Lydia Bledsoe Hunter continues to share gems from her family, which migrated from the area of northeastern Wilson County and southwestern Edgecombe County. Haywood Armstrong was born enslaved to Abraham and Cherry Armstrong, most likely around the present-day Town Creek community east of Elm City.
Around 1889, Haywood and his wife Agnes Bullock Armstrong, who was born just across the county line in Edgecombe County, following hundreds of Black North Carolinians, moved their family more than 900 miles to central Arkansas.
Haywood and Agnes Armstrong’s descendants created this commemorative calendar to raise funds for the upkeep of the family’s cemetery. It features photos and mini-bios of each of the Armstrongs’ children set against backdrops of rural Lonoke County.
Caroline Lee Armstrong Moore.
Charlie Armstrong Sr.
Mollie Armstrong Daniel.
William H. Armstrong.
Benjamin H. Armstrong.
Cherry Armstrong Meadows, the first child born in Arkansas.
Anna Armstrong Parker and Frank J. Armstrong.
Minnie Armstrong Johnson.
Agnes Armstrong Mitchell and Hayward A. Armstrong.
Lollie Armstrong Nicks.
Many thanks to Lydia for sharing the Armstrong family commemorative calendar.