|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1827|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 1908|
Born in Carlisle, Northumberland, England
Son of William Johnston & Mary Ann Rogers.
Came to U.S. in 1829
Husband of Caroline Augusta Mear, married on 20 Sep 1855 in Albion, Calhoun Co., MI
DEATH OF A PIONEER.
DAVID JOHNSTON, another of that sturdy band of pioneers, whose ranks are so rapidly being depleted, passed away on Friday evening at his home in Hall's Addition after a prolonged illness, at the advanced age of 80 years, 10 months and 11 days. Deceased was a native of England; but came to America when quite young. He crossed the plains to California in 1850. Mr. Johnston followed mining and other pursuits for several years when he again returned East and remained until 1868 when he came to this valley where he has ever since resided and until old age prevented conducted his farm.
"Uncle Dave" as we were all pleased to call him was universally honored and respected for his happy, jovial disposition, and we doubt if the old gentleman had an enemy on earth. He was universally courteous and kind to all.
Within the past seven months, eight of the pioneer residents of this section have passed away. One by one are they leaving us, and soon the old path-finders; those who blazed the way and laid the foundation for this magnificent commonwealth will have all passed from the earth. But not so with their memories. They have been embalmed in acts of bravery and deeds of charity and will live on through the years to come.
An aged widow is left to mourn his demise. They had shared each others joys and sorrows for many a year, and now that the separation has come, how lonesome the intervening time when she too must join him in the great beyond. To each and every one must the summons come, whether in the morning, noon or even'tide of life, to the prince or pauper, the great leveler of all mankind places on all on a common level. Two daughters, Mrs. C.W. Moore of Pacific Grove and MRS. G.K. DeForest of this valley, several grand-children and many friends survive him.
The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon, Rev. N.M. Parsons conducting the services at the late residence of deceased. The attendance was very large.
Tues., 28 April 1908, Pg. 3, Col. 3
William Johnston (1798 - 1846)
Mary A. Johnston (1803 - 1876)
Caroline Augusta Mear Johnston (1835 - 1911)
Margaret A Johnston Moore (1856 - 1939)*
Helen Joan Johnston DeForest (1857 - 1957)*
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Record added: Nov 01, 2007
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