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Jacob Riley Armstrong

Male 1861 - 1929  (68 years)

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  • Name Jacob Riley Armstrong  [1, 2
    Born 10 Feb 1861  Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 3FB4-DM 
    Died 17 Feb 1929  Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Feb 1929  Saint Paul Cemetery, Thorn, Pendleton, WV, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1486  My Family Tree | Armstrong-Bird
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2015 

    Father Eli Armstrong,   b. 18 May 1835, Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1883, St. Paul Cemetery, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" Bodkin,   b. 1 Jul 1840, Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1909, Mount Solon, Augusta, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1860  Highland, Highland, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F508  Group Sheet

    Family Hannah Catherine Simmons,   b. 20 Jan 1860, Sugar Grove, Pendleton, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1945, Bridgewater, Rockingham, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1881  Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • They were married by Rev. A. H. Kahn.JHA7//1/2004.
    Children 
     1. Charles A. Armstrong,   b. 8 Aug 1882, Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1893, St. Paul Cemetery, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     2. Mary Alice Armstrong,   b. 7 Feb 1884, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1960, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Leah Elizabeth Armstrong,   b. 12 Oct 1885, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1977  (Age 91 years)
    +4. David Eli Armstrong,   b. 24 Aug 1887, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1942, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     5. Viola Frances Armstrong,   b. 30 Oct 1889, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1989, Franklin, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
     6. Mattie Armstrong, Twin,   b. 15 Dec 1890, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1977, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Hattie Armstrong, Twin,   b. 15 Dec 1890, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1891, St. Paul Cemetery, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Phoebe Mae Armstrong,   b. 19 Sep 1892, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1973, Edison, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Berlin Lewis Armstrong,   b. 3 Sep 1894, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1972, Mc Dowell, Highland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     10. Louie Jane Armstrong,   b. 24 Nov 1895, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1997, Franklin, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)
     11. Fannie B. Armstrong,   b. 31 Aug 1897, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1907, St. Paul Cemetery, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     12. Luther Riley Armstrong,   b. 28 Jun 1899, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1969, Lewiston, Montmorency, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     13. Clara Mabel Armstrong,   b. 15 Mar 1902, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1920, St. Paul Cemetery, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    +14. Dice Samuel Armstrong,   b. 25 Jan 1905, Moyers, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1996, Mapleton, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1861 - Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1881 - Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Feb 1929 - Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Feb 1929 - Saint Paul Cemetery, Thorn, Pendleton, WV, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    J. Riley Armstrong
    J. Riley Armstrong
    St. Paul's Cemetery
    St. Paul's Cemetery
    J. Riley and Hannah C. Armstrong are buried here. The large head stone in the middle is theirs.
    Jacob Riley with his son Dice S. Armstrong with St. Paul's Lutheran congregation about 1912
    Jacob Riley with his son Dice S. Armstrong with St. Paul's Lutheran congregation about 1912
    Dice s. Armstrong: Center with knickers and cap and his father 2 to the right, holding hat, hands crossed.

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church was moved from this location (southeast corner of the cemetery, 38.466575,-79.404494) in this photograph in 1938 to its present location.

    Documents
    1870 Us Federal Census Record for Sugar Grove Township, Pendleton County, West Virginia enumerated 4 August 1870
    1870 Us Federal Census Record for Sugar Grove Township, Pendleton County, West Virginia enumerated 4 August 1870
    Armstrong, Eli, 38, works on farm
    Elizabeth 38, keeping house
    Riley 9
    Mary A 7 (family records show name as Polly Anne)
    Sarah 5
    William 3
    Jacob H 1 (family records show name as James Harvey)
    1880 United States Federal for Stonewall, Highland, Virginia
    1880 United States Federal for Stonewall, Highland, Virginia
    Household as listed: (record is difficult to read but lists Jacob R. Armstrong and Polly as a cousin of the head of household)
    Jos H. Armstrong 34
    Mary M. Armstrong 25
    Peter H. Armstrong 4
    Magdalene J. Armstrong 2
    Jacob H. Armstrong 4m
    Jacob R. Armstrong 19
    Polly Ann Armstrong 18
    Jane Wolfenbarger 39
    Joel C. Wolfenbarger 8
    Register of Marriage 1881 Pendleton, West Virginia
    Register of Marriage 1881 Pendleton, West Virginia
    #20 Dec. 25, 1881 Jacob R Armstrong and Hannah C. Simmons Married
    Jacob at the age of 20 and Hannah at the age of 21. Marriage in Pendleton.
    1900 United States Federal Census for Sugar Grove, Pendleton County, West Virginia
    1900 United States Federal Census for Sugar Grove, Pendleton County, West Virginia
    Household listed:
    Jacob R Armstrong 40
    Hannah C Armstrong 40
    Mary A Armstrong 16
    Leah E Armstrong 14
    David E Armstrong 12
    Viola F Armstrong 10
    Mattie Armstrong 9
    Phoebe M Armstrong 7
    Berlin L Armstrong 5
    Louie J Armstrong 4
    Fannie B Armstrong 2
    Luther R Armstrong 4
    1910 United States Census of Pendleton County, West Virgina
    1910 United States Census of Pendleton County, West Virgina
    Household as listed:
    Jacob R Armstrong 50
    Hannah C Armstrong 50
    Mary A Armstrong 26
    Leah E Armstrong 24
    David Armstrong 22
    Viola F Armstrong 20
    Mattie Armstrong 19
    Phoebe M Armstrong 17
    Berlin L Armstrong 15
    Louie J Armstrong 14
    Luther R Armstrong 10
    Clara M Armstrong 8
    Dice S Armstrong 5
    1920 United States Federal Census for Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia
    1920 United States Federal Census for Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia
    Household as listed:
    Jacob R Armstrong 58
    Hannah C Armstrong 58
    Berlin L Armstrong 25
    Mabel C Armstrong 17
    Luther R Armstrong 19
    Dice S Armstrong 14
    Phoebe M Armstrong 27
    U,S. Appointment of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 for J Riley Armstrong
    U,S. Appointment of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 for J Riley Armstrong
    J Riley Armstrong appointed for Tressel the U.S. Postmaster 14 July 1899
    Appointment to U,S, Postmaster of United States
    Appointment to U,S, Postmaster of United States
    Appointed to be Postmaster for Tressel, Virginia for 2nd time.
    Jacob Riley and Hannah Catherine Armstrong
    Jacob Riley and Hannah Catherine Armstrong
    Brief insight into their life together.
    Death Certificate
    Death Certificate
    Jacob R. Armstrong died 17 Feb. 1929
    Father: Ely Armstrong
    Mother: Elizabeth Botkin
    Wife: Hanna Catherine Armstrong
    Will
    Will

    Headstones
    Headstone of Jacob Riley and Hannah C. Armstrong
    Headstone of Jacob Riley and Hannah C. Armstrong
    Find A Grave Memorial# 95621050
    Find A Grave Memorial# 95622222

  • Notes 
    • Photo of J. Riley late in life. Photo of St. Paul's Lutheran Church located on grandfather's Dove Place. Their final resting place is in the cemetery just to the right-along with some of my Uncles and Aunts and others that I love very much and will be seeing soon, including my little brother-John Dice.JHA1/13/2003

      1-12-3-1 JACOB RILEY ARMSTRONG 11231 JACOB RILEY ARMSTRONG
      b. 2/10/1861 Sugar Grove, Pendleton Co. Va.
      d. 2/17/1929 In hospital at Staunton, Va.
      Bur: St. Pauls Luthern Church Cemetery,
      Moyers, Pendleton, Co. W. Va.
      m. 12/25/1881 Hannah Catherine Simmons
      b. 1/20/1860 Sugar Grove, W.Va.
      d. 7/6/1945 Bridgewater, Va.
      Parents: David and Leah (Crummett) Simmons
      Bur: St. Pauls Luthern Church Cemetery
      Moyers, Pendleton, Co. W. Va.

      Jacob Riley Armstrong was born Feb. 10, 1861, the first child of Eli and Elizabeth Ann (Bodkin) Armstrong. He was a country boy who learned to work for a living. He had very little schooling but was an avid reader and became a self educatn of sound judgement, whose advice was sought often by his many friends. In addition to farming activities, he was interested in community affairs and he held many public offices. He served several terms as Pendleton County Commissioner and one term in the West Virginia State Legislature. He married Hannah Catherine Simmons on Dec. 25, 1881, and they purchased a small tract of land on Thorn Mountain about 4 miles south of Moyers, W. Va. By hard work and good management they somehow managed to eke out a living and reared a large family of 14 children. The children were taught the importance of hard work, dependability, honesty and thrift.
      J. Riley Armstrong died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He and Hannah are buried at St. Pauls Cemetery, Moyers, W. Va.

      CHILDREN OF J. RILEY AND HANNAH (SIMMONS) ARMSTRONG 1-12-3-1-1 Charles A. Armstrong ------ 1882-1893 1-12-3-1-2 Mary Alice Armstrong ------ 1884-1960 1-12-3-1-3 Leah Elizabeth Armstrong -- 1885-1977 1-12-3-1-4 David Eli Armg ------- 1887-1942 1-12-3-1-5 Viola Francis Armstrong --- 1889-1989 1-12-3-1-6 Mattie Armstrong ---------- 1890-1978 1-12-3-1-7 Hattie Armstrong ---------- 1890-1891 1-12-3-1-8 Phoeba Mae Armstrong ------ 1892-1973 1-12-3-1-9 Berlin Lewis Armstrong ---- 1894-1972 1-12-3-1-10 Louie Jane Armstrong ------ 1895-1997 1-12-3-1-11 Fannie B. Armstrong ------- 1897-1907 1-12-3-1-12 Luther Riley Armstrong ---- 1899-1969 1-12-3-1-13 Clara Mable Armstrong ----- 1902-1920 1-12-3-1-14 Dice Samuel Armstrong ----- 1905-1996
      ************

      NOTE: This information was copied from the notes given to me by Dice Armstrong at the 1985 Eli Armstrong Family Reunion.

      JACOB RILEY ARMSTRONG

      Jacob Riley Armstrong was the first child of Eli and Elizabeth Ann (Bodkin) Armstrong. He was born at Sugar Grove, Pendleton Co. West Virginia, on February 10, l861.
      J. Riley was a country boy who learned to work for a living, being taught by his father, who was considered to be one of the abelest workers and strongest men of that section.
      J. Riley had very little schooling but was an avid reader and became a self educated man of sound judgement, whose advice was sought often by his many friends. He was what we call a self made man and in addition to farming activities, wasested in community affairs.
      J. Riley Armstrong married Hannah Catherine Simmons on December 25, 1881. She was born January 20, 1860, at Sugar Grove, West Virginia.
      Riley and Hannah purchased a small tract of land on Thorn Mountain about 4 miles south of Moyers, W. Va. By hard work and good management they somehow managed to eke out a living and reared a large family of 14 children. The children wereght the importance of work, dependability, honesty and thrift. Four of their children passed away at a tender age and the other ten lived to become useful, hard working dependable citizens, who were successful in their chosen fields.
      In addition to farming J. Riley was interested in community affairs. He served several terms as Pendleton County Commissioner and one term in the West Virginia State Legislature.
      After a successful life J. Riley Armstrong passed away February 17, 1929 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident which happened on Shenandoah Mountain, caused by icy road conditions.
      About his mother, Dice wrote: She loved the Lord with all her heart and was a true servant to all. She passed away July 6, 1945. **********

      NOTE: This information was copied from a newspaper clipping.

      Hon. J. Riley Armstrong Dies
      From Injuries in Auto Wreck

      A great shock was felt thoughtout the county when the sad news was received that Hon. J. Riley Armstrong had died from injuries received in an automobile wreck on Sunday afternoon when on his way from his home at Moyers, this county, to Sta, Virginia.
      Mr. Armstrong left his home Sunday afternoon for Staunton, Virginia, accompanied by his son, David. Not far from The Barrel on the west side of the Shenandoah Mountian, on the Jefferson Highway, a considerable sheet of ice was encounteredh caused the Chevrolet touring car in which they were traveling to slide over the road across a twofoot embankment and down the mountain for 250 feet. There it struck a chestnut tree which caused it to turn entirely over and land on its wheels. In turning the top was mashed and it is thought that the steering wheel crushed the chest of Mr. Armstrong, who was driving. With the assistance of the driver of a car coming from Durbin, Mr. Armstrong in an unconscious condition was hurried to the King's Daughters Hospital in Staunton. Shortly there after he regained consciousness and ask his son if he was hurt, and stated that he didn't think he himself was seriously injured. David then went out to get a lunch and upon returning in about a half hour found his father dead. It was thought that a broken rib had caused a ruptured blood vessel which was the cause of death.
      The body was brought to the home at Moyers on Monday and on account of the members of the family being at considerable distances from the home, funeral arrangements had not been completed on Wednesday.
      Jacob Riley Armstrong, son of the late Eli Armstrong, a Confederate soldier, was born at Sugar Grove, Pendleton County on February l0,1861 and was 68 years and 8 days old, his wife, who survives, was a Miss Simmons, daughter of the late Davmmons, and a sister of Aaron Simmons, of Sugar Grove. He is survived by the following brothers: Jared A., Harvey and Wesley of Doe Hill, Virginia,; William of Mount Solon, Va. and John L. of Harman, W.Va., two sisters, Mrs Martha Crummett, Deerfield, Va. and Mrs. Polly A. Michael, Sangersville, Va. Also ten children survive, Mrs M.A. Howard, Luther R. and Mattie, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Nicholas Toderoff, Buffalo, N.Y., Miss Viola and Miss Elizabeth, Washington, D.C., Miss Louie, Alexandria, Va., Dice, a student at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, Berlin, Doe Hill, Va. and David, at home.
      Mr. Armstrong was a self made man, having received his education from the public schools. Starting at the bottom of the ladder he reared a large family and at the same time by his energy and good judgment acquired considerable property as able to live comfortably in his reclining years. In addition to being one of the successful farmers and stock dealers of the county, he took a lively interest in public affairs and could always be found upholding the law and standing out boldly for law enforcement and the improvement to social and governmental conditions.
      He first served the public by holding the office of Postmaster at Tressel, West Virginia, for ten years; next serving a four years term as constable in his district; later serving two terms as member of the County Court for Sugar Grove Dis; and in the election of 1926 he was chosen a member of the House of Delegates, serving in that capacity for two years, and in his every act striving earnestly and faithfully to do what was best for the people. It will be recalled, to his credit, and showing his fearlessness and independence in voting, that he was one of four members of the House who refused to be stampeded by the Governor's pet road measure and voted to retain the 8020 clause for the allotment of the state road funds among the counties, a provision which was vital to the interests of this county. **********


      NOTE: This information was copied from "The West Virginia
      Heritage Encyclopedia" Volume 1, page 189. (This was written before Jacob Riley's death.)

      ARMSTRONG, J. RILEY (l8611929). Pendleton County Member, House of Delegates, was born at Sugar Grove, the son of a Confederate soldier. He received his education in common schools. He was Postmaster at Tressel, W. Va., for a periodrs; filled the office of Constable for four years and was twice elected to the House of Delegates from Pendleton County. He was elected to the House of Delegates from Pendleton County in 1926, and after the organization of the Legislature in January, 1927, was designated by Speaker Johnson to serve on the following standing committees of the House: Counties and Municipal Corporations, Claims and Grievances, Forestry and Conservation and Medicine and Sanitation.

      ******************** (Thanks again to Janice L. (Armstrong) Nicholas)
    • Death certificate states Jacob's birth as 10 February 1855 so the age at time of death was figured as 74years, 2 months, 7 days. The informant was Berlin L Armstrong.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Fausett/McKee Family History, Robert Bruce Dunbar, Jr.

    2. [S6] New World Immigrants, Tepper, Michael H, ( Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1979).