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  • Name John B JOHNSTON 
    Born Abt 1800  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2771  Purdy Family Tree | Purdy Branch
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Father John JOHNSTON,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F1331  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth STEELE,   b. Abt 1800, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1823  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. John JOHNSON,   b. Nov 1824, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1905, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +2. Samuel JOHNSON,   b. Apr 1827, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1904, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F775  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Marriage Record of Samuel Johnson and Nancy Godfrey
    Marriage Record of Samuel Johnson and Nancy Godfrey
    Marriage solemnised at Bellaghy in the Parish of Ballyscullion in the County of Londonderry

    Samuel Johnston, Full age, Bachelor, Clerk, Resident of Magherafelt, Father's name Samuel Johnston, Farmer

    Nancy Godfrey, Full age, Spinster, resident of Ballynease, Father's name Thomas Godfrey, Farmer

    Pres. Church Bellaghy according to the form and discipline of the Presbyterian Church by Robert Templeton

    Signed Samuel Johnston and Nancy Godfrey
    in the presence of James Steele and Robert Johnston

    Copied from the certified Copies of Entries of Marriage in the General Register Office, Dublin 9th day of December 1969

    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:
    Godfrey: Mary Jane, Sarah Ann Hunter, Eliza McCullough, Matilda, Nancy
    Nancy Godfrey married to Samuel Johnson, Ireland, 1854
    Seven children: See above under Samuel.

  • Notes 
    • It is mentioned that John Johnson had an Uncle Mathew who taught him the carpenter trade, so he had at least 1 sibling. a Historical Atlas mentions this, briefly.