Biography of W. K. Armstrong
Tipton County, IN Biographies





W. K. ARMSTRONG was born in Cumberland County, Penn., December 12, 1812, and is the fourth of ten children born to James and Georgianna (Greenwood) Armstrong, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of English descent. W. K. Armstrong at the age of seventeen engaged as an apprentice at the tanner's trade. After serving his apprenticeship, he went to Plymouth; Richland County, Ohio, where he conducted a tannery and harness shop, made boots and shoes, and superintended a farm. After continuing in business here many years, he sold out and engaged in the lumber business, operating a saw mill and grist mill; he subsequently located in Wyandot County, Ohio, where he farmed for three years. He then sold out and engaged in the hotel business in Crestline, Ohio, for two years, after which he returned to Wyandot County, and bought and sold five farms in six years; he then came to Tipton County, and engaged in the lumber business, and purchased 200 acres of land in the edge of Grant County; he conducted the lumber business alone for a few years, and in company with his son for seven years, after which he retired from business, and removed to his farm in Grant County. After selling this, he purchased in November, 1880, 128 acres of well improved land in Wild Cat Township, and is now enjoying the fruits of a well spent life. He started in life a poor boy, and through his own efforts has become an independent man. Mr. Armstrong was married at Wellsburg, Va., February 28, 1836, to Miss Martha C. Connell. She was born March 27, 1817, and is the daughter of John Connell, who was a soldier under Gen. Harrison at the siege of Fort Meigs. They have had eleven children, five of whom are living Harrison, lumberer and farmer; Philip, farmer; William, M. D., of Mexico, Ind.; Mary Elma and Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Armstrong was reared a Democrat, but is now a Republican. He is a liberal supporter of all home enterprises, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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