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Col John Johnston
Birth: Mar. 25, 1775
County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Death: Feb. 18, 1861
District Of Columbia, USA

Farmer, Public official and Indian Agent from 1802-1829. He was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated in 1786 at age 11, settling in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Johnston became a wagoner with the army during General Wayne's campaign, then entered the mercantile business for a brief time. He was a participant in the funeral procession of President George Washington, being a fellow member of the the Washington Lodge No. 59 of Free and Accepted Masons. He married Rachel Robinson July 15, 1802 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On July 1, 1802, John Johnston was appointed Factor at Fort Wayne under William Henry Harrison, Indian Agent and Governor of the Indian Territory, and Secretary of State Henry Dearborn. In 1811, he resigned as Factor and Indian Agent at Ft. Wayne and relocated to Pigua, Ohio. About 6 months after moving to the farm, John & his neighbor Richard Winans donated adjoining tracts of land for a Methodist church, burying grounds and school. He continued working with the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandot and Seneca Indians until the early 1840s, negotiating treaties and often traveling between Piqua and Washington City (D.C.). He was responsible for the negotiations with several Ohio tribes that were moved to the West, the last being the Wyandot. He was a close friend of General (President) Harrison as well as many of the Indian Chiefs,including Black Hoof and the Little Turtle. He also played a major role in the early transportation of Northwest Ohio, contributing to the creation of the first road from Wapaghkonetta to Fort Meigs, as well as the building of the Miami-Erie Canal. The Johnston Farm (Piqua Historical Area) is owned and maintained by the Ohio Historical Society.
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 Parents:
  Elizabeth Bernard Johnston (1745 - 1834)
 
 Spouse:
  Rachel Hoping Robinson Johnston (1785 - 1840)
 
 Children:
  Stephen Johnston (1803 - 1848)*
  Rebecca Johnston (1805 - 1808)*
  Rosanna J Johnston (1809 - 1844)*
  Julia Johnston Patterson (1811 - 1897)*
  Abraham Robinson Johnston (1815 - 1846)*
  Rebecca Johnston Whiteman (1818 - 1844)*
  John H.D. Johnston (1820 - 1863)*
  Catherine Connelly Johnston Holtzbecker (1822 - 1843)*
  William B. Johnston (1824 - 1890)*
  Margaret DeFrees Johnston (1825 - 1849)*
  Harriet Jones Johnston (1827 - 1843)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Johnston Widney (1769 - 1847)*
  James Johnston (1770 - 1847)*
  John Johnston (1775 - 1861)
  Stephen Johnston (1777 - 1812)*
  William Johnston (1785 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
John Johnston b. 3-25-1775, d. 2-18-1861.
Served the U.S. in various
important trusts for a period of forty years.
By his own desire, lies buried here
Close by the side of his beloved wife,
Rachel, hoping to rise together at the
Resurrection of the Just
Life's labor done, securely laid
In this their last retreat
Unheeded o'er their silent
The storms of life shall beat.
 
Burial:
Johnston Cemetery
Piqua
Miami County
Ohio, USA
 
Maintained by: Marla Fair
Originally Created by: LKlaer
Record added: Apr 19, 2004
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In honor of Colonel John Johnston, my 1st cousin 5 X removed.
- Marilyn Traylor Syx
 Added: Mar. 8, 2014
Thanks to the Col, who took in John J. Peck & Barbara French orphans and helped Stephen & Ann Armstrong Johnston-all of which are great grandparents of mine. What a classy gentleman!
- Michelle
 Added: Dec. 30, 2011
 
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