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Aunt May's House and Julia's (Grandma's) Hogan at TseNaltHolDiltLi Julia's Hogan

Julia Armstrong



Dad
Frank Armstrong
Mom
E Ta Des Pah
Daughter
Lillie Todychini

Clan : Bit'aa'nii To dich'ii'nii
Bit'aa'nii (Folding Arms People) from mom E Ta Des Pah
To dich'ii'nii (Red Running into Water People) from dad Frank Armstrong
Birth Date : 1904
Marriage : 3rd or 4th Wife of Ush Ke Tah Le Wood
2nd Marriage to Joe Paul
Born Where : El Huerfano, Huerfano Mountain, or Dzil Ná'oodilii (Navajo)
San Juan County, New Mexico
Died : About 1985
Died Where : Mercy Hospital, Durango, Colorado
Children : May (Todychini) Paul
Mary (Todychini) Cambridge
Lillie Lapahie

Grandma Julia Armstrong was born about 1904, in Dzil Ná'oodilii (Huerfano Mesa), from Francisco, and E Ta Des Pah. Julia had five brothers and sisters. These brother and sisters were John Armstrong, Esther Armstrong, Flora Armstrong Frank Armstrong Jr., and Clifford (Glen or Glenn) Armstrong.

Grandma Julia Armstrong also had half-brothers and sisters by the relationship of Frank Armstrong with Ekle Has Pah. These children were Mary, Ford, Dodge, and Elmer Armstrong. Also Herbert Scotte, Celipe and Jim Sezter (Ekle Has Pah’s second husband was Mr. Sezter). Mary Armstrong is Dorthy’s mother

Little is known of Julia's early years. Lillie (Todychini) Lapahie, the daughter of Julia Armstrong, only knew that Julia Armstrong went to Shiprock Boarding School when she was young and knew Cora Henderson, the mom of Harrison Lapahie, Lillie’s future husband.

Julia Armstrong married Todychini Eyashi (Ush Ke Tah Le Wood) when she was very young. From them they had three girls, who were starting from the oldest, May, Mary, and Lillie Todychini. Yet, when Lillie was just a baby, Todychini Eyashi passed away, therefore, Lillie never knew her father. After Todychini Eyashi passed away, as a young widow with three small girls, her elders insisted that she marry Joe Paul, whom they thought would provide for them. Mom Lillie Todychini, therefore,always thought of Joe Paul as her father, even though by birth, she wasn't. Joe also thought of Lillie Todychini as his daughter.

In the early 1940's, Julia and Joe Paul divorced in tribal court in Shiprock, New Mexico. The reason they divorced, was because, Joe Paul, at the time was involved with Julia's sister, Susie (Flora) Armstrong. After the divorce though, Joe Paul didn't marry Susie, but married Julia's daughter, May Todychini instead over Julia's protest. The Tribal Court approved the marriage even though May Todychini was only 13 or 14 years of age. The way Lillie (Todychini) Lapahie, the daughter of Julia, describes it, the Tribal Police (or something similiar) gave Joe Paul an option, either he go to jail, or he marry one of his women. He then chose the youngest, May Todychini. It was only with in the last six years that it was discovered that no tribal court record existed regarding the divorce or the subsequent marriage. Therefore, because of Joe's incest, Joe made children with Julia, Julia's daughter, Miss May (Todychini) Paul, and Julia's sister, Flora Armstrong.

Joe and May Paul lived in a style of home typical of white people only about 50 yards away from Julia, who lived in a hogan. Many years later Julia moved about 2 miles away from them into a brick house that she paid the Navajo Tribe to build for her in Tse Nalt Holt Dilt Li. Julia and her daughter, May Paul, got along fine, even though, Joe had made children with both of them. Julia raised most of May Paul's children by herself from either her hogan or from the concrete brick house that she paid the Navajo Tribe to build for her. By the time May died, Joe and May Paul had 17 of their own children.

Because Joe had children with Julia Armstrong, May Todychini Paul, and Flora Armstrong, there are many cousins from them that are closer than cousins, almost like brothers and sisters.

A few more pictures of Julia can be found by observing her photos.

Julia's Husbands
Husband
Position
Husband's Name Husband's Children Children"s
Indian Name
1 Ush Ke Tah Le Wood Mrs. May (Todychini) Paul
Mrs. Mary Ellen (Todychini) Cambridge
Mrs. Lillie (Todychini) Lapahie
Glee Des Pah
Nah Has Pah
Anos Pah
2 Joe Paul Frank Paul
Mrs. Mable (Paul) Staley
Steven Paul
Annabel Paul
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Tosho

Dad
Frank Armstrong
Mom
E Ta Des Pah
Daughter
Lillie Todychini

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