William Powell Armitage

William Powell Armitage

Male 1798 - 1867  (69 years)

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  • Name William Powell Armitage 
    Born 1798  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Feb 1867 
    Age 69 years 
    Person ID I40523  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Family Hannah Unknown
              b. 1805 
    Married: 1x1. Frederick Foster Armitage
              b. 1836
              d. 20 Aug 1860, Dexter, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)  [natural]
     2. John Wesley Armitage
              b. 1 Jul 1829, Watertown, Jefferson, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Feb 1910, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     3. Eliza M. Armitage
              b. 1834  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F15101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Cemetery record: William P Armatice, age 70 years, 2 months
      He was born in England but lived in Ireland before coming to America.
      1st wife: unknown
      2nd wife: Hannah unknown
      Children: John Wesley Armitage, Elizabeth Armitage, Frederick Foster Armitage
      occ: miller

      The family of Armitage is one of great antiquity in England. The family was seated in Yorkshire, where the first to bear a title was Sir Francis Armytage, who was created a baronet December 15, 1641, by King Charles I., a title still held by the English family. Arms: A lion's head erased between three cross crosslets arg. Crest: A dexter arm embowed, couped at the shoulder habited, or the cuff argent holding in the hand proper a staff gules, headed and pointed over motto. "Semper paratus." A branch of the family settled in Ireland, where the spelling was usually Armitage. The founder of the American family now living in Troy, New York, was William Powell Armitage, who was born in England, and was for a time a resident of Ireland, but later came to the United States, where he died. He was a miller by trade, and was living at the date of his death in Belleville, Jefferson county, New York. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and of an intense religious nature. He was twice married, the descent being through his second wife, Hannah, who bore him three children: John Wesley (see forward), Foster and Elizabeth.

      (II) John Wesley, eldest son of William Powell and Hannah Armitage, was born July 1, 1829, at Watertown, New York, died at Dayton, Ohio, February 18, 1910. He learned his father's trade and worked with him when a young man. He formed a partnership with W. F. Mosley in the sale of Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines, hoopskirts and notions. He advertised in the daily papers a hoopskirt for a song, and to his surprise a lady came to his store and sang the then popular song, "Willie, We Have Missed You," and demanded the hoopskirt, which Mr. Armitage gallantly gave her. He was an ardent Whig and Abolitionist, and threw himself, heart and soul, into the election of Abraham Lincoln. He was a delegate to the convention that formed the Republican party in New York, and to the national convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency. He organized a company of "Wide-Awakes" during the first Lincoln campaign that was the first organization of the kind in the state of New York. Three months before war broke out he enlisted with his "Wide-Awakes" (Freeman cadets) for service. This was the first organized company in the state. He was captain of Company A, Second Regiment, New York, and for "gallant and meritorious conduct" was brevetted major and lieutenant-colonel. He was taken ill and had to return to his home. After his recovery he was appointed chief of a division in the quartermaster-general's offices at Washington. Later he was inspector of customs in New York, and in 1884 removed to Dayton, Ohio, where he died. He met death like the gallant old hero he was - bravely and cheerfully. He married (first) Lydia Allen Ingalls, born in Schoharie county, New York, 1819, died January 12, 1887, in Troy. Children:

      Eliza M., married H. W. Bruce; children:
      J. Edward M.,
      Alice Bruce.
      William Powell, see forward.