Armstrong Family - Residents from 1835-1904
The Armstrong family lived at Mill House longest. Colonel William
Armstrong, a native of Scotland, came to America with the British
Army during the Revolution, and stayed on. He bought land in the
Orange County area, as did his son Edward. Edward became a farmer
and vestry man in Marlboros Episcopal Church. Many of the
family are buried in this cemetery. Edwards four sons, William
Henry, Gouverneur, John and David Maitland followed suit.
While the family lived in the large mansion known as the Danskammer
down by the Hudson, William Henry Armstrong, called "Uncle
Harry" by the family, brought his southern bride to live at
the old Acker farm during the Civil War. Harry and his
Mattie added the kitchen addition and vowed to stay out of the terrible
war that had brother fighting brother. Their beloved child, Emily,
met with an unfortunate accident and drowned in the creek at the
age of five. Her little dog, Twist, lived on and a marble plaque
in the wall her father and uncle probably built honors the dog whom
the little girl loved so dearly.
David Maitland Armstrong (1836-1918), the youngest of the four
boys, married Helen Nelson, a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant and
niece of Governor Hamilton Fish. David Maitland was admitted to
the bar, but gave up law to study art in Paris and Rome, becoming
a specialist in stained glass windows as did his daughter
and examples of their work can be seen in many of New Yorks
churches as well as the Episcopal church in Marlboro.
The Armstrong family are noted as painters, writers and poets as
well as makers of stain glass windows.
William Henry (Uncle Harry) Armstrongs (here 18621904),
talented younger brother, David Maitland Armstrong, painted his
child in front of the fireplace at the familys grand house
down the road at the Danskammer.
Our Harry and Mattie lost their five year old child,
Emily, in a drowning accident here at Mill House. In the childrens
room, in front of the fireplace, we too, have a pull horse and Dutch
delft tile. We dont have a picture of Emily and we felt that
her first cousin in the painting must resemble her. Our visiting
children liked this tribute to Emily.
Then we learned that this is not of cousin Helen or Margaret, but
a portrait of his son, Edward!