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I am looking for a Johnston family that may have been in Co. Donegal for only a
short period of time, ca. 1806-1832. This county appears as their home on an
We are not certain of the parents' names; however, if traditional naming
patterns were followed then they may have been John and Margaret Johnston/e.
The only fly in the ointment being that the first born of my g-g-grandfather
died young so we don't know if his name was used again or not.
Some of the children were: Francis (male b. 1805 in England), Robert (b. 1808
in Ireland), Archibald (b. 1815 in Ireland), Catharine, Janet and a few others
unknown. Oral family history is sketchy at best, but apparently one of the
parents died and Francis went to Canada ca. 1822. He could have gone with a
group of Methodists. Three sisters and Archibald left ca. 1832. One married
sister remained in Ireland. We are uncertain of the remaining parent, but
he/she may have died on the ship crossing to Canada as oral family history
states that "the children arrived with a great saddness".
Two of my father's aunts went to Ireland in the roaring 20's in an attempt to
find our Irish relatives. They were deceased. They did keep a journal and
copied the tombstones, locations, etc.. Unfortunately this journal has been
lost in time as has been where they visited.
If anything looks or sounds familiar I would like to hear from you.