OBITUARIES



ARMSTRONG, FRANCES GREENE

Petersburg Observer, Sept. 1881?

Died at the residence of her son James Armstrong at Walnut Ridge, Tuesday, the 6th of Sept., Mrs. Frances Armstrong, aged 72 years 1 month and 1 day.

Mrs. Armstrong, or Aunt Frankie, as she was familiarly known by her friends, was a daughter of Wm.(?) and Elizabeth Greene, and was born in Overton county, Tenn. in the year 1809 and removed with her parents to Menard county _______ the year 1821 and settled within a quarter of a mile of where she died. In 1824 she was married to Hugh Armstrong, who died May 7th 1839, since which time she remained a widow. She was the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters, who arrived at the age of maturity. Three children, Jas. Armstrong, of Walnut Ridge, Mrs. Bev. Watkins of Cass county, and Mrs. Wm. Watkins of West Menard, survive her. She has 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. When quite young she united with the Old Baptist church and remained a consistent member until her death. The funeral services were conducted at the residence of her son, Wednesday, by Elder H. O. Breeden of Tallula, after which he remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery. Mrs. Armstrong living(?) her long life, about 66 years in the neighborhood were she died, had a large circle of acquaintances especially among the old settlers and enjoyed in a high degree the respect and esteem of all who knew her. As a business woman she was very successful. Left a widow in 1839 with a family of small children to provide for, and owning only 40 acres of land, she, by good management reared her family respectably, giving them the benefits of a liberal education and amassed a large amount of property. She was a sister of Mrs. Eliza Potter, of Walnut Ridge, J. G. Greene and Hon W. G. Greene of Tallula of this county and L. M. Greene, of _________.

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MRS. FRANCES ARMSTRONG

The hour of noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6th, marked the closing of the life of one of earliest settlers of Menard county, Mrs. Frances Armstrong, aged 72 years, 1 month and 1 day.

Mrs. Armstrong's maiden name was Greene, and she was a sister of Hon W. G. Greene of Tallula. She was born in Overton county, Tenn. August 5th, 1809(?). With her parents and their family she came to Illinois in 1821. The settled on a piece of land about four and a half miles south of Petersburg, in what is now Menard county, though then but a wilderness. Here she resided the subsequent sixty years of her life.

On the 4th of March, 1824, she married Hugh Armstrong. Five children, two daughters and three sons were the offspring of the union. Of the children both daughters and one son are yet living. There are 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren living. Hugh Armstrong died May 7, 1839(?), and Mrs. Armstrong lived a widow over forty-two years. She joined the Baptist church when quite young, and remained a consistent member thereof all her life afterward. Her hospitality was proverbial, and in the early days when the country was sparsely settled and accommodations were scant, the stranger never sought in vain for shelter at her house.

One by one the venerable people, who, by their untiring industry and thrift have done so much to develop our country from the wilderness into a garden spot, are passing to their reward. Peace to their ashes and all honor to their memories.

Transcribed & submitted by: Brenda Hamilton Johnson


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