It has been a while since we have tried to tie the ARMSTRONG family of S. Indiana together, so thought it time to take another shot at it. I believe a number of siblings or closely related family came from Kentucky to the New Albany, Floyd County area of Indiana around 1820-1830. The family trade was primarily carpentry and they apparently became ship builders in this bustling pre-railroad transportation center for those “heading west”.A second commonality is that for those individuals still alive in 1880,one or both of their parents are listed as born in Ireland. So, for speculation sake, we are looking for ARMSTRONGs, born in Ireland, probably 1760-1780, who emigrated (maybe directly) to Kentucky, then as a group (or over a short span of years) moved north of the Ohio river into S. Indiana.
The direct ancestor is my wife’s gggrandfather, John W. ARMSTRONG, b: about 1810 in Kentucky, d: after 1860. Married Ann Higgins WANT, 28 Jul 1832 in Floyd County. John’s occupation in 1850 is a Ship Joiner, in 1860 it is Ship Carpenter.
George ARMSTRONG (jr.), b: 1805-1808 in Kentucky, d: after 1880. Probably married Mary Richey on 7 Feb 1833 in Floyd County. This may have been his second wife. He is located in the 1830 through 1880 census of Floyd County, In. In 1840 he is living next door to John WANT, John W. ARMSTRONGs father-in-law. In 1850 he is listed as a carpenter. In 1860-1880 he, and sons Charles and Thomas are indicated as Ship Carpenters. 1880 census indicates parents born in Ireland.
Joseph F. ARMSTRONG, b: 1809-1812 in Kentucky, d: aft 1880. Probably married Mary Ellen Small 30 Oct 1837 in Floyd County, In. Located in the 1840-1880 census of Floyd County, In. 1850-1880 listed as Ship Carpenter. 1880 census indicates parents born in Ireland.
Things get a bit less certain at this point because the occupations are not necessarily a direct tie to ship building. However, it is difficult for me to conceive ofthe timing, birthplace, and migration as completely disconnected.
David ARMSTRONG, b: about 1811 in Kentucky, d: after 1880. Located in 1840 through 1860 and 1880 census of Floyd County, In. In 1860 he is a Teamster, 1870 occupation-None, 1880 he is a farmer. 1880 census indicates father born in Ireland and mother in Kentucky.
Wesley ARMSTRONG, b: about 1814 in Kentucky, d: after 1880. Located in 1850 census of Floyd County living with sister Sarah Jane and husband Michael STREEFRY(STREEPEY). Michael is a Silversmith and Wesley is “Dying gold”? In 1880 Wesley is a Merchant. Wesley and his sister are supposedly children of George ARMSTRONG (sr.) enumerated in 1830 Floyd County and apparently widowed at that time. 1880 census indicates parents born in Ireland.
Harvey ARMSTRONG b: about 1808 in Kentucky, d: probably before 1860. Located in 1840 census of Washington County, In. and 1850 census of Floyd County (Greenville). His widow, Elizabeth is in Floyd County, New Albany in 1860 and son, Robert, is a steamboat engineer.
Questions: Is there anyone with information that can make these folks family---or break the loose ties I have fashioned? Any info on whether George, Sr. is the father of all(most?) of these children? Any information that might indicate where George, Sr. was born? Any clues to where they lived in Kentucky or when was the arrival from Ireland?
Certainly appreciate any help or just speculation on how to complete the circle.