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James Cathcart Johnston
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1782
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 9, 1865
Chowan County
North Carolina, USA

Son of N.C. Governor and U.S. Senator Samuel Johnston (1733-1816) and Frances Cathcart Johnston (1750-1801).

James C. Johnston graduated from Princeton University in 1799. He was a Trustee of UNC from 1818 to 1863. He was a very successful planter and built the impressive main house at "Hayes" near Edenton, N.C. He never married.

His death became noteworthy. The elderly James C. Johnston had outlived all of his immediate family and his surviving relatives were cousins. During the Civil War he wrote a will that left his plantations to non-relatives. Some of his relatives challenged the will on mental competence grounds, but the validity of the will was upheld in a Chowan County jury trial and the N.C. Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict.

The will contest became well known as "The Johnston Will Case." The trial took four weeks and involved many of the State's most prominent attorneys. The N.C. Supreme Court decision of the case is Wood v. Sawyer, 61 N.C. 251 (1867).
Family links: 
  Samuel Johnston (1733 - 1816)
  Frances Cathcart Johnston (1750 - 1801)
  Penelope Johnston Swann (1771 - 1820)*
  James Cathcart Johnston (1782 - 1865)
  Frances Ann Johnston (1785 - 1837)*
  Helen Scrymgeour Johnston (1787 - 1842)*
*Calculated relationship
Johnston Family Cemetery
Chowan County
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: pbfries
Originally Created by: D. S. Johnson
Record added: Aug 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74815517
James Cathcart Johnston
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James Cathcart Johnston
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