Johnston ancestry is a work in progress. This document is an attempt to
combine several conflicting sources, and is intended to be a roll from
the first head of the Johnston family to our emigrant ancestor. Many of
our ancestors followed the Scottish
- First son -
named after Paternal Grandfather
- Second son -
named after Maternal Grandfather
- Third son -
named after Father
- First daughter
- named after Maternal Grandmother
daughter - named after Paternal Grandmother
- Third daughter
- named after Mother
lineage role is as follows:
The Saxon founder of our family was John de Jonistoun who was given a
charter by Robert Bruce's grandfather, the Earl of Annadale.
Hugo de Johnstone owned several estates in East Lothian.
Sir John de Johnstone, donated land to the Soltra monastery in 1285.
John de Johnstone, was present at the charter of lands in Annadale
Gilbert de Johnstone, who died in 1360.
Sir John de Johnstone, who in 1371 was the first in our line to carry
the title of "Warden of the West Marshes". He died in 1383.
Sir Adam Johnstone, of Johnstone, who served at the battle at Sark in
1448. He helped suppress the Douglas rebellion against the monarchy in
1455. Through his first wife our lineage continued. This union
produced two sons, James and John. His second wife was a descendent of
Robert Bruce. This union produced his son Mathew, who founded many
other Johnston lines.
James Johnstone of Johnstone.
Adam Johnstone of Johnstone.
James Johnstone of Johnstone, who died in 1529.
John Johnstone of Johnstone, who obtained lands in 1542, 1545, and
1550. He fought in the battle of Pinkie. His wife was Elizabeth
Jardine. This union produced four children, James, Robert, Dorthea, and
Margaret. John died in 1558.
James Johnstone, of Johnstone, who Married Margaret Hamilton. This
union produced one son, John.
John Johnstone of Johnstone, who succeeded his grandfather. He served
Scotland as Warden of the West Marshes and Justice-General. Margaret.
his wife, was the daughter of Sir Walter Scott. This union produced
four children, James, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Grizzel (The name Grizzel
means Christian battle).
Sir James Johnstone of Johnstone, was knighted at by Queen Elizabeth at
the coronation of Queen Anne of Denmark, and served as Warden of the
West Marshes. He married Sarah. James was murdered by Lord Maxwell in
James Johnston of Johnstone. He was named Earl of Hartfell. He married
three times. His children were James, William, Thomas, Margaret, Mary,
Janet, and John.
John Johnston's children were James, Andrew,
John, William, Francis, Stephen, Elizabeth, and Eleanor. His sons,
Stephen, and Francis emigrated to the United States at the end of the
Revolutionary War, sometime around 1786.
James Johnston who remained In Ireland when his brothers emigrated,
arriving later. His
sons James, William, and Robert emigrated circa 1816, at the request of
their cousin, Colonel Johnston, a Federal Indian Agent located in Piqua,
18. William was our emigrant ancestor. He
arrived in Miami County around
1817 and located in Piqua, Ohio, where he remained for a short time.
He was then employed by the Government and sent by Col. Johnston to
Anderson, Indiana, and from there he went to Wapakoneta, Ohio, where he
remained several years. In 1823 he came to Shelby County and located in Loramie Township, on land in section 18, which he had entered several
years prior to settling in the
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. . Timothy A. Mann