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History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
Compiled by Ruth Johnson Conley
{notes by Edith Helen Purdy}

The Johnson Family originally came from Scotland. In the 16th century, James I, King of England, gave them a grant of land in Ireland: “to have and to hold as long as grass shall grow or rivers shall flow.”

John Johnston of Scotland had seven sons, one of whom named John B went to Ireland and settled on Johns(t)on’s Hill near Belfast. This John had two sons, John and Sam.

In 1846 John came to America, from County Derry, Ireland, on a sailing vessel {same ship as Richard Purdy}. By the way of the old Erie Canal {by barge canal} he came to Macedon and from there to Canandaigua. At first he lived in the Washington Hotel, then on Clark Street, and later at No. 85 Gorham Street, (map of 1859). He married but left no descendants {his child died, found on gravestone}. He learned the carpentry trade from his Uncle Mathew and practiced it for many years. {He owned lumberyard & left sizeable inheritance to his nephew Thomas Johnson.}

Samuel Johnson married Nancy Godfrey in Ireland in January 1853{16 Feb 1853}. His first five children were born there {6, one died in infancy}. Encouraged to do so by letters from his brother John, he came to America about the year 1863 to make a home for his family. He soon sent for them and it was a long, stormy voyage for the mother, Nancy, and her five small children. During the voyage she spent much of her time, clinging to the mast and praying for the safety of her family, especially for that of the two small boys, who were constantly running about the small sailing vessel. In America, two more children were born to this family. At first they lived on Chapin Street, and later on a farm owned by John Johnson on the Town Line Road, now owned by Maynard Johnson, a grandson.

Nancy Godfrey, wife of Samuel Johnson was born in England {Ballynease Ireland} and through her Grandmother Stuart was a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. One of her sisters married a wealthy Englishman {North Irishman} named William Crawford, who with his wife Mary Jane {Godfrey}, family, and servants, as well as a small flock of sheep, went on his own sailing vessel in about 1862 to settle in Australia. It was said to have been about a three month voyage. He had four sons, Henry {after William’s father}, Thomas {after her father}, John, {William} and Hugh {born at sea}; and five daughters: Mary Ann, Matilda, Jane, Nancy, and Sarah. (See letter in the reunion book from the grandson, Robert H Monro). (Probably, Jack Crawford, the tennis star was from this family). Another sister Matty (Matilda) married Robert {William} Houston of Scotland and came to Canandaigua, living on North Main Street for many years. There were two children, Robert and Ellen {Jane}, but no descendants. For awhile Ellen visited Ireland every five years, visiting the following places and families:

Black’s Hill and nearby Magherafelt and Maghera, County Derry Coleraine, County Derry: The Hunters, a sister {Sarah Ann} of Nancy Godfrey Portelone; The McCulloughs, another sister of Nancy Godfrey {Eliza} Nancy Godfrey Homestead; BUshmill’s Distillery near there and the neighbors, Lammi, Nancy Lammi, the mother. {Found these in Northern Ireland.}

Robert Mccullough, son of the McCulloughs mentioned above, went to Australia, when about eighteen, and lived with the Crawfords. He was practicing law there recently. His brother Thomas also went to Australia but returned to Ireland. There was also another brother who remained in Ireland. {George?}

Another branch of the Johnson family listed Thomas as the head, Johnston’s Hill Ireland. His son James married Ray Foster and had four children; William, James, Matthew, and Rachel. William was married to James Shipp, Toronto Cananda, and had three children, Ella, Vera, and ?. Vera often spent vacations with William and Robert Johnston, North Main Street, entertaining us with stories of the many years she was secretary to Mary Picford. William Johnson had six children, three boys and three girls.
Note: to be fitted into the family relationship, William and Robert Johnston.

Stories, told and retold:

Bernard, mentioned as a brother of John B Johnston, came to America and had a child stolen by the Indians.

One Johnson, had owned a large tract of land, on which part of Philadelphia {Pittsburg} now stands. John Johnson of Gorham Street had the papers in an old trunk in his barn to prove this and intended to investigate but before he had time to do so, the barn and all its contents burned.

Another early pioneer member of the family owned a large piece of New York but in a moment of great thirst traded it to the Indians for a bottle of “Fire Water.”

In the early history there was a John who had seven sons and one of these also named John also had seven sons, one named John.

Famous American names connected with the family:
• Sir William Johnson, who received his title and a large grant of money, for his services against the French in America.
• Colnel Barney Johnson, of Revolutionary fame, who was the first white man to be made chief of the Mohawks.
• Mary Johnston, author, who wrote some of the family history into one of her books.

Addition: It was John Johnson of Gorham Street who dropped the t and persuaded Samuel and his family to do likewise.


Johns(t)on Family Tree

Paternal Side:
John Johnston of Scotland
Seven sons: ____, ____, Bernard, ____, John {B}, ____, ____
John {B} went to Ireland
Two sons: Samuel and John
Samuel married to Nancy Godfrey, Ireland, 1854
Seven children: Lizzie, Thomas Edward, John G, Mary, Matilda, Sara, and Margaret

Maternal side:
Stuarts
Godfrey: Mary Jane, Sarah Ann Hunter, Eliza McCullough, Matilda, Nancy
Nancy Godfrey married to Samuel Johnson, Ireland, 1854
Seven children: See above under Samuel.
 
 
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History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
Written by Emily Rebecca Headlee Peery

William Steele was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and came to East Bloomfield, New York as a young man. William’s brother, Joel, was one of the first settlers of East Bloomfield—the town was established in 1789, and Joel built the town’s first grist (corn or flour) mill in 1795. Joel was also co-founder of The First Bank, along with Henry W Hamlin.

Eliza Pitkin was also born in Connecticut, and must have come to East Bloomfield, New York as a young woman, because they were married 8 March 1822, when she was 23 years old and William was 40. Eliza was a strongly religious woman and the oldest member of the Congregational church when she passed away.

They had seven children in fairly rapid succession: Eliza (1823), William (1825), Joseph Stanley (1826), Alfred (1828), Abigail (1831), Henry Goodwin (1833), and Edward (1836). All of the children were born in East Bloomfield, New York.

William was a farmer, and purchased 500 acres of land. He later gave land to each of his four living sons William, Joseph, Henry, and Edward.

Alfred Steele died as a young child in 1830.

William Steele (the son) married Aseneth Speaker in 1849. They had 3 children: Homer Russell (1850), Frank (1862), and William Sherman (1865). Frank died as an infant. Aseneth died suddenly from heart disease at age 75.


Abigail Steele died as a young woman, age 19, in 1850, and was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Joseph Stanley Steele married Elizabeth Smith in January 1858. They had seven children: Stanley (1858), William (1859), Emily (1861), Anna (1862), James (1864), Luther (1868), and Elizabeth (1872). Joseph built the blue farm house on County Road 30, which was lived in by six generations of Steeles. More information about this family is covered at length elsewhere in this book.

Just 3 months after Joseph’s marriage, William Steele, father of this family, passed away at the age of 77. He was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Eliza Steele married Russell Belden Goodwin in 1859, when she was 36 years old. They had no children of their own, but were very involved in the church, community, and extended family. Eliza was a key personality in the establishment of the East Bloomfield Historical Society, served as its secretary, and taught Sunday school. Several of her birthday and social parties were highlighted in the local newspapers.

Russell was a tailor, and lived in St Louis for about 10 years. He also worked as a book keeper, fruit grower, gardener, and a farmer.

Henry Goodwin Steele married Lydia Lucretia Hudson in 1861. They lived in the yellow house across the street from the blue house built by Joseph Stanley Steele.

Henry and Lucretia had three children: Abigail (1862), Grant (1864) and Lincoln (1867). Lincoln died as an infant, and was buried with his parents in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

When Joseph Stanley Steele’s wife Elizabeth died in childbirth, Henry and Lucretia cared for baby Elizabeth until she was old enough to be returned to the care of her father. Fittingly, this daughter Elizabeth Lucretia Steele shares her aunt’s name.

In her youth, their daughter Abigail won a walnut as a prize for having perfect attendance at Sunday school. The walnut was planted, and grew to be a large tree.

Henry was very active in public affairs, and served as a trustee of the East Bloomfield Congregational church and the East Bloomfield Cemetery association. When Henry died, Lucretia moved to Michigan to be with her children. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Abigail Steele and Charles H Pittinger). She died in Michigan, but was returned to East Bloomfield to be buried with her husband in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

Note: Abby Steele Pittenger helped provide many details about her family line to the authors of this book.

Edward Steele married Mary Edna Winslow in 1869. They did not have any children.

Eliza Pitkin Steele died in 1886, at the age of 88. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Eliza Steele and Russell Belden Goodwin) for the last 20 years of her life, and passed away in their home.  
 
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Homer R Steele
Homer R Steele
 
 
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Homer Russell Steele
Homer Russell Steele
 
 
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James Lemuel Sackett
James Lemuel Sackett
age 16 
 
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James Purdy Headstone
James Purdy Headstone
1862-1934 
 
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James S Purdy Children
James S Purdy Children
Back: Nancy Edith Purdy, Marguerite Helen Purdy, Josephine Matilda Purdy, Mary Elizabeth Purdy
Front: John Johnson Purdy, James Clifford Purdy, Royal Richard Purdy 
 
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James S Purdy Family
James S Purdy Family
Front: Marguerite Helen Purdy, John Johnson Purdy, Mary Elizabeth Purdy, Josephine Matilda Purdy, Nancy Edith Purdy

Back: Martha Matilda Johnson, James S Purdy, Anna "Nancy" McGowan (Grandmother), Mary Jane Purdy (Aunt)  
 
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Jean Frances Sackett 69th High School Reunion
Jean Frances Sackett 69th High School Reunion
69th Reunion--East Bloomfield High School's Class of 1912 recently celebrated its 69th reunion with a luncheon and gathering at the East Bloomfield Historical Society, formerly the Bloomfield Academy. The reunion was organized by Pamela Headlee of East Bloomfield, grand-daughter of Jean Sackett Steele King. It was the first reunion in nine years for (from left): Mrs. King of Florida; Ina Francis Herley of Lyons; Louis Cartwright of Rochester; adn Lena Saxby Steele of East Bloomfield, founder of the Bloomfield Historical Society. A fifth classmate, Alfred Fales, lives in Florida.

Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, N.Y.--Tuesday, July 28, 1981--page 5 
 
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John Adams and Jane McGuffin
John Adams and Jane McGuffin
Obviously someone did some "cutting and pasting" on this photograph. 
 
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John Godfrey Will page 1
John Godfrey Will page 1
Godfrey, John
Died 19th June /79
Amount of Assets
£970: 6’ 4.

This is the last Will and Testament of me, John Godfrey, of Ballymacombs in the Parish of Ballyscullion in the County of Londonderry, Farmer.

After payment of all my just debts, funeral and Testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath to my brother Rowley Godfrey’s second son John Godfrey of Ballynease all that Farm of land and Houses in Ballymacombs which I now occupy and likewise the Turf Bog or Moss in Ballymacombs which I now possess, and all the chattels likewise. Also all my stock in Cattle and Horses and everything that I call mine.

I now leave his father Rowley Godfrey (above named) of Ballynease in Trust for his son John until he arrives at proper age.

With the following considerations that all my just money which is due me and all my chattels and cattle beasts to the payment of those legacies as follows if required.

Namely I will bequeath to my beloved sister Sarah Ann Godfrey Hunter the sum of Two pounds sterling per year for Twelve years if alive.

And also to my beloved sister Martha Godfrey Houston I will bequeath the sum of Forty pounds sterling to be paid to her in two installments within the first three years after my demise and she also to receive two pounds per year for five years after the two initial installments above named are pay’d to her if alive.

And also to my beloved sister Elizabeth Godfrey McCullough I bequeath the sum of two pounds sterling for twelve years if alive.

And also to my beloved sister Hessy Godfrey Morrison I bequeath the sum of Forty pounds sterling to be paid to her in two installments within the first three years after my death and she is also to receive two pounds sterling per year for five years after the two installments above named are pay’d to her if alive.

And to my sister Nancy Godfrey Johnston I bequeath 
 
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John Godfrey Will page 2
John Godfrey Will page 2
the sum of Five pounds sterling to be paid within five years after my decease if called upon.

And to my sister Mary Jane Godfrey Crawford I bequeath the sum of five pounds sterling to be paid within five years after my decease if called upon.

I also bequeath to brother Rowley’s daughter Mary the sum of twenty pounds sterling if alive at the age of twenty one years to be paid to her by her brother John off the deceased’s property.

And if the lawful debts that’s due me and the chattels and stock does not amount to pay the bequeaths the balance I allow to come off the property.

I bequeath to the Reverend Mr. Werring or his successor one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

And to the Reverend Mr. McCrea of Bellaghey two pounds sterling to buy tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

And to the Reverend Mr. Johnston of Bellaghey one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

And to the Reverend McGamble of Castledawson one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed also to his Sabbath Scholars.

These four last named to be paid at the end of the first year after my decease.

And the places to be decently enjoyed by the said John Godfrey he and his lawful heirs and if the said John Godfrey does be removed by death before he arrives at proper age I bequeath all that would be his to his brother Thomas Godfrey of Ballynease and if he does be removed by death the place to go to the nearest heir of the same name.

Lastly I hereby appoint my brother Rowley Godfrey of Ballynease and William Bruce Jun’r of Mullaghboy executors of this my last will and testament and I empower them to lift all my just debts due me. Given under my hand this 19th day of May 1879.

Signed
John Godfrey

Signed published and declared by the said John Godfrey the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time who at this request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names at witnesses being first truly read.

Signed Signed
George McCullough James Bruce

For Probate see probate book No. 5 page 119
 
 
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John J Sackett Headstone
John J Sackett Headstone
 
 
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John James Sackett
John James Sackett
 
 
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John Johnson and Richard Purdy Arrival
John Johnson and Richard Purdy Arrival
Elizabeth Denison, departed Liverpool, England arrived New York, New York 20 Jul 1846

*John Johnston
*Richard Purdy 
 
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John Johnson Purdy
John Johnson Purdy
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy
John Johnson Purdy
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy
John Johnson Purdy
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
Taken at the wedding of their daughter. 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
John Johnson Purdy and Helen Louise Bliss
 
 
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John Johnson Purdy WWI Draft Registration
John Johnson Purdy WWI Draft Registration
JOhn JOhnson Purdy, age 23
RR ??? Canandaigua, NY
DOB April 20 1894
Natural born, Canandaigua, NY, USA
Farmer
James Purdy; Canandaigua
Single, Caucasian
Medium height, medium weight, blue eyes, brown hair

 
 
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Josephine Matilda Purdy
Josephine Matilda Purdy
 
 
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Land Record 1956
Land Record 1956
 
 
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Land Record 4500
Land Record 4500
 
 
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Land Record 4501
Land Record 4501
 
 
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Land Record 4502
Land Record 4502
 
 
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Land Record 4503
Land Record 4503
 
 
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Laverne Bradley Steele and Homer Russell Steele
Laverne Bradley Steele and Homer Russell Steele
 
 
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Lemuel Miller Sackett
Lemuel Miller Sackett
 
 
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Lemuel Miller Sackett and Emily Lucinda Cole Marriage Certificate
Lemuel Miller Sackett and Emily Lucinda Cole Marriage Certificate
 
 
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Lemuel Miller Sackett Death Certificate
Lemuel Miller Sackett Death Certificate
 
 
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Lemuel Miller Sackett Headstone
Lemuel Miller Sackett Headstone
 
 
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Lemuel Sackett Biography
Lemuel Sackett Biography
Lemuel was the son of Lemuel Sackett of England. Moved with parents to Pittsford, New York in 1822 at the age of 18. He married March 9, 1827 and then moved to Clinton Township in 1829. He had a large farm he worked for 25 years, but then retired to Mt. Clemens. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church for over 25 years.

He was the father of six children: Lemuel M., Francis Campbell, Martha Travers, John, Robert F.,and Thomas. 
 
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Lemuel Sackett Land Record
Lemuel Sackett Land Record
 
 

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