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The Reverend James Francis Armstrong


Original Member, admitted 1789

The Reverend James Francis Armstrong
2nd Secretary of the New Jersey Society 1790-1797

2nd Secretary of the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1790 — 1797
Preceded by Andrew Hunter
Succeeded by Andrew Hunter

2nd Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati in New Jersey 1790-1797. Began his service in the Revolutionary War as Private in Captain Peter Gordons Company, in the Hunterdon County, New Jersey Militia on 14 Jun 1776. Chaplain in the 2nd Canadian (Hazens) Regiment 3 Nov 1776. Brigade Chaplain 1 May 1777. Chaplain in Major General Sullivans Division 2 Dec 1777. Resigned 12 Feb 1778. Chaplain in the 2nd Regiment Maryland Line 17 Jul 1778. He was present at Yorktown at the time of the surrender. Born in West Nottingham, MD on 3 Apr 1750 and died in Trenton, NJ on 19 Jan 1816 (or 1801). Princeton graduate 1773, where he lived in the household of Dr. Witherspoon and studied under him. Also studied theology under Reverend John Blair. Princeton MA Degree 1776 or 1781.DD Degree. Master of Nasau Hall Grammar School 1773-1774. Served as minister in Elizabethtown, NJ and Trenton, NJ. Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton for 30 years in union with the church in Maidenhead (nowLawrenceville) 1786-1816. Active in the Organization of the General Assembly ofthe Presbyterian Church from 1789 and Moderator in 1804. Princeton Trustee1790- 1816. Married Susannah Livingston in 1782. [Sources:; ; (66); (98); (C); "Biographical Encyclopaedia of NewJersey" p279; Rootsweb’s World Connect Project; "Drake’s Dictionaryof American Biography", 1872; Find A Grave Memorial; "TrentonHistorical Society- Riverview Cemetery. Pic: (J).]