|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1837|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1915|
Civil War Veteran
Grand Army of the Republic
By the time he was 8 both his parents had died. He was adopted by a man who was very cruel and mean to him, he left that home and moved in with another farmer, C. L. Bragdon. These people were refined and educated. They paid him wages and sent him to three months school every Winter.
He left home at age 17 and moved to Kansas where he hunted Buffalo and sold the hides. He met his future wife Laura Ann Tryon and was determined to make enough money to marry her.
He bought Oxen, Cows and tools and filed pre-emption claim to Northwest quarter Sec. 19 township 14 range 2 West. This was one year before the homestead law was passed. He worked like a hero building a house and corral out of cottonwood trees that were hauled several miles. He was married April 16, 1863 by the Rev. Wm. Bishop, Presbyterian minister in Topeka, Kansas. He started farming and the first three years were failures, because there was no rain. He farmed in the summer and hunted in winters. Will, George, Mary, Maggie and Harry and Lottie were born on the farm.
In 1864, he joined the 17th Kansas Regiment of foot soldiers. General Price was moving north into Missouri and General Sherman was too busy to stop them. His regiment marched down through what was then a wild country - no roads, few trails - but the news of their coming changed Price's mind and he obligingly moved back across the river. This service entitled him to join the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and he wore his uniform in parades on Decoration Day and on the Fourth of July, and he would really strut his stuff when he passed all of the family along the route. Then sometimes, he was chosen for the firing squad and that was the day.
Spring of 1876 they moved to a ranch on the branch of the Gypsum in Bonneville township. Then he built a house and bought 35 cows.
He was highly respected by all who knew him. Never had an enemy in the world. His highest honor was to be appointed Justice of the Peace and he served in very dignified humble manner. Settled squabbles among the neighbors, married many bashful young couples and gave them counsel and advice toward happy married life.
He was deeply religious, prayer before each and every meal and at bedtime just a very humble, close, intimate talk with his Lord always beginning ''Father in Heaven'' and finishing with a few joyful tears of satisfaction that he had been heard and answered in just a few seconds.
Our Fathers wore blue
Laura Ann Tryon Johnston (1840 - 1923)
William Edward Johnston (1864 - 1948)*
George Jason Johnston (1865 - 1948)*
Margaret Ellen Johnston Adams (1870 - 1925)*
Henry Thomas Johnston (1872 - 1949)*
Charlotte Laura Johnston Smith (1875 - 1970)*
Roselle Margurite Johnston Tanner (1877 - 1947)*
Omar Wendell Johnston (1887 - 1970)*
Prairie Chapel Cemetery
Maintained by: Gennaphyr
Originally Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Sep 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15653343