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I am guessing - the old nose-twitching feelings of a strong hunch - there is likely more of a connection of this family to our family story than first meets the eye.
The clues? There are not many. There is an entry in Jeannie Moorhead's Birthday Book on May 9th: "Mary E. Johnston m. Bremner". I also have two photos, one of which is labeled Mrs. BREMNER, hence I would guess that she is none other than Mary E. JOHNSTON. Another unmarked photo the same woman with the man who is likely Mr. Bremner. Both these photos are posted in a biography:
Mary E. JOHNSTON & Unnamed BREMNER There is also the reaction of cousins who feel connected to Mary.
Much of the heavy lifting when it came to unearthing information for this page was done by Wendy JACK of Australia - a dearer friend in genealogy one could never have.
Sharon Oddie Brown, August 29, 2005

 

Descendants of James Johnston

Generation No. 1

1.  JAMES1 JOHNSTON Of Leslie House, Co. Antrim (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958).) died 1707.  He married ELIZABETH LESLIE (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.). 

Children of JAMES JOHNSTON and ELIZABETH LESLIE are:

              i.   WILLIAM2 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 389.), b. 1691; d. Bef. 1707.

2.           ii.   HENRY JOHNSTON, b. 1694.

             iii.   GEORGE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 389.), b. 1698; d. 1747; m. ANN LINDSEY.

             iv.   ELIZABETH JOHNSTON, b. 1693; d. Bef. 1707.

             v.   ROSE JOHNSTON, b. 1695.

             vi.   JANE JOHNSTON, b. 1696.

            vii.   MARY JOHNSTON, b. 1697.

           viii.   ELIZABETH JOHNSTON, b. 1700.

             ix.   KATHERINE JOHNSTON, b. 1701; d. Bef. 1707.

Generation No. 2

2.  HENRY2 JOHNSTON (JAMES1) Of Glynn (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.) was born 1694.  He married ANNE STEWART 1724. 

Children of HENRY JOHNSTON and ANNE STEWART are:

              i.   JAMES3 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.). Drowned at sea coming home from St. Croix.

3.           ii.   ADAM BLAIR JOHNSTON.

             iii.   ISABELLA JOHNSTON, m. DANIEL FLEMING; b.  (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.).

             iv.   JANE JOHNSTON, m. CAPT. WILLIAM MCCLEVERTY.

             v.   MARY JOHNSTON, m. HENRY M'KEDY.

             vi.   ELLEN JOHNSTON, d. 1766 (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.); m. REV. JAMES DUNBAR.

Generation No. 3

3.  ADAM BLAIR3 JOHNSTON (HENRY2, JAMES1) of Glyn, County Antrim (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 396.).  He married MARGARET JOHNSTON 1760. 

Children of ADAM JOHNSTON and MARGARET JOHNSTON are:

              i.   ROBERT4 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 396.), b. 1761; d. 1802. died unmarried

              ii.   CAPT. HENRY LESLIE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), d. 1794, Ajaccio, Corsica, 1794. Died unmarried. Captain R.M.

             iii.   JAMES E. I. JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), d. 1805, Near Penang. Co,s Navy. Killed in a mutiny at sea near Penang.

             iv.   LIEUT. PETER LESLIE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958).), d. 1796. 45th regiment. Died unmarried

             v.   WILLIAM JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.). Midshipman, drowned.

             vi.   ARTHUR TREVOR JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958).). Died young.

4.         vii.   RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL JOHNSTON, b. 1777; d. 09 Sep 1838.

           viii.   ADAM BLAIR JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), b. 1781. Died unmarried in the West Indies.

             ix.   JANE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), m. JAMES STEPHENSON.

             x.   ANNE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), m. REV GEORGE BIRCH Rector of Comber (SOURCE: PRONI Freeholder Records, George Birch of Birchgrove registered his freehold (1790?) at Loughans.); b. 1771; d. 28 Oct 1827 (SOURCE: The Birch Family of Birchgrove, Parish of Tullylish, Aiken McClelland. THE IRISH GENEALOGIST.).

SOURCE: Tullylish graveyard records. The Rev. George Birch of Birch Grove was born in 1771, entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1790 and graduated B.A. in 1795. He was ordained in 1796, was curate of Lame 1796-98 and perpetual curate of Comber 1799-1828. He married in 1790 Anne, daughter of Adam Blair Johnston of Glynn, County Antrim. He died on 28 October 1827 and is commemorated by a memorial in Comber Parish Church where he was presumably buried. His widow died at Newtownards on 7 August 1842 in her 67th year.

             xi.   PENELOPE LUCY LESLIE JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.), m. CAPT. UNNAMED WALKER (SOURCE: Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Ed., (1958), 390.). 42nd Highlanders and Major Renfrew Militia (see Generation #5 for Isabella Jane JOHNSTON who married her cousin James WALKER.)

Generation No. 4

4.  RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL4 JOHNSTON Johnston of Glynn (ADAM BLAIR3, HENRY2, JAMES1) (SOURCE: (1) Landed Gentry of Ireland, 396., (2) Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Randal was born in 1777.   He was the son of Adair Blair JOHNSTON of Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland and Margaret JOHNSTON.  Randal died 9 September 1838.   He is remembered on a plaque inside the parish church in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland, and is presumed to be buried in the Glynn Graveyard.  Isabella died 12 November 1850.   She is remembered on a plaque inside the parish church in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland, and is presumed to be buried in the Glynn Graveyard.) was born 1777 (SOURCE: Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Edition, 396.), and died 09 Sep 1838.  He married ISABELLA ANNA JANE BIRCH 09 Jun 1806 (SOURCE: Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Edition, 396.), daughter of GEORGE BIRCH and CHARLOTTE QUIN.  She was born 1784 (SOURCE: The Birch Family of Birchgrove.), and died 12 Nov 1850 (SOURCE: Graveyard Incriptions County Antrim, Plaque in Parish Church, Glynn, Co. Antrm, Ireland.).

Children of RANDAL JOHNSTON and ISABELLA BIRCH are:

              i.   ADAM BLAIR5 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Adam Blair JOHNSTON was born in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland on 3 April 1808.   He was educated at the Royal School in Armagh, Co Armagh, Ireland. Adam served as an officer of the Honorable East India Company Army.  He joined as a cadet in Madras in 1825, and was promoted to ensign on 8 January 1826.  On 5 September 1827 he was again promoted to lieutenant in the 46th Madras Native Infantry.), b. 03 Apr 1808, Glynn, Co. Antrim; d. 26 Nov 1828.

SOURCE: Register Royal School of Armagh. Johnston, Adam Blair, son of Johnston, Randall W., born April 1808, Glynn; Madras Cadet, 1825; Ensign, 8th January, 1826; Lieut., 46th Madras N.I. 5th September 1827. Died at Vepery Madras, 26th November, 1828. He died unmarried.

              ii.   CHARLOTTE CATHERINE BIRCH JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Charlotte Catherine Birch JOHNSTON was born in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland on 1 January 1810.   Charlotte died unmarried on 16 May 1895.   She was buried in Glynn Graveyard in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland. SOURCE: Rutherford Graveyard Inscriptions. b. 01 Jan 1810, Glynn, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 16 May 1895.

5.          iii.   GEORGE BIRCH JOHNSTON, b. Mar 1811, Glynn, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 19 Feb 1885.

6.          iv.   ROBERT JOHNSTON, b. 23 Oct 1812; d. 1840, West Indies.

             v.   MARGARET JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Margaret JOHNSTON was born on 29 December 1814.   Margaret died young.. SOURCE: Landed Gentry of Ireland p 396.), b. 29 Dec 1814; d. Oct 1905.

             vi.   RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONNEL JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Randal William McDonnel JOHNSTON was born in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland on 16 March 1817.   He was baptized on 27 March 1817 in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland.   Randal died unmarried in 1850. SOURCE: IGI.), b. 16 Mar 1817, Glynn, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 1850.

7.         vii.   ISABELLA JANE JOHNSTON, b. 28 Nov 1818.

8.        viii.   MARGARET JOHNSTON, b. 31 Oct 1820; d. Oct 1905.

             ix.   SARAH HILL JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Sarah Hill JOHNSTON was born on 30 September 1822.   She was baptized on 10 October 1822 in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland.  Sarah married William PURDON in February 1850.   William was born circa 1816.   William died 26 December 1855.  Sarah died 17 February 1908.   She was buried in Glynn Graveyard in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland.), b. 30 Sep 1822; d. 17 Feb 1908; m. WILLIAM PURDON, Feb 1850; b. Abt. 1816; d. 26 Dec 1855.

Generation No. 5

5.  GEORGE BIRCH5 JOHNSTON (RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL4, ADAM BLAIR3, HENRY2, JAMES1) (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", George Birch JOHNSTON was born in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland in March 1811.   George married Jane Waring EVANS on 9 April 1856.   Jane was born circa 1834.   She was the daughter of Thomas Kelly EVANS of Gortmerron, Co Tyrone.  Jane died 2 December 1923 at Glynn House in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland. George died 19 February 1885.   He is remembered on a plaque in the parish church at Glynn, Co Armagh, Ireland;  presumably he is buried in the graveyard there.) was born Mar 1811 in Glynn, Co. Antrim, Ireland, and died 19 Feb 1885.  He married JANE WARING EVANS 09 Apr 1856, daughter of THOMAS KELLY EVANS.  She was born Abt. 1834, and died 02 Dec 1923 in Glynn House, Glynn, Co. Antrim.

Children of GEORGE JOHNSTON and JANE EVANS are:

              i.   ELIZABETH THOMASINA EVANS6 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Elizabeth Thomasina Evans JOHNSTON was born on 10 June 1856.   Elizabeth married Rev Robert McLennon Lauriston LEE on 26 June 1884.   He was the son of Rev. Dr Alfred J. LEE.  Elizabeth and Robert had three sons and a daughter.  Robert died 2 April 1916.   Elizabeth died 28 September 1938.), b. 10 Jun 1856; d. 28 Sep 1938; m. REV ROBERT MCLENNON LAURISTON LEE; d. 02 Apr 1916.

              ii.   RANDAL WILLIAM JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Randal William JOHNSTON was born on 8 September 1858.   He was educated at Cheltenham and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.  He served as a captain in the King's Own Scottish Borderers.   He later was a Major in the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Randal died unmarried on 1 April 1942.), b. 08 Sep 1858; d. 01 Apr 1942.

             iii.   THOMAS KELLY EVANS JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Thomas Kelly Evans JOHNSTON was born on 1 May 1860.   Thomas married Margaret Ross GRAY on 19 March 1891.   She was the daughter of Archibald GRAY.  Margaret died 1 March 1947.   Thomas died 5 January 1936 in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland.), b. 01 May 1860; d. 05 Jan 1936, Glynn, Co. Antrim, Ireland; m. MARGARET ROSS GRAY, 19 Mar 1891.

             iv.   ISABELLA EVA JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Isabella Eva JOHNSTON.  Isabella died unmarried on 17 February 1953.), d. 17 Feb 1953.

             v.   GEORGE BIRCH JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", George Birch JOHNSTON was born in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland on 28 September 1866.   He attended the Royal School in Armagh, Co Armagh, Ireland.   During the Boer War George served as a private in the Thornycroft Mounted Infantry.   He later worked as a customs officer in South Africa, before retiring to England.  Around 1958 he was residing at 128 Dorchester Road in Weymouth, Dorset, England.), b. 28 Sep 1866, Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

             vi.   CHARLOTTE MONA JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Died unmarried.), d. 28 Feb 1919.

            vii.   CHARLES MCGAREL JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Charles McGarel JOHNSTON was born on 3 May 1876.   Charles served as a trooper of the British South Africa Company during the Matabele uprising in Rhodesia in 1896,  and during the Boer War he was a lieutenant in the 5th Rhodesian Volunteers. Charles married Margaret THOMPSON on 2 November 1908.   Margaret was born circa 1881.   She was the daughter of Arthur Raine THOMPSON.  Margaret died 22 February 1970 in Pulborough, Sussex, England.   Charles died 4 October 1918.   Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland, 4th Edn, records that he was "torpedoed off Irish Coast en route to S. Africa".  He was probably a passenger aboard Hirano Maru, a Japanese steamer which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat off Ireland on that day. .), b. 03 May 1876; d. 04 Oct 1918; m. MARGARET THOMPSON, 02 Nov 1908; b. Abt. 1881; d. 22 Feb 1970, Pulborough, Sussex, England.

6.  ROBERT5 JOHNSTON (RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL4, ADAM BLAIR3, HENRY2, JAMES1) (SOURCE: (1) Landed Gentry of Ireland, 396., (2) Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Robert JOHNSTON was born on 23 October 1812.   He was baptized in October 1812 in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland.   Robert married Anna CAUSER circa 1833 in Demerara, British Guiana.   Robert died in 1840 in the West Indies.) was born 23 Oct 1812, and died 1840 in West Indies.  He married ANNA CAUSER Abt. 1840 in West Indies. 

Child of ROBERT JOHNSTON and ANNA CAUSER is:

              i.   ISABELLA SARA (or SARAH)6 JOHNSTON (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Isabella Sara JOHNSTON  was born in Demerara, British Guiana circa 1840.   Isabella married her first cousin George Talbot BIRCH in 1861 in Belfast, Ireland and they emigrated to New Zealand.   George was born in 1833.   He was the son of James BIRCH and Jane Eleanor PATTERSON.  George and Isabella emigrated to New Zealand.  George died 9 October 1920.   Isabella died 1 February 1910.  .), b. Abt. 1840; d. 01 Feb 1910, New Zealand; m. GEORGE TALBOT BIRCH, 1861, Belfast, Co. Down, Ireland; b. 1833; d. 09 Oct 1920, New Zealand  

7.  ISABELLA JANE5 JOHNSTON (RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL4, ADAM BLAIR3, HENRY2, JAMES1) (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Isabella Jane JOHNSTON was born on 28 November 1818.   She was baptized on 30 November 1818 in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland.   Isabella married her cousin James WALKER on 14 April 1846 in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland.) was born 28 Nov 1818.  She married JAMES WALKER 14 Apr 1846 in Glynn, Co. Antrim.  (See: Generation 3 for Capt. WALKER married Penelope Lucy Leslie JOHNSTON)

Children of ISABELLA JOHNSTON and JAMES WALKER are:

              i.   ISABELLA I.J.6 WALKER (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Isabella I.J. WALKER  was born at Curran and Drumaliss in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland in 1846.), b. 1846, Curran and Drumaliss, Larne, Co. Antrim.

              ii.   RANDAL W.J. WALKER, b. 1848, Curran and Drumaliss, Larne, Co. Antrim.

             iii.   PENELOPE S. WALKER, b. 1849, Curran and Drumaliss, Larne, Co. Antrim.

             iv.   JAMES WALKER, b. 12 Apr 1852, Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

             v.   GEORGE BIRCH HILL WALKER, b. 28 Feb 1854, Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

             vi.   JANE WALKER (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Jane WALKER .  Jane died in 1862.   She was buried in Glynn Graveyard in Glynn, Co Antrim, Ireland.), d. 1862.

8.  MARGARET5 JOHNSTON (RANDAL WILLIAM MCDONEL4, ADAM BLAIR3, HENRY2, JAMES1) (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", Margaret JOHNSTON was born on 31 October 1820.   She was baptized on 24 November 1820 in Larne, Co Antrim, Ireland.   Margaret married Michael ANDREWS in June 1852.   Michael was born in March 1819 in Comber, Co Down, Ireland.   He was the son of Thomas John ANDREWS and Elizabeth R. STEVENSON.  Michael died 15 May 1889.   Margaret died in October 1905.) was born 31 Oct 1820, and died Oct 1905.  She married MICHAEL ANDREWS Jun 1852, son of THOMAS ANDREWS and ELIZABETH STEVENSON.  He was born Mar 1819 in Comber, Co. Down, Ireland, and died 15 May 1889.

Children of MARGARET JOHNSTON and MICHAEL ANDREWS are:

              i.   RANDEL WILLIAM JONSTON6 ANDREWS, b. 30 Jun 1855, Ireland; d. 03 Jan 1906.

              ii.   ISABELLA JANE JOHNSTON ANDREWS, b. 1858, Ireland; d. 27 Dec 1870.

             iii.   UNNAMED ANDREWS, b. 1860.

             iv.   SARAH HILL ANDREWS, b. 1860, Ireland; d. 01 Apr 1941.

             v.   JAMES STEVENSON ANDREWS, b. 25 Jan 1862, Ireland; d. 23 Dec 1927, Belfast, Ireland.

             vi.   GEORGE JOHNSTON ANDREWS (SOURCE: Wendy Jack Notes "Johnston Family", George Johnston ANDREWS was born in Knocknadona, Co  Antrim, Ireland on 9 November 1864.   George married Helen Graham THOMSON on 24 July 1907 in England.   George died 1 April 1939..), b. 09 Nov 1864, Knocknadona, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 01 Apr 1939; m. HELEN GRAHAM THOMSON, 24 Jul 1907, England.

            vii.   ELIZABETH ANDREWS, d. 24 Aug 1944, Belfast, Ireland.

 

 

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