I'm searching for any related families and descendants of Edward ARMSTRONG, born 1812 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland (probably Pomeroy parish or Donaghmore parish), emigrated to the "Irish Ridge" in Beauharnois/Huntingdon County, Quebec in 1832, married Margaret McFADDEN of Westville, New York, in 1839, and died in 1905 in Westville, Franklin Co., New York.
This Armstrong family is being researched by descendants Kevin Armstrong and Sheri Devan and others, and we're sharing data. I'm from another Armstrong line that is an exact DNA match for Edward's descendants. My Armstrong ancestors lived at Crosscavanagh townland, Pomeroy parish (formerly Donaghmore parish), Co. Tyrone, from at least the mid-1700s until the early 20th century. There are still many blanks that need filling in and connections that we'd like to prove.
Edward's father was Thomas Armstrong, according to grandson Arthur W. Armstrong's genealogical account of Edward's family. Other records give a father's name different from "Thomas," but I think Arthur was correct since he grew up spending a lot of time with his grandfather Edward Armstrong. Also, Edward Armstrong named his first son "Thomas" (very traditionally, I believe, for his own father in Ireland) and second son "William" for wife Margaret McFadden's father, William McFadden.
Edward Armstrong emigrated to the "Irish Ridge" area of Godmanchester, Huntingdon Co. (originally Beauharnois Co.), Quebec, in 1832, where he served briefly in the Huntingdon militia. He married Margaret McFadden of Westville, Franklin Co., New York, in 1839, daughter of William and Susan McFadden, also natives of Ireland.
Edward's friend Michael McVeigh/McVeay from the Dungannon area of Co. Tyrone, who had also settled at Godmanchester, married the McFadden's daughter Catherine/Katherine. Despite the fact that the McFadden girls eloped with their beaus, Michael McVeay and Edward Armstrong, against father William McFadden's wishes, the families repaired the social breach and remained close friends the rest of their lives.
One of Edward Armstrong's close relatives was David J. Armstrong (c. 1784-1862), a native of Pomeroy parish, Co. Tyrone, who came to Quebec while in the Royal Artillery, and brought wife Mary Ann and children to live on the Irish Ridge at Godmanchester in 1817. David Armstrong became a farmer and part-time Methodist preacher after his retirement from the military. He was a witness on Edward Armstrong's 1839 marriage and also on several of Edward's children's baptisms. Michael McVeay worked for David Armstrong upon first coming to Quebec and they too remained close friends. David lived the last years of his life with the McVeays and died at their home in Godmanchester, Huntingdon County, Quebec.
Edward Armstrong and wife Margaret McFadden lived in Canada for a short time before moving to Franklin County, New York, where they lived next to her father William McFadden for the remainder of their lives. Of their eleven children, the first two, Thomas and William, were born in Canada, and the others born at Westville, NY: David Wallis/Wallace Armstrong, Jane Ann, George Ward, Edward James, Francis John, Susan, Mary Jane, Lydia Margaret, and Samuel Wesley Armstrong.
The only known sibling of Edward Armstrong was his sister Ann/Anne ARMSTRONG. Edward's grandson, Arthur W. Armstrong, born 1874, recalled visits and correspondence between his grandfather and "Aunt Anne, grandfather's sister who married a man named Wilson and lived in Pennsylvania." It appears that Anne was still alive 1880-1890, when Arthur was a boy.
Anne Armstrong would have been born about 1790-1825 County Tyrone, married an unknown WILSON in Ireland or Pennsylvina, and was living in Pennsylvania 1880-1890 and probably several decades earlier. Anne's birth year is a wide estimate from brother Edward Armstrong being born in 1812 in Co. Tyrone; we don't know if Anne was older or younger.
Other DNA-proven relatives of Edward Armstrong were several Co. Tyrone natives who emigrated to Pittsburgh in the 1800s, including coal merchants, Charles H. Armstrong (c. 1820-1881), whose wife was Jane Dickson; and Frank/Francis Armstrong (1844-1902), who married Cora Ozier.
These Co. Tyrone Armstrongs were related to Haddens, Calvins/Colvins, Wilsons, Beattys, Irwins and many other Irish families who settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia/West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, the Carolinas and Georgia from the early 1700s to late 1800s.
All these families, their children and grandchildren may have known each other and corresponded over the decades. Are any of these names -- McFadden, McVeigh/McVeay, Wilson, Dickson, Ozier, Hadden, Calvin/Colvin, Beatty, Irwin -- mentioned in your Armstrong ancestor's family?
Any further clues to Edward Armstrong's family and related families would be greatly appreciated. I'm always glad to share research notes.