Armstrong, Seymour W.

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Seymour W. Armstrong was born in Knox August 23, 1855, the son of James Armstrong and Catherine Ann Williams.


He was warden at the Albany Jail in Albany, NY.

Marriage & Children

On December 25, 1877, Seymour married Augusta Olivia Allen (8/5/1851 - 2/5/1937), the daughter of Sylvester Allen and Sarah Bunzey. They had the following children:

  • Marshall Allen Armstrong (10/25/1878 - 6/21/1950, m. 12/6/1906 Louise Ruth Tegler of Albany)
  • Walter Edson Armstrong (4/9/1881 - 3/12/1980, m. Ada Elston, 1882-1942, m. Helen Humiston);
  • Leonard J. Armstrong (4/27/1887, m. Anna Knauf)
  • Robert S. Armstrong (7/22/1889 - 4/10/1973, m. Elsie Cermak)


Seymour died December 25,1909, and is buried in Knox Cemetery in Knox


Additional Media


ARMSTRONG — At Dunnsvllle, June 21, Marshall A., husband of Augusta Allen; father of Robert, of Scotia, Evlyn Weidman of Ilion, Jane Morgan, of Schenectady, and Frederick of Dayton, Pa.; brother of Walter, Leonard, and Robert Armstrong. Funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. from the Fredendall Funeral home, Altamont. Interment at Knox cemetery.

Altamont Enterprise - June 30, 1950

Village's Oldest Citizen Dies March 12 at 98

On March 12. Walter Armstrong, a month shy of his 99th birthday, was at rest.

He was born April 9, 1881 on Knox Cave Road, Knox, one of four sons of Augusta Allen and Seymour Armstrong. He attended the Knox School and Albany Business College on Washington Ave. in Albany.

Among his many lines of employment, he spent a brief time in the payroll office of the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady. His stay there was brief as he did not enjoy traveling to and from work in the dark. He also sold insurance aswell as Singer sewing machines and often walked to Voorheesville to make collections.

He worked at the Hagaman Bakery on Madison Ave. in Albany as did his brothers. He met his bride, Ada Elston, at Hagaman's where she was also employed. They were married in the early 1900s.

Their first son, John, was born in Kingston where they operated a bakery. Son William was also born while the family resided in Kingston.

In the fall of 1915 Walter sold the bakery and moved to the farm called Armstrongville on Dunnsville Road. Son Harry was born a month later; In the years to follow, Francis, Charles and Arthur were born. Francis died in infancy during a flu epidemic.

In the spring 1942, his wife Ada, died. In 1945, Walter went into partial retirement. Although he was no longer farming, he built six houses.

In the mid '50s he met and married Helen Kelley of New Hampshire. Approximately 10 years later, Helen died.

Walter Armstrong was affectionately called, "Grandfather" by his family. He sang in the choirs of the Township Methodist Church which is now a Baptist church, and St. John's Lutheran Church. Walter was a man who could outwalk anyone, and at 80 he was still playing baseball with the kids.

During the past three years, he was confined to a nursing home.

He is survived by his five sons, John, William, Harry, Charles and Arthur; 21 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren; Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, March 15 at the Fredendall Funeral Home with Rev. James K. Hilton officiating. Burial will take place in Knox.

Altamont Enterprise - March 21, 1980


ARMSTRONG—Altamont, R. D. 1, July 24, Louise Ruth Teglar, wife of the late Marshall A. Armstrong; mother of Robert A. Armstrong of Altamont, RD 1, Evelyn Weidman of Guilderland, Jane Morgan of Schenectady, and the late Marion Beatrice Armstrong; sister of Mrs. Anna Siebert of Ohio, Mrs. Marie Wiedeman of Glenmont, Miss Anita Tegler and Harry Tegler, both of Albany, Cora C. Paton of Altamont, RD 1, Esther Bailey of Elsmere and the late Fred Tegler. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont.

Altamont Enterprise - August 1, 1952