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The Faith of Our Foremothers and Fathers

Martha Ann Skaggs Armstrong has not only given us our Native American blood. She has provided us with ancestors of remarkably strong religious faith. The Skaggs had a number of marriages with Native American women through the generations. Charles Skaggs, Martha’s grandfather, of mixed blood married Native American/French Huguenot  “Sally” Choudoin. The old census records were hand written. I can’t tell if Sally’s name was Yaratilda or Zaratilda. She was known as Sally.

The strong religious faith comes from Martha’s  maternal grandmother, Louisa Wightman Ogden. Louisa descends from a long line of fiery Baptist ministers and from religious rebels and in two cases outright martyrs. There were two Reverend Daniel Wightmans and a Rev. George Wightman, early ministers to the Second Baptist Church (Newport, Rhode Island) seconded only to Roger Williams‘ First Baptist Church. Roger was married to a Wightman cousin of ours. We are also related to John Clarke, though I haven’t worked this out yet.

2BaptSecond Baptist Church, Newport Rhode Island

John Wightman was the last heretic to be burned at the stake in England is part of  our direct lineage. Click here for a representation. The Rev. Valentine Wightman is a collateral line to ours. He brought the Baptist Church to Connecticut.

There was also the martyrdom of Mary Dyer in the Boston Colony. Mary suffered through torture and humiliation before she was finally hanged for her religious convictions. Wikipedia has this entry for Mary Dyer. This book makes the claim of Mary’s royal birth. For further reading about Mary Dyer, The Quaker Martyr.

Mary’s son married the daughter of Anne Marbury Hutchinson. After a rigorous trial, Anne left the Boston Colony to live in religious freedom. Unfortunately the Native Americans in Pelham Bay were not in a friendly mood: The Hutchinson massacre.


The Anne Hutchinson Trial


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