Johnston Cemetery, Washington Township, Miami County, Ohio dates back to 1812, making it one of the oldest in the area. The cemetery is located on State Route 66, north of the city limits of Piqua and two miles south of the Shelby County line. The cemetery is a well cared for historical site and joins the Johnston Farm.
The location and early history of the Johnston Farm and the work of Colonel John Johnston makes the Johnston Cemetery an important source for family researchers and genealogists. Early settlers to Washington Township and southern Shelby County were buried there.
On January 20, 1812, a joint deed was signed by John and Rachel Johnston and Richard and Sarah Winans, for a little more than two acres of their adjoining lands. This parcel of ground was situated where the Johnston Cemetery is located and was to be used for the Methodist Meeting House and Burial Grounds and also for a school house.
Possibly the first burial was that of Colonel Johnston’s brother, Stephen Johnston, who was killed on August 28, 1812 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Later an Indian by the name of Logan was given a reward of twenty dollars to bring the body to Upper Piqua.
The Johnston Cemetery was also known as Swift Run Cemetery. This was proven by the finding of stones in the Johnston Cemetery with the names of individuals buried in Swift Run Cemetery. The records of Forest Hill Cemetery also show some individuals that were actually buried at Johnston Cemetery.
In 1890, when the Wood Street Cemetery was abandoned and all the dead removed to other cemeteries by relatives and friends, two gravel bed loads of remains were taken up and buried in the northwestern corner of the Johnston Cemetery. None of the names of these individuals are known.
Many of the headstones are eroded by nature and hard to read, some are missing and quite a few are broken.
GPS Coordinates: 40.1761, -84.2608
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #41633
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