George Wood Armstrong




George Wood Armstrong was born September 10, 1837, in Leeds, Grenville, Upper Canada, and died December 13, 1920, in Minetto, Oswego Co., NY, at age 83. Buried in Lewis Cemetery, Granby, Oswego Co., NY. He is the son of John H. Armstrong of Caintown, Province of Quebec, and Mary B. "Polly" Wood of Leeds, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Upper Canada. Mary (age 71) was living in 1870 in Oswego Co., NY, with the James Delos Armstrong family. Emigrated in 1850?

Mary A. Unknown born March, 1841, in Canada, and died May 23, 1904, in Granby, Oswego Co., NY, at age 63. Buried in Lewis Cemetery, Granby, Oswego Co., NY. She is the daughter of Unknown.

George Wood Armstrong and Mary A. Unknown were married 1859 in Unknown.

George Wood Armstrong and Mary A. (Unknown) Armstrong had no children.

After Mary A. (Unknown) Armstrong died, George Wood Armstrong, a widower, married Orlie Ada (Armstrong) Thompson.

William Mahon Thompson was born about 1861, in the United States, and died Unknown, at age Unknown.

Orlie Ada Armstrong was born February, 1859, in Virginia, and died November 8, 1933, in Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, at age 74. Buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.

William Mahon Thompson and Orlie Ada Armstrong were married July 12, 1887, in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.

William Mahon Thompson and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) Thompson had three children:

  1. Orlie M. Thompson (sex Unknown): Born June 3, 1889, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ; Died before 1900, in Unknown.
  2. William Mahon Thompson Jr.: Born July 17, 1891, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ; Died November 10, 1954, at his home, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY (age 64). Buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY. Married May 23, 1913, in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY, to Ethyl May Fink: Born May 23, 1895, in New York; Died March 31, 1974, in Fulton, Oswego Co., NY (78). Buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.
  3. Ralph M. Thompson: Born October 16, 1892, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ; Died before 1900, in Unknown.

Orlie Ada (Armstrong) Thompson then married George Wood Armstrong.

George Wood Armstrong and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) Thompson were married May 9, 1907, in Oswego Co., NY.

George Wood Armstrong and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong had no children.

George W. Armstrong and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong were divorced 1907 - 1910 in Oswego Co., NY.




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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.


   

George Wood Armstrong and Mary A. (Unknown) Armstrong are buried in Lewis Cemetery, Granby, Oswego Co., NY. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


George Wood Armstrong was born September 10, 1837, in Lansdowne, Leeds Co., Upper Canada.

Mary A. Unknown born March, 1841, in Canada.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on August 1, 1850, shows Thos. Feavel (age 33) born in England, is living in the 3rd Ward, City of Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him are: Elenor Feavel (age 22) born in Canada, a Laborer; Wm. Feavel (age 1) born in  New York; Abel Paige (age 50) born in Vermont, a Laborer; Dorcas Paige (age 52) born in Canada; Mary Armstrong (age 48) born in Canada; Hulda Paige (age 15) born in Canada; Elizabeth Paige (age 9) born in Canada; James Armstrong (age 8) born in Canada; and Geo. Armstrong (age 14) born in Canada.

The 1855 New York State Census for the Town of Hannibal, Oswego Co., NY, shows Samuel B. Armstrong (age 39) born in Canada, is a widowed Farmer, and having lived in this town for one year, and living in a Frame house. Living with him are: his son, Richard Armstrong (age 7) born in Oswego Co., NY; his son, George Armstrong (age 5) born in Jefferson Co., NY; his widowed mother, Mary Armstrong (age 55) born in Canada; his brother, George Armstrong (age 19) born in Canada, an unmarried Labourer; his brother, James A. Armstrong (age 12) born in Canada; and his adopted sister, Jane Armstrong (age 3) born in Oswego Co., NY.

George Wood Armstrong and Mary A. Unknown were married 1859 in Unknown.

Orlie Ada Armstrong was born February, 1859, in Virginia.

George Wood Armstrong enlisted March 17, 1865, as a Private in Company D, 193rd New York Infantry, and was discharged January 18, 1866, with a length of service of 10 months and 1 day.

The 1865 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1865, shows George W. Armstrong (age 26) born in Canada, is a married Farmer, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is his wife, Mary A. Armstrong (age 25) born in Canada.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 27, 1870, shows G. W. Armstrong (age 35) born in Canada, and with a mother of foreign birth, and with Real Estate of $800 and Personal Estate of $200 is a married Farmer, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is his wife, Mary A. Armstrong (age 28) born in Canada to New York and Canada-born parents, and with a mother of foreign birth, who is Keeping House.

The 1875 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1875, shows George Armstrong (age 39) born in Canada, is a married Farmer, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him are: his wife, Mary Armstrong (age 32) born in Canada; and his mother, Mary Armstrong (age 76) born in Canada.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1880, shows George Armstrong (age 43) born in Canada to New York and Canada-born parents, is a married Pedlar, and who owns his farm with a mortgage, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is his wife, Mary Armstrong (age 39) born in Canada to New York and Canada-born parents.

On Sunday, May 24, 1885, Armstrong Orlie had an unclaimed letter in the Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, post office.

William M. Thompson and Orlie Ada Armstrong were married July 12, 1887, in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY.

Orlie M. Thompson (sex Unknown) was born June 3, 1889, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ.

William Mahon Thompson Jr. was born July 17, 1891, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ.

The 1892 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1892, shows George W. Armstrong (age 55) born in Canada, is a Farmer, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is Mary A. Armstrong (age 57) born in Canada.

Ralph M. Thompson was born October 16, 1892, in Newark, Essex Co., NJ.


The Middleton Daily Argus, Middletown, NY, Tuesday, February 28, 1899

Claims Lot of Property.

LYONS, N. Y., Feb. 28. - George W. Armstrong, living near Oswego, lays claim as one of the heirs of Captain John Wood of Revolutionary fame to 1,800 acres of choice farming land In Sterling, Cayuga county, and Wolcott and Butler, Wayne county, under letters patent issued to Captain Wood Jan. 16, 1797. The property Is assessed at $50,000 and is worth three times that sum. Captain Wood served in the Revolutionary army. He was captured and taken prisoner to Quebec. After returning he found his family gone to Canada. He never had letters patent recorded except at Albany, Jan. 26, 1795. Armstrong claims he is one 43 heirs. He has had the letters patent recorded in Wayne and Cayuga counties and had the constable notify the Cayuga parties living on the land to remove within 30 days. A long legal fight is contemplated.


The New York Times, New York, NY, Tuesday, February 28, 1899

CLAIMS RICH FARM LANDS.

Probable Contest Over Property in Cayuga and Wayne Counties.

LYONS, N. Y., Feb. 27. - George W. Armstrong, living near Oswego, lays claim as one of the heirs of Captain John Wood of Revolutionary fame to1,800 acres of choice farming land in Sterling, Cayuga county, and Wolcott and Butler, Wayne County, under letters patent issued to Captain Wood on Jan. 16, 1797. The property Is assessed at $50,000 and is said to worth three times that sum. Capt. Wood served in the Revolutionary army. He was taken as a prisoner to Quebec. After returning he found his family had gone to Canada. He never had the letters patent recorded except at Albany, on Jan. 26, 1795. Armstrong claims that he is one forty-three heirs. He has had the letters patent recorded in Wayne and Cayuga Counties and had a constable notify the persons living on the land to remove within thirty days. A long legal fight is expected.


The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, Wednesday, March 1, 1899

WAYNE.

Owners of Twelve Hundred Acres Land Very Much Worried.

Upon the outcome of action now in progress in Cayuga county, hangs the fate of a large number of property holders in the towns of Wolcott and Butler, in Wayne county, who have for years held undisputed title to the farms and homes they occupy, many of them holding by inheritance from father and grandfather. George W. Armstrong, residing near Oswego, in behalf of himself and forty-two other persons claiming to be descendants of one Captain John Wood, of Revolutionary fame, it is feared, is about to lay claim to 600 acres of the best land in the town of Wolcott and 600 acres in the town of Butler, by virtue of letters patent granted January 16, 1795. The grant was for 1,800 acres, including 600 acres in the town of Sterling, in Cayuga county, which adjoins Wolcott and Butler. Upon the last mentioned parcel proceedings have already been begun. Captain John Wood was taken prisoner by the British during the Revolution and was confined in a Quebec prison four years. During his absence his family forsook the old home near Boston and crossed the border to reside in Canada. At the close of the war Captain Wood was granted letters patent which stand recorded in book No. 8 of military patents, page 276, January 26. 1795. The grant bears the signature of Governor George Clinton, and attested by Robert Harpur, deputy secretary of state. 'The document has recently been recorded in the Wayne county clerk's office. Last Friday constables served notice upon each of the several holders of the 600 acres in Cayuga county, ordering them to vacate within thirty days or show cause. No action has as yet been instituted in Wayne county. It is possible that a test will first be made in Cayuga county. The Wayne county lands involved is valued at $100,000. Mr. Armstrong, the claimant, is well backed by funds and counsel.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1900, shows Helen A. Brown (age 30) born March, 1870, in New York to New York and Virginia-born parents, is an unmarried Farmer, and who owns her farm with a mortgage, and is living in Oswego Twp., Oswego Co., NY. Living with her are: her widowed grandmother, Car Brown (age 88) born September, 1811, in New York to New York-born parents, and with none of the 3 children born to her still alive; her nephew, Wm. Thompson Jr. (age 9) born July, 1890, in New Jersey to New Jersey-born parents; an unmarried Boarder, Henery Williams (age 38) born December, 1861, in New York to New York-born parents, a Farm Laborer; and a widowed female Servant, E. A. Wright (age 75) born July, 1824, in New York to New York-born parents, and with 1 of the 5 children born to her still alive, a House Keeper.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900, shows Orlie A. Thompson (age 38) born February, 1862, in Virginia to United States-born parents, and married for 13 years, and with 1 of the 3 children born to her still alive, is a married Girls' Night Watch Servant, and is living at the New York Juvenile Asylum, 4th Ward, Manhattan Borough, New York Co., NY.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 29, 1900, shows George Armstrong (age 60) born January, 1840, in Canada to New York-born parents, and having immigrated in 1852, and a Naturalized Citizen, is a married Farmer, and who owns his farm with a mortgage, and is living in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is his childless wife, Mary A. Armstrong (age 59) born March, 1841, in Canada to New York and Ireland-born parents, and having immigrated in 1852.

The 1904 Oswego, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Thompson Orlie widow William h 38 W Third

Mary A. (Unknown) Armstrong died May 23, 1904, in Granby, Oswego Co., NY, at age 63. Buried in Lewis Cemetery, Granby, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1905 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows George W. Armstrong (age 67) born in the United States, is a Head of Household Farmer, and is living on Brown Road, Oswego, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1905 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Orlie A. Thompson (age 46) born in the United States, is a female Head of Household Teacher, and is living at 38 3rd Street, 1st Ward, City of Oswego, Oswego Co., NY. Living with her is her son, Wm. M. Thompson (age 14) born in the United States.

The 1906 Oswego, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Thompson Orlie widow William h 38 W Third

George Wood Armstrong and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) Thompson were married May 9, 1907, in Oswego Co., NY.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 25, 1910, shows George Armstrong (age 69) born in New York to Canada-born parents, and in his 2nd marriage, is a married General Farm Farmer, and is living on Oswego Road, Granby, Oswego Co., NY. Living with him is his wife, Unknown Armstrong (age 40) born in Unknown, and in her 1st marriage.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1910, shows Orlie A. Armstrong (age 50) born in Virginia to New York and Virginia-born parents, is a widowed Head of Household, and with 2 marriages, and with 1 of the 3 children born to her still alive, is renting her house, and is living at 235 Detroit Street, 10th Ward, City of Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN. Living with her is her unmarried son, William Mahon (age 20) born in New Jersey to New York and Virginia-born parents, a General Painting Painter.

George Wood Armstrong and Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong were divorced 1907 - 1910 in Oswego Co., NY.

The 1910 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, widow George W, mill opr, h 501 W Broadway


           

Four Armstrong relatives, left to right: Clarissa H. (Armstrong) Griswold, Samuel Bolton Armstrong, George Wood Armstrong, and Charles "Charley" Griswold. Taken before 1917. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan, who found this photo among the effects of her great-grandmother, Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson.


Four Armstrong relatives: back row, left to right: Clarissa H. (Armstrong) Griswold, and Charles "Charley" Griswold. Front row: Samuel Bolton Armstrong. Taken before 1917. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan, who found this photo among the effects of her great-grandmother, Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson.


The Baraboo Weekly News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, October 19, 1911

Property Sold.

Mrs. P. Bary has sold her property to George Armstrong of Canada. Mr. Armstrong has retired and comes to Baraboo to reside.


The Baraboo Weekly News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, November 2, 1911

RECENT TRANSFERS IN REAL ESTATE

Land Exchanges Filed With Register of Deeds at Courthouse.

Patrick Barry to G. W. Armstrong, land in Baraboo; $1100.


The 1912 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, widow William M, Nurse, h 213 S Fifth.

The 1912 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong William M, weaver, res 213 S Fifth.


The Baraboo Weekly News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, June 12, 1913

Tuesday

G. W. Armstrong has gone to Cornevell, Canada, where he will spend a few months visiting.


William Mahon Thompson and Ethyl May Fink were married May 23, 1913, in Oswego, Oswego Co., NY.


   

William Mahon Thompson and Ethyl May Fink marriage records. Please note that Mrs. Orlie Armstrong was one of the witnesses to this marriage.


The 1914 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, widow William M, paper wkr, h 260 S Fifth

The 1915 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1915, shows Orlie A. Armstrong (age 56) born in the United States, is the Head of Household who Does Housework, and is living at 60 South 5th, 4th Ward, Volney, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1916 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, wid William M, paper wkr, h 260 S Fifth

Clarissa H. (Armstrong) Griswold died May 13, 1917, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 78. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The Baraboo Weekly News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, May 17, 1917

Obituary

Mrs. Clarissa Griswold

Mrs. Clarissa Armstrong Griswold, wife of the late Luther Griswold, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert B. Ellis, on the South Side. Deceased was born in Canada 78 years ago. She leaves two daughters and one son: Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Arthur Hewitt and L. Griswold, all of Baraboo, and two brothers, George Armstrong of Packwaukee and Samuel Armstrong of Superior. Funeral services Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Ellis home and a 2 o'clock at the Seventh Day Adventist church.


The Baraboo Weekly News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, May 31, 1917

Mrs. Clarissa Griswold

Mrs. Clarissa Armstrong Griswold was born in Lambsdown, Ontario, Canada, July 22, 1838. When still a small child she moved with her parents to Ostego, N. Y. After the death of her father she came to Portage with her uncle, Colonel Hotchkiss, to live. She was married to Luther Griswold at Portage in 1855. Then came to Baraboo, making her home on a farm west of the city. She was a member of the Baptist church for years. In late years she had attended the Seventh Day Adventist church. After a long illness of three months she passed away on May 13 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Ellis. Her granddaughter, Erna Ellis, a trained nurse, was with her during her illness. She leaves two daughters and one son, Mrs. Albert Ellis, Mrs. Arthur Hewitt and L. Griswold; three brothers, Samuel Armstrong, Superior, George of Packwaukee, and James of Menetto, N. Y.; twenty two grandchildren and twenty-eight great grandchildren.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Wednesday, May 7, 1919

NEARING CENTURY MARK

S. B. Armstrong and daughter, Mrs. Chas. Abbey, former residents of Milladore, were guests at J. L. Roy's home the first of the week while enroute from Packwaukee to Superior at which latter place they will make their future home. Mr. Armstrong has reached the advanced age of 97 years but he is still active both mentally and physically. His brother at Packwaukee, with whom he spent the winter, is 85 years old.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 16, 1920, shows Orlie A. Armstrong (age 60) born in Virginia to United States-born parents, is a widowed Head of Household Machine Operator at a Paper Mill, and who rents her house, and is living at 309 Erie Court, 6th Ward, City of Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 13, 1920, shows George Armstrong (age 83) born in New York to Canada-born parents, is a widower Head of Household, and who rents his house, and is living on River Road, Minetto, Oswego Co., NY.

George Wood Armstrong died December 13, 1920, in Minetto, Oswego Co., NY, at age 83. Buried in Lewis Cemetery, Granby, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1922 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, wid William M, paper wkr, h 309 Erie

Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong filed for the Civil War Widow's Pension of George Wood Armstrong on September 18, 1922.


Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong's pension record.


The 1923 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie A, wid William M, paper wkr, h 309 Erie

The 1925 New York State Census taken on June 1, 1925, shows Orlie A. Armstrong (age 66) born in the United States, is a Lodger who works at a Tissue Paper Mill, and is living at 101 Cayuga Street, 5th Ward, City of Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1927 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie Mrs, winder, r 107 Cayuga

The 1928 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie Mrs, winder, r 107 Cayuga

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1930, shows Orlie A. Armstrong (age 70) born in Virginia to New York and Virginia-born parents, is a widowed Head of Household Laborer at a Paper Mill, and who rents her house for $20/month, and is living at 103 Cayuga Street, 5th Ward, City of Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.

The 1930 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie Mrs., oper Victoria Paper Mills Co, r 107 Cayuga

The 1932 Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, City Directory shows Armstrong Orlie Mrs, r 107 Cayuga

Orlie Ada (Armstrong) (Thompson) Armstrong died November 8, 1933, in Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, at age 83. Buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.

William Mahon Thompson died November 10, 1954, at his home, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, at age 63. Buried in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY.


The Fulton Patriot, Fulton, Oswego Co., NY, Thursday, November 18, 1954

WILLIAM H. THOMPSON

William H. Thompson of 507 S. Fifth St., died Wednesday, Nov. 10, at his home following a short illness. A native of Newark, N.J., Mr. Thompson had resided in Fulton most of his life. He had been employed at the Metzer machine shop, Syracuse. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Thompson; six daughters, Mrs. Donald Wiibie, Mrs. Ernest Wilber and Mrs. Richard Carpenter, Fulton, Mrs. Edson Lamphear of Phoenix, R.D. 1, Mrs. James Crego of Oswego, and Mrs. Betty Siagle of Norwalk, Cal.; and three sons, Richard and Robert Thompson of Fulton and Stuart Thompson of Buffalo. Services were held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Young and Son funeral home ,with the Rev. Webster D. Melcher, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Mount Adnah cemetery
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