(February 24, 1791 - January 24, 1871)
JABIN ARMSTRONG - The subject of this sketch was born Feb. 24, 1791, in the town
of Franklin, New London county, Conn. He was the son of AMOS and MARY (SMITH)
ARMSTRONG, natives of Connecticut. The former died June 25, 1828, and the latter
July 22, 1827. They had eight children, six sons and two daughters, and our subject was
the last of the family at his death, all of the others having been called home before him.
JABIN attended the common schools of his native town, and these facilities were the
only ones he ever enjoyed for obtaining an education. He spent the time until he was
seventeen years old on his father's farm, but about this time he met with an accident
which partially disabled him, and unfitted him for farm work, and in consequence he was
put to learn the wagon-maker's trade, at which he spent two years. In November, 1810,
he came to Lebanon on a visit and was advised by his friends to make a start for himself
here, and so he did, and here the remainder of his life was passed. He worked at his
trade and met with flattering success during his active business life. He also worked a
farm for about four years.
In 1813, March 14, he was united in marriage with CLARISSA EMELINE, the eldest
of a family of eight children of OLIVER and HANNAH (PETTINGALL) HARTSHORN
natives, the former of Connecticut and the latter of Massachusetts. CLARISSA was
born in the town of Lisbon the 29th of June, 1788. She came to Lebanon in 1812, in
company with a number of her friends and acquaintances, among whom was her future
husband who had been on a visit to his native State. Her father died in his native town
in 1815, and her mother came to Lebanon the following year with all her children, and
settled in the vicinity of Smith's Valley. The names of these children were as follows:
ROYAL, OLIVER, IRA, CLARISSA, MIRANDA, SOPHRONIA and ELIZA, all of whom
are now dead except MIRANDA, still living in Smith's Valley. After the death of OLIVER
HARTSHORN his farm was apportioned to his children, and the lot that fell to
CLARISSA is now occupied by the great Sprague Cotton Mill, one of the largest in the
CLARISSA EMELINE ARMSTRONG was a woman of splendid, and in many respects,
remarkable characteristics. Her executive ability was of a high order and her management
of her home affairs was simply perfect. She was intelligent and gifted, and was one of
that type of woman, who, if favored with advantages equal to those enjoyed by many of
the sterner sex, become the peers of the best of them. All who enjoyed the pleasure of
her acquaintance know how perfectly she exemplified in every detail the traits of the
refined lady and affectionate wife and mother. She died October 19, 1865.
JABIN ARMSTRONG, as a mechanic, was widely known through this section, his
wagons being sought for by all who wanted one for durability. He was highly respected by
his townsmen and acquaintances everywhere, and was honored by appointment and
election to several offices of trust, the duties of which were performed in a manner that
reflected credit upon himself, and that was satisfactory to the people.
In politics he was formerly a Whig, and after the formation of the Republican party he
united with that and was always known throughout the entire county as one of the most
zealous supporters of its principles and measures. He was never an aspirant for public
place, but had he been, he would have been entrusted with the best offices in the gift of
the people of the county.
In religious sentiments he had no pronounced views and never united with any
denomination, but attended the Congregational church at Hamilton. He was liberal of his
means when the cause of religion appealed to him for assistance.
A marked characteristic in him was his kindness of heart and his desire to alleviate
suffering in whatever form it appeared to him. He was benevolent to the poor and
unfortunate, and the distressed and unhappy ever found in him a sympathizing friend.
The death of this good man was most sorrowful and distressing. On the 24th day of
January, 1877, during a blinding snow storm, he started from Smith's Valley, where he had
been visiting his wife's sisters, MIRANDA and ELIZA, to return to his home, and while walking
on the railroad track he was struck by a snow-plow. His injuries were so severe that he died
from the effect of them six days after the accident, on the 30th of January, 1877.
To Mr. and Mrs. ARMSTRONG were born four children, named in order of their birth as
follows: CLARISSA EMELINE, born April 18, 1814, married to JAMES H. MAYDOLE, Sept.
4, 1838, after his decease to DAN STORRS, and now residing at Eaton,, N. Y.; JABIN
WALDO, born Nov. 5, 1815, married LUCY MELINDA OWEN of Lebanon, now residing on
the old homestead; HANNAH FRANCES, born Jan. 12, 1818, died June 12, 1844, and
MARTHA, born Oct. 21, 1820, married STEPHEN CHAPHE, of Cazenovia, N. Y. She died
March 7, 1877.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 582.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 10:18 PM
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