1889 Bio Index
JACOB ARMENTROUT, the father of Philip Armentrout, was born June 18, 1800, in Rockingham County, Virginia. His father died when he was four years of age, but his mother and brothers assisted him to gain a fair education. In the month of August, 1820, he moved with his brother to Richland County, Ohio, and after a short sojourn there to Knox County, Ohio, where he served a three years' apprenticeship to a cabinet-maker; he then returned to Richland County, and worked at his trade for some time, and returned to Virginia. After a short time he went back to Ohio, and worked at his trade, but not feeling satisfied he again returned to the State of his nativity, and there on April 17, 1825, he was married to Mary Hammen, of Rockingham County. In the fall of 1826 they emigrated to Ohio and settled in Newville, where he plied his trade, held the office of justice of the peace for nine years, and that of postmaster for six years. After a residence of sixteen years in Newville, he purchased a farm two miles west of the place, on which he lived seven years, when he sold out and went to Kosciusko County, Indiana; there he bought a farm which he cultivated five years, when he emigrated to Iowa in 1853 and bought a farm on which he passed the remainder of his days. He held the office of justice of the peace in Cedar County for eight years. Jacob Armentrout's father, being the eldest of the family, under the old colonial laws inherited the entire estate of his father, but he divided equally with his brothers and sisters. He left a wife, five sons and seven daughters to mourn his loss. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, being gentlemanly, courteous, and obliging to a fault.
Source: 1889 Biographical History of Shelby County, Iowa, pp. 629-630. Transcribed by Marthann Kohl-Fuhs.