Dr. Asher Armstrong

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

DR. ASHER ARMSTRONG, son of Bela Armstrong, was born in Massachusetts, Feb. 8, 1776. He received an academic education, and at an early age commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Knott, of Connecticut. He graduated at one of the medical colleges in the East, and in 1796 commenced the practice of medicine at Hoosick, Rensselaer Co., N. Y.

He was a thorough student, and one of the very best physicians of his day. As aman he was greatly respected by all who knew him. He was a Whig in politics, and for many years was postmaster of Hoosick. He married Molly, a daughter of Rev. Aaron Haynes, of Bennington, Vt., Dec. 19, 1799, by whom he had ten children. Mrs. Molly H. Armstrong was born at Bennington, Vt., Dec. 12, 1779. Dr. Armstrong died Nov. 23, 1832. His wife was a lady much thought of by the community, and one whose Christian character is stamped upon the memory of her children.

Dr. Prosper M. Armstrong, son of Dr. and Mrs. Asher Armstrong, was born in Hoosick, Aug. 11, 1802. He received an academic education at Bennington, Vt., and graduated at the medical college at Pittsfield, Mass., about the year 1825. He immediately commenced the practice of medicine with his honored father, and upon his father's death, in 1822, he had a large and increasing practice. He greatly distinguished himself as a practitioner, and continued to ride until within two years of this death, which occurred Feb. 14, 1857. As a citizen he won the esteem of those who knew him. He married Sarah, daughter of Amasa Kenyon, a prominent of Hoosick at that time, by whom he had four children. Of this family, one daughter only is living.

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