John W. Armstrong, a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser of Macoupin County and a self-made man in every sense the word implies, as well as a respected and honored citizen, is residing on his productive farm of 80 acres situated in section 5, Polk township. He was born in Greene County, Illinois, March 24, 1848, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Gelder) Armstrong.
John Armstrong was born at Brampton, England, August 26, 1794, and came to America in the early pioneer days, locating in Greene County, Illinois, where he engaged at farming. His wife, Elizabeth Gelder, was born January 23, 1813 at Whitley, Yorkshire, England, and they were married November 24, 1836, in Macoupin County, Illinois. She died at Chesterfield, Macoupin County, February 20, 1878, while enjoying her 66th year. They were the parents of six children, three of whom are now living, namely: Sarah Jane, who married E. C. Hall, a prominent merchant of Chesterfield, Illinois, and has three children - Grace, Chase and May; John W., our subject; Elizabeth, who married Peter Randolph, deceased, who was a farmer of Jersey County, Illinois, where his surviving wife and one child, Clara, now reside. John Armstrong died at Athensville, Greene County, Illinois, June 16, 1859, while in his 66th year.
John W. Armstrong received his education in the common schools of Greene and Macoupin counties, and remained upon the homestead until 16 years of age, assisting in the farm labor. By hard and industrious work he succeeded in accumulating sufficient money to purchase his present farm, which is unsurpassed in productiveness by any farm in the county. Our subject takes great pride in keeping his farm well supplied with all modern conveniences. In political views he is a supporter of Republican principles, but takes little interest in political affairs other than to support good government. In fraternal circles he is a Mason.
In 1882 our subject married Eliza F. Duckles, daughter of William and Frances Duckles, whose family sketch will be found in this work under the name of E. G. Duckles. Our subject and wife are the proud parents of one child, Phoebe D., born October 16, 1883.