Johnston Crest and Tartar

Johnston Family Research

Work In Progress: Some connections have not been verified.
Mispells are on purpose to match records found.

White Oak Family Group, Pedigrees - Kit Number 368712

Michael Johs(t)on 1673 - 1719

Michael was born in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia or London (undetermined). He was married to Sarah Watson and had 9 children:
Joseph, James, Isaac, Daniel, Benjamin, John, Anne, Agnes, and Sarah
He died in Henrico County, Virginia.

Mich Johndon was listed in 1704/05 Rent Roll of Virginia with John Johnson, Wm Johnson, and Edwd Johnson.

Henrico Co: 25 Dec 1714. Patent Book 10, p.217. Thomas Mims locates 500 acres on Tuckahoe Creek adjacent Michael Johnson, William Burton and Benjamin Woodson. Book 10, p. 345 can be found the recording of the patent of Michael Johnson, also 500 acres on Tuckahoe Creek, date 22 Jan 1717. Adjacent Benjamin and John Woodson and Thomas Mims. New Kent County was changed to Goochland Co VA at the property's location. Two of the sons, John and James, also patented land adjoining their father.

On 22 Aug 1719 Henrico Co the inventory of Michael Johnson's estate was taken; it was presented in court by sons, John and James, and ordered recorded on 5 Oct 1719. Michael & Sarah Watson Johnson of New Kent & Henrico Counties, Virginia By Bonnie Flythe, Michael Johnson's Will/Inventory

Isaac Johnson 1710 - 1793

Isaac was born in New Kent County, Virginia. He was married to Mary (last name unknown). They had 3 children:
John, Joshua, and Michael

1747 land patent issued in Brunswick (now Lunenburg) County to Isaac Johnson and Joseph Johnson for 400 acres on both sides of the Middle Fork of the Meherrin River

Goochland County Deed Book 7, pg. 59: January 19, 1756, Isaac sells 150 acres in Goochland County on the south side of Tuckhoe Creek to John Johnson. This was believed to be property left to him by his father, Michael.

Lunenburg Wills Book 4, pg 39-40: February 13, 1793, Isaac mentions wife, sons, and granddaughters. The son’s names were John, Joshua, and Michael.

Joseph and Isaac Johnson, sons of Michael Johnson, Compiled by Harold Johnson 1788, April 18 Land Patent in Lunenburg County book 16, page 625

Joshua Johnson 1751 - 1826

Joshua was born about 1751 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He may have had 2 wives; Sally then Jane. Joshua and Jane had a child named Thomas.

Thomas Johnston/Johnson 1796 - 1837

Thomas was born on November 25, 1796 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He owned a storehouse with James Morton in Murfreesboro. Thomas married Mary Nash Smith on February 24. 1820 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. They had 3 children:
John F. (b1823-d1894), Artimesia (b1825-d1848), and Thomas P. (b1827-d1900)

John F. Johnston 1823 - 1894

John F. Johns(t)on was born in Tennessee. He married Fannie May Avant (from Alabama) on August 30, 1848 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. They moved to Gibson County, TN, then to Memphis, TN. Sometime between 1860 and 1870 census records, they moved to Louisville, KY, but then back to Memphis in 1872. There are city directories that support an address of 184 Walnut in Louisville, Kentucky.

John owned and operated a dry goods, grocery store called, “Johnson & Co” located at 468 Main, Memphis, TN. They lived at 552 Main, Memphis, TN. Arthur, his son, lived and worked at the store until 1876. He was the bookkeeper and grocer. In 1879, John was listed as a physician again and there were no more listings for the store. John died in 1894 at the age of 71. John and Fanny had 4 children:
Arthur N., Margaret "Mattie" A., Fannie "May" (Dawson), and Foster E.

Arthur N. Johnston 1850 - 1925

Arthur Johnston was born in Gibson County, Tennessee to John F and Fanny Avant Johnston on June 21, 1850. Arthur worked as a collector/collecting agent and grocer until 1876.

On April 13, 1884, Arthur married Alabama "Bama" Glazner in Childersburg, Talladega County, AL. Around 1890, they moved to Red Oak, Oklahoma, then to Shady Point, Le Flore County, Oklahoma. Arthur and Bama owned and operated a hotel in Panama, Oklahoma. In 1920, Arthur claimed he ran a restaurant, while Bama continued to run the hotel. She sold the hotel just before she died in 1921. Arthur died on October 9, 1925. They are both buried in Fairview Cemetery, Panama, Le Flore County, Oklahoma. No death certificate was found in Oklahoma with his personal identifiers. They had 8 children:

  • May (Johnston) Hubbard (1885 AL -1958 AK)
  • Fannie (Johnston) Dailey (1888 AL -1958 WA)
  • Thomas (1890 - 1966 OK)
  • Walton (1891 AK - Indian Territory, OK)
  • Mary Cordelia (Johnston) Mahan (1892 OK - 1981 San Joaquin, CA)
  • Lottie (1896 OK - )
  • Foster "Bus" Avant (1902 OK - 1966 OK)
  • Leo Hardy (1906 OK - 1982 TX)

Leo Hardy Johnston 1906 - 1982

Leo Hardy Johnston was born in Shady Point, Oklahoma. His mom died when he was about 15 and his dad died when he was about 19. Sometime before 1935, he moved to Port Arthur, Texas and married Sylvia Boersman. He worked at an oil refinery as an operator until he retired. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and suffered 2 1/2 years before his passing in 1982. They had twin boys:
Leo Wayne and Howell Dayne

Howell Dayne Johnston

Howell "Dayne" Johnston married Marilyn Leann Powelson in Groves, Texas. They moved to Houston and Dayne taught for 5 years. They moved to Houston for 5 years, then to Lufkin for 6 years, and finally to Port Arthur, Texas until retirement. In 2009, Dayne retired from Fina Oil Company as #1 operator unloading sulfuric acid rail cars. Dayne and Marilyn sold their home in Port Arthur and now live in Jasper, Texas, on the San Angelina River. They had 2 children:
Joel Dayne and Eric Wayne

Notes and Resources

Gentle Johnstons

Notable Southern Families: Johnston (pgs. 199-207)

Johnston Family from the U.K.

I can't remember where I found this online, but the history is interesting.

Annanddale, Scotland

Raehills Estate: Johnston Manor. Also nearby, Lochwood Castle (burned down, of course)