in war from Mar 28, 1777 to Apr. 1, 1780. Fought at Brandywine, Germantown, battles in NJ, NY, PA, VA.[ Details in Military - Wanless file.]

      Served under Capt. Thos. Bell as a soldier in the Army in 1781, voucher of 1784. Received land bounty warrant. Information concerning the disposition of the warrants is located in the state records of Kentucky and Ohio. [LVA Bounty Warrants collection at http://198.17.62.51/collections/BW.html]

      Married Mary around 1784. [Waggon Road, p.67]. Inherited Stone Ridge Farm at Lone Fountain betwen Churchville and Jennings Gap from his father, who bought the land in about 1747 & built the house in about 1750-60. [Waggon Road, p.67] See father's will in his entry.

      Entry in DAR lineage books:
      Mrs. Ida Armstrong Beavers.
      DAR ID Number: 86161
      Born in Taylorville, Ill.
      Wife of Averill Beavers.
      Descendant of Abel Armstrong, as follows:
      1. Lewis Cass Armstrong (1854-1900) m., 1874, Josephine Faykner (b. 1858).
      2. Thomas D. Armstrong (1822-1905) m., 1849, Jane Woosley (1824-97).
      3. Thomas Armstrong (1785-1859) m., 1815, Jane Burgess (1796-1843).
      4. Abel Armstrong m., 1788, Mary Manless (d. 1818).
      Abel Armstrong (1758-1837) served as private in Capt. John McGuire's company, Col. William Grayson's Virginia regiment, Continental Line. He was born in Virginia; died in Ohio.

      CENSUS:
      1810 VA, Augusta Co. (p.314) - alphabetized, so can't ID neighbors
      1 male over 45 [Abel]
      1 female over 45 [Mary]
      1 male 16-26
      1 male 10-16
      2 females 10-16 [Mary Polly, ]
      1 female under 10 [Nancy]

      1820 VA, Augusta Co. (roll 132, p.2)
      1 male over 45 [Abel]
      -- Nobody else, so Mary must be dead.

      1830 -- not listed in Ohio census

      Note there may have been other persons named Abel Armstrong in OH at the same time - per http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=72&p=surnames.armstrong
      "Evidence points that this William Able Armstrong is the son of John Armstrong and Agnes Erwin. Specifically the will of John Armstrong which does not mention his son William who is already deceased but does mention a minor grandson Able Armstong living in the state of Ohio. "
      -- this Abel doesn't match up to ours in time frame
    Person ID I64  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 29 May 2015 

    Father Thomas Armstrong,   b. 1720-1740,   d. Between Apr 1775 and Aug 1776, Stone Ridge Farm, Lone Fountain, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Ann (Unknown),   d. Aft Apr 1775, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between 1750 and 1758  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Wanless,   b. Bef 1765, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1810 and 1820, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Between 1783 and 1785  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. William Armstrong,   b. 1783-1810, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Armstrong,   b. 1784-1804,   d. Abt 1841, (probably) Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     3. Thomas Armstrong,   b. 1785, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Springfield, Sangamon Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Ralph Armstrong,   b. Abt 1786,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary (Polly) Armstrong,   b. 17 Aug 1796, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1841, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     6. Nancy Armstrong,   b. 1808, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1868, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Waggon Road to West VA, P.67 INHERITED STONE RIDGE FARM AT LONE FOUNTAIN FROM HIS FATHER, WHO BOUGHT THE LAND IN ABOUT 1747 & BUILT THE HOUSE IN ABOUT 1750-60. (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S94] DAR Patriot Index, VOLUME 1; ALSO HAVE PENSION PAPERS FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WHICH DESCRIBE HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE BATTLES OF BRANDYWINE AND GERMANTOWN, AMONG OTHERS. REC'D PENSION OF $80/YR FROM MARCH 1832 TIL HIS DEATH. (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S84] Military Records at NARA, Fold3.com (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S7] Waggon Road to West VA, P.67 GIVES APPROXIMATE MARRIAGE DATE, PLUS FIRST SON WAS BORN IN 1786. MARY'S MOTHER MARGARET CARLISLE'S WILL WRITTEN IN 1807 STATES THAT MARY IS THE WIFE OF ABEL ARMSTRONG. (Reliability: 0).