I am actively researching the above surnames in Luzerne, Clarion & Northumberland counties; I'm hoping that family historians researching the same names will help me break through my brick wall.
Zephaniah SPACE married Catherine/Katherine Ann ARMSTRONG on 22 May 1811 in Wyoming Valley, Luzerne county, PA. Zephaniah was born about 1789 in Warren county,NJ; Zeph was the son of John SPACE and Abigail MOTT. Zephaniah died 2 April 1871 in New Bethlehem, Clarion, PA.
Catherine ARMSTRONG was born about 1793, possibly in PA; it is believed that her father was John ARMSTRONG, mother's name is unknown. Catherine died 17 May 1868 in Clarion county, PA.
While the SPACE family lines are well documented I know very little about Catherine ARMSTRONG and her family. Most of the information that I have on Catherine comes from published family histories (one of which has been shown through documents to be incorrect) and from oral family history.
From a published history: "In the Armstrong Family, there were only two children, Catharine and her brother, John. Catherine's father was John Armstrong, and the parents died when John and Catherine were children. Catherine was reared in East Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in a family by the name of HART." Note: I believe that the location of Catherine and the Hart family is in error as Catherine and Zephaniah were married in Luzerne County, PA. Zeph and his family are found living in Luzerne prior to his marriage, Zephaniah and Catherine were married in Luzerne County and had no previous connection with Clarion County until four years after their marriage.
From another history: "The Armstrong Family belonged to the early Scotch families that were the original settlers of Wyoming Valley in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. John Armstrong, Catherine's father, was a survivor of the Wyoming Valley Massacre which occurred in July of 1778. At that time he was only a boy..." (John is not listed among the survivors of the massacre in any accounting that I have found to date).
From a written conversation with a descendant of Catherine SPACE (nee ARMSTRONG) is the suggestion that Catherine's mother was married twice - once to ARMSTRONG and the other to Adam NOLF. Issue from the marrige with (John?) ARMSTRONG; Catherine and John. Issue from the marriage with Adam NOLF: Jake, John, George, Polly ("who married Nicholas HETRICK") and Barbara ("who married Jake HETRICK").It is unclear as to what order the marriages occured.
Zephaniah and Catherine moved from Luzerne county to Clarion county in 1818 following the death of Zeph's father, John where Zeph and Catherine lived out the rest of their lives.
I would welcome any leads or suggestions and of course, would like to hear from other reseachers with connections to these surnames.