Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ahnentafel #1726

1.  Agatha Johnson, b. 21 Nov 1779, d. 1805
2.  John Johnson, b. 19 Oct 1747, d. 5 Aug 1823
3.  Lydia Hutchens
4. Ashley Johnson, b. c. 1726
5.  Agatha Stanley
8.  John Johnson, b. 22 Nov 1707, d. 1777
9.  Elizabeth ellyson
16. John Johnson, b. 1675 Aberdeanshire, Scotland, d. 1716
17 Lucretia Massie

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Who Do You Think You Are?" update

Lisa Kudrow's TV series "Who Do You Think You Are?" has reportedly lined up Tim McGraw,  Ashley Judd, Steve Buscemi, Vanessa Williams, Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Cattrall , and Lionel Richie.

The new episodes begin Jan. 21st.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ahnentafel #1881

1.  Lou Emma Johnston, b. 15 Aug 1888, Sealy, Tx, d. 9 Oct 1979, Tulsa, OK
2.  Thomas Johns(t)on, b. 19 Fev 1854, Columbia, MS, d. 1 Feb 1897, Sealy, TX
3.  Mary R. Warren, b. 4 Jan 1856, MS, d. 6 May 1941, Fort Morgan, CO
4.  Henry Whitfield Johns(t)on, b. 3 Feb 1821, Palatine Bridge, NY, d. 22 Jan 1898, Sealy, TX
5.  Harriett Emily Rankin, b. 29 Apr 1832, MS, d. 29 Dec 1910, OK
8.  George Granville Johns(t)on, b. 1 Feb 1794, Granville, NY, d. 6 May 1872, Palatine Briege, NY
9.  Gertrude Van Slyck, b. 5 Dec 1794, Stone Arabia, NY, d. 29 Jul 1826, Palatine Briege, NY
16. George Whitfield Johns(t)on, b. 15 Apr 1770, Monroe, CT, d. Sep 1830, NY
17.  Ann "Nancy" Wright, b. 28 Mar 1765, d. 2 Mar 1835
32. Ephraim Johns(t)on, b. c. 1744
33. Ann Sherwood
64. Joseph Johns(t)on, b. 22 Jan 1708/09, d. c. 1793
65. Rachel Mead, b. 22 Nov 1708
128. George Johns(t)on, b. c. 1660, d. 2 Jan 1714/15
129. Hannah Dorman, b. 1 Mar 1676/77

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ahnentafel #1412

1. Sarah Johnson, b. 1765, d. 1830
2. Robert Johnson, b. 1736, d.1817
3. Susannah Barnes, b. 1739, d. 1830
4. Robert B. Johnson, b. Jan. 29, 1703, Strarford, CT,  d. 1784, Sharon, CT
5. Sarah Chapman, b. 1706, d. 1778
8. George Johnston, b. 1665, Inverness, Scotland, d. Jan. 2, 1714/15, Stratford, CT
9. Hannah Dorfman, b. 1676/77, New Haven, CT

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ahnentafel #1898

1. Isabella Johnston, B. Nov. 22, 1829, Moffat, Scotland, d. Apr, 10, 1914
2. James Johnston, b. c. 1792, Moffat, Scotland, d. Oct. 22, 1844
3. Mary Johnstone, b. Apr. 9, 1802, Moffat, Scotland, d. 1838
4. Robert Johnston, b. 1768, Moffat, Scotland, d. Fev. 2, 1811
5. Mary Imrie/Jarvie
6. Thomas Johnstone
7. Jean Shortridges
8. James Johnston
9. Ann Dalrmple

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ahnentafel #1377

1. Minnie Susan Johnson, b. Nov. 1, 1901, TN, d. Apr. 9, 1992, NC
2. William Edward Johnson, b. 1866
3. Mary Virginia Heath
4. John Calvin Johnson
5. Susan Shoaf
8. Ashley Johnson, b. 1804
9. Lucinda
16. Jonathan Johnson, b. Mar. 12, 1771
17. Sara Lowe
32. John Johnson, b. 1747
33. Lydia Hutchins
64. Ashley Johnson
65. Agatha Stanley
128. John Johnston, b. 1702
129. Elizabeth Ellyson

Ahnentafel #1053, #1085

1. Lillian F. Johnston
2. Joseph Eggleston Johnston, b. Nov. 6, 1901, Meigs, GA
3. Mary Allie Quick, b. Feb. 4, 1904, AL, D. Jul 21. 1948, AL
4. John Lawrence Johnston, b. Oct. 22, 1854, GA, d. Aug. 18, 1930, AL
5. Julia Alice Stanalan, B. May 28, 1861, GA, d. Oct. 19, 1930, AL
8. James O. A. Johnston, B. Feb. 21, 1815, GA, D. Oct. 25, 1900
9. Martha Ann House, b. Apr. 11, 1826, d. Apr. 8, 1905, GA
16. John Johnston, B. Jul. 3, 1785, d. May 31, 1864
17. Martha, Adams, b. Nov. 18, 1790, d. Mar. 4, 1862

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? is scheduled to return on January 21st.  No details yet of the people to be researched.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Military Records

In honor of Veteran's Day, Ancestry is giving free access to their military records Nov. 11-14.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ahnentafel #2166

1. Roy Ray Johnston, b. Oct. 11, 1912, Christian Co.,  IL, d. Dec. 7, 2004, Moweaqua, IL
2. James Johnston, b. Dec. 21, 1868, Sangamon Co., IL, d. May 19, 1943, Christian Co., IL
3. Mary Jane Mitts, b. Mar. 23, 1876, Sangamon Co., IL, Jan. 4, 1966, Christian Co., IL
4. William Johnston, b. Mar. 3, 1838, Smalllholm, Scotland, d. July 14, 1915, Sangamon Co., IL
5. Louisa Marshall, b. May 23, 1848, Ross Co., OH, D. Apr. 30, 1925, Sangamon Co., IL

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ahnentafel #1957

1.   Charles Clinton Johnson
2.   Grady Harvey Johnson, Sr., b. Aug. 11, 1895, Davidson Co., NC. d. 1986, Greensboro, NC
3.   Susan Beatrice Beck, b. 1902 Davidson Co., NC, d. March 4, 1993, Greensboro, NC
4.   Harvey Clinton Johnson, b. 1873, d. 1946, Salisbury, NC
5.   Mina Leonard
8.   Romulus Sanders Johnson, b. Jan. 20, 1847, d. December 8, 1917
9.   Lydia thornburg
16. DeWitt Clinton Johnson
17. Eliza Dear

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On-line Resources

Two books that every serious genealogist wants in their personal library are now available as on-line versions from Ancestry.  You do not have to be a member to access these!

The Source:  A Guidebook to American Genealogy

Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

You may have to copy this link into your browser.  Be aware that there is no space between the question mark and the word "title".

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ahnentafel #2203

1.   Ellis Johnston, b.  18 Mar 1912, Knox, Jefferson, PA
2.   John Johnston, b. 23 Apr 1881 in Scotland, d. 15 Jul 1944 in St. Ann Arbor, MI
3.   Anna Crissella Burkett, b. 25 Jun 1884 in Coolspring, PA, d. 06 May 1964 in Pontiac, MI
4.   David Johnston, b. 04 OCT 1844 in Fife, Scotland
5.   Margaret Sharp, b. 1848 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
8.  George Johnston, b. 16 May 1807 in Markinch, Fife, Scotland
9.   Anne Clark, b. 1781 in Markinch, Fife, Scotland, d. 1857
16. John Johnston, b. 1777 in markinch, Fife, Scotland
17. Catharen Wallace, b. 1781 in markinch, Fife, Scotland, d. 1857

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Website Resources

Family Tree Magazine has come up with what they consider to be the best state websites and published them in their December edition.  You can also read about these sites at http://familytreemagazine.com/article/2010-best-state-websites.  It is well worth checking these out and to bookmark those pertaining to the states you search in on a regular basis.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ahnentafel #640

1.    Rosa Rebecca Johnston, b. 03/16/1848, SC, d. 05/24/1939 , SC
       m. James B. Garvin
2.    William Cuyler Johnston, b. 1832 SC
3.    Rebecca Hamilton
4.    Nathan Johnston, b. 1793, d. 01/26/1869 SC
5.    Eliza McCoy
8.    Jonas Johnston, b. 10/19/1766 Pitt, NC, d. 03/17/1843 Hampton District, SC
9.    Elizabeth Tuten
16.  Nathan Johnston, b.ca: 1738, Southampton, VA, d. 1807 St. Peters Parish, SC
17.  Elizabeth Henry
32.  Jacob Johnston, b. ca: 1714 Isle of Wight, VA, d. 12/11/1781 Edgecombe, NC
33.  Mary Waller
64.  Benjamin Johnston, b. ca: 1693 Isle of Wight, VA, d. 12/24/1767 Southampton, VA
65.  Mary
128. William Johnston
129. Sarah Griffeth

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Genealogy News

It has been announced that Ancestry has bought Footnote.  Will be interesting to see how this all shakes down in terms of whether they will combine the sights for searching or keep them as separate entities.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Clan Johnston/e vs Clan Maxwell

There had been a long standing feud between Clan Johnstone and Clan Maxwell with the feud coming to a head on 7 December 1593 at the Battle of Dryfe Sands near Lockerbie. The Clan Maxwell army approached the Johnstone town of Lockerbie. Johnston kept his large force of men hidden; only sending a handful of men out on horseback to taunt and provoke the Maxwells. The Johnstones attacked, taking the Maxwells by surprise as they were attempting to ford the river Annan.  It is said that up to 700 Maxwells were killed, but this may be an exaggeration.  Lord Maxwell, who was one of the most powerful people in southern Scotland, was slain in cold blood by the Johnstones when he asked for mercy and offered to surrender.  Sir Johnstone escaped punishment from the King for his actions, but he did not escape the unforgiving hand of the next Lord Maxwell, son of the chief who was killed at Dryfe Sands. In 1608, Lord Maxwell shot Sir Johnstone in the back during a meeting held “under trust,” which rendered him, Lord Maxwell, an outlaw. Lord Maxwell was later captured and executed by hanging.

A more detailed Clan history can be found on the Clan Johnston/e website.  You can access it by clicking on the link in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clan Johnstone vs. Clan Moffat

Clan Moffat was another Scottish border clan of raiders and reivers, which resulted in long-running feuds with their neighbours. Their greatest enemies were the Clan Johnstone which climaxed with a battle and murder of the Clan Moffat chief in 1557, Robert Moffat. The Clan Johnstone then went on to burn the local church with the most important members of the Moffat family inside, slaughtering anyone who tried to escape. This one major blow nearly wiped out the powerful Clan Moffat. Seventy years later all of the Moffat's lands were passed to the Johnstones due to the Moffats having massive debts.

Friday, September 17, 2010


How do the Marchbanks relate to Clan Johnston/e? The story told of the origins of the surname Marjoribanks, is that Marjorie, daughter of King Robert the Bruce, brought into her marriage with Walter Stewart in 1315 lands in Dumfriesshire which became known as "Marjorie's Banks". Unfortunately, there are no records indicating that such lands formed part of Marjorie's dowry. There have been many explanations of the origin of this place name (it is now Marchbank Farm in the parish of Kirkpatrick Juxta near Moffat) but it may have been adopted as a token of respect to Marjorie, since the Bruces at one time owned land in the area.

One belief is that this story was generated by a junior branch of the Marjoribankses in the 17th century to bolster the family’s claim to gentility. The first known Marjoribanks, Philip "de Merioribankis de eodem," i.e. "Marjoribanks of that Ilk," appears in 1485 as the holder of the "five merklands of Merioribankis of ancient extent." Alexander Nisbet, one of the most cited and important authors on Scottish heraldry, asserts that the family who acquired the lands of the princess and took her name were originally kin to the Johnston Lords of Annandale. He finds evidence for this in the Marchbank’s coat of arms, which incorporates a gold cushion and a star. The Clan Johnston/e’s coat of arms bears three gold cushions, and in heraldry a star often alludes to a spur-rowel, which is part of Lord of Annandale’s crest. The assumtion is that the earliest Marchbank was probably a Johnstone who distinguished himself from the many other Johnstones of the area by adopting a family name derived from name of a paternal ancestor.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Johnston/e -Annandale/Caskieben

Johnston/e’s were a Border clan which held the central lands of Annandale. The name Gilbert Johnstone is found in records after 1194. The Johnstones became involved in the conflict between the Royal House of Stewart and the House of Douglas and for their loyalty were rewarded with confiscated lands near the Douglas stronghold of Threave Castle in Galloway.

Annandale - In 1633, James Johnstone was created Lord Johnstone of Lochwood by Charles I. In 1643, he was created Earl of Hartfell and aligned himself with the Royalist Cause. He was captured and imprisoned, but after the Restoration was given the additional earldom of Annandale.

In 1701, William, 3rd Earl of Hartfell and 2nd Earl of Annandale, Secretary of State for Scotland and President of the Privy Council, was created 1st Marquess of Annandale. He was succeeded by his two sons, but after the death of the 3rd Marquess the family titles became dormant and the Johnstone estates descended via the female line to the Hopetoun Family. In 1985, based on the Charter of 1662, the Johnstone Chiefship and the earldoms of Annandale and Hartfell were confirmed upon Patrick Johnstone of that Ilk.

Caskieben - Sir George Johnston of Caskieben, who claimed descent from Stiven de Johnston in the 14th century, was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1626. Arthur Johnston (1587-1641), son of the Laird of Caskieben, became Rector of King's College, Aberdeen.

Be sure to check the Clan website for more historical information!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

2010 AGM

Just returned from a great time at the Annual General Meeting.  The venue for the games was great and I was glad to meet the tent hosts, Karen and Scott Klein.  They represented us in the Parade of Clans and provided a welcoming atmosphere at the tent.  And it was fun talking to those people who stopped by to discuss their Johnston heritage.  People tend to connect instantly when discussing their ancestors.

I want to thank Lindsay Johnston for making all the arrangements for the Annual General Meeting.  The host hotel was extremely nice, the meal was great and that wonderful weather he arranged couldn't have been better. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pleasanton Games

Clan Johnston/e's representation in the Parade of Clans.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Clan Johnston/e in America Membership

Not a member of Clan Johnston/e in America? Well now is the time to join.  The low yearly dues are due October 1st and entitles you to quarterly issues of the Spur and Phoenix.  You can access the clan's site by clicking on the link in the upper left-hand corner of this blog.  Past issues of the Spur and Phoenix can be found there and you can join and pay your membership there also.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Border Reivers

Clan Johnston/e is noted to be a Border Clan known for their reiving.  But what exactly does that mean?  A nice article by P.J. Nebergall explaining what this means can be found at  http://wings.buffalo.edu/research/anthrogis/JWA/V1N4/reivers-art.txt .

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Cellphone Product

Dave Eastman has the scoop on a phone APP that will scan documents.  Check out his description at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2010/08/scan2pdf-mobile.html#more

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Scottish Naming Patterns


1 - named for paternal grandfather
2 - named for maternal grandfather
3 - named for father


1 - named for maternal grandmother
2 - named for paternal grandmother
3 - named for mother

You will often find middle names to be family surnames.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brick Wall - Abraham Johnston, died 1824 in PA

Abraham Johnston who died in 1824 in Amwell, Washington County, PA. He is listed as Abraham Johnson on the 1781 tax list for Amwell and he registered his land in 1785 in the newly formed Washington County, PA. He had a number of sons; Abraham Jr., Robert, William, Samuel and Isaac. He had either a son or  brother named John Johnston who lived near him in the 1790 and 1800 censuses. I think he had a few daughters as well.

Isaac died in Meigs County, Ohio in 1849. It looks like Isaac's son Asa died between 1846 and 1850. Asa had two sons and two daughters. His son Reuben and his brother Selden came to Minnesota.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brick Wall - George Johns(t)on Decendants

Trying to locate decendants of this particular Johns(t)on line.

..... 1 George Johnston b: 26 Mar 1824 in Edinburgh, SCOTLAND, d: 21 Aug 1902 in Wisconsin
..... + Catherine Thompson b: Mar 1834 in Scotland, d: Wisconsin
........... 2 William Johnston b: Feb 1862, d: 10 Mar 1951
........... + Lola Slagle b: 08 Feb 1868, d: 03 Apr 1913
................. 3 Lewis Marion Johnston b: 31 Aug 1897 in Westfield Twp., Marquette Co., WI, d: 22 Dec
1987 in Wautoma, Wisconsin
................. + Edith Dorthea Ingraham b: 22 Sep 1905 in Westfield Twp., Marquette Co., WI, m: 30 Jun
1922 in Westfield Twp., Marquette Co., WI, d: 01 Dec 1989 in Wautoma, Wisconsin
....................... 4 Mertice Johnston
....................... + Howard Foster
............................. 5 Constance Foster
............................. + Michael Magnuson
................................... 6 Karen Magnuson
................................... 6 Anne Magnuson
................. 3 Merton William Johnston b: 15 Jun 1900 in Wisconsin, d: May 1967
................. + Carol Smith
................. 3 Arno G. Johnston b: 23 Aug 1903 in Harris Twp., Wisconsin, d: 18 Mar 1985
................. 3 Hollis Dale Johnston b: 31 Jul 1905, d: 23 Oct 1989 in Montello, WI
................. + Vera LaVerne Haskey m: 07 May 1931 in Endeavor, WI, d: 11 Oct 1988 in Wisconsin
....................... 4 Jack Johnston
....................... 4 Van Johnston
....................... 4 Dale Johnston
........... 2 Jennie (Jane) Johnston b: Abt. 1864
...............+ Charles Whitney
................ 3 Walter Whitney
........... 2 Annie Johnston b: Abt. 1867 in Wisconsin
...............+Earl Cooper

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Clan Johnston/e AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Clan Johnston/e in America will be held at the Pleasanton, CA games.  The games are September 4th and 5th.  Info on the games can be found at http://www.caledonian.org/home.html .  Information on the Annual General Meeting can be found on the Clan's website which can be accessed from the link in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Come on out and meet some fellow clansmen!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Genealogy Program for Android Phones

Eastman’s online newsletter gives info on a genealogy program called FamilyBee you can download to an Android phone.

Check out the info on this at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2010/08/familybee-for-androidbased-cell-phones.html .

Who Do You Think You Are?

If you missed it the first time around, NBC is planning to re-air four episodes of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? starting on Friday, August 13 at 8/7.

You can see the repeated episodes that feature Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith and Brooke Shields.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872

For a short period of time this collection can be searched at Footnote.com for free.

The collection includes a mix of 18th- and 19th-century South Carolina court records including estate inventories, appraisements books, bills of sale, and related court documents.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Johnston Decendant

Cara Elizabeth, our newest Johnston decendant.  Doesn't she look great in plaid?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Civil War Research

I'm really excited about the Civil War Provost Marshall Records at the National Archives.  While at a conference recently, Jake Ersland of the Central Plains Branch of the National Archives, gave a talk on these records (Record Group 110).  What a wealth of information they contain!

In 1863, the Provost Marshall General Bureau was established and they were to produce lists of men eligible for the draft, examinations of eligible men, descriptions of the men, arrests of deserters and rejections. 

The states were divided into districts and then into sub-districts which were responsible for visiting all the males and determining their status and processing those who were enlisted or drafted.  This bureau produced the following lists:

     Consolidated list of men eligible (subject) to draft - this gives you a broad look at all the male     
             individuals within a district.
     Register of Drafted Men, Recruits and Substitutes
     Medical Registers of Examinations of Recruits and Substitutes - a description of health and features
     Register of Medical Examinations Showing Rejections and Exemptions
     Descriptive Book of Deserters
     Veteran's Reserve Corp.

So, if you know where your Civil War era ancestor lived, accessing this record group could get you a wealth of information on their description, why you can't find them on any Civil War unit rosters, and other family member living in the area.

Unfortunately, these records have not been microfilmed.  To look at them requires on-site research at the appropriate National Archives branch.  If you can be specific enough, you can contact the National Archives holding the records for the region your ancestor lived and researchers at the archives will copy the information for you.  If you are unfamiliar with which National Archives holds the records for the area of the country you are interested in, you can find the information on the archives.gov website.