ROBERT JOHNSTON. The Johnston family were for many years residents of Allegheny county, Penn., where one James Johnston was born and reared. In early life he was married to Jane Morrow, a native of the same county, and the young couple immediately settled in Peters township, Washington Co., Penn. He died in his seventy-third year, his wife passing away at the age of seventy-two, leaving a family of children, among whom was a son Robert.
Robert Johnston was born September 30, 1817, on the farm in Peters township, Washington Co., Penn., and during his earlier years assisted his father with the work on the place. On March 2, 1841, he married Miss Rebecca Black, and they began housekeeping on a farm which he had purchased of his father, near Canonsburg, this county. In 1863 he bought 141 acres of land in North Strabane township, this county, to which he removed in the fall of that year. On this farm he has continued to reside, aud has reared four children, namely: Sarah Jane, James L. (living in Canonsburg), Richard and Mary Eliza. The mother died in 1872, at the age of fifty-eight years, but her memory is ever living in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. The family are members of the First Presbyterian Church at Canonsburg, and Mr. Johnston has taken an active part in questions of public interest, having served in various township offices.
Richard Johnston, the second son of Robert and Rebecca Johnston, was born February 26, 1848, on the place near Canonsburg, this county, and has passed his life under the parental roof, receiving a common-school education. On November 13, 1873, he married Anna M., daughter of Isaac and Jane (Matthews) Weaver, and she has borne him three children, namely: Eva M., Robert B. and Harry W. Like his father, Richard Johnston affiliates with the Democratic party, and in religion he and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church at Canonsburg.
Text taken from page 1211 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed February 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published February 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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