Dr. Rezin Laurence Armstrong Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Dr. Rezin Laurence Armstrong was born
in Dallas County, Alabama, on December 30, 1821, and died at
Pleasant Hill, this parish, January 4, 1899.
He was of Scotch-Irish descent, and a
worthy son of sturdy and heroic sires. Tradition relates that
his great-grandfather was burned at the stake by savages in some
portion of what was then referred to as "the wilderness of the
West." His grandfather, William Armstrong, was a pioneer and
Indian fighter of Christian County, Kentucky, who made the
savages pay dearly for the murder of his sire.
The father of Dr. Laurence moved to
Sabine parish in 1847, and from that time until his death the
doctor practiced his profession in the vicinity of Pleasant Hill
and was a prominent figure in the community for more than half a
In his youth, while still a resident
of Alabama, he graduated in medicine at the New Orleans Medical
College, a prototype of the present Tulane University.
Soon afterwards, on February 27,
1845, he married his first wife, Cynthia Reed. Of the several
children of that marriage.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.