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Robert Johnston
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1844
Toronto Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 1, 1921
Decatur County
Iowa, USA

Son of Robert and Martha Foster Johnston, *Robert was born in Chinguacousy Twp, Peel County, Ontario, Canada. In 1852, at age 8 years, his residence was listed as Peel County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada*. Robert moved with his parents to Mooretown, Lambton County, Ontario in 1855. *In 1871 at age 27, his residence was listed as Lambton, Ontario, Canada*. He was baptized December 12, 1871 in Moore, Ontario, Canada by Robert Davis and became an Ordained Priest January 7, 1872 in Moore by George Shaw. *On June 1, 1872 at the age of 28, he married Margaret Ann Smith in St. Clair, Michigan*, who was baptized on the same date as he, in early 1872. Robert and Margaret presented a move letter to Lone Rock Church in Harrison County, Missouri about June 1, 1872. *In 1880, at age 36, his residence was listed as Colfax, Harrison, Missouri, United States*. Robert and Margaret moved to Lamoni, Iowa in 1899. *In 1900, at age 56 his residensce was listed as Fayette, Decatur, Iowa. In 1910, at age 66, his residence was listed in both Colfax (Twp), Harrison, Missouri, and Fayette, Decatur, Iowa. His residence in 1920, at age 76, was listed as Fayette, Decatur, Iowa.* Robert died instantly of a broken neck on August 1, 1921 in Harrison Co. Missouri, when the wind blew him off of a roof he was helping his son, William, to shingle.

* Information provided by Carolyn Jackson.

Tragic Death of Robert Johnston:
The people of this vicinity were shocked Monday afternoon by the news of the sudden and tragic death of Robert Johnston. Wm. Johnson (sp) aided by John Wadley was shingling the house next to Mr. Johnstonís on the west which was recently purchased by his father-in-law, J. L. Bouton. Seeing that a storm was nearing he secured the services of Mr. Johnston to help finish the job before it struck them. He and Mr. Wadley were working near the top of the roof and when the strong wind which preceded the rain struck them he fell to the ground striking in such a way as to break his neck, causing death instantly.
V.C. Bailey who was living in house assisted the other men to carry him to his home and aid was summoned but he did not move after the fall.

Robert, son of Robert and Martha Johnston, was born January 8, 1844, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, passed away at Lamoni, Iowa, August 1, 1921, he being at the time of his death aged 77 years 6 months and 22 days.
In the year 1855, he moved with his parents to Mooretown, Lambkin County, Ontario, where he resided until about 1872, at which time he moved to Harrison County, Missouri. Here he remained until 1899, when he moved to Lamoni, making this town his home until the time of his death.
On December 12, 1871, he became a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and retained his membership with this organization during the remainder of his life.
In 1872 he was united in marriage to Margaret Smith. To this union eight children were born: Addie, now deceased; William, of Lamoni, Iowa; Edith Sandage of Holden, Missouri; Fred, of Lamoni; Eva May Sandage, of Big Timber, Montana; Harry, now deceased; Bertha Weir, of Oklahoma; and Ethel Ryan, of Yuma, Arizona. He has been preceded in death by the two children named above and his companion who passed away June 10, 1905.
Mr. Johnston was a good neighbor and kind friend, patient and true in times of need.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, Columbus Scott in charge, C. E. Wight preaching the sermon.
Family links: 
  Robert Johnston (1811 - 1895)
  Martha Foster Johnston (1819 - 1882)
  Margaret Ann Smith Johnston (1851 - 1905)*
  William Johnston (1875 - 1968)*
  Edith Johnston Sandage (1877 - 1956)*
  Frederick Johnston (1880 - 1952)*
  Eva May Johnston Sandage (1882 - 1961)*
  Harry Johnston (1883 - 1896)*
  Bertha Johnston Weir (1887 - 1976)*
  Ethel Sarah Johnston Ryan (1890 - 1984)*
  Thomas Johnston (1837 - 1912)*
  Hannah Emma Johnston Bowen (1840 - 1864)*
  David W Johnston (1842 - 1929)*
  Robert Johnston (1844 - 1921)
  John R. Johnston (1846 - 1944)*
  Alexander Moore Johnston (1849 - 1901)*
  Samuel "Edwin" Johnston (1851 - 1938)*
  James Johnston (1855 - 1872)*
  Martha Ann Margaret Johnston Cameron (1859 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Decatur County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Wally S.
Record added: Aug 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96239683
Robert Johnston
Added by: Wally S.
Robert Johnston
Added by: Wally S.
Robert Johnston
Added by: Wally S.
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