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John Armstrong: b. Nov. 27, 1798, Phila., Pa.; d. Sept. 15, 1844, near Columbus, Miss.; impoverished in early life, he served an apprenticeship as a tinker; following his conversion and call to the ministry, he placed himself under William Staughton’s (q.v.) instruction, first at the latter’s Theological Institution at Sansom Street Baptist, Phila., then at Columbian College, Washington, D.C.; . . . .at the invitation of the First Baptist Church, Columbus, Mississippi, he removed there in the spring of 1840; during the winter of 1840-1841, assisted by John Mason Peck, agent of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, “a meeting of considerable interest” was held at First Baptist, Columbus, with over 30 persons being added to the church by baptism; Armstrong was chosen pastor of First Baptist, Columbus, Miss., 1841-spring 1843, . . . .and conducted private instruction to students in the classics. . . .He retired to his plantation residence in Noxubee County, “between twelve and fifteen miles from Columbus,” where he died from a fever.
►References: William C. Crane, “Biographical Sketch of Rev. John Armstrong,” B.M., 4 (1845), No. 6 (June): 161-165 (where initially his wife’s maiden name is shown as Pomeroy), republished as “John Armstrong,” in Sprague (2), 753-757 (where his wife’s maiden name is there shown as Pouncey); Allen (1832), 148, 150, 153; Cathcart (2), 41, 854; Hodgkins, 85; Robert N. Nash, “John Armstrong,” D.E.B., 1: 28; P.B.A. Minutes, 1820, 5.
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