Biography of George C. Armstrong
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Prominent among the early settlers of Defiance county, as well as ranking high with the prosperous and substantial farmers of later years, is the subject of this sketch. There have been some very energetic and active men of large capacity and enterprise who came to this locality in an early day, and made this the most prominent field of their life work. Scarcely any of them, however, rank higher than Mr. Armstrong, who has been identified with the agricultural interests of Delaware township since 1834, his present home, being in Section 31.

Mr. Armstrong was born February 18, 1826, in Connecticut, a son of Lee and Mary (Spafford) Armstrong, and in that State the mother died in 1832. In the following year, the father, who was born January 24, 1795. migrated to Ohio, and after spending about six years in Henry county removed to De Kalb county, Indiana, where he died June 26, 1855.

The subject of this sketch was fifth in the order of birth in the family of seven children, and in 1833 came with his father to Ohio, in which State he has since made his home. At the early age of eight years he was bound out to Peter Blair, of Delaware township, Defiance county, with whom he lived until he attained the age of seventeen, when he started out to make his own way in the world. After his first marriage in 1850, he located on the farm which has since been his place of residence. All of the buildings upon the place have been erected by him. In his chosen calling he has met with excellent success, being now the owner of nearly six hundred acres of valuable land, all of which has been acquired through his own industry, perseverance and good management, as he began life for himself empty handed.

On October 13, 1850, Mr. Armstrong wedded Miss Mary Platter, who was born in Pennsylvania. April 3, 1815, and died October 5. 1853. In Delaware township he was again married, November 20, 1854, his second union being with Miss Caroline Platter, who was born in that township, February 13, 1834. To them were born six children, namely: Hattie, now the wife of Stewart Miller; William, who died January 17, 1888, aged twenty nine years; Edwin, who died in childhood; Eda, who died at the age of twenty five years; John, who died in childhood; and Libbie, wife of Rev. Richard Dempsey. The wife and mother departed this life August 4, 1871.

In Defiance county, November 23, 1876, Mr. Armstrong married Mrs. Permelia (Travis) Simpson, who is now the oldest woman living in Delaware township, that was born there, her birth occurring January io, 183o. She is the fourth in the family of eleven children whose parents were William and Mary C. (Swartz) Travis, natives of Pennsylvania. On coming to this State they first located in Delaware county, but came to Defiance county at a very early day in its history. Both died in Noble township, the father on March 2, 1882, aged eighty years, the mother in February, 1872, aged sixty nine. Mrs. Armstrong first married Evan W. Simpson, a native of Ohio, who died in Paulding county, this State, March 17, 1867. To them were born seven children, the eldest of whom died in infancy, the others being: Mary, Foreman, Ada, Nina, William and Belle.

For years Mr. Armstrong has been identified with the Republican party, but he has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring to give his entire time and attention strictly to his farming and stock raising interests. He is one of the honored pioneers and highly respected citizens of Defiance county, and is held in high esteem by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who appreciate his sterling worth.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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