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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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PETER E. ARMSTRONG, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 10; P. O. Hill Grove; was born in Greenville Township, Darke Co., Ohio, Nov. 21, 1831, and is the son of John and Jane (Elston) Armstrong; at the age of 18, he was living in Jackson Township, this county; about that time the first church edifice was built there a little log house, by the Methodists; his early education was obtained in a very poor log hut, of small dimensions, but from his father he obtained good sound knowledge, as he was an educated gentleman before he emigrated into the wilderness; he was an attorney at law, and in this county was Associate Judge of the Common Pleas a number of years, and Justice of the Peace twenty-four years he was one of the most highly respected and prominent men of the county during his lifetime. The subject of this sketch, Peter E., is Treasurer of this township; has assessed the chattel property of this township five years; a Trustee, etc.; is a strong Union man, and a Republican. He married Catherine Henning July 25, 1854; she was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, Nov. 22, 1830, and came to Darke Co. in her youth, with her parents, Jacob and Rebecca (Stiner) Henning; they have four children, viz.: David, born Aug. 11, 1855; Sarah Jane, born Nov. 23, 1856; she married Andrew C. Bickel; Hugh Lincoln, born June 15, 1860, and Mary Isabelle, born Nov. 29, 1867. Mr. Armstrong owns 148 acres, where he has resided twenty-four years; this he has procured by his own unaided efforts and self-reliance; himself and wife are members of the German Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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