Anyone know about James Armstrong born Ireland, joined the Royal Artillery, married Annie Elizabeth Clark & lived & died in London, England?
I have a huge brickwall here with my other maternal Gt Grandfather.
James Armstrong (b. Sept 1838)in Ireland but village, town, county unknown). Though to be born in what is now Northern Ireland, possibly in county Antrim but I hav eno proof of this as all documents state his place of birth simply as "Ireland". Joined Royal Artillery as a gunner. Not known if this was in Ireland or England. Was probably detached at Portsmouth 1860-61, Aldershot 1861, Plymouth 1862. Married (12 Oct 1874 I have the original certificate)Annie Elizabeth Clark. Both gave same residence at Featherstone St. London. Was he on leave. What employment did she have? She MAY have been a lady's maid in Paddington but this is not disclosed on the marriage certificate. His father is Hugh ARMSTRONG, labourer & hers William CLARK, labourer. The Clark family came from Netteswell & nearby, Essex, England.
James serves in the Anglo Zulu war (see medals in photo)1877-79 but in Transport & Commissariat. 1878 at Fermoy Barracks, Ireland again Transport & Commissariat. 1881 living Broadwalk, Southwark, London & is in Commissariat & Mess. 1891 in 4E Block, Peabody Buildings, Brondesbury, Covent Garden, London - probably on an army pension - but Transport & Mess were both army & private variously in the time of his employ. Died 1899. Does anyone know anything about this James Armstrong? Did he have siblings? Where was he born? Are there any living Armstrong relatives? It was generally believed that James came from Northern Ireland and that his ancestors were originally Scottish & were planted in Ireland, with many other protestant families, in the time of James I. He was NOT RC & neither was his family but it is not known if he kept any other religion. Does anyone have anything to add to the Clark family? Annie's mother was Ann Aylett (Aylet) another Essex family but thought to have been originally French.
My public tree on www.ancestry.co.uk (or .com) is Josephine Salt Family Tree 13 February 2015.
The photo is of James Armstrong & his wife Annie nee Clark.
Thanks in hope.