Thursday, January 15, 2009

Walter Scott ARMSTRONG Descendant Report

The information obtained on this family mostly came from online resources. First the marriage between Walter and Helen (Hellen) was found on Benton County, Iowa USGen site. http://iagenweb.org/benton/marriages/bride-v.htm. for a county site this is loaded with great information. I also used the 1880 census from Heritage Quest. This gave me the two oldest children, Ida and Walter, who was listed as William. From the 1900 census, I knew that Walter and Helen had four children but only the youngest, Harold was living with them by 1900. I did not find the couple in the 1889 Washington Census. According to the obituary of Walter S. Armstrong, they moved to Washington about 1889. Moving to the 1910 census, I found Helen and Harold living in Washington. Helen is listed as a widow. Next, I used Geneaolgybank.com. This is where I hit the jackpot! Walter's obit came up so I knew that he died in March 1910. There are also lots of articles about the junior Walter who owned a restaurant and was involved in many community activies. Then there was the series of articles that talked about Helen giving cooking classes. The newspaper even ran her photo! What a treasure.

Still, I had not found the last child. Then I started to explore http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx. If you have Washington ancestors, you must explore this great site. I was able to find the birth of Harold, two marriages for the missing child, Helen A. Armstrong. The actual images were there as well with great family information. The marriage for Harold was also found. I did not find the marriages for Walter Jr. and for Ida. Ida's husband was listed in the obituary for Walter Sr. The couple was living in East Canada so this needs to be explored a bit more. Washington also has a death index. I found both Walter's and Helen's death.

So much information online and for FREE!

..... 1 Walter Scott ARMSTRONG (1851 - 1910) B: 13 Apr 1851 in Indiana, USA, M: 16 Aug 1874 in Benton, Iowa, USA, D: 22 Mar 1910 in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA

..... + Helen Amanda VILES (1855 - 1936) B: 3 Dec 1855 in Wisconsin, USA, M: 16 Aug 1874 in Benton, Iowa, USA, D: 09 Oct 1936 in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA

........... 2 Ida M. ARMSTRONG (1876 - ) B: 1876 in Vinton, Benton, Iowa, USA

........... + Henry GOUGH

........... 2 Walter S. ARMSTRONG (1878 - 1951) B: 1878, M: 1904, D: 29 Mar 1951 in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA

........... + Mabel T. NN (1889 - ) B: 1889 in Wisconsin, USA, M: 1904

........... 2 Helen A. ARMSTRONG (1882 - ) B: 1882 in Vinton, Benton, Iowa, USA, M: 24 Mar 1998 in Whatcom, Washington, USA

........... + W A WYANT (1880 - ) B: 1880, M: 21 May 1904

........... + Arthur D ROGERS (1865 - ) B: 1865 in Kansas, USA, M: 24 Mar 1998 in Whatcom, Washington, USA

........... 2 Harold William ARMSTONG (1898 - ) B: 12 Jan 1898 in New Whatcome, Washington, USA, M: 14 Mar 1917 in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA

........... + Gertrude M. ROBERTS M: 14 Mar 1917 in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA

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