John V. Armstrong, farmer, sec., 6 Chippewa Tp., was born in Seneca Co., N.Y., Oct 6, 1823, and is a son of Thomas and Eunice (Disbrow) Armstrong. His father was a native of Albany Co., N.Y., and his mother was born in Fairfield Co., Conn. Their early married life they passed on a farm in the Empire state, and in 1833 located in Oakland Co., Mich., where the father died in 1853. The mother died in 1874.
Mr. Armstrong was about 10 years of age when he was brought to Oakland County by his parents, and there he was educated and bred in agricultural pursuits until the age of 20 years, when he set out in life on his own responsibility. He was married in December 1851, to Susan A., daughter of Evert and Lucy (Newton) Hawley. Her father was born in Ontario Co., N.Y., and her mother was a native of Massachusetts. They located in Wayne Co., Mich., in 1835, and some years after, the father went to California, returning after six years as far as Fayette Co., Iowa, where he died in 1867. The mother died in April 1881. Mrs. Armstrong was born in Ontario Co., N.Y., Jan.28, 1830.
In 1860 Mr. Armstrong went Fayette Co., Iowa, and there followed farming for seven years. In the fall of 1867, He came to Mecosta Co., Mich., and took a farm of 80 acres under the regulations of the homestead act. He and his son own 250 acres of land in Mecosta County lying contiguous. In 1869 Mr. Armstrong elected Superior of Chippewa and served nine successive years. He has been Justice of the Peace 12 years, and is one of the present incumbents of that office in the township. He belongs to the National party, and was nominated in 1880 as candidate for Representative on the Greenback ticket, and made a good run.
Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have had three children, one of whom, Ellen, is deceased. Those living are Thomas H. and Estella M.