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Title: Mrs. H.B. Vining, U.S.A. to [J. Peel, Solicitor, Armagh?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileVining, Harriet B/8
SenderVining, Harriet B.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
DestinationArmagh, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientJoshua Peel & Son
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/889/7/1: Deposited by Messrs. Joshua Peel & Son, Solicitors, Armagh.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9810032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:98.
Word Count375
TranscriptShrewsbury Park
St. Louis, Mo. [Minnesota?]

Mar [March?] 20, 95 [1895?]

I, Harriet B. Vining, the
surviving heir of Wm. [William?] M. and
Charlotte B. Armstrong, both
Wm. [William?] M Armstrong, eldest son
of Robert armstrong, who came
from the City of Enniskellen [Enniskillen?],
County of Formannah [Fermanagh?], Ireland.
The said Robert Armstrong was
adopted by his uncle, who
apprenticed him to learn
the Cabinet trade. He served
about five years in the city
of Enniskellen [Enniskillen?]; and became
dissatisfied before he served
his term out; and sailed to
America, and landed in
Philadelphia, Penn [Pennsylvania?], where
he shortly afterwards married
a lady by the name of
Mary Ann Potter.
The said Uncle, of Robert
Armstrong, owned an Entailed
Estate, known as the
Headland Estate; near the
City of Enniskellen [Enniskillen?], County of
Formanagh [Fermanagh?], that had been
in the Armstrong family
since, William the Conqueror.
The said Estate had
been decreed to Sir James
Armstrong, a bachelor, who
resided on the said Estate
with his Sister Lady Arabella.
At his death, the said
Estate was decreed to
Robert Armstrong, and at
his death; to is oldest son
William M. Armstrong and
at the said William M. Armstrong's
death; it was decreed to his
daughter Harriet.
Some years ago, said
William M. Armstrong had
received a number of letters
from the Solicitor of decrees,
of the City of Enniskellen [Enniskillen?], asking
him for information in
regard to his father Robert
Armstrong; and telling him
to hold himself in readiness
with his credentials; for at
the death of Sir James Armstrong
he would fall Heir to the
Estate. In answer, he wrote
to the Solicitor of decree, that
he had no desire to cross
the ocean; and the correspondence
ceased for a while.
William M. Armstrong died in
1882 and his daughter Harriet
employed a lawyer, to whom
she gave all the correspondence,
and he opened a correspondence
with a prominent Lawyer in
Ireland; who found upon
an investigation that there
was an unbroken chain of
evidence, in which she
would become the heir.
This Lawyer in St. Louis,
received money to farther [further?] the
investigation, and shortly
afterwards moved away from
St. Louis; and ignored the request
to give up the correspondence; we
fear there is some crooked business
Yours Very Respectfully
Harriet B. Vining.