ARMSTRONG, John, of Hunterdon Co NJ

John Armstrong Sr was born near Princeton, New Jersey, say 1767 or later,[1] the son of Martin and Elizabeth Armstrong. He died soon after writing his will 5 Feb 1808, in Maidenhead Twp, Hunterdon Co NJ.[2]

            John Jr was born between 6 Sep 1792 and 5 Sep 1793, a minor at the time of the writing of his father’s will, although census data indicates a birth before 1790. Documents refer to the son of John Armstrong Sr and Barshaba (Colemen) Moore, but imply there was no marriage.

            Barshaba was born 7 Sep 1759, daughter of John Coleman of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co NJ.[3] She was married ca 1785 to Nathaniel Moore; their two children were Sarah, born 29 Jun 1786, and David, born 21 Jan 1788. Nathaniel Moore died about the time of his second child’s birth, as Barshaba’s son John Armstrong was born within a year or two of David’s birth.[4] She died about 1795 in New Jersey.[5]

            No records of John’s life have been found except his will and John Coleman’s. He may have been one of the two or more John Armstrongs on Somerset Co NJ tax lists 1784-1796.

A trespass lawsuit was ordered; it is still pending after more than a year.

            John Armstrong and Barshaba (Coleman) Moore had the following child:

            1. John ARMSTRONG was born between 6 Sep 1792 and 5 Sep 1793 in NJ. John died in Grand River, Ontario, in 1852. 1820 census: Genesee Co NY, Caledonia Twp, page 105: John Armstrong, 100010/101000/1 [b 1775-1795]. 1830 census: Livingston Co NY, Caledonia Twp, p 175: John Armstrong, 001001/212001 [b 1780-1790]. 1840 census: Fulton Co IL, Burkheart Twp, p 259: John Armstrong , 01001001/0113001 [b 1780-1790]. 1850 census: Fulton Co IL, town of Canton, page 14, lines 8-10.

On 4 Mar 1817 when John was 26, he married Mary BARRON, daughter of William BARRON & Margery WILKINSON, in Ontario Co NY. Born in 1801 in NY, Mary died in Clayton Co IA, in 1879. They had the following children:

            i.            Mary (1817-1893)

            ii.            John Jr (1819-1890)

            iii.            Harriet (~1821-1880)

            iv.            Matilda (1822-1853)

            v.            Margery Ann (~1829-ca 1848)

            vi.            Rebecca (~1832-1880)

            vii.            William B (~1832-1850)

© Kathy Alvis Patterson 2008


[1] His age is estimated, based on older brothers who served in the American Revolution, George, born 1761, and James, born 1763, and sisters Amy and Ann, born 1765 and 1769.

[2] The will of John Armstrong (1808, Feb. 5) of Maidenhead Twp, Hunterdon Co NJ mentions the estate of his father, Martin Armstrong. Also, John Armstrong mentions his son, John Armstrong (son of Barsheba Moore), real and residue of personal estate. Said son to be educated by Dr. James Agnew, his Guardian. Inventory was made by James Coleman and William Baker. John Armstrong Jr was thus the son of John Armstrong son of Martin Armstrong and the son of Barsheba Moore who was the daughter of John Coleman and widow of Nathaniel Moore.

[3] Burlington Co NJ Probate Records of Surrogate’s Court; John Coleman, Will: “In the name of God Amen I John Coleman Senr of the township of Nottingham County of Burlington State of New Jersey being of Sound mind and Memory do make and publish this for my Last Will and testament this 19th day of October in the year of our Lord 1802——–

First I will That all my Just Debts and funnarl Charges be paid as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease by my Executors Hereafter Named—Second I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Coleman A Certain Bond I Hold Against him Bearing date the 9th day of August in the year 1799 for the Sum of $437.81 Which bond I Define to be given up to my Son William Coleman as Soon as may be Convenient after my Desease By my Executors hereafter Named with all the Interest That may be Due at the time of my Disease—Third I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson John Coleman Son of William Coleman the Sum of 20 pounds Which Sum I Order my Executors to put to Interest for his use as Soon as may be Convenient for them after my disease On Surity as they Shall think fit and Safe tell he arrives to the age of 21 years then to pay him the Interest and principal but if he should Die before he arrives to the age of 21 then his Legacy to be paid to my Grandson William Coleman Son of William Coleman when he Arives to the Age of 21 years with all the Interest that may be Due at that time—Fourth I Give and Bequeath to my 2 GrandChildren David More And Sarah More the Sum of 20 pounds to each of them to be put to Interest for their use by my Executors Hereafter named till they arive to their Several Ages that is to David when he arives to age of 21 and to Sarah when She arives to the age of 18 then to be paid to them by my Executors Hereafter named with all the Interest that my be due at that time but If they or Either of them Should happen to die Before they arive to the above Mentioned Ages then in that Case it is my will that their Legacy or Legacies Shall be paid to their half Brother Called John Armstrong together with all the Interest that my be Due on the above Legacies at that time by my Executors here after named—F[ou]rth I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Barshabas Son Called John Armstrong the Sum of 20 Pounds to be put to Interest for his use by my Executors hereafter named till he arives to the age of 21 then to be paid to him with all the Interest that may be due at that time but if he should happen to die before he arives to the age of 21 then in that Case it is my will that his Legacy Be paid to his half Brother and Sister David More and Sarah More with all the Interest that may be due at that time Shear and Shear alike—Sixth I Give and Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Hettee Coleman Daughter of Jesse Coleman one Chest of Drawers now in my possession to be give up to her father by my Executors hereafter named to be kept by him tell She arives to the age of 18 But if She Should die before She arives then to be given to her next oldest Sister—Seventh I Give and Bequeath to heirs of my son James Coleman the Sum of 5 Shillings to each of them to be paid by my Executors hereafter named–Eighth I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jesse Coleman all the Lands and tennemants that I now hold to him his Heirs and Assigns forever to have imediate Possession after my Disease with the Conssideration of paying Such Sertain Legacies that is 100 pounds to My Son John Coleman and 100 pound to my Son David Coleman to them their heirs or Assigns in one year after my Disease–Ninth I Give and Bequeath unto Margry Stackhouse the Sum of 60 pounds to be paid to her as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease By my Executors hereafter named but if She Should die before my Disease then her Legacy to be paid to her daugher Sarah Stackhouse-Tenth I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson Gumley Coleman Son of Jesse A Certain pair of Silver Buckels that I now Commonly wore for his own—Eleventh I give and Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Eleday Coleman Daugher of Mahlon Coleman a small trunk that is now in my house for her own—Twelvth I Give and Bequeath to my Daugher Rhoda Printy the Sum of 5 Shillings Besides what I have already Given her—thirteenth I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Mahlon Coleman the Sum of 5 Shillings over and above what I have already Given him—Fourteenth I Give to Margery Stackhouse one little Wheal tea Cittle tea pot and Coffe pot for her own—Fifteenth as for my personal Estate It is my will that my Executors hereafter named do Sell at Public Vendue or other ways to the Best Advatage as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease—I do hereby Constitute and Appoint My 2 Respectful friends William West and William Foord My Executors to fulfill and Execute this my last will and testament.”

Witnesses: David Lee (signed) John Coleman  Nasshtali Storcetee(?) [Note that there is a seal] William Lee

[4] Banta Family Notes at Ancestry.com. Nathaniel and Julia Banta Moore Bible. 1880 census Evans Twp, Marshall Co IL, he was 92 years old, retired tailor, both he and parents born in NJ. David and sons Samuel, Nathaniel and David Jr were all listed in Preble Co OH in 1850.

[5] No documentation found for this.

 

 

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