John Armstrong business papers
The collection contains papers related to John Armstrong's service as a surveyor in Cumberland County between 1755 and 1783. These papers include correspondence with the Surveyor-General of Pennsylvania and Delaware, John Lukens, complaints from his clients, and several survey maps drawn by Armstrong. Born in County Fermagh, Ireland in 1717, Armstrong emigrated to Pennsylvania with his wife, five brothers, and a sister. He established himself as a surveyor but in 1756 joined the militia as a captain during the Seven Years' War (French and Indian War). He led a victorious assault on the stronghold of Kittanning, earning forever the label "the Hero of Kittanning." After the war, Armstrong returned to surveying, being named deputy-surveyor in 1762. He later served several terms in the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1788, and was a founding trustee of the Carlisle Grammar School and Dickinson College.