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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Bailey P. Armstrong, collector of Newton County, Mo., is a son of Hugh C. Armstrong, who was born in the “Old North State,” was reared in Tennessee, followed both agricultural and mercantile pursuits, and in 1837 moved to Missouri. After remaining in the eastern portion of the State for a short time, he came to Barry County, thence to Jasper County, and in 1849 settled in Newton County, where he lived until his death, which resulted from an accident in 1862. The mother was formerly a Miss Sarah Green, of Tennessee, and five children were born to her and Mr. Armstrong. Bailey P., the second child, was born in Jasper County in October, 1841, and was there reared and educated. After the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the State Guards, and participated in the battles of Wilson’s Creek and Lexington. He then joined the regular Confederate State service, Eighth Missouri Infantry, operating with the same in Arkansas and Louisiana. After his return home he was interested in the hotel business, until his building was destroyed by fire. In 1873 he went to Joplin, where he was engaged in the grocery and lumber business for three years; then returned to Neosho, where he clerked in the different county offices. In 1882 he was elected by the Democratic voters of the county as revenue collector, by a handsome majority, and was re-elected to the office. In 1872 he married Ada M. Price, a native of the county, and they have two children: Frank C. and Hugh C.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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