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FamilyTreeArmstrong: the first 6 generations


I’m a lot more Dutch than I knew about.  I have known I had a lot of Dutch ancestors through my mother’s family. I didn’t know there were any on the Armstrong side: Kuykendal, Westphael, Jensen/Hansen, and Cool through the Armstrong marriages; VanCleave, Brent, and Schenck through the Skaggs; Van Nye, Updyke/Op Dyck, Ryswick, and Wesek, Da Zailen and Renwalts  through the Wigthtman marriages were all Dutch.  I think the “Cool” makes up for the “Skaggs”.

I’m also less Irish and more Scotch than I knew. The families I’d found were from Ireland, are really families that left Scotland for Northern Ireland (whether it was their own idea or someone else’s idea): Skaggs, Kirby, Thompson, Roy and Armstrong, of course..

Our Chaudoin ancestor/s were French Huguenots, The Watkins and Jones families came from Wales. The Gumms were German. Some families that came from England: Wightman, Holmes/Hulme, Smith, Wait/e, Carter, Fisher, Chase, Sheffield, Clarke, Dyer/Dyre, and Hutchinson. I’ve found no ancestor who came here late enough to have an Ellis Island experience. Richard Smith who came in the 1630′s is the earliest of the Armstrong ancestors to land in the new world.

I have yet to start compiling our Byus side.


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