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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ARMSTRONG, DR. C. physician and surgeon, r. Maple av. and W. 7th st., office N. Main st., Carrollton, Ill., Clinton Armstrong is a native of Rogersville, East Tenn., where he was born on the 10th of March, 1823. Tracing back the genealogy of the Armstrong family we find that Joseph Rogers, who was the father of the mother of our subject, was the founder of the town of Rogersville; he was born in the county of Tyrone, in the north of Ireland; in 1786, while yet in the flush of early manhood, he crossed the ocean for the New World; after a voyage of some weeks’ duration he landed at Norfolk, Va., and eventually made his way to Tennessee, where he was destined to bear a prominent part in the mercantile world; we have only space to say that he platted the town of Rogersville the year of his arrival, afterward became one of the most prominent merchants of his day, having intercourse with some of the leading men of his time; he died at Rogersville, where his ashes now repose, in 1833. William Armstrong, the grandfather of the subject of this biography, was born in Augusta Co., Va., in 1758; he was of Scotch Irish origin, and early turned his attention to farming and became a leading man in his profession; during its early settlement he moved to Tennessee, where he married Miss Elizabeth Galbreith, by whom he had eight children, of whom Clinton Armstrong, whose career we now follow, was the third son. He was born in Tennessee on the 10th of March, 1793, lived in Tennessee until 1845, when he moved to St. Louis, where he died in 1853, a merchant and farmer of prominence. Dr. C. Armstrong, of Carrollton, was born in Hawkins Co., Tenn., town of Rogersville, on the 10th of March, 1823; lived here until 1844, when he located at St. Louis, studied medicine three years, and graduated from the Medical Department of the University of Missouri, known at this early date, 1847, as the McDowell School. During this year in Tennessee he was married to Miss Martha Lynn, a daughter of Wm. Lynn, of Kingsport. Of this marriage four children were born, all living, whose names are William, Clinton, Lucy and Mary. Residing in St. Louis five years, in 1849 he came to Carrollton, where he has since resided, securing in his profession a large and lucrative practice. Dr. Armstrong is one of our most liberal citizens, secretary of the Old Settlers Association and takes a deep interest in educational matters. Mrs. Armstrong died April, 1872, and lies at rest in Oak Ridge cemetery, Mo. Oct 30, 1878, Dr. Armstrong was married to Miss Lottie E. Hayden, a daughter of David Hayden, late of California, and granddaughter of General Eaton, who entered the United States service during the Revolutionary struggle, gaining fame and wealth, and was afterward Counsul at Tunis. When the late Civil War was in progress Dr. C. Armstrong served two years, doing noble work as an acting assistant surgeon of the 61st Ill., from Greene County, and was an eye witness of the siege and capture of Vicksburg.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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