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ARMSTEAD: Pioneers of Hurricane Creek.

James Miller Armstead and his wife, Jeanette (Davis) Armstead, both of Fluvana County, Virginia, with four first born of their children, came to Hurricane Creek, of Big Sandy waters, about the year 1846, having purchased, or soon acquired a tract of five hundred and fifty acres of forest lands lying on Hurricane; attacked the forest in the way of all other pioneers, had health and good sense, and theirs was the noted place for thirty years; a part of this tract remains the property of a descendant of theirs. The names of the sons and daughters of James Miller Armstead and his wife, Jeanette (Davis), given in order of their births, are as follows:

James Alfred, never married, died a bachelor at eighty.

Susan, married John H. Campbell; he died leaving one child, a daughter named Irene.

Sarah A., married Robert Wright.

John, Mathew and Joseph, three sons enlisted as soldiers in the Confederate service, 1862 to 1865, all died leaving no posterity.

Thomas J., also served through that Civil War and married Cynthia Prudence Parker, May 13, 1868.

Benjamin F., born on Hurricane in the year, 1848, married Miss Frances Ellen Naylor, daughter of John M. Naylor, year 1872; they settled on Hurricane and there reared the following sons and daughters: John R., Benjamin H., the person giving the writer this information; he married a Miss Lola B. Ashley. The daughteers of Benjamin F. and Frances E., his wife, are Nort E., wife of James Carpenter; Jeanette Ellen, wife of Benjamin H. Ashley; Bessie Evans, and Mrs. Ruby Ethel Myers.

Elisha Norton was twice married, first to Isabel E. Oxier, 1874; she died leaving some children; Frances A. ("Sis"), wife of Milton I. Oxier, married year 1874. Jeanette married Van Patten.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 435
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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