Monthly Archives: August 2013

Robert A. Armstrong – Nancy Greene

Our Revolutionary Soldier Ancestor

Robert A. Armstrong

Born: 28 May 1760 in what is today Lincoln County, North Carolina.
Married: Nancy Greene, daughter of William Greene and Nancy Justice, 22 June 1787 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.
Robert died: 9 Sept. 1834 in Menard County, Illinois. He’s buried in the Old Concord Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois.

Robert was a Private in the Revolutionary War, serving in the NC Militia under Col. Little and Gen. Ashe. Robert went in place of his father, James. He served aged 19-20 1779-1780 in battles at King’s Mountain and Hornet’s Nest, NC.

Nancy Greene Armstrong
Born: 6 Feb. 1768, Lincoln County, NC
Died: 1856 in Menard County, IL

Nancy had a son, Bowling Green, before she married Robert. Bowling looked a lot like Robert. He followed Robert as Justice of the Peace. Bowling grew to be a big man, over 300 pounds. He seemed to be a popular fellow. There are many Bowling Greens named after him in Armstrong and related families. I don’t know if they thought his name a joke or not. Perhaps he like the city of Bowling Green, KY was named after the Bowling Green in New York City where patriots pulled down a statue of King George III.

Robert and his family lived in Lincoln County, NC near Brevard along Kuykendall Creek (named after his mother’s family). Moved to White County, Tennessee before 1797 where they lived until at least 1812. The family seemed to spent some time in Kentucky. Land was granted to Robert in Menard County, Illinois for payment of his services in the Revolutionary War. Aunt Eliza established her link to Robert becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Bowling Green b: before 1760, NC

James Armstrong b: 8 Feb. 1788 NC

Jesse Armstrong b: 1789 NC

Robert Armstrong b: 1792, NC d: 1798, KY

Rhoda Armstrong b: 15 July 1794, NC m: John Clary d: 9 May 1840 KY

Royal Armstrong b: 11 June 1797 White County, TN, removed to KY, then to IL m: Ailsie Jones in Menard County, IL moved to Jasper County MO where he died 1847 Our ancestor.

Hugh Armstrong b: 7 Aug. 1899, White County, TN m: Frances Graham Greene d: 7 May 1839, Menard County, IL

John (Jack) Armstrong b:13 Jan. 1803 [Pictured in the post below]

Elizabeth (Betsy) Armstrong b: 9 Mar 1805 m. Edward Porter d: 7 Aug. 1886

Nancy Armstrong b: 1809 m: Henry McHenry d: 1894

Eliza W. Armstrong b: 25 Apr. 1812 White County, TN m. 1829 David M. Pantier


Uncle Jack Armstrong

Uncle to Elijah Jones Armstrong

Brother of Royal Armstrong

One of the Clary’s Grove Boys and Lincoln’s friend



The original is at Illinois State Historical Libary


The story of the fight and the friendship

Find a grave database has pictures of gravestones the people they represent. Here are the links for Jack his wife Hannah and son, the imfamous, Duff

Royal Armstrong – Aisley Jones

Royal Armstrong

(pronounced Ryal)

Born: 11 Jun 1797 White County, TN

Relocated with his parents: Menard County, IL

Died: 1847 Jasper County, MO

Father: Robert Armstrong

Mother: Nancy Greene [dau. of George W. Greene and Nancy Justice]

Married: 1828 to Aisley Jones [dau. of John Jones and Lydia Gumm]


Bowling Green Armstrong b: 1827 m#1: 1859 Martha Armstrong

Children: William, Frances Mary, Anna, May, Elijah

m#2: 1874 Sarah Ann Lee

Children: Margaret Maud Maltby

John b: 1829

Eliza b: 1831 m: Isaac Miles Watkins

Children: Mary Emaline, John Armstrong Watkins, William H. Aisley, Royal P.

Emeline b: 1833

Nancy Ann b: 1836

Robert L. b: 25 Dec. 1838 m: Lucinda Jenkins

Children: Silas Samuel, Eliza Edith, Anne E., Robert Royal, Mary Margaret, John Spivey, Thomas Hugh

Elijah Jones b: 18 July 1841 Our ancestor

Mary J. b: 1844 m: 1861 Nelson Russell Watkins

Children: Jay, Laura, Corvilla, Robert Lytke, Ell Linvell, Alia Jane, May

All the children with the exception of Elijah Jones and Mary J. were born in Menard County, IL. Royal and Aisley moved to Japser County, MO where Elijah was born. Royal died and Aisley brought the family back to Menard County.

Elijah Jones Armstrong – Susannah Watkins

Elijah Jones Armstrong

Born: 18 Jul. 1841          in Jasper County, MO

Died: 22 Sept, 1923       buried: Concord Cemetery, Menard County, IL

Occupation: Farmer

Father: Royal (pronounced Ryal) Armstrong

Mother: Ailsey Jones  [dau. of John Jones and Lydia Gumm]


M #1   20 Sept. 1860 Menard County, IL

Susannah Watkins [dau. of Samuel Watkins and Sophia Kirby]

Children: Matilda died in infancy, Samuel H., Mary died in infancy, Ryal Asbery, John D., Catherine R., George Kirby, James Senter, William C.


M#2  c.1910

Widow Frances Hudspeth (Fruits)


Here is a charming account of Great-Great Granpop
The full text of the book Past and Present of Menard County, Illinois is available as a free Google book.

For a similar post on Samuel Watkins This is a collateral line to ours. The essay packs a lot of information.

Home Farm – Ryal & Martha Armstrong

The house where Granpop grew up


The barn


Photos: E. Bacon

Ryal Asbury Armstrong – Martha Ann Skaggs

89 <.pdf Great-Granparents


Armstrong Family

Great-Grandfather known as Ampoo

Ryal Asbery Armstrong

Born: 13 Sept. 1867 Menard County, IL

Died: 1954

Occupation: Farmer, teacher, breeder of coach horses, grain dealer

School Board member for 20 years

Married:    26 June, 1889

Great-Grandmother known as My

Martha Ann Skaggs

Born: IL

Died: Menard County, IL


Dorothy V.

Born: 1888

Died: 24 Sept. 1985

Obit: State Journal-Register 26 Sept. 1985

Married: 1st ____ Ott

Children: Jerry, Martha

2nd _____Carter

Lived: Van Nuys, CA

Occupation: as of Grandpop’s funeral in 1966 she was selling sewing machines for Montgomery Ward


Born: 08 Jan. 1894

Died: 28 Oct. 1982

Obit: State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL

Married: Ruth

Children: Catherine, Ryal, Faye, Barbara, Donald, Lois, Ann, William, Jean,  Irene

Lived: Oakford, IL

Worked for the railroads



Died: as a child

Robert Samuel

Born: 4 Aug. 1898 Oakford, IL

Died: 1966 Salem, NJ

Entered the service: 2 May 1917 in the Marines at Paris Island, SC

Sailed oversees 1 Jan. 1918, serving in the Azores seven months. On the account of the loss of one eye, was discharged. He was a motor mechanic with the A.E.F. <- from the HONOR BOOK – Menard County page 7. His picture appears again as Robert Samuel with no information later in the book.

Married: Sylvia Marie Byus

Children: Esteline Mae, Audrey Ann, Deloris, Robert S. Jr.

Edward Ryal

Born: 8 Mar, 1900

Died: 12 Jul. 1989 Jacksonville, FL

Occupation: Farmer

Married: Marie Vannatten they lived in Chandlerville, Cass County, IL

Children: Ed, Evelyn, Florence


Born: 1903

Died: 1998

Married: Lawrence Ahrenkeil, Uncle Stump


Uncle Tubby

Born: 1908


Married: Margaery

Children: Alan, Elizabeth

Occupation: Patent lawyer


Robert Samuel Armstrong, DVM and Sylvia Marie Byus Armstrong

Grandpop and Grandmother