Thomas Columbus Armstrong was the second husband of Mary Ann MILES HAWKES. Her history indicates that Thomas Armstrong left her and another wife Eliza Ann BOWBEAR for greener pastures in CA. (Eliza Ann BOWBEAR was a grand daughter of Mary Ann MILES HAWKES.)
Pioneer Trail from England:
Armstrong, Thomas Columbus
Birth Date: 9 Sep. 1817
Death Date: 23 Nov. 1900
Company: Edmund Ellsworth Company (1856)
came with mother and son; began in Ellsworth company, but finished in McArthur's company
Armstrong, Eliza Salt (63)
Armstrong, Thomas Columbus (38)
Armstrong, Thomas Columbus, Jr. (13)
Departure: 9 June 1856
Arrival: 26 September 1856
1st handcart company had about 280 individuals, 56 handcarts, and 3 wagons when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Iowa City, Iowa.
Source of Trail Excerpt:
Armstrong, Thomas Columbus, Autobiographical sketch, in 85th Quorum, Biographies, 1844-1894, reel 36, 14, in Seventies Quorum Records, 1844-1975.
Read Trail Excerpt:
. . . & on 27th June 1856 I with my Mother [Eliza Salt Armstrong] & son [Thomas Columbus Armstrong, Jr.] started up the River for Florence in route for G. S. L. City (my wife [Elizabeth Halse Armstrong] refused staying behind in St. Louis)[.] After a short stay at Florence to get Cattle the[n] We started in company with the First Hand Cart Company across the plains. I staid at Laramie to buy a yoke of Cattle which caused a weeks detention[.] After travelling from there a few days alone we fell in with the 3rd Hand Cart company & rolled on with them & finally arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake on Sunday 5th / 56 all well
NOTE: new.familysearch indicates Elizabeth Halse Armstrong died 1888 in Salt Lake City.