Rachel A. Armstrong

Female23 December 1837–12 August 1932

Brief Life History of Rachel A.

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.

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Harvey Edgar Hills
Rachel A. Armstrong
Marriage: 14 January 1856
Lewis A. Hills
Lula Sarah Hills
May Hills
Ella L. Hills
Linda Hills

Sources (12)

  • Rachel A Hills, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Rachel Hills, "United States Census, 1920"
  • R A Armstrong in household of L L Armstrong, "United States Census, 1850"

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  • Marriage
    14 January 1856Lucas, Iowa, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 9

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1848 · The California Gold Rush

    Age 11

    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 


    Age 26

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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