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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Marsters E. Armstrong, a farmer of Franklin County, and a son of James and Cynthia A. (Hinton) Armstrong, was born in Franklin County, December 26, 1845. He was reared on the farm, and educated in the primitive log schoolhouse of forty years ago. Upon reaching years of manhood he clerked in a store for about two years. In 1869 he married Miss Martha E. Walton, a native of this county and the daughter of Hamden O. Walton. After marriage Mr. Armstrong moved to Saline County, where he farmed until 1871, after which he moved back to Franklin County, and has made it his home ever since. The same year his wife died, and three years later he married Mary E. Bridges, also a native of Franklin County, born January 28, 1855, and the granddaughter of H. O. Walton. One daughter, Martha L., was the result of his first marriage, and three sons the result of the second marriage. They are named as follows: Edwin E., Charles L., and Hamden C. After farming until 1881 Mr. Armstrong opened a store in Beemont, which he ran for about six years, having a very liberal patronage. Finding the confinement irksome he returned to farming, and now has a farm of seventy-two acres. He is a stanch Democrat, and for three years held the position of deputy assessor. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, as was also his first wife. He is a man of good business qualities, and, with the exception of about two years, has made Franklin County his home. In 1864 he volunteered in Company D, Forty-seventh Missouri Infantry (United States army), and served until the close of the war.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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