Surnames in bio: ARMSTRONG-RIGGS-WEBB-MILLSPAUGH-
NATHANIEL E. ARMSTRONG
A prominent and well-known citizen of Henry County,
he resides on Sect. 24, Tippecanoe Twp., and was born
in Hamilton Co., OH, the son of Leonard and Rebecca
(Riggs) Armstrong, the former a native of VA, and
the latter of NC, the father being of Scots descent
and the mother of German descent.
Leonard Armstrong settled at Columbia, OH, in 1796
near where Cincinnati now stands, though at that time
there was no settlement there. He lived here a short
time and moved a few miles east to the Little Miami
River, where he and three brothers, John, Thomas, and
Nathaniel each claimed a mill-site and built a mill.
They were visited by the settlers from 100 miles
around. The mills were known as the Armstrong Mills.
One mill was used for the manufacture of cotton, and
the others were saw and flouring mills.
They reared a family of 11 children, 4 sons and 7
daughters: Nathaniel,our subject; William F. who
resides in MO, a miller by trade; John R., a miller,
who resides in IL; Hannah Ann, wife of John C. Webb
of Hamilton Co., OH, both deceased; Harriet, wife of
John W. Millspaugh, a carpenter of Winfield, KS;
Philomelia, wife of Thomas Spellman, a resident of KS;
Selena, wife of Andrew Riggs, residing in Eddyville,
IA;, Frances V., wife of Alfred Riggs, of Mahaska Co.;
Amanda, wife of John Slemmons, residing at Council
Bluffs; Zelie Jane, married B. K. Pharr, of this
county, and died in Salem in 1868, he dying in the
same place in 1865; and Clayton W., who died in Win-
field, KS at age 65.
Our subject was educated at the public schools and
Parker's Academy in Clermont Co., OH. At age 27, in
1843 he married Miss Charlotte Millspaugh, born in
1826 in Clermont Co., OH, the daughter of James and
Cynthia (Corwin) Millspaugh. The latter was a cousin
to Thomas Corwin the orator and Statesman of Ohio.
In 1844, Mr. Corwin and wife went to Warrick Co., IN
and bought 80 acres in the forest on which was a log
cabin. They lived there for 4 years, and he next
bought 76 acres of land near Boonville, IN, residing
there for 10 years, farming and running a mill. He
came to Henry Co., in 1858 and purchased the Oakland
mills and 320 acres in connection with his brothers-
in-law, Riggs, Spellman and Millspaugh. He still owns
his interest with his partner John P. Stringer.
Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have 6 children: Marcellus,
who resides in Center Twp.; Sarah Belle died age 15;
Alice died at age 18; T. N., who resides with his
father; Eugenia, wife of John P. Stringer of this Co.;
Milton, resides in CO, is in the mercantile business;
and Josephine at home, and an artist of considerable
Mr. Armstrong endorses the principles of the Union
Labor Party. He is a free thinker.
Henry County, Iowa 1888 bio.
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