APRIVATE family burial ground
ItalyHollow, Yates Co., NY
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|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 hollowin 1794, on lot No. 11 of the North Survey, or northeast section and residedthere till 1817, when he sold to Philander WOODWORTH and moved to Middlesex. He belonged to the advance guard of civilization, and was in somerespects a rough character. Owing to his great physicalstrength, he was seldom worsted in his pugilistic contests, which were veryfrequent, and gave him the name of the “Old Algerine.” Hisbrother in law, Alexander PORTER, was however, sometimes able to thrash him verysoundly, and no doubt with salutary effect.
ARMSTRONG was of Scotch descent, and wasvery familiar with the Indians, understanding their language perfectly, andspeaking it fluently. His wife (Archibald's) was buried inthe orchard on the farm of which he settled in Italy Hollow, and her graveis still enclosed with a picket fence. Philander WOODWORTHsold 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, remainingthere till 1796, and left about 1801.
*note - Alexander Porter wasthe neighbor [and brother in law], to Archibald & family. Alexander had married Catharine, sister to Archibald Armstrong. Alexander& Archibald were both Rev. WarSoldiers.
** note - During the Frenchand Indian War [1754 - 1763], Mrs. Catherine (Armstrong) PORTER wastaken by Indians and was kept in captivity for several years and she was laterransomed in Canada.
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