Armstong  Cemetery

A PRIVATE family burial ground 

Italy Hollow, Yates Co., NY

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ARMSTRONG, Margaret

born abt 1770; died bet 1810- 1817; wife of Archibald; nee PORTER    

 

from the History & Directory of Yates Co., Vol 1, Pub 1873, by Stafford C. Cleveland  page 385

Archibald ARMSTRONG settled in this hollow in 1794, on lot No. 11 of the North Survey, or northeast section and resided there till 1817, when he sold to Philander WOODWORTH and moved to Middlesex. He belonged to the advance guard of civilization, and was in some respects a rough character.  Owing to his great physical strength, he was seldom worsted in his pugilistic contests, which were very frequent, and gave him the name of the “Old Algerine.”  His brother in law, Alexander PORTER, was however, sometimes able to thrash him very soundly, and no doubt with salutary effect.  

ARMSTRONG was of Scotch descent, and was very familiar with the Indians, understanding their language perfectly, and speaking it fluently.  His wife (Archibald's) was buried in the orchard on the farm of which he settled in Italy Hollow, and her grave is still enclosed with a picket fence.  Philander WOODWORTH sold this place in 1818 to Elder Amos CHASE, by whom it was again sold in 1822to Jeremiah KEENEY and by him in 1853 to William S. GREEN, who again sold it in1869 to Spencer CLARK 2nd. John ARMSTRONG, cousin of Archibald, settled on lot No. 3, North Survey, in 1795, remaining there till 1796, and left about 1801.

*note - Alexander Porter was the neighbor [and brother in law],  to Archibald & family. Alexander had married Catharine, sister to Archibald Armstrong.  Alexander& Archibald were both Rev. War Soldiers.

** note - During the French and Indian War [1754 - 1763],  Mrs. Catherine  (Armstrong) PORTER was taken by Indians and was kept in captivity for several years and she was later ransomed in Canada.  

 

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