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Archibald Armstrong (b. May 12, 1878, d. August 31, 1949)Archibald Armstrong (son of Richard Armstrong and Elizabeth Draper) was born May 12, 1878 in Aylwin, Quebec., and died August 31, 1949 in 57 Bell Street, Ottawa, Ontario..He married Anna Kennedy on November 08, 1904 in St. Patrick's Church, Ottawa, Ontario..
Notes for Archibald Armstrong:
CENSUS: 1881 Aylwin, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada.
SOURCE: NAC C-13225, District 97, SubDist JJ, Page 22,
Archie ARMSTRONG, Male, Age 4, Origin Irish, Presbyterian.
Census 1901: Quebec, Dist No. 200, Wright County, Aylwin, SubDist C, Kazabazua
Source: RG31, Microfilm Reel No. T-6549, Page 3
ARMSTRONG, Archie, Male, Son, Single, Born 21 Jan 1875 Quebec, Age 26, Origin Scotch, Presbyterian, Farmer.
CENSUS 1911: Ontario, Dist No. 105, Dist Name: Ottawa, Sub-Dist No. 25, Sub-Dist: Dalhousie
Source: NAC RG-31, Page 32, Starts at Line 47, Household: 300
ARMSTRONG Archie, 138 Eccles, Male, Head, Married, Born: May 1877 Quebec, Age 34, Origin Irish, Catholic, Conductor, Ottawa Electric Rail Road Co.
ARMSTRONG Annie, 138 Eccles, Female, Wife, Married, Born: Feb 1879 Ontario, Age 32, Origin Irish, Catholic
Note: The above 1911 Census lists Archie Armstrong's religion as being "Catholic", however this is not correct as he never changed his religion from Presbyterian.
Archibald Armstrong came from a large family of siblings, with his grandparents Andrew and Jane Armstrong coming to Canada, from Fermanagh, Ireland, in about 1845, accompanied by their four children; Isabella, Richard, Rebecca and Sarah and settled in the North Wakefield area between Alcove and Farrelton. Archibald’s father, Richard moved up the Gatineau valley to Aylwin, Quebec, and married Elizabeth Draper (daughter of John Draper of England, came to March township in 1829 and then Northfield, QC; and daughter of Margaret McEwen, who was the daughter of Johnand Sabina McEwen of County Down, Ireland, who came to Huntley township, Carleton County, in 1825.Richard Armstrong’s sister, Sarah Armstrong married James Alexander Ussher from the Masham area. It is also believed that Richard's sister Rebecca married a John Woods from the Masham area, before 1856. Archibald’s siblings are as follows:
John Armstrong m. Liza Cox;
Robert Armstrong, unmarried;
James Armstrong m. Annie Stanger;
Margaret Armstrong m. Robert Moncrieff;
Ann Armstrong m. John (Jack) Stanger;
Rebecca Armstrong m. William Begley;
Andrew Armstrong moved to Vancouver, B.C. and m. Alice Hardy in 1895;
George Armstrong m. Ruth May Erwin; and
William Armstrong m1. Florence Gertrude McCambley, m2. Marion Donaldson and settled in Carleton Place.
Most of the Armstrong's are buried in the Aylwin United Church cemetery, and some in the Hillcrest cemetery in Aylwin.
When Archibald first came to Ottawa, it is rumoured that he tried his hand at Police work for a short period, and not finding that to his liking, he then joined the Ottawa Electric Railway (OER, become the OTC,now OC Transpo) company, and stayed with them for 46 years.The Armstrong's were stanch Presbyterians (Church of Scotland), and with the marriage of their Son Archibald to Anna Kennedy (a Roman Catholic), I donot think that either family sat to well with the union of these two wonderful people. Archibald remained a Presbyterian, and all of the children were raised as Catholics. When his wife, Anna Kennedy passed away, five months after the birth of their last child, a son, Milton Archibald Armstrong, who was born in Dec 1922, she was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery with her father, John Kennedy and Mother Mary Waters, and when Archibald passed away in 1949, he was buried all alone in the Beechwood cemetery. When daughter Eileen Armstrong (Mrs. Leo Backs) passed away in 1990, she was buried with her father in Beechwood cemetery.
Notes for ARCHIBALD ARMSTRONG:
The Ottawa Journal ; September 01, 1949 pg. 27, pg. 30 ; He was 72 years ofage. Died August 31, 1949. The obituary states his wife, Anna Kennedy, died in 1923. He was born in Aylwin Quebec, son of Richard Armstrong and Elizabeth Draper. After he came to Ottawa, he worked for the Ottawa Electric Railway [OER] for 46 years. He is survived by one son Milton (Victoria Dubois) of Wrightville, Quebec, and 2 daughters, Eileen (Mrs. Leo. Backs) of Ottawa and Mildred (Mrs. Lawrence McConnell) of Luskville, Quebec, and 6 grandchildren: Anne Marie and Kenneth Leonard Armstrong; Brian and Leonard McConnell and Marylyn and Ronald Backs. Predeceased by his parents, Richard Armstrong in 1920 and Elizabeth Draper in 1897, his wife Anna Kennedy in 1923 (daughter of John Kennedy and Mary Watters), his son Kenneth J. Armstrong in 1940. The funeral service will take place at his residence, 57 Bell Street, Friday, September 2, and 2 o’clock. Funeral arrangements under the care ofthe McEvoy Brothers. The officiating Clergyman was Rev. A.O. Lloyd.
Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario: Section 19, Plot # 285,
In loving memory of
Born May 12, 1878 and
Died August 31, 1949
Beloved husband of Anna Kennedy.
I Haven't seen the actual cemetery stone in several years, but my Aunt Eileen (nee Armstrong) and her husband Leo Backs both could also be buried in this plot, I know for sure that my Aunt Eileen is buried in this plot.
More About Archibald Armstrong:
Burial: September 02, 1949, Beechwood Cemetery Section 19, Plot 285, Ottawa, Ontario..
More About Archibald Armstrong and Anna Kennedy:
Marriage: November 08, 1904, St. Patrick's Church, Ottawa, Ontario..
Children of Archibald Armstrong and Anna Kennedy are:
- +Mildred Armstrong, b. July 20, 1914, Ottawa, Ontario., d. December 22, 1990, Luskville, Quebec..
- +Eileen Armstrong, b. 1916, Grace Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario., d. November 21, 1990, 57 Bell Street, Ottawa, Ontario..
- Kenneth Joseph Armstrong, b. 1919, Ottawa, Ontario., d. 1940, Ottawa, Ontario..
- +Milton Joseph Archibald Armstrong, b. December 14, 1922, Ottawa, Ontario., d. April 22, 1967, Ottawa, Ontario..