Category Archives: Great-Grandparents

Before there was the Salem witch hysteria there was….

IMG_4905And yes, these are our great grandparents.

Well, John is. He’s our 13th great grandfather. We are descended from John’s son John Carrington, JR.  and his first wife, Mary.  Joan Carrington is our 13th great grand stepmother. They were hanged 6 April 1651.

 

John Jr.’s daughter Hannah Carrington is the mother of Joshua Holcomb. Joshua is the father of Capt. Hezekiah Holcomb. Capt. is the father of Timothy Holcomb. Timothy is the father of Matilda Holcomb. Matilda is the mother of Jacob Gumm.  Jacob is the father of Jacob Gumm, Jr.  Jr. is the father of Lydia Gumm. Lydia Gumm is the mother of Ailsey Jones. Ailsey is the mother of Elijah Jones Armstrong. Elijah is the father of our great grandfather Ryal Armstrong.

When Lydia Gumm was widowed she married Shadrack Skaggs. Shaddrack was the son of Henry Longhunter Skaggs, our 6th great uncle, so who knows what additional relationship Lydia Gumm Jones Skaggs is to us.

Why have we never heard any witch stories?

 

The Salem witch trial were held  between February 1692 and May 1693. Connecticutt witch trials started in the mid-1600’s.  “The Witchcraft Delusion in Connecticut 1647-1697”, John M. Taylor lists thirty-five cases between 1647 and 1697, as well as two more in the 18th Century, of which a total of eleven resulted in executions.


William Watkins and Wives

Wm-SophiaWatPhoto used with the permission  of Emma West

Matilda Kirby and William Watkins are our 3rd great grandparents. Matilda was William’s second wife, not our direct grandmother. However, she was the sister to William’s 1st wife, Sophia Kirby, our direct 3rd grandmother. Their daughter, Susannah Watkins was married to Elijah Jones Armstrong, Ampoo’s (Ryal Asbery Armstrong) parents.

GranmaWatkinsPhoto courtesy E. Bacon

“Gramma Watkins’ Home.”

I’m not exactly sure who that “Gramma” might have been. William and Sophia’s home, then William and Matilda’s home, or Lucinda Watkins’ home as a courtesy “Gramma”? For some time, Lucinda Kirby Watkins (another sister) was Menard County’s oldest inhabitant. Lucinda married Lewis Watkins, William’s bother. James Watkins and Christina Swearens (there are many spellings) had 12 children, William and Lewis  are only two of that bunch. Cyrus Kirby and Keziah “Kittie” Greene had 9 children.


Home Farm – Ryal & Martha Armstrong

The house where Granpop grew up

img005

The barn

img006

Photos: E. Bacon


Ryal Asbury Armstrong – Martha Ann Skaggs

89 <.pdf Great-Granparents

img038

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

Children:

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

Cyrus

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

Catherine

Born:

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

Eliza

Born: 1903

Died: 1998

Married: Lawrence Ahrenkeil, Uncle Stump

Clarence

Uncle Tubby

Born: 1908

Died:

Married: Margaery

Children: Alan, Elizabeth

Occupation: Patent lawyer