Niagara County

1897 Biography - Selner E. Armstrong

Armstrong, Selner E., Somerset, was born in the town of Wheatland, Monroe county, October 31, 1845, and is a son of Elon G. and Mary Matilda (Gilman) Armstrong. His mother was born July 25, 1824, in Pennsylvania and came to New York, settling in Livingston county. His father was born April 9, 1820, in the town of Leschester, Livingston county. They were married in August, 1844. There were four children in this family, of whom the subject is the oldest: Lala E., now Mrs. J. W. Comstock; Mary J., now Mrs. Ellicott, and Henry C. E. Mr. Armstrong married Emma Wise, December 25, 1867, and they have one daughter, Anna E., born September 17, 1882. May 21, 1861, Mr. Armstrong enlisted in Co. H, 27th N. Y. Vols., serving two years, when the regiment was discharged May 31, 1863. He then re-enlisted and helped raise the 22d N. Y. Vol. Cav., in which he served until the close of the war, being discharged August 9, 1865. Upon his arrival home he engaged in the milling business at Shelby, N. Y., where he remained four years, when he moved to Muskegan, Mich., remaining there until April, 1872, when he removed to Lockport, and since then he has been a resident of Niagara county. July 12, 1889, he was appointed keeper of the government light station at Thirty-mile Point, on Lake Ontario, Niagara county, which position he still holds.

Extracted from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York

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