JOSEPH A. ARMSTRONG, farmer, sec. 20, Millbrook Tp., is a son of Isaac and Lucinda (Hiney) Armstrong, natives respectively of New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Armstrong was born in the Keystone State, July 28, 1847. His mother died when he was very young, and for two years subsequently he was cared for by a friend of his parents. In the fall of 1861, when but 14 years of age, he resolved to become a soldier, and enlisted in defense of the Union in the 51st PA. Vol. Inf., Co. H. He served three years, and was in action at the seige of Richmond, at Fredericksburg, and in the battle of the Wilderness. He received a wound in his right arm in the fight at Fredericksburg and was incapacitated for duty three months. He received his discharge at Washington D.C., and returned to Pennsylvania, where he continued to reside until the fall of 1871, when he came to Millbrook, and bought 160 acres of land. He now owns 110 acres, under partial improvement.
Mr. Armstrong was married in Millbrook, Sept. 22, 1872, to Johanna, daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (Johnson) Histed, who was born in Bay Co., Mich., June 27, 1853.
Children: Myrtle M., Nora A., Sarah J., Joseph N., and Gertrude B. In political sentiment and action Mr. Armstrong is a Republican; has served one year as Constable, and three years as School Director.