Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas
Ramsey Clark Armstrong was born October 4, 1842 and when he
was 18 years old (1860) he was certified and ordained to preach for the
Methodist Church in Texas.
In 1862 the 27th Regiment, Texas Cavalry was organized, it was also known as the
1st Texas Legion or Whitfield's Legion. Most of the men for this troop were
recruited from north Texas, Daingerfield, Clarksville, Paris, and Titus County.
Private Armstrong served in Company E of this Regiment that in 1862 saw action
at Elkhorn Tavern, Arkansas and Iuka, Corinth and Hatchie Bridge, Mississippi.
Private Armstrong served this company until August 1, 1863 when he was
transferred to Co H, 9th Texas Cavalry where they continued the fight in
Mississippi and then participated in the Atlanta Campaign and operations in
Tennessee. He however, was recommended for Chaplain and transferred to Staff.
His name appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War Detachments that surrendered May
26, 1865. He was paroled in the field August, 1865.
It was through this service that he received a pension from the state of Texas.
After the war he continued his assistance to the Lord and "held pastorates in
Weatherford, Waco, Mulkey Memorial Church, Fort Worth and many other Central and
West Texas cities."
In 1932, about the age of 90 he retired from the pulpit and removed to Ft Worth
and then to Dallas where he passed away July 9, 1933 and was buried in
Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana
next to his first wife, Matilda.
July 10, 1933
R. C. Armstrong, 90, Pastor, Dies.
The Rev. R. C. Armstrong, 90, Methodist preacher in Texas for the last seventy
years, died in Dallas Sunday afternoon. He had been in failing health six
months. The minister was the father of Mrs. A. B. Flanary of 3628 Lemmon avenue.
Funeral services will be held in the First Methodist Church,
Corsicana, Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. J. W. Bergin, Corsicana; The Rev. C.
O. Shugart, pastor of Central Methodist Church, Fort Worth; the Rev. W. H.
Coleman, pastor of Polytechnic Methodist Church, Fort Worth; the Rev. Casper
Smith Wright, presiding elder of the Corsicana Methodist district; the Rev.
C. R. Wright, presiding elder of the Waxahachie Methodist district, and the
Rev. W. D. Bradfield of Southern Methodist University, will officiate.
Mr. Armstrong was licensed to preach when he was 18 and was ordained soon
afterward. He held pastorates in Weatherford, Waco, Mulkey Memorial Church,
Fort Worth, and many other Central and West Texas cities. He continued to
preach until last year, filling the pulpit at Central Methodist Church on
his birth anniversary. He was superannuated about six years ago. He made his
home in Fort Worth following his retirement until he removed to Dallas about
six months ago.
Survivors are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Mittie
McCammon and Mrs. Flanary, Dallas; two sons, George W. Armstrong and R. C.
Armstrong, Fort Worth and nine grandchildren.
R. C. Armstrong's wife Matilda was daughter of
George Washington Smyth who signed the Declaration of Independence
Sources: Susan Robinson, obituary, grave marker.
Matilda M. (Smythe) Armstrong