Looking for family of Nelson Armstrong from Alabama around 1875...father: Isaac Armstrong, mother: Cursa Cornelison

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I am looking for connections to this lineage...full name is Nelson A (or Allawishes or Aloysius) Armstrong, birthdate: 1874 in Alabama.
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Look at 1880 Census,Nathan Armstrong & Cursa C. Armstrong they have son

Isaac J. Armstrong who was father of Nelson Armstrong.Nelson born Nov 10

1874 died Satbuo,Hopkins,Texas Feb 17 1940.

Isaac J. Armstrong born abt 1864,His father Nathan Armstrong,mother Cursa

C. Armstrong (nee) Cornelison.

Nelson death records Texas Deaths 1890-1976
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (784k points)
selected by Michael Armstrong
That makes Isaac 10y when Nelson was born, though.  Does that makes sense?  Any idea why the 1890 US census is missing from records?

I appreciate the help, by the way.  I owe you a steak.
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This is not going to help sort out your dilemma, but I think you may have names mixed up.  Nathan Armstrong married  Cursa/Coursey/ Cursy Charlotte Franklin

There are numerous census records of this couple as well as other records.  They had a son Isaac b. abt 1863.  No son Nelson.  I wasn't able to find a wife for Isaac other than the last name on Nelson's death record.  It doesn't seem possible that Nelson is the son of Isaac, and he is not listed as a child of Cursa and Nathan?

Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957


Citing this Record: "Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQ9N-KZ3), Nathan Armstrong and Coursey Charlotte Franklin, 01 Apr 1860; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1034797.


Name: Nathan Armstrong

Spouse: Coursey Charlotte Franklin

Marriage:  01 Apr 1860  Blount, Alabama



U S Census, 1900 Precincts 19-20 Walker, Bangor, Blount, AL


Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9Z5-JQ6 ), Isaac Armstrong, Precincts 19-20 Walker, Bangor, Blount, Alabama, United States; citing sheet 4A, family 56, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240003.


Isaac Armstrong Head M  37 Oct. 1863 White married 14 years (No other members in this household?)



U S Census, 1880 Township 13 Range 2 West, Blount, AL

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4JM-N8P ), Isaac J Armstrong in household of Nathan Armstrong, Township 13 Range 2 West, Blount, Alabama, United States; citing sheet 486B, NARA microfilm publication T9.

Nathan Armstrong  Self M 47 AL

Cursa C Armstrong  Wife F 38 AL  

Asham J Armstrong  Son M 19 AL

Isaac J Armstrong  Son M 16 AL  

Taylor A L Armstrong  Son M 8 AL  

Nancy M Armstrong  Dau F 6 AL

Sarah M Armstrong  Dau F 4 AL

Nathan T Armstrong  Son M 2 AL

Emley S Armstrong  Dau F 0 AL

Willie Franklin  Bro-in-law M 17 AL

Frances C Elliot  Niece F 3 AL

William M Armstrong  Son M 14 AL

Mary E Armstrong  Dau F 12 AL

Daniel D Armstrong  Son M 10 AL


U S Census, 1870 Township 13 Range 2 West, Blount, AL

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHVP-YBD), Nathan Armstrong, Alabama, United States; citing p. 4, family 21, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545502.

Nathan Armstrong   M 39 Alabama

Charlotte Armstrong   F 27 Alabama

Jesse Armstrong   M 10 Alabama

Matilda Armstrong   F 9 Alabama

Isaac Armstrong   M 7 Alabama

Elizabeth Armstrong   F 4 Alabama

Daniel Armstrong   M 1 Alabama


U S Census, 1860 Sub Div No 1, Blount, AL

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHDC-HYG ), Nathan Armstrong, Sub Div No 1, Blount, Alabama, United States; citing "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; p. 60, household ID 410, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 803002

Nathan Armstrong   M 25 Ala   

Charlott Armstrong   F 18 Ala


More on Cursa/Cursey/Kersey Charlotte/Lottie and Nathan:


answered by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (610k points)
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Yeah, I've got all those records but cannot find Nelson anywhere.  On his death certificate, we have that his father was an Isaac Armstrong (no middle initial).  For his mother, it lists a marked out first name (illegible)  with a question mark and the word "Cornelison".  Both parents are from Alabama acc to the death records.  I have no other traces of Nelson outside of his WWI registration and census reports from the early 1900's in Texas that would give us his full name or his parents.

We guess his name was "Allawishes" as it was in a family bible, but we've also seen "Aloysius" as a common name during that time period.  I've done an AncestryDNA test, but so far there are zero connections to any leads.

There is another Isaac Armstrong in Blount Co, Alabama, listed as "Isaac Harper Armstrong" but again no "Nelson" shows up anywhere and I don't see a "Cornelison" listed in his census reports so far.

This is all I have to go on.  Any ideas on this?  We have no employment records as he was a farmer his entire life except for the K-M-T railroad, which didn't keep employment records.

I really appreciate all of you helping on this.  Believe it or not, this is something my family has worked on since 1989.

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