When Rachel A. Armstrong was born on 23 December 1837, in Deerfield, Deerfield Township, Warren, Ohio, United States, her father, John Liggett Armstrong, was 33 and her mother, Sarah Lowe Hall, was 20. She married Harvey Edgar Hills on 14 January 1856, in Lucas, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 20 years and La Crescenta, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930. She died on 12 August 1932, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 94.
English and Scottish (mainly Northumberland and the Scottish Borders): nickname from Middle English arm + strang, for someone who was ‘strong in the arm’.
Irish (Ulster): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Labhradha Tréan ‘strong O'Lavery’ or Mac Thréinfhir, literally ‘son of the strong man’.
History: This surname was brought to PA, NJ, and NH in the 18th century by several different families of northern Irish and northern English Protestants. One such was James Armstrong, who emigrated from Fermanagh to Cumberland County, PA, in 1745; another was John Armstrong (1720–95), who settled in Carlisle, PA, c. 1748.
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