Genealogy of the Armstrongs

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980  to  1610  A.D.

Hringo, King of Denmark
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Prince Earl Beorn
M. Princess Bera
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Siward Beorn, called Arm Strong, or The Fair or Fairbairn
M.I. Name Unknown            II. Alfleda            III. Godgive, a widow
          |                                                |                           No Record
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          |                                     Waltheorf II
          |                                        Beheaded May 31, 1076
          |                                        by order King William
          |                                     M. Juditha, a niece of
          |                                        William the Conqueror
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          |                                      Matilda, called Maud
          |                                      M. David I, King of
          |                                          Scotland
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I. Osborne - Bulax                      II. A daughter
M. Daughter of Leofric                  name not known
     Earl of Mercia and                  M. King Duncan
     his wife, Godiva                          of Scotland
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              |                    |                      I. Siward
              |                    |                     II. Malcolm Kenmore
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              |                                                               II. Osborne (The Red)
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I. Siward Beorn (The White), 1st Lord of Mangerton
    Alexander Armstrong,        2nd Lord of Mangerton
    Name not known                 3rd Lord of Mangerton
    Archibald Armstrong          4th Lord of Mangerton
    Thomas Armstrong             5th Lord of Mangerton
    Alexander Armstrong         6th Lord of Mangerton
    Thomas Armstrong             7th Lord of Mangerton
     Archibald Armstrong         8th Lord of Mangerton
     Simon Armstrong               9th Lord of Mangerton
    Archibald Armstrong          10th Lord of Mangerton, the last

THE TEN LORDS OF MANGERTON
 
In the genealogical table we have named the ten Lords of
Mangerton, the Lord being the head man or leader of the
family or clan, who lived in the castle called "Mangerton,"
situated in Liddesdale on the Liddal River in Scotland.
 
1st. Siward Beorn (1020-1055)
        A Dane by birth or descent
 
2nd. Alexander Armstrong, called the Young Lord of
          Mangerton
 
3rd. Name not known, (Probably Alexander. See "Chronicles,"
         Page 101, Carnegie Library)
 
4th. Archibald Armstrong
                                                     1. Alexander Armstrong (6th Lord)
5th. Thomas Armstrong        2. John Armstrong of Whithaugh
         15th Century                   3. Ill Will Armstrong of Chingils
                                                     4. George Armstrong of Ailmure
 
                                                         1. Thomas Armstrong (7th Lord)
                                                         2. John Armstrong of Gilnockie
                                                         3. Christopher Armstrong
                                                                  of Langholm
6th. Alexander Armstrong        4. George Armstrong
                                                         5.  Alexander
                                                                  or Andro Armstrong
                                                         6. Robert Armstrong
                                                         7. William Armstrong
 
                                                      1. Archibald Armstrong (8th Lord)
7th. Thomas Armstrong         2. John Armstrong of Tinnisburn
         Died 1548 or 49               3. Richard Armstrong of Dryup
                                                     4. Thomas Armstrong
                                                     5. Simon Armstrong of Tinnisburn
 
8th. Archibald Armstrong        1. Simon Armstrong (9th Lord)
        1548 0r 59-1558                  2. Ninan Armstrong
                                                       3. Rowe Armstrong
 
                                                   1. Archibald Armstrong (10th Lord)
9th. Simon Armstrong          2. Ungle or
         1558-1583                            Hingle Armstrong
                                                   3.  Simon Armstrong of Runchbach
 
10th. Archibald Armstrong
          1583-1610
 
      Archibald Armstrong, the tenth and last Lord of Mangerton,
was proprietor at least as early as 1583 and remained as
the Lord 'till 1610, when he and twenty-four of his followers
were charged with plundering an enemy's property.  They
were ordered to appear before the Council but failed to do so.
      Archibald was put to the horn and was expelled from
his lordship.

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The History of David Armstrong and Sarah Harris

      David Armstrong born in Ireland in 1746, came to America with his parents, Thomas and Isavella, in 1764.  He was married in 1779 to Sarah Harris, born in 1760, a daughter of Roland Harris, who resided at what is now Fort Loudon on the Lincoln Highway, at the foot of Path Valley.  (See Harris History.)
      He purchased 156 acres of land from his father on October 21, 1789.  The deed, witnessed by James and John Armstrong, was recorded in Chambersburg on June 17, 1790.  David and Sarah sold this land on April 6, 1794.  Their address was given as Fannett township.
In 1790 they, with their five children, George, Rebecca, Archibald, Thomas and Roland, migrated to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and located near the present site of Greensburg, where they remained until 1796.  Their sixth child, Mary, was born there.
      In 1795 the father and the two older children, George, age 15, and Rebecca, age 13, left the home east of the Allegheny River and crossed the country westward through the dense forests, where only at long distances a settler's cabin could be seen.  They finally reached a point three miles west of the present town of Slippery Rock, Butler County, Pennsylvania, at the juntion of Wolk Creek and Slippery Rock Creek, where they commenecd the settlement of a 400 acre tract of land.
      During the summer they erected a log cabin, where, in the fall, the two children were left when the father returned to Westmoreland County.  The long winter nights must have been lonesome for these two children, as there were no near neighbors, and the forests in those days were full of wild animals.  Tradition says "the wolves came around the cabin and made the nights hideous with their angry howling."
      Early in the spring of 1796 the remainder of the family came to the new home and succeeded in holding the 400 acres.  Here the four younger children were born.  The family remained together 'till, in the course of events, they were removed, the children by marriage and the parents by death.
      The new home was founded in an unbroken forest and was located on what had been an Indian Camping ground; in fact the Indians were quite numerous and were on friendly terms with the new settlers; they were frequent visitors in the home, one writer has stated "the boys of the family particularly george, mingled with the Indians and became much attached to their customs and manner of life, and frequently joined in the chase with them."
      The forest was full of wild animal life including deer, bears, wolves and panthers in addition to plenty of small game.  One writer tells of a neighbor, Peggy Walker, being chased one evening while riding home from a visit at the Armstrongs; she was startled by the terrific scream of a panther which sprang from the bushes close by the path.  Her horse was frightened and ran, the panther following but was unable to overtake the horse which was the swifter.  She reached home in safety but was nearly overcome by fright.
      We can scarcely visualize the primitive conditions surrounding our ancestors.  They lacked nearly all the ordinary comforts of a home; they were without schools and churches; the roads were only trails through the forest; there were no bridges over the streams; the nearest store where they could procure necessary supplies was Pittsburgh, fifty or more miles away.
      From tradition we learn the children met in some of the homes for private instruction.  The first religious service was held under the trees near the present Presbyterian Church at Plain Grove early in July, 1799, by Rev. Elisha McCurdy, a missionary.  At a second meeting, probably early in September, a movement was made to found a church and select a site for a building which was of logs and about 20 x 30 feet in size with no floor, puncheon seats and windows of oiled linen or of paper.  The church was heated by a large open fireplace; the pulpit was in one corner on a raised platform of puncheon and was also a split log.
      We should ascribe highest praise to our ancestors for their couage in establishing a civilzation under such unfavorable conditions for the record reveals that David Armstrong had a prominent place in the organizing and building of the first church in the community.
      David Armstrong was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, having enlisted in the Cumberland County Militia in 1777 under the command of Col. James Dunlap in capt. Noah Abraham's company.  His record may be found in Pennsylvania Archives Vol.6, Page 86.  He died March 20, 1811; Sarah, his wife, died February 3, 1816.  They are buried in Presbyterian Church cemetery, Plain Grove, Lawrence Co., Penna.  Their family consisted of six sons and four daughters, all married, the following outline shows name, date of birth, death and marriage.
      Somewhere in this list you will find your ancestor.

Family of David and Sarah Harris Armstrong

 
 
George Armstrong  .........................  11-02-1780  ........  08-28-1830
m. 1807 / Elizabeth McCune  ........  03-24-1776  ........  08-04-1848
Rebecca Armstrong  ......................  05-17-1782  ........  01-04-1854
m. 03-10-1806 / Capt. James McCune  ......  5-7-1771  ..  4-6-1825
Archibald Armstrong  .....................  03-06-1785  ........  06-18-1869
m. 10-08-1869 / Elizabeth Wallace  ..  10-08-1788  ....  12-12-1888
Thomas Armstrong  ........................  08-27-1787  ........  04-03-1860
m. 12-18-1824 / Frances Drake  ....  03-22-1800  ........  10-03-1875
Roland Armstrong  ..........................  02-23-1790  ........  05-07-1864
m. 06-16-1816 / Jane Donnel  ........             1794  ........  04-27-1843
Mary Armstrong  ..............................  06-15-1795  ........  04-21-1847
m. 05-25-1820 / Alexander McBride  ..  12-20-1795  ..  10-14-1878
David Armstrong  ............................  03-26-1798  ........  12-31-1840
m. 01-11-1821 / Jane Jack  ............  05-23-1800  ........  07-04-1842
Ann Armstrong  ...............................  08-10-1800  ........  08-19-1848
m. Samuel Jack  ..............................  02-26-1798  ........  04-09-1845
      2 m. / 11-10-1826  ..  Jane Irwin   1-13-1801  ........  04-01-1840
Samuel Armstrong  ........................  01-28-1803  ........  02-20-1853
m. 06-01-1843 / Nancy Robb Loveland  6-1-1843  ..
Elizabeth Armstrong  .....................  01-06-1807  ........  04-07-1888
m. 12-31-1829 / William McNees  .  01-11-1807  ........  04-12-1856

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The preceeding information is from
 
History of the Armstrong Family - 1939
Higginson Book Company
ISBN 0-8328-3637-0
Armstrong Family

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