Sunday, March 24, 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The annual meeting will be held during the New Hampshire Highland Games, September 20-22, 2013 in, New Hampshire.  The meeting will be held at the Clan tent at the Highland Games.  Room reservations must be made by August 1st at the Beacon.

Keep watch on the Clan Johnston/e website for updates on this event.

"Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight"

Johnston/e’s have been mentioned in a number of old ballads.  One such ballad is “Lord Maxwell’s Last Goodnight”.    You can listen to version sung by June Tabor at

A transcript of the words and the history behind the song can be found at

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ulster Johnstons

In the early 1600's, there was a period of extreme hardship in Scotland.  Hoping to better their way of life or by royal decree, many Scots migrated to Ulster, an unsettled land.  Among these early settlers were many Johnstons.  In fact, so many Johnstons migrated there that it is often said the there were more Johnstons in Northern Ireland than in Scotland.  Their descendants are denoted as Scotch-Irish.  In later years, many of these Scotch-Irish Johnstons in turn migrated to America.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

James Johnston, 1750-1812

James Johnston, 1750-1812, m. Margaret Bay
Children:  John, Agnes, James, William, Margaret, Andrew, Hannah, Robert, Hugh, Samuel, Alexander, Joseph, Polly.

Descendant chart can be found in:  "Old Oxford and Her Families" by George West Diehl
Old Oxford is a Presbyterian Church in Rockbridge County, VA

Check WorldCat for a library having this book.

Charles Earl Johnson, b. 1851, Raleigh, NC

Charles Johnson
+ ? Earl
    |_ Charles Earl Johnson
        + Frances Taylor
           |_ (Dr.) Charles E. Johnson, d. 1876
                |_ Charles Earl Johnson, b. 1851, Raleigh, NC
                    + Mary Ellis Wilson, m. 7 Dec 1876

Biographical sketch found in "Biographical History of N.C., Vol. 2" by Ashe, Samuel A.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

News release: General Joseph Eggleston Johnston

News release: August 24, 2012
From:              Pvt. Drewry R. Smith Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy
Contact:          Melissa Burchfield 706-459-8314 (private number)
                        Judy Alderman 706-260-1242 (private number)

            Searching for a Relative of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston

If you are related to Confederate General Joseph Eggleston Johnston of Virginia, the folks in Dalton, Georgia want to hear from you.

“We would like to have a relative attend the rededication ceremony of Johnston’s statue on Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Downtown Dalton,” said Melissa Burchfield, president of the Pvt. Drewry R. Smith Chapter 2522 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), sponsor of the event.

“General Johnston had no children but he did have nine brothers and sisters. They were Martha, John, Peter, Valentine, Edward, Algenon, Beverly, Benjamin and Jane. His niece, Mrs. Henry Lee of Richmond, Va. and her daughter Miss Ann Mason Lee attended the original dedication ceremony,” Burchfield said. Johnston’s parents were Mary Wood and Peter Johnston, Jr. and his grandparents were Martha Butler and Peter Johnston, Sr. of Virginia.

Josephine Johnston Coyle, (born 1852-died 1906) of Dalton was also a niece. She was a member of the Bryan M. Thomas Chapter of the UDC, sponsor of the original dedication.

Johnston’s statue, sculpted by Miss Belle Kinney of Tennessee, was erected in 1912 by the Gen. Bryan M. Thomas Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy,” said Martha Locke, past UDC Georgia division president. “For 99 years it stood as the only statue of Johnston,” she added. The statue is located at the junction of Hamilton Street and Crawford Street in Downtown Dalton.

After the ceremony at the statue, a reception will be held at the nearby historic Dalton Freight Depot. The public is invited.

If you are a relative or have connections to the Joseph Eggleston Johnston family, please call the Dalton Convention Visitors Bureau at 1-800-331-3258 or e-mail Ty Snyder at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ahnentafel #1921

1.  Thomas Lovell Johnston, b. 23 Oct 1911
2.   Thomas Johnston, b. 1 May 1876, d. 24 Jul 1937
3.  Ruth Margaret Lovell, b. 31 Jul 1880, d. 2 Feb 1968
4.  John Johnston, b. 1850
5.  Eleanor Coleman, b. 1852