Tag Archives: Elijah Jones Armstrong

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.


Uncle Jack Armstrong

Uncle to Elijah Jones Armstrong

Brother of Royal Armstrong

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

unclejack

 

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


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.