The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan, Chapman Bros. (1891), p. 272

ANDREW J. ARMSTRONG.  On a well-tilled tract of land in Highland Township this gentleman is carrying on the business of a general farmer in a manner that produces good results, both in the way of income and reputation.  The estate consists of one hundred and forty acres on section 28, and thereon are the usual farm buildings that are put up by a man of good judgment when prosperity smiles upon him.  Mr. Armstrong was born in Monroe County, N. Y., April 24, 1834, and is the son of Stephen and Orpha (Clark) Armstrong, of whom further mention is made in the biography of N. B. Armstrong on another page.  He was first married in Connecticut, to Eunice Peck, who bore him four children.

Our subject was but a babe when his parents came to this State, and his home has been in the township of Highland since that time.  He resided under the parental roof until he was of age, pursuing the usual course of study and learning how to carry on the work to which he purposed to devote himself.  He fell heir to one hundred acres of land, which he developed and to which he added, some years later.   He was married November 1, 1856, to Sarah E. Bennett, daughter of Edwin L. Bennett, a native of New York, who came to this State in 1854.  That gentleman died in Milford in 1888, a year after his wife had been borne to the tomb.  Mrs. Sarah Armstrong became the mother of two children: Edwin, who is now deceased; and Jessie F., who is now living in Wayne County.

 A second marriage was made by Mr. Armstrong, February 26, 1873, his bride on this occasion being Miss Almedia J. Laming.  This lady is the second child in one of the pioneer families of Highland Township, to which her parents, Joseph and Mahala (Hanes) Laming, came years ago.  Their family included Rufus, Almedia, Amanda, Emily, Etson, Martha and Esther.  The older son enlisted in the Union army in 1864, was taken sick, and died in the hospital at Grand Rapids the same year.  That year also Mrs. Laming died, but her husband survived until 1876.  He was born in New York State, and his wife was a native of Canada.   When he came to this State Mr. Laming took up eighty acres of Government land, and by purchase he subsequently added forty acres to his estate.

The present Mrs. Armstrong has borne her husband one son, Ford H., whose birth took place October 4, 1874, and who is with his parents.  Mr. Armstrong belongs to the Republican party. He is a Master Mason, and one of the charter members of Milford Lodge, No. 165.  Mrs. Armstrong is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Both husband and wife are intelligent, enterprising and whole-souled, and their position in society is enviable.


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