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Re: Richard Malone & Rebecca of Centre County, PA
Posted by: Beverly Craig (ID *****2274) Date: February 20, 2012 at 19:48:55
In Reply to: Re: Richard Malone & Rebecca of Centre County, PA by Martha Bash of 4474

I think the source for the information on Fannie Malone (nee Armstrong) McCormick probably comes from the book, "Nebraska, The Land and the People, Volume 2" by Addison Erwin Sheldon, Published 1931 and which can be accessed at

That said, I believe the information in this family profile of Martin Henry Deffenbaugh, M.D. whose ancestry includes Fannie Malone Armstrong McCormick has at least one error in tracing the Daniel Armstrong who married Ann Malone. It says that Ann's husband was the Daniel Armstrong who served in the Revolutionary War in Morgan's Rifle Regiment, Third PA Continental Line & in Capt. Robinson's Rangers.

There was a Daniel Armstrong who served as a private in Capt. Hawkin Boone's Company of Riflemen under Col. Daniel Morgan. In another document this same Daniel Armstrong was said to have served in the 3rd PA Regiment in Capt. Thomas Moore's Company. It is my belief that this was an entirely different Daniel Armstrong & not the Daniel who married Ann Malone.

When Nancy Armstrong of Columbus, OH applied for a Rev. War pension, she said that her husband Daniel had served in Col. Kelly and Col. Hunter's regiments in PA. Her application was denied for lack of proof of service. The other Daniel Armstrong I believe had proof of his service but I will need to re-check this.

Also, in the Dr. Deffenbaugh biography, it says that Nancy Ann Malone was the "first" wife of Daniel Armstrong. This implies that there was a 2nd wife? The Nancy Armstrong who applied for the pension did so after the death of her husband. This makes one wonder if his first wife was Ann Malone and whether there was a second wife named Nancy ??

Here are the records I could find for Daniel Armstrong, husband of Ann Malone:

1789 - Daniel Armstrong signed a petition from residents of Bald Eagle Twp., Northumberland County, PA asking that a magistrate be appointed for this township. Others signing the petiton were Richard Malone, SR, Francis Malone and Richard Malone, Jr.

1790 Census - Daniel Armstrong was living near Richard Malone, SR in Mifflin County, PA. He and his wife have 3 children: 1 son and 2 daughters.

1800 Census - could not find

1801 - Daniel Armstrong was listed as a taxable in Upper Bald Eagle Twp., Centre County, PA.

No trace of Daniel or Ann Armstrong found after this date by the compiler.

The Richard Malone, SR, probate file had no affidavit signed by either Daniel or Ann relating to their share of the estate as did some of the other adult children who had moved to OH and had appointed others living in Centre County PA to represent their interests in the estate.

Now back to Nancy Armstrong, widow of Daniel. The biography says that she died December 25, 1842, and her daughter Fannie Malone Armstrong McCormick, who had married George McCormick died 1 year, 1 day later, on December 26, 1843. George McCormick was abt. 16 years older than Fannie and died in 1849 per the biography. Thus, neither one of them appear in a census where all family members are listed.

It IS interesting to note that one of the witnesses for Nancy Armstrong of Columbus, OH when she applied for the pension in 1841 was Catharine Boggs. Ann Malone Armstrong had a half-sister, Catherine Malone Boggs. Catherine was 18 years younger than Ann. The other witness was Uriah Barker of Scioto County, OH. I could find no connection to the Malones for this individual. Because I was unable to find Daniel or Ann or Nancy Armstrong in any census record after 1790, there is no way to know if Nancy's age matched that of Ann Malone Armstrong. If Nancy Armstrong WAS Ann Malone Armstrong, she would have been 87 years old at the time of her death.

One more interesting note: There were a couple of other male Armstrongs who lived in Columbus, OH and who are in the 1850 Census. I need to re-check this, but I believe they were both born before 1790. Note the 1790 census for the Daniel Armstrong family. There was only 1 male Armstrong in their family who was born by 1790.

At this point, I don't think there is enough evidence to confirm the lineage given in the article. However, the name Fannie Malone ARmstrong certainly suggests that she was indeed related as purported or in some other way to the Richard Malone family of Centre County, PA.

Regarding James Ramsey: I personally think that either Richard Malone's first wife Mary or his second wife Rebecca must have been the Widow Ramsey and James was his step-son.

Beverly Craig

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