Armstrong descendants settled in Antioch

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 27, 2011

The last writing in this column was ended with many of the children and grandchildren of Maximillian Armstrong, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth (Veasey). These ancestors brought this Armstrong family to Alabama in 1818 and settled near Montgomery.  As the years passed, they migrated further south into Lowndes, Butler and Covington Counties. Many of their great grandchildren who were quite numerous will be featured today.

The children of Maximillian Sr.’s son, James W., and Mary Ann (Cleghorn) Armstrong were outlined in last week’s column. Next, a number of their grandchildren and great grandchildren will be presented.

James W. Armstrong’s son, James F. “Jim” Armstrong, and first wife, Patsy Elizabeth (Henderson), had the following grandchildren: Their son, Albert B., and wife, Tish Ann (Whitehead), daughter of Margaret Henderson, were first cousins. They lived in the Bullock community and reared the following children: Silvaney, b. 1897, d. 1980, m. E. J. Harrelson; Mary E. “Lizzie,” b. 1899, m. E.D. Harrelson; Melissa, b. 1902; Jessie, b. 1905, d. 1980, m. Ina Marler; Irvin, b. 1909, m. Lois Pope; Bonnie, b. 1911, m. Vanial Nalson; Ivy, b. 1913, m. Sybil Codeal Brown; and Winston, b. 1918, m. Lucille Rogers.

James W.’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Armstrong, and first husband, Willis S. Jackson, had the following children: Lizzie, b. 1900, m. Quitman Finney; Lee Fayte, b. 1903, m. Mary Hoyle; and James Henry “Jim,” b. 1906, m. Hollie Augusta Johnson. Mary Elizabeth and her second husband, Hiram Finey, had one daughter, May Bell, b. 1916, m. Roy Johnson “Claude” Colley.

James W.’s daughter, Margarette E. “Gennie” Armstrong, and her first husband, Thomas R. “Jack” Chesser, had one son, Thomas Jefferson “Tommy,” b. 1903, d. 1970s, m. Jewel E. Welch. Margarette and her second husband, Jim Hart, had a daughter, Lizzie Pear, b. 1914, d. 1942, m. Cubie Burgans.

James W.’s son, Simeon L. “Dock,” and his wife, Polly Elmira Odom, had two children who died in infancy: Infant, b.&d. 1902; and Infant, b. 1903, d. 1904.

James W.’s son, Samuel G. Armstrong, and his wife, Morning Henderson, daughter of Sam and Lucretia (Jackson) Henderson, reared the following children: Samuel Harvie, b. 1908, d. 1939, m. Pinkey Burgans; Mittie Mae, b. 1909, m. J.C. Laird (1906-1977); Woodrow, b. 1913, m. Dorthy Garrett; Earlie, b. 1917, d. 1932, single; Ina Fay, b. 1919; and Morgan, b. 1923.

James W.’s son, John Daniel Armstrong, and his first wife, Lula Odom (1892-1955), had the following children: Minnie Lee, b. 1908, d. 1951, m. Jim Burgans; Hobson, b. 1909, m. Verdeen Labossa “Sweet” Armstrong; Clyde, b. 1913, d. 1984; and Fred, b. 1918, d. 1969, m. (1) Irene Beasley (2) Birdie Davis. John Daniel and second wife, Bula Odom, had two children, Ida Mae (Odom), b. 1815, m. Lynn Ledbetter; and Aline, d. 1965, single.

James W.’s son, Jessie M. Armstrong, and wife, Mary Thompson, reared the following children: Lottie Mae “Tot,” b. 1914, d. 1968, m. James Otis Mitchell; James Wilford, b. 1917, m. Mace Lee Sanders; Dorthy “Cleo,” b. 1922, m. Horace Chester Stephens; Louey Gray, b. 1915, m. (1) Walter W. “Kubo: Dunon (2) Ivey B. Williams (3) Clifford S. Gaines (1911-1973); Willie J., b. 1932, m. (1) Louise Carrel (2) Helen Stinson; and Jessie Mack, d. as infant.

James W.’s daughter, Lizer Armstrong, and husband, George Williams had the following children: J.D. b. 1907, d. 1973, m Nina Campbell; Brazil, b. 1914, d. 1984 Ethel Catrett; Eva Mae, b. 1916, m. (1) E.F. Catrett (2) R.C. Wood; and Lillian, b. Joe Wood.

James W.’s daughter, Mellie Armstrong, and her first husband, John Rigdon, had the following children: Infant sons; Lillie Mae, b. 1912, d. 1979, m. Willie Owens; Rosie, b. 1914, d. 1984, m. Paul Tolson; Carlton, b. 1919, d. 1947, m. Matilda ?; Cilton, m. (1) ? (2) ? (3) Rose ? (4) ?; and Lois Ann, b. 1927, m. (1) Howard Whitaker (2) ? Lovejoy. Mellie and her second husband Allen Ingram Adkinson, had one son, J.W.

James W.’s son, James “Jim” Armstrong, was married to Arrie Elizabeth Hall (1899-1973), daughter of L.C. and Nancy (Henderson) Hall. They reared the following children: Elizabeth Pauline “Polly,” b. 1916, single; Nancy Nadine, b.&d. 1920; Myrtice Angline “Topsy,” b. 1921, d. 1929; William Alford, b.&d. 1925; Lural Myrle, b. 1927, d. 1939; Infant, b.&d. 1929; Roxie Demoval “Bob,” b. 1931, m. (1) Farrell Biggs (2) William Edward Biggs; and Janice Jennell “Nell,” b. 1935, m. (1) Robert L. “Runt” Ballard (2) Levi Byrd (1925-1986).

Moving next to James W.’s brother, Melvin Jeter Armstrong and his son, John Thomas Armstrong: John Thomas and his wife, Lonie Dunkin (1874-1957). were both buried in the North Creek Cemetery in the southeast area of Covington County. They reared the following children: Madison Jeter, b. 1890, d. 1966, m. Amzie Maybell Short; Carrie Veola, b. 1891, d. 1924, m. Jack McAdams; Jessie Velma, b. 1893, d. 1985, m. 1909 Daniel Daughtry; John Henry, b. 1896, d. 1970, m. Mary Ida Jeter (1898-1973); William Walter, b. 1898, d. 1980, m. Orene Thomas; I Devaucious, b. 1899, d. 1955, m. Edna Glenn; Marshal Emanuel, b. 1901, d. 1919, single; Marvin Franklin, b. 1903, d. 1989, m. Gladies Perdue; Tessie Rea, b. 1904, d. 1951, m. W. Rufus Hall; Teddie Bea, b. 1906, d. 1949, m . Annie Pearl Sauls; and Beaurie Lee, b. 1908, d. 1974, m. Exa Lee Veasey.

The next generation of this family is represented by the grandchildren of John Thomas and Lonnie Armstrong. The oldest son, Madison Jeter, was married to Amzie Maybell Short, daughter of Daniel Mitchell and Sarah Ellen (Morgan) Short. They moved to Mobile in 1923 where Madison worked for the railroad for seven years and then built houses for five years.  He then started his own house moving business with his sons. Madison and Amzie were both buried in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Covington County.

Madison and Amzie reared the following children: Eva Dorlin “Eva,” b. 1912, m. Joseph William Riedel; Ewell, b. 1915, d. 1919; Dewrell Eshcol, b. 1917, d. 1976, m. Musiola “Boots” Carter; Infant girl, b.&d. 1919; Irpell Reid, b. 1920, m. (1) 1952 Wynette Fowler (2) 1962 Blanch Howard; and Carmy Akron, b. 1927, m. Joann Mosley.

John Thomas’s daughter, Carrie Viola Armstrong, had two children by her first husband, Jack McAdams, before his death: Winfred Richard, b. 1915, m. Vera Belle Cook; and Letha Pearl, b. 1918, d. 1971, m. Otis Cook.

Additional genealogy of this family is available in the book compiled by a descendant, Demoval “Bobbie” (Armstrong) Biggs, whose work was the source for this writing. Again, appreciation is expressed to Betty (LeMarchand) for sharing her family records.

Anyone who might have any correction to the above information is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or email: