William Armstrong

29 November 1830–16 March 1903 (Age 72)
New York, United States

The Life of William

When William Armstrong was born on 29 November 1830, in New York, United States, his father, Isaac Armstrong, was 28 and his mother, Cynthia Willison, was 23. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Sarah Jane Conrey. He lived in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Richland Township, Putnam, Missouri, United States in 1900. He died on 16 March 1903, at the age of 72, and was buried in Genoa, Cayuga, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Armstrong
1830–1903
Sarah Jane Conrey
1834–1923
Ida Armstrong
1854–1870
Frederick Armstrong
1857–1938

Spouse and Children

children

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    Ida Armstrong

    Female1854–1870Female

    Frederick Armstrong

    Male1857–1938Male

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1831 · Dedication of Jackson County

Age 1

In August 1831, Latter-day Saint Sidney Rigdon dedicated Jackson County, Missouri, for the gathering place of Zion.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 26

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 English (common in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders): Middle English nickname for someone who was strong in the arm.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Labhradha Tréan ‘strong O’Lavery’ or Mac Thréinfhir, literally ‘son of the strong man’, both from Ulster.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Armstrong in household of Isaac Armstrong, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Armstrong in household of Fred Armstrong, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Armstrong, "United States Census, 1880"

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