Reverend Amzi Lewis Armstrong
Born 1827
Nichols, New York
Died November 23, 1910 (age 83)
Dutch Neck, New Jersey
Education Princeton University (1852)
Title Reverend
Spouse Annie Rue (1872-1910)

Reverend Amzi Lewis Armstrong (1827-1910) was a Presbyterian minister and a director of the First National Bank of Cranbury.[1] He was murdered on November 23, 1910 in Dutch Neck, New Jersey with his wife.[2][3]


He was born in August 1827 to Francis Armstrong (1788-1881) and Huldah Poppino in Nichols, Tioga, New York.

He graduated from Princeton University in the class of 1852 then worked as a clerk at the Presbytr of New Brunswick.[4]

On April 22, 1856 he was licensed to preach in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He married Catharine Ann Hoover (1833-1886) on May 10, 1871 in Manhattan. She was previously married to Reverend Thomas D. Hoover (?-1867) of Cranbury, New Jersey. Catharine died on September 16, 1886 and was buried in Westminster Cemetery in Cranbury. He next married Annie Rue (1872-1910) on January 23, 1900.

They were both murdered by John Sears by stabbing on November 23, 1910.[4]

Sears was convicted and sentenced to die in the electric chair on March 10, 1911. Sears was the nineteenth criminal given the electric chair in New Jersey and the first Mercer County, New Jersey resident.

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  1. ^ Peggy S. Brennan and Frank J. Brennan (1995). Cranbury. Arcadia Publishing. 
  2. ^ "Murdered Minister and Wife Buried; Throngs Assemble in Dutch Neck as a Last Tribute to Victims". New York Times. November 27, 1910. Retrieved 2007-05-24. "Trenton, New Jersey, November 26, 1910 -- The funeral of the Rev. Amzi Armstrong and his wife, who were murdered at their home in Dutch Neck last Wednesday night, took place this afternoon at the Presbyterian church in that village. The Rev. Thomas Brown, who succeeded ..." 
  3. ^ Gerald Tomlinson. Seven Jersey Murders. ISBN 1-4134-1206-8. 
  4. ^ a b "Amzi L. Armstrong". New York Observer. December 8, 1910. Retrieved 2013-06-13. "The Rev. Amzi L. Armstrong, D.D., of Dutch Neck, N. J., and his wife, Annie Rue Armstrong, were shot to death on the night of Nov. 23 in the parsonage by John Sears a mulatto, whose mother was employed by the family; the young man was also a member of the household. Robbery and revenge were the motives for the double murder. Mr. Armstrong was eighty-three years old. His wife was forty-two years old. She was a member of an old Dutch Neck family. Mr. Armstrong was a graduate of Princeton in the class of 1852, and for many years and at the time of his death was stated clerk of the Presbytery of New Brunswick. He was a learned and scholarly man, who preferred the leisure of a country parsonage to the higher paid but more exacting work of a city pastor. He had been in charge of the Dutch Neck Church for upward of forty years." 

Further reading[]

  • Cranbury Press; March 11, 1911.
  • New York Times; November 27, 1910
NAME Armstrong, Amzi