Biography of Rev. John A. Armstrong
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rev. John A. Armstrong, who lives retired at Wellsville, is one of the highly esteemed and honored pioneer citizens of Columbiana County. He is a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Armstrong was born in Washington County, Pa., Jan. 24, 1844, and is the son of James and Jane (Patterson) Armstrong.

James Armstrong was born in Ireland, Feb. 4, 1800. When he was two years of age his family came to the United States and settled in Washington County, Pa., where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer. He died March 13, 1865, and his wife died Jan. 15, 1885. They are buried in Washington County, Pa. To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong the following children were born: James P., died March 27, 1907; Esther A., died in 1904, was the wife of David Liggett; Joseph, a Civil War veteran, died in 1913; Elizabeth, died in 1923, was the wife of Robert Dever; Samuel S., a Civil War veteran, died Oct. 2, 1923; Thomas J., a Civil War veteran, lives retired in Cincinnati, Ohio; John A., the subject of this sketch; Sarah C., died in 1861; and M. L., lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

John A. Armstrong received his education in the district schools and began life as a farmer. He enlisted in 1863 for service during the Civil War and was with Company K, 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He participated in many major engagements of the war and was discharged July 15, 1865. Mr. Armstrong has lived at Wellsville since 1888 and has been a minister of the Christian Church since 1880. He also had various business interests during his active career and was an owner of a small tract of land before coming to Wellsville.

On Sept. 20, 1866, Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage with Miss Sarah C. Hanen, who was born in Ohio, July 2, 1848, the daughter of John and Nancy (Rawlston) Hanen, both deceased. Mr. Hanen was an extensive breeder of sheep in Washington County, Pa., for many years and was widely known. To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were born three children: John Charles, born Aug. 3, 1868, lives at Wellsville, where he is connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad; Emerson L., born Aug. 6, 1871, lives at Wellsville and is an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad; and Oscar A., who was a passenger conductor on the Pennsylvania railroad, born Feb. 27, 1879, died Nov. 17, 1921.

Mr. Armstrong has been a life long Republican, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic of East Liverpool, General Lyons Post No. 46 and for the past three years has been chaplin, preaching a good many of the old soldier's funerals. He is widely known and is among the leading pioneer citizens of the county.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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