On the pages of pioneer history of Marion county the name of Joseph Bridgen is inscribed, for he cast in his lot
with the early settlers of 1854. He was a resident of Ohio and came to the west from Muskingum county, that state.
There he had been married, but he and his wife were both natives of Ireland and as young people had come to the
new world, seeking the broader and better opportunities offered on this side the Atlantic.
Mrs. Bridgen bore the maiden name of Sarah McCollum and was a sister of the late James McCollum, a pioneer settler
of Marion county, who arrived here in 1854. To Mr. and Mrs. Bridgen were born three children, of whom Mrs. Margaret
J. Schmidt is the only one now living. One daughter died at the age of twelve years and the son, James Bridgen,
died in early manhood.
Joseph Bridgen was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, for, arriving in Marion county in March, 1854, he
had scarcely begun the task of developing and improving his farm when death called him in October of the same year.
Having lost her first husband, Mrs. Bridgen was married again in 1858, becoming the wife of Jackson Armstrong,
who died in 1868. He, too, was one of the pioneer settlers of the county and aided in promoting its early development.
To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were born five children, of whom two are yet living: Mrs. J. H. Pifer, whose home is
at Lanmore, North Dakota; and Mrs. J. W. Everett, living at Booneville, Iowa.
Mrs. Armstrong passed away on the 19th of May, 1909, having reached the advanced age of eighty two years. She was
a most earnest and consistent member of the Presbyterian church and exemplified in her life her Christian faith
and belief. She did many good deeds, was a helpful friend and neighbor and a most devoted mother and, in the words
of the Psalmist, her children rise up and call her blessed.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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