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Benjamin Armstrong who was born about 1789/90 is at the head of our Armstrong tree.
In the 1851 census he gave his birthplace as Newby Gill, Cumberland, and although we have searched extensively, we have not yet found either Newby Gill or a record of Benjamin’s baptism. It is possible that Benjamin is the grandson of Benjamin Armstrong and Catherine Lamb, who married at Irthington in 1754.
We’d very much like to know more about Benjamin’s ancestors if anyone reading this has further details.

Benjamin married Mary Johnstone at Kirklinton in 1821, they had seven children who were all born there, then the family moved to Bromfield, near Aspatria, where Benjamin was a labourer. Benjamin died of consumption at Bromfield in 1851. Mary, born in 1798 at Kirklinton, was the daughter of David Johnstone and Margaret Waters, who married at Kirklinton in 1785. Mary outlived Benjamin by almost thirty years, she died in 1880.
Two of Benjamin and Mary’s sons, Joseph and William died at Bromfield in 1849 and their daughter Sarah also died there in 1851, also of consumption.

Three of Benjamin and Mary’s sons; David, John and Benjamin all became hotelkeepers. David had the Royal Hotel at Bowness, Westmorland, he married Alice Armistead in 1846 at Liverpool and they had 11 children. We have been able to follow most of their family through the censuses. David died in 1864, aged only 41. One of his sons, William Henry Talbot Armstrong, married his first cousin, Jane Ellen Ann Armstrong, John’s daughter. One of David’s daughters, Grace married Frederick Trump in 1880, and the family moved to Ormskirk. We thought we’d lost this family after the 1901 census, but have since been told that they changed their name to Tromp.
John married Martha Davidson in 1845 at Egremont, they too had 11 children, and ran the Royal Oak in Keswick for some years. Martha died in 1882, and John remarried in 1894 to Margaret Armstrong, a widow, nee Selkirk. Margaret died in 1900. John was the only one of Benjamin and Mary’s family to live to old age, he died in 1919 aged 91. We have recently had contact from one of John’s descendants in New Zealand, which has been very helpful.
The younger Benjamin married Mary Forrester in 1852, apparently they married twice, first at Gretna Green then at St Cuthberts, Carlisle. Benjamin and Mary then had the Borrowdale Hotel in Borrowdale. Benjamin died in 1873, his wife Mary died in 1881, their gravestone is in the churchyard in Borrowdale. This Benjamin and Mary had 6 children, one of these, another Benjamin, was Jane’s great grandfather. He was a coachman for some years before moving to the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale, in about 1914, his family continued in the hotel business there for more than 70 years.

Descendants of Benjamin Armstrong

1 Benjamin Armstrong 1789 - 1851
. +Mary Johnstone 1798 - 1880
. 2 Joseph Armstrong 1822 - 1849
. 2 David Armstrong 1823 - 1864
..... +Alice Armistead 1819 - 1905
..... 3 Mary Agnes Armstrong 1848 - 1884
......... +John Frederick Fittes 1844 - 1908
......... 4 John Charles Fittes 1869
......... 4 Frederick Talbot Fittes 1870 - 1907
......... 4 Frank Fittes 1872
......... 4 Gertrude Fittes 1874
......... 4 Herbert P Fittes 1876
......... 4 Selby C Fittes 1878
......... 4 Hilda Fittes 1880 - 1918
..... 3 Grace Armstrong 1849 - 1849
..... 3 Sarah Armstrong 1850
......... +John Atkinson - 1877
......... 4 Gertrude Isabel Atkinson 1877
..... *2nd Husband of Sarah Armstrong:
......... +Edwin Henry Bowes - 1885
......... 4 Vera Sara Bowes 1880
......... 4 Sydney Armstrong Bowes 1883
......... 4 Gerald Robinson Bowes 1884
..... 3 Annie Armstrong 1852
......... +Edward Thompson
......... 4 William James Thompson 1889
..... 3 [2] William Henry Talbot Armstrong 1853 - 1938
......... +[1] Jane Ellen Ann Armstrong 1863 - 1947
......... 4 [3] John Armstrong 1890
......... 4 [4] Sarah Elizabeth Armstrong 1892
......... 4 [5] David Armstrong 1893
......... 4 [6] Joseph Talbot Armstrong 1894 - 1916
......... 4 [7] Mary Agnes Armstrong 1896 - 1918
............ +[8] Joseph Shaw 1887
......... 4 [9] Grace Ellen Armstrong 1899
......... 4 [10] Benjamin Armstrong 1901
......... 4 [11] Martha Alice Armstrong 1904
..... 3 Grace Ellen Baldwin Armstrong 1855 - 1928
......... +William Frederick Trump 1860 - 1928
......... 4 Ada Trump 1881
......... 4 Thomas Trump 1884 - 1955
......... 4 Eleanor Trump 1886
......... 4 Frederick Trump 1889 - 1948
......... 4 Florence Trump 1891
......... 4 Beatrice Trump 1894
......... 4 Alfred Trump 1897
......... 4 Henry Trump 1897
..... 3 Joseph Johnstone Talbot Armstrong 1856 - 1920
......... +Annie Jackson 1863
......... 4 Bessie Talbot Armstrong 1884
......... 4 Beatrice Alice Armstrong 1886
......... 4 William Henry T Armstrong 1888
......... 4 David Armstrong 1890
......... 4 Joseph Johnstone Talbot Armstrong 1893 - 1914
......... 4 Emma Armstrong 1895
......... 4 Robert Jackson Armstrong 1897
..... 3 John Edward Talbot Armstrong 1858 - 1860
..... 3 Hannah Alice Talbot Armstrong 1859
......... +John Neill 1856 - 1901
......... 4 Rose Mary Neill 1883
......... 4 Alice G Neill 1886
......... 4 Joseph Neill 1889
......... 4 Bernard Neill 1891
......... 4 William Neill 1897
..... 3 Isabel Clarke Talbot Armstrong 1862 - 1863
..... 3 Catherine Armstrong 1864 - 1864
. 2 John Armstrong 1826 - 1918
..... +Martha Davidson 1823 - 1882
..... 3 Mary Armstrong 1847 - 1917
......... +Frederick Harrison Suker 1847 - 1894
......... 4 Frederick John Newcome Suker 1876 - 1876
......... 4 Mary Newcome Suker 1877
............ +James Goldie
......... 4 Harold Newcome Suker 1880 - 1887
..... 3 Elizabeth Shepherd Armstrong 1850 - 1917
......... +Robert Walsh 1837 - 1878
..... 3 James Johnstone Armstrong 1852 - 1878
......... +Jane Wilson 1844
......... 4 Martha Elizabeth Armstrong 1874
............ +John Pattinson 1876
............ 5 Ann Armstrong 1892
............ 5 Albert Armstrong 1893
............ 5 John James Pattinson 1895
............ 5 George William Pattinson 1898
......... 4 Mary Jane Armstrong 1877
..... 3 Martha Armstrong 1854 - 1917
......... +Joseph Benn 1834 - 1906
......... 4 Victor Joseph Frederick Benn 1880 - 1966
......... 4 Ethelbert Ponsonby Benn 1882 - 1967
......... 4 Mary Martha Claudine Benn 1884 - 1949
......... 4 Constance Elizabeth Benn 1886 - 1953
......... 4 Hannah Margaret T Benn 1890 - 1973
..... 3 Sarah Hannah Armstrong 1856 - 1859
..... 3 Benjamin Armstrong 1858 - 1858
..... 3 John Armstrong 1859
..... 3 David Armstrong 1861 - 1863
..... 3 William Sinclair Armstrong 1862 - 1935
......... +Frances Ann Lancaster 1872 - 1951
......... 4 Martha Ann Armstrong 1893 - 1964
............ +Edward Schofield - 1967
......... 4 William Sinclair Armstrong 1895 - 1945
............ +Doris Hammonds
......... 4 Frances Mary Armstrong 1897 - 1976
............ +Frank Butler
......... 4 James Davidson Armstrong 1900 - 1932
............ +Janet Lindores - 1931
......... 4 John Armstrong 1902 - 1904
......... 4 John Benn Armstrong 1905
............ +Phyllis Purnell
......... 4 Elizabeth Walsh Armstrong 1908 - 2001
............ +Edwin Foster 1891
......... 4 Greta Armstrong 1910 - 1913
......... 4 Thomas Johnstone Armstrong 1911 - 1986
............ +Kathleen Ryan
......... 4 Greta Margaret Armstrong 1914 - 2009
............ +Bernard Foster
......... 4 Jean Ellen Armstrong 1919 - 1982
............ +Martin Keiling Kennedy Burke
..... 3 [1] Jane Ellen Ann Armstrong 1863 - 1947
......... +[2] William Henry Talbot Armstrong 1853 - 1938
......... 4 [3] John Armstrong 1890
......... 4 [4] Sarah Elizabeth Armstrong 1892
......... 4 [5] David Armstrong 1893
......... 4 [6] Joseph Talbot Armstrong 1894 - 1916
......... 4 [7] Mary Agnes Armstrong 1896 - 1918
............ +[8] Joseph Shaw 1887
......... 4 [9] Grace Ellen Armstrong 1899
......... 4 [10] Benjamin Armstrong 1901
......... 4 [11] Martha Alice Armstrong 1904
..... 3 Hannah Margaret Armstrong 1864 - 1883
. *2nd Wife of John Armstrong:
..... +Margaret Armstrong 1842 - 1900
. 2 Benjamin Armstrong 1828 - 1873
..... +Mary Forrester 1824 - 1881
..... 3 Hannah Armstrong 1853 - 1879
......... +[12] Edward Barron Goodfellow 1850 - 1903
..... 3 Joseph Armstrong 1854 - 1877
..... 3 Sarah Armstrong 1858 - 1929
......... +Joseph Bell 1851
......... 4 Joseph Bell 1880
............ +Jessie 1882
......... 4 Benjamin Bell 1883
......... 4 William Bell 1887
......... 4 Ernest Bell 1895
......... 4 Edith Bell 1897
......... 4 Gladys Bell 1897
......... 4 Elsie Bell 1898
..... 3 Benjamin Armstrong 1862 - 1945
......... +Sarah Munro 1862 - 1939
......... 4 Mary Gladys Armstrong 1889 - 1976
......... 4 Benjamin Armstrong 1890 - 1982
............ +Ann Jane Coates 1899 - 1970
............ 5 Benjamin Armstrong Private -
............ 5 Marjorie Armstrong Private -
................ +Geoff Mallinson Private -
................ 6 Peter Mallinson Private -
................ 6 Jane Mallinson Private -
............ 5 Leslie Armstrong Private -
............ 5 Kenneth Armstrong Private -
................ 6 Kenneth Armstrong Private -
................ 6 Sally Anne Armstrong Private -
................ 6 Veronica Armstrong Private -
............ 5 Kathleen Armstrong 1932 - 2002
................ +Hugh Falkus Private -
............ 5 Bruce Armstrong Private -
......... 4 James Armstrong 1893 - 1894
......... 4 Eleanor Armstrong 1895 - 1986
............ +Albert Black 1900
............ 5 Michael Black 1926 - 1979
......... 4 Sarah Jane Armstrong 1897 - 1983
............ +Cyril Gounod Bulman 1898 - 1977
............ 5 John Armstrong Bulman 1927 - 1991
................ +Jane Margaret Currie Private -
................ 6 Sally Katherine Bulman Private -
.................... +John Gibson Private -
.................... 7 Oliver Armstrong Gibson Private -
.................... 7 Marcus William Gibson Private -
................ 6 David John Bulman Private -
.................... +Alison Private -
.................... 7 Joe Bulman Private -
.................... 7 Lucie Bulman Private -
................ *2nd Wife of David John Bulman:
.................... +Carol Jane Green Private -
................ 6 Robert Alastair Bulman Private -
................ 6 John Andrew Bulman Private -
................ 6 James Richard Bulman Private -
................ 6 Elisabeth Sara Jane Bulman Private -
.................... +Richard Messenger Private -
.................... 7 James Messenger Private -
.................... 7 William Messenger Private -
................ *2nd Husband of Elisabeth Sara Jane Bulman:
.................... +Simon Hartington Private -
............ 5 Shelagh Munro Bulman Private -
................ +Joseph Gurney Pease Private -
................ 6 Charles Edward Gurney Pease Private -
................ 6 Jane Elizabeth Gurney Pease Private -
.................... +Colin Bright Private -
.................... 7 Lucy Emma Jane Bright 1990 - 1990
.................... 7 Thomas Edward Bright Private -
.................... 7 Olivia Lucy Kate Bright Private -
......... 4 John Andrew Armstrong 1898 - 1984
............ +Mary Leece 1904 - 2002
............ 5 Margaret Armstrong Private -
................ +Henry Elliot Private -
................ 6 Deidre Gleda Elliot Private -
.................... +Kevin Armstrong Private -
................ 6 Catherine Elliot Private -
.................... +Craig Bourget Private -
.................... 7 Ava Jane Bourget Private -
.................... 7 Ruby Mary Bourget Private -
............ 5 John Alastair Armstrong 1932 - 1974
................ +Elizabeth Anne Threlfell Private -
................ 6 Jane Elizabeth Armstrong Private -
.................... +William John Holmes Private -
.................... 7 Alan William Holmes Private -
....................... +Vicki Hodgson Private -
....................... 8 Matthew Alan Holmes Private -
.................... 7 Sarah Jane Armstrong Holmes Private -
.................... 7 John Andrew Holmes Private -
....................... +Leanne Davis Private -
....................... 8 John William Holmes Private -
................ 6 Anne Gillian Armstrong Private -
.................... +Philip Robinson Private -
.................... 7 Jessica Alice Robinson Private -
.................... 7 Eden Jane Robinson Private -
................ 6 Richard Andrew Armstrong Private -
.................... +Emma Raine Private -
.................... 7 Robert James Armstrong Private -
....................... +Charlotte Marinos Private -
.................... 7 David William Armstrong Private -
................ *2nd Wife of Richard Andrew Armstrong:
.................... +Alison Barber Private -
................ 6 Sarah Margaret Armstrong Private -
.................... +Robert Calder Fenwick Private -
.................... 7 Alastair William Fenwick Private -
.................... 7 Stuart Calder Fenwick Private -
............ 5 Richard Hubert Armstrong Private -
............ 5 Helen Mary Armstrong Private -
................ +Edward Woodall Private -
................ 6 Jennifer Woodall Private -
.................... +Stephen William Knowles Private -
.................... 7 Sarah Knowles Private -
.................... 7 Andrew Knowles Private -
................ 6 Alison Woodall Private -
.................... +David Buchanan Private -
.................... 7 Mark Buchanan Private -
.................... 7 Catherine Buchanan Private -
................ 6 John Woodall Private -
.................... +Julie Private -
................ *2nd Wife of John Woodall:
.................... +Amie Bucknall Private -
.................... 7 Millie Woodall Private -
.................... 7 William Edward Woodall Private -
............ 5 Anne Barbara Armstrong Private -
......... 4 Annie Armstrong 1904 - 2006
............ +Anthony Priestman 1912
............ 5 William A Priestman 1942 - 1943
............ 5 Sara Priestman Private -
................ +Edward Holliday Private -
................ 6 John Holliday Private -
................ 6 Mary Holliday Private -
..... 3 Mary Armstrong 1864 - 1945
......... +[12] Edward Barron Goodfellow 1850 - 1903
......... 4 Clara Frances Barron Armstrong 1882 - 1965
............ +George Purdie Porteous 1889 - 1940
............ 5 George Porteous 1920 - 1960
......... 4 John Armstrong 1883 - 1930
..... 3 Eleanor Armstrong 1865 - 1931
. 2 Sarah Armstrong 1830 - 1851
. 2 William Armstrong 1834 - 1849
. 2 Thomas Armstrong 1836 - 1878
..... +Jane Sumpton 1839
..... 3 Mary Jane Armstrong 1859
......... +Walter Littledale Burton 1860
......... 4 Ernest Armstrong Burton 1883
......... 4 Eveline Burton 1885

© J Holmes January 2014