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Adam Johnston

Posted: 970315200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1017742476000
Surnames: Johnston, Stafford
I am looking for the mother and father of Adam Johnston here some of the information i have. If you can help if not thank you for your time.
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Adam Johnston and Elizabeth Jane Stafford some family info.

Adam Johnston, born 1765-died 1844 (will probated 22 Jan 1844, Giles Co., VA; married 1785, Fermanaugh County, Ulster, Ireland.

Elizabeth Jane Stafford, born 1764, Staffordshire, England-died after 1850, before 1870 census, Giles Co., VA. Daughter of John Stafford and Margaret Brunt

Children of Adam and Jane (Stafford) Johnston:

1. William Milton Johnston, born 1770-died 10 Apr 1842; married Sallie Kirk 5 Mar 1810.

2. John "Brickhouse" Johnston, born 8 Oct 1792, Pennsylvania-died 3 Sept 1870; married (1st) Betsy Stafford 20 June 1812, Giles Co., VA (2) married Margaret Hoppess Dills (widow) 29 Nov 1832, Wythe Co., VA. ("Brickhouse" was tagged onto the name John to identify him from the other John Johnstons as he had the only brick house in the area.)

3. Hugh A. Johnston, born 16 Apr 1796, Pennsylvania-died 13 June 1855, Giles Co., VA-will probated 9 Oct 1855, Giles Co.; married Nancy Johnston 20 Sept 1819 Giles Co., VA.

4. James A. Johnston, born 15 Jan 1797, Pennsylvania-died 16 Aug 1877, Giles Co.; married Margaret Givens 2 Sept 1819, Giles Co.

5. Adam Johnston, Jr., born 24 July 1803, Giles Co., VA-died 18 Sept 1885; married Susannah Williams 1 Dec 1825, Giles Co., VA

6. Edward Johnston, born 6 Nov 1806, Giles Co., VA-died 15 Mar 1890, Giles Co.; married Sarah Miller 10 Nov 1831


(1) Adam: Arrived in America thru port of Pennsylvania. Lived in Pennsylvania a few years. In 1798 he bought property in Virginia from his wife's brother, Edward Stafford. Adam and family left Europe from Amsterdam (unverified source). Adam and Jane, buried on Clyod's Mountain, Giles Co., VA (unverified) Adam took his oath of allegiance 2 April 1811 (Ref.: Order Books Minutes, Giles County Court, Virginia) In 1806 Adam Johnston was on the first jury in 1806 after Giles County was formed.

1790 Census, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania

Addam Johnston (spelling as in records)

1 free white male inc. head of family (Addam

2 free white males under 16 (son, Wm. Milton and Adam's brother, John-John's daughter, Nancy married Adam's son, Hugh (Reference: "Eaton History in Giles County")

1 free white female (Addam's wife, Jane)

1800 Census-all missing

1820 Virginia Census-Addam listed

1830 Virginia Census-Addam listed

1840 Virginia Census-Addam living with son, Adam Jr. near Trigg, Giles Co., VA

1844, Jan 22-Addam's will probated, Giles County, VA

(2) Jane: Jane's sister, Nancy, married John Johnston, who was possibly brother of Jane's husband Adam. In Giles Co., Virginia census records of 1850 and 1860 Jane was living with son Edward near town, or settlement of Trigg. (The house was located on the corner of Route 730 and the road that leads into Trigg-was torn down between 1995 and 2000 and a modern home built on the site.) Jane's year of birth is based on age given in 1850 Giles Co. Census.

1850 Giles County, Virginia Census

House #786

Johnston, Edward 44 Margaret 6

Sarah 37 Elvina 4

Jane 18 Manilius P. 6 mo.

Mariah 16 Jane Johnston 86 Born: Ireland

Adam E. S. 14

Marietta 12

Sarah C. 10

(Family of Edward and Sarah (Miller) Johnston. All listed are their children except Jane Johnston, 86, who was Edward's mother,

Elizabeth Jane Stafford Johnston)

(3) William: His married to Sallie Kirk registered in Giles Co., Virginia marriage records, page 23.

(4) John "Brickhouse": He was given middle name of "Brickhouse" to identify him from other John Johnstons in the area. He had the only brick house in the area. Reference: "Bland County History," page 159; Giles Co., Virginia Marriage Records, page 24. John is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bane, Giles County, Virginia.

(5) Hugh A.: He had a daughter who married Washington Gordon 23 Oct 1845. Hugh's will was probated 9 Oct 1855, Giles Co., Virginia

Marriage of Hugh's daughter Catherine: Reference: "Giles County Virginia: History-Families," page 130: "Daughter of Hugh and Nancy Johnston, age 49 and single, married William Mathews December 21 1875 in home of George Johnston; by Phil S. Sutton. William 30, single, born in Chelby County, Alabama, lived in Giles, a farmer, son of William and Mahala Mathews.

(6) James A.: Reference to his marriage to Margaret Givens: Giles County, Virginia Marriage Records, page 28

(7) Adam, Jr.: His wife, Susannah Williams was the daughter of Michael and Margaret Stafford Williams. Margaret's parents were James and Nancy Eaton Stafford who settled at Trigg (The Irish Settlement) about 1790. Reference: "Giles County Virginia: History- Families," Page 277.

(8) Edward A: Reference to their marriage: Wythe County, Virginia Marriage Records, page 226

Edward was referred to as "Squire Neddy". He was clerk of the Giles County Court 1858-1864.

Adam Johnston

Posted: 970401600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1055190536000
Surnames: Johnston, Stafford, Givens
Hello, I am related to Adam Johnston, he was my 4xgr.grndfather. Something close to that. I know he was married to Elizabeth Stafford. I was told that they came to Fermanaugh, northern Ireland, from Scotland, where most of the Johnstons lived. There was a poem written by Sir Walter Scott, about the Gentle Johnston ride (in Scotland) for a thousand years and a thousand more they will abide. Something to that effect? Can't remember verbatim. My line runs from JAMES A. JOHNSTON, he married; MARGARET GIVENS. I have the Givens line grandmother that married Philip Strother Hardiman was a Givens..Lillian Dell Etta Givens. Would appreciate it if you would email me privately -Please. Jackie

Re: Adam Johnston

Roger L. Johnston (View posts)
Posted: 1011582273000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1079018530000
Surnames: Johnston
I am a direct decendent from Adam P. Johnston and the Stafford family. I am from southern WV.
I have a fair amount of information about the family but no info in Ireland.I would like to learn more about you and the info you may need. Thank you.

Re: Adam Johnston

Posted: 1029808953000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1079018622000
Surnames: Johnston
Roger, I too, am a direct descendent of Adam Perry Johnston. He was my g-grandfather. I am looking for Civil War information regarding his father, George Watson Johnston (1828-1880). I recently visited relatives in Pearisburg, VA. They know that George was in the Civil War, but are unable to find documentation. Please e-mail me
I will share the information that I have.

George Watson Johnston, b. 1828

Posted: 1078877651000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1152709013000
Surnames: Johnston
Looking for information on George Watson Johnston born August 26, 1828. Relatives tell me that he served in the Civil War, but I have no documentation. His son is my g-grandfather, Adam Perry Johnston. Please e-mail me with any information. Linda (This is a new e-mail address)

Re: George Watson Johnston, b. 1828

Fred Norton (View posts)
Posted: 1079064416000
Classification: Query
Where was your George Watson born?
Fred Norton
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