SEBASTIAN B.ARMSTRONG

.Farmer and stock-raiser; Floyd Township (postoffice, Cameron ); is a son of John Armstrong, who was born in Sangamon County, in 1812, and settled in Floyd Township as early as 1831, when only one house had been built where the city of Monmouth now stands. He settled on one-half of Section 33, where timber and water were abundant, for he held a prejudice not uncommon at that time against prairie land, and there the subject of this sketch was born December 16, 1859. Nathaniel Armstrong, grandfather of Sebastian B. Armstrong, was born February 10, 1785, a native of England, and was one of the very early settlers in Sangamon County, Ill.

He married Elizabeth Miller and she was born September 1, 1773. His son Joan lived out his days in Floyd Township, dying June 27, 1881. He was three times married, his first wife being Evaline Vandeveer, whom he married January 16, 1832. She died December 31, 1849, and April 7, 1850, he married his first wife's sister, Narcissa B. Vandeveer. She died April 14, 1858. He was the father of fifteen children. August 12, 1858, he married Jane Wooden, a daughter of Benjamin Wooden, an Indianian. She was born in the Hoosier State in 1824, and died January 18, 1899.

He was a School Director, a member of the Christian church, a member of the Home Guard, and otherwise prominent in local affairs. Sebastian B. Armstrong worked for his father (John Armstrong) until the latter's death. February 2, 1888, in Floyd Township, he married Minnie Goddard and bought the Goddard farm, which he still owns. Later he bought 160 acres in Sec­ tion 22, and, including the Goddard farm, now owns 360 acres of good land which he de­ votes largely to general crops, while giv­ ing special attention to stock-raising. He is a director in the State Bank of Cam­ eron, and in the Cameron Elevator Com­ pany; has been School Director and Road Commissioner; has been Assessor five years and served two years in the office of Supervisor. Mrs. Armstrong was born on Section 21, Floyd Township, August 18, 1865, a daughter of Francis and Lueinda (Moore) Goddard. Her father was a native of Indiana, and came to Illinois in boyhood. He married and began farming in Floyd Township in 1853, and died there July, 1887; his wife, December, 1887. He served his township in the capaci­ ties of Road Commissioner and School Trustee, and he and his wife were prominent in the Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have six children: Ralph Sidney, Mary Edna, Maggie May, John Francis, Elba Corinne and James Arthur.

 

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