William Johnston and Jane Mussenden
1. Leathes2 Johnston. Leathes was born circa 1710. He became a Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry. He married Miss Bloomfield, daughter of Sir Benjamin Bloomfield, Keeper of the Privy Purse. Leathes died in Bombay, India. Leathes and wife had five children.
i. Thomas3 Johnston. Rev. Thomas Johnston married Miss Thomson of Somersham (or Somerton). Thomas and wife had four children.
ii. William3 Johnston. William was a Lieutenant General. Served in the West Indies. He died at College Green, Bristol, England. William had two sons.
iii. George3 Johnston. George was a Lieutenant Colonel. George died in India.
iv. Henry3 Johnston. Henry worked at Ordinance Department, Tower of London, dsp.
v. Lucy3 Johnston. Lucy died unmarried.
2. Jane2 Johnston. Jane married Rev. James Saurin, Vicar of Belfast (1747). They had two sons.10
3. John2 Johnston. John was a Lieutenant Colonel of Marines, dsp. He married Miss O’Neill.
4. Mussenden2 Johnston. Mussenden was Captain of Buff’s, dsp.
5. Michael2 Johnston. Rev. Michael Johnston was an Army Chaplain, dsp.
6. Nancy2 Johnston. Nancy remained unmarried.
7. Mary2 Johnston. Mary married Rev. Robert Heyland, Rector of Coleraine. They had one daughter.
8. Nicholas2 Johnston. Rev. Nicholas Johnston was Rector of St. Dunstans, dsp.
9. Penelope2 Johnston. Penelope married a merchant by the name of Johnson.
10. William2 Johnston, born 1727. William, his father’s namesake and youngest son, also led a notable life. In the mid 1700’s, during the Seven Years War (also called the French and Indian War), he enlisted in the Royal Navy as a midshipman, and “served at the capture of Louisbourg in 1758 (June 8th-July 26th).” Louisbourg was the a French stronghold on Cape Breton Island. Peace was declared on 26 July 1758. Probably in about 1759, after to the events at Louisbourg, William married Elizabeth McNeil (d 1804), a daughter of John McNeill, Esq., possessor of the quarterlands of Currysheskin and Craigballynoe (Craig), in Ballantoy Parish.11 After William returned home from Louisbourg he was subsequently appointed Surveyor of Port Rush and the Barony of Dunluce in County Antrim. William died in 1771 at 43 years of age.12 William and Elizabeth had five children; three daughters and two sons.13 They were:
i. Jane3 Johnston, circa 1758-1821. Jane married John Moore. John died in 1810. On 6 March 1814 Jane was living in Wexford, Ireland.
ii. John3 Johnston, 25 August 1762-22 September 1828.14 John was probably born in Port Rush, County Antrim. In 1792 John married Oshauguscodaywayquay, daughter of Ojibway Indian chief Waubojeeg. John and his wife, who was given the English name Susan, had eight children.
John Johnston’s gravestone
(photographed by the author 26 July 2002)
2. George4 Johnston, 10 April 1796-6 January 1861.15
3. Jane4 Johnston, 31 January 1800-22 May 1842.16
4. Eliza4 Johnston, 10 November 1802-24 June 1883.
5. Charlotte4 Johnston, 5 January 1806-17 January 1878.17
6. William Miengun4 Johnston, 18 October 1811-15 November 1863.
7. Anna Maria4 Johnston, 4 March 1814-12 February 1856.
8. John McDougall4 Johnston, 12 October 1816-14 February 1895.18
iii. Eliza3 Johnston, between 1762 and 1770-after 1785. Eliza married Rev. Henry Kearny, dsp.
iv. William3 Johnston, before 1771-circa 1821. William died in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, Island of Hispaniola.
v. Charlotte3 Johnston. before 1772-about 1777. Charlotte died at age 7 from smallpox.
1 The Descendants of John Johnston and Oshauguscodaywayquay of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Compiled by Margaret Curtiss Weaver with the assistance of: Elizabeth Hambleton, et al., n.d., page 2 “Pedigree of John Johnston” [1762-1828].
2 The John Johnston Family of Sault Ste. Marie, edited by Elizabeth Hambleton and Elizabeth Warren Stoutamire, The John Johnston Family Association, 1992, page 1. Printed by Hundley Incorporated, Washington, D.C., 1992.
3 William R. Young, Fighters of Derry, Their Deeds and Descendants, 1688-1691, (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1932), page 47.
5 Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalist and Other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, Edward Marion Chadwick, 1894, Volume 2, page 45.
6 The Descendants of John Johnston and Oshauguscodaywayquay of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Compiled by Margaret Curtiss Weaver with the assistance of: Elizabeth Hambleton, et al., n.d., page 2 “Pedigree of John Johnston” [1762-1828].
8 George Benn, A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earliest Times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century, (London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1877), pages 485 – 489.
9 Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalist and Other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, Edward Marion Chadwick, 1894, Volume 2, page 45.
11 The John Johnston Family of Sault Ste. Marie, edited by Elizabeth Hambleton and Elizabeth Warren Stoutamire, The John Johnston Family Association, 1992, page 1. Printed by Hundley Incorporated, Washington, D.C., 1992.
13 John Johnston, “Autobiographical Letters of the Late John Johnston, Esq. of the Falls of St. Mary’s, Michigan.” Introductory Remarks by Henry R. Schoolcraft, 1844. Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections 32 (1903): page 330. The christian names of John’s siblings have continued to be used in the family until nearly the present day.
14 John Johnston gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U. S. A. Photographed by the author 26 July 2002. John’s gravestone inscription reads:
to the memory of
John Johnston, Esqr.
who was born in Antrim, Ireland
August 25th, 1762, and died
September 22nd, 1828
aged 66 yrs, 28 days.
15 George Johnston gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U. S. A.
16 Jane Johnston Schoolcraft gravestone, St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Ancaster, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.
17 Charlotte Johnston McMurray gravestone, St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada.
18 John McDougall Johnston gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U. S. A.