Andrew Johnston was born two days before Christmas 1787 in Salem, NJ, the son of Daniel and Sarah Anne (Kirkpatrick) Johnston.
In his young years, Andrew and his parents migrated to southwestern Pennsylvania and planted roots in Greene and Washington Counties.
Andrew was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Climena Conklin (Jan. 23, 1792-1874), also spelled "Conkling," a native of Washington County and the daughter of Capt. John J. and Elizabeth Phoebe (Mills) Conklin.
Eleven children were born to this union. The known names were Maria Tripp, Jane Wick Carrel, Daniel Johnston, Lavina Lively, Andrew J. Johnston, William "Harrison" Johnston, Columbus Johnston, Caroline Johnston, George W. Lafayette Johnston and Roseann Johnston.
Two of the daughters married Caleb Hughes of Mannington, WV and John Lindley of Board Tree, WV.
Early in their marriage, the Johnstons lived in Morris Township, Washington County. Then in 1820 the couple settled on a hilly farm in Center Township in what today is considered the community of Sycamore. There, they "remained until their death," said a profile of their son Andrew in the 1888 book History of Greene County, Pennsylvania, authored by Samuel P. Bates.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the Johnstons dwelled on a farm in Center Township, Living next door was the family of 29-year-old Daniel Johnston and his wife, 25-year-old Clarissa. Andrew's estate at that time was valued at $10,000, and the census-taker spelled the family surname "Johnson."
The United States Census for 1860 shows the family continuing to dwell in Center Township, with Andrew's real estate now valued at $12,000 and personal estate $3,000. The only one of their children still at home at that time was son Lafayette, who earned his keep as a farm laborer. Their son Andrew and family resided next door, and two houses away was the family of David and Eliza Johnson.
Sadly, at the age of 78, on July 12, 1868, Andrew died at home. Brief death notices were published in the Waynesburg Republican and Greene County Messenger. The remains were laid to rest in a small private hilltop burial ground.
A prominent marker was erected at the grave. It is still legible today, and upright, although no longer standing on its base. Inscribed on the base is this epitaph:
Go home dear friends dry up your tears,
I must lay here til Christ appears,
Then burst the bands with sweet surprise,
Climena outlived her spouse by six years. During that time she resided in the home of her son Andrew who dwelled in Hunter's Cave..
The spirit of death whisked her away into eternity on Nov. 8, 1874 at the age of 82 years, nine months and 15 days. A short obituary was printed in the Republican.
The family graveyard today is known officially as Johnston Cemetry. It was explored in 2009 by Brad Jarvis who provided driving directions and the names of the two known burials, with his findings published on Interment.net.
Direct descendants David Shaw and the founder of this website also visited the Johnston Cemetery in August 2021. At the time, it was covered in a dense growth of trees and underbrush. Evidence showed that pears and rosebushes had been planted at the site, and that the perimeter was surrounded by wooden fenceposts and remnants of barbed wire which at one time had provided protection.
~ Daughter Maria (Johnston) Tripp ~
Daughter Maria Johnston (1812-1890) was born on Jan. 29, 1812 in Washington or Greene County, PA, the eldest of 11 children.
She entered into the bonds of marital union with Franz Anthon "Anthony" Tripp (April 8, 1815-1893). He was an immigrant from the Prussia region of in Germany.
About Anthony's early years, the Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger once reported that he:
....was born at Hoscastle, on the bank of the river Weiser, in Germany in 1815, where he lived until October 1840, when wearied with the demand made by the Prussian King for military service, he applied for a passport to the U.S. His application was repeated as the authorities would not permit young men in any instance to go to the United States. Fully determined Mr. Tripp applied to another window for passport to England which was granted. Armed with the permit he arrived in safety as he supposed at the free city of Brehmen [sic] where a vessel was about to start to the United States. Just as he stepped into the boat to be conveyed to the ship, his passport was demanded. Finding it read to England instead of America he was arrested and turned over to the police, whom King William had employed to arrest any of his men, who were about to escape to America. Learning the boat would return again in the evening he determined to take the matter cooly, inviting the officers to drink wine at his expense hoping thus to make his escape. The wine soon had its effect on his captors who began to curse King William, declaring that he only paid them a small fee for returnign his subjects. Taking the hint Mr. Tripp presented each of police with a thaler in connection with the wine, which rendered them entirely oblivious of their duties; he got aboard the ship and crawling in among some boxes, etc., he did not come out until the ship was far out to sea. He landed at New Orleans, where he remained for a short time; he then went to St. Louis, and after a short sojourn there he came to Washington, Pa., where he hired with William Gabby, a farmer. Here he became acquainted with Maria Johnson, daughter of the late Andrew Johnson, of Sargents Mills, this county whom he married in 1841. When he commenced to work for Mr. Gabby he was penniless and did not have any thing. He rented a farm near Lindleys mills, Washington county and commenced housekeeping, he kept sheep on the shares, bnd by industry and economy he managed to save a little money each year. He soon conceived the idea of buying himself a farm, which he did in 1848.
The Tripps established their residence on a 190-acre farm, agreeing to pay $10 per acre with $500 as a down payment and $200 annual installments without interest. Maria joined a church in about 1835 and held her membership for 55 years.
Together, they bore five children -- William Tripp, James Tripp, Annie Carroll, Mrs. John M. Day and Mrs. Nelson Booth.
Then in about 1856, having satisfied his mortgage, he and Maria moved to a farm in Nineveh, Greene County. The farm "was in a very bad condition when he moved onto it," said the Democrat-Messenger in 1893. "He went to work to improving the land, and in a very few years it was one of the best grain and grass producing farms. Last fall he sold this farm that cost him $10 per acre for something more than $55 per acre on an average, to his sons Wm. and James Tripp."
Anthony belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church denomination. When the congregation built a new Unity church at Graysville, he made generous donations. Said the Democrat-Messenger, he "always assisted churches in his community regardless of sect. He was an honest upright man; he never sued a man and was never sued, he was a man of peace."
Maria died in their home at the age of 78 on July 7, 1890. Funeral services were held in the family home, led by Rev. N.P. Kerr of Nineveh. The burial was held at Prosperity Cemetery, under a prominent granite monument they had installed years before. Obituaries were published in the Waynesburg Republican and Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger. The Democrat-Messenger said that she "lived a consistent christian life until her death, her aged companion survives her, they have been married about fifty years and their life has been a very prosperous and happy one."
Anthony outlived her by five years and at the end shared a home with his son William. The angel of death carried him away "suddenly" on Jan. 18, 1893. The Republican and Democrat-Messenger also printed obituaries, the Democrat Messenger saying "He had been in his usual health until forty minutes before his death, he cmoplained of trouble about the heart, and rapidly grew worse until relieved by death." Rev. Byers, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, presided over the funeral.
Son William Tripp lived on the old family farm in Nineveh in 1890.
Son James Tripp made his home in 1890 on the old family farm in Nineveh.
Daughter Annie Tripp ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On May 8, 1884, in nuptials led by Rev. Hanna, she wed Anderson Carroll ( ? - ? ). News of the wedding was printed in the Waynesburg Republican. They dwelled in England, Washington County, PA in 1890-1893.
Daughter (?) Tripp married John M. Day. The couple migrated to Kansas. Their residence circa 1890-1893 was in Colby, KS.
Daughter (?) Tripp was joined in matrimony with Nelson Booth. They resided at Simpsons Store. Sadly, she was deceased by 1890.
~ Son Andrew Jackson Johnston Sr. ~
Son Andrew Jackson Johnston Sr. (1816-1893) was born on Jan. 18, 1816 in Washington County, PA.
On Dec. 9, 1847, he was joined in wedlock with 26-year-old Phoebe McCullough (April 3, 1817-1899), daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Dunn) McCullough of Greene County.
Together, the couple produced these known offspring -- Sarah A. Heaton, George W. Johnson, Andrew J. Johnston Jr. and Eliza A. Rush..
The first two years of the Johnstons' married lives were spent in Washington County. They then relocated to Greene County and stayed for good.
The Johnstons were farmers and stock raisers throughout their lifetimes. In 1860, they worked as tenant farmers in Center Township, likely renting from Andrew's parents who dwelled next door.
They were longtime members of the local Methodist Episcopal congregation at Hopewell, spanning six decades.
Andrew resided in Center Township for decades and amassed a home farm of 400 acres at Hunter's Cave. In his final years, he was burdened with heart disease.
In May 1893, he traveled by rail to visit a daughter in Washington, PA. He returned and debarked the train at the Sycamore station. Reported the Waynesburg Republican, "After arriving at his home, which is not far from Hopewell church, he complained of illness and gradually grew worse, until death resulted. He was a highly respected citizen and leaves a family."
Phoebe lived for another six years as a widow, and lived with her son Andrew Jr. near Hopewell. After a bout with pneumonia, she died at the age of 83 on April 15, 1899. An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger noted that she had "resided on the farm where she died for more than half a century." Burial was at the side of her husband, with funeral services presided over by Rev. G.W. Kelley of Nineveh. Reported the Democrat Messenger, "The casket was furnished by N.W. Carter, of Waynesburg."
Daughter Sarah Ann "Sadie" Johnson (1848-1900) was born in about 1848. She wedded William B. Heaton (Jan. 25, 1849-1922) and dwelled in Sycamore. Two of their children were Lizzie "Florence" Thomas and Frank Heaton. Death swept Sarah away on April 18, 1900. William lived on for another 22 years. Later in 1900, he made a home in Waynesburg with his married daughter Florence and family. He died April 25, 1922.
Son George W. Johnson (1849- ? ) was born on Dec. 12, 1849. He was joined in matrimonial union with Minerva Boyd (1847-1938) They resided on Hopewell Ridge near Rogersville. Among their offspring were Nora Blanche Bennington, Bertha Ellen Johnston, Irwin Boyd Johnston and Harrison "Harry" Johnston. George passed into eternity on Valentine's Day 1905. She lived for another 33 years. The angel of death led her away in 1938.
Son Andrew "Jackson" Johnston Jr. (1855-1940) was born on June 22, 1855 in Waynesburg. He was a farmer in young adulthood. On Nov. 30, 1886, when he was 31 years of age, and living in Hunter's Cove, he was intermarried with 26-year-old Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Webster (Feb. 15, 1860-1947), daughter of Samuel and Lucinda Webster. The nuptials were held in the village of Rutan, with Rev. James E. Donley officiating. Libby was a dressmaker at the time of marriage. They relocated to Ohio and dwelled in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, OH. He died there on July 2, 1940. She outlived him as a widow by seven years. She passed away on Jan. 26, 1947.
Daughter Eliza A. Johnston ( ? - ? ) ws born in (?). She grew to womanhood in Hunter's Cove, Greene County. On Oct. 18, 1888, she married carpenter David E. Rush ( ? - ? ) of Harveys, Greene County. Their home in was in Hunter's Cave.
~ Daughter Jane Wick (Johnston) Carrel/Carroll ~
Daughter Jane Wick Johnston (1818-1904) was born in May 1818.
She married Charles Carrel (1809-1883), also spelled "Carroll."
They put down roots in Nineveh, Greene County.
Charles succumbed to death on Dec. 29, 1883.
Jane lived for another 19 years as a widow. She passed away on Aug. 2, 1904.
~ Son Daniel Johnston ~
Son Daniel Johnston (1820-1901) was born in May 1820.
He and Clarissa S. "Clara" Russell (1829-1896) were united in matrimony. She was a native of Ohio.
The nine known children produced by their union were Adeline Clymena Gover, Elizabeth Johnston, Archer/Andrew Johnson, Margaret Johnston, James Weston Johnson, Eliza Jane Bennell, Anna Main, Lincoln Daniel Johnson and Mary Etta "Marietta" Ross.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, the Johnstons and their seven children dwelled on a farm in Morris Township.
The family remained in Morris during the decade of the 1860s, and in 1870 took their mail at the Waynesburg post office.
Circa 1890, the Johnstons were in Nineveh, Greene County. They held a membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Clarissa died in the vicinity of Waynesburg on March 1, 1896. The Waynesburg Democrat Messenger gave the cause as "general debility... She leaves a husband and seven grown up children. She was an excellent lady." Burial was the Hopewell Cemetery, with the funeral sermon preached by Rev. Arthur Smith of Nineveh.
Toward the end of his life, Daniel was burdened with heart disease and congestive heart failure. He surrendered to the spectre of death at the home of his son Lincoln at Dunns Station on Aug. 1, 1901, at the age of 81. The Democrat Messenger said he "had spent the greater portion of his life in Morris township..."
Daughter Adeline Clymena "Addie" Johnston (1846-1923) was born on June 25, 1846 in Center Township, Greene County. She was joined in wedlock with Rufus Gover (May 12, 1848-1891), son of Francis A. and Eleanor Gover of Jollytown. Known children born to this couple were Lucy P. Gover, Ida Gover, Charles Gover, Albert Francis "Bert" Gover and Mary E. Gover. They dwelled in Deep Valley in Springhill Township, Greene County. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the family lived next door to Rufus' parents as well as Ralph and Mary J. Gover. The family was cascaded in grief when Rufus died at the age of 42 on March 9, 1891. Adeline survived as a widow for decades. She remained in Deep Valley as of 1900, providing a home for her four youngest children and 79-year-old father-in-law. Her final 10 years of life were spent enduring hardening of the arteries. In late 1922, she went to live in Garrison, Greene County. She suffered a stroke and died three days later on June 15, 1923, just 20 days before her 75th birthday. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Cemetery. Ella Ross of Amity, Washington County provided vital information for the death certificate.
Great-granddaughter Lucy P. Gover (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878.
Great-granddaughter Ida O. Gover (1880- ? ) was born in April 1880 in Deep Valley, Greene County. Evidence suggests that she never married. She eventually migrated to the West Coast, as had her brother Albert, and dwelled in Orange County. She died on Sept. 23, 1925. She sleeps for eternity in the same cemetery which holds the remains of her brother, Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, CA.
Great-grandson Charles Gover (1882- ? ) was born in March 1882. He grew up as a farm laborer.
Great-grandson Albert Francis "Bert" Gover (1883-1970) was born on Dec. 27, 1883. He grew up working on the family farm in Deep Valley. He would have been seven-plus years old at the death of his father in 1891. When he was 28 years of age, in about 1911, he was united in matrimony with Ida "Viola" (1881- ? ), a native of West Virginia. The couple relocated to Southern California, where Bert made a living as an oil driller. Together, they produced three known offspring -- Gerald G. Gover, Audrey D. Gover and Burk F. Gover. In 1930, federal census records show the couple and children living on Liberty Lane in Anaheim. In 1936, at the newly opened Hoover Dam Lake in Nevada, he posed for a snapshot photograph with his cousin and wife, William Allen and Osta (Cain) Miner, who also were residing in Southern California at the time. The Santa Ana (CA) Register reported in April 1934 that Bert and Viola were embarking "on a three months visit in the east" and that a farewell dinner was held in their honor at the home of Mrs. M. Hearn in Garden Grove. When the federal census enumeration was made again 1940, the Govers remained in Anaheim, with Bert laboring as a "well puller" in the oil industry. Son Burk worked as a riveter for an airplane factory, son Gerald as a shippling clerk for a citrus house and Gerald's wife Helen as a telephone operator. Sadly, Viola passed away in 1947, bringing to a close their marriage of 36 years' duration. Bert died in Orange County at the age of 86 on Feb. 26, 1970. Interment of the remains was in Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, CA.
Great-grandson Clarence Gover (1886- ? ) was born in Oct. 1886.
Great-granddaughter Mary E. Gover (1889- ? ) was born in Jan. 1889.
Daughter Elizabeth Johnston (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848. She may have died young.
Son Andrew Johnson (1850- ? ) -- who may also have used the name "Archer" -- was born in about 1850. When he was 20 years of age and single, in 1870, he lived at home and labored as a farmhand. In adulthood, he migrated to Kansas. He is believed to have died in Clay County, KS.
Daughter Margaret Johnston (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Morris Township, Greene County. She may have died young.
Son James Weston Johnson (1854-1936) was born on Sept. 18, 1854 or 1858 (records differ) in Greene County. He wedded Hannah E. ( ? - ? ). They made a home in Nineveh. His final widowed years were spent living at 310 West Spruce Street in Washington, PA. After contracting bronchial pneumonia, he suffered for five weeks and then died from a heart attack at age 78 on Oct. 18, 1931. Warren Johnston of Washington signed the death certificate. Burial of the remains was in the sacred soil of Washington Cemetery.
Daughter Eliza Jane Johnston (1856-1934) was born on Oct. 18, 1856 in Greene County. She wedded Louie Bennell (March 3, 1850- ? ). Their residence in 1901 was in Rices Landing. Eliza may have died on Oct. 30, 1934 in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA.
Daughter Anna M. Johnston (1858-1932) was born in March 1858. She married Thomas J. Main (Dec. 24, 1856-1945), a West Virginia native and the son of William and (?) (Horner) Main. The couple lived in Jefferson, Greene County. Sadly, Anna passed away in 1932. Thomas outlived her by a baker's dozen years. Toward the end, he was admitted to the Curry Home (Greene County Poor House) where he spent the final year and 18 days of his life. Death enveloped him on Christmas Day 1945, one day after his 89th birthday. The cause of death was ruled as heart disease, old age and "debility." Melvin Main, of Rices Landing, signed the death certificate. Interment was in Jefferson.
Son Lincoln Daniel Johnson (1862-1923) was born on March 18, 1862. He may have been named in part for Abraham Lincoln, newly elected president of the United States. Lincoln dwelled at Ruff Creek/Dunns Station, Greene County in 1901. He made a living as a laborer. At the age of 60, burdened with an inflamed gall bladder, he was felled by a stroke and died on June 19, 1923, in North Franklin Township, Washington County. Emma Johnson signed the death certificate. Burial was in Prosperity Cemetery.
Daughter Mary Etta "Marietta" Johnston (1863-1940) was born on March 3, 1863 (or 1866) in Morris Township, Greene County. She entered into marriage with Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Ross (Jan. 16, 1866-1958), son of John Jackson and Sylvenia (Knight) Ross of Greene County. The pair were longtime farmers and established a home in Lippincott, Greene County and later in Marianna, Washington County. Marriette was afflicted in later years with chronic heart disease and a lesion on her mitral heart valve. She died from a cerebral embolism at the age of 74, in Amwell Township, Washington County on March 26, 1940. Providing key details for her certificate of death was William E. Ross of Marianna. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Cemetery. Frank lived for another 18 years in Amity, Amwell Township. Having become senile and then fracturing his left hip in a fall at home, he underwent heart failure and passed away on Feb. 11, 1958 in Washington Hospital. John H. Ross of Amity was the informant for the death certificate.
~ Daughter Lavina (Johnston) Lively ~
Daughter Lavina Johnston (1825-1917) was born on Aug. 8, 1825 in Greene County, PA.
On March 13, 1856, she entered into wedlock with John Lively (March 6, 1830-1904).
The pair bore a brood of offspring including Lavina Jane Sprowls, Nancy C. Hixenbaugh, John Steven Lively, Milton Alexander Lively and James Richard Lively.
Sadly, John died in Marshall County, WV on Feb. 26, 1904.
Lavina dwelled in Smithfield, Wetzel County, WV circa 1915.
By 1917, suffering from hardening of the arteries, she was back in Pennsylvania and resided in the Washington County Home at Arden, Washington County. She died on April 18, 1917. Said the Waynesburg Republican, "She would have been 91 years of age had she lived until the 8th of August." The remains were lowered into repose in the Windy Gap Cemetery, following services conducted by Rev. Samuel Davis.
Daughter Lavina Jane Lively (1857-1945) was born on June 22, 1857 in West Finley Township, Washington County. Circa 1876, she wedded James A. Sprowls (May 5, 1854-1922), son of John and Hannah (Reed) Sprowls. They were longtime farmers and resided in Claysville, West Finley Township, Washington County, PA. Sadly, burdened with heart trouble and an infection of tuberculosis, James surrendered to the angel of death in Claysville on June 7, 1922. L.L. Sprowls, of Boswell, PA, was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.Lavina lived for another 23 years. At the age of 87, burdened with hypertension and bronchial pneumonia, and having been felled by a stroke, she passed away on May 23, 1945, also in Claysville. Florence Morris of Claysville signed the death certificate. Interment of the remains was in West Finley Cemetery.
Son John Steven Lively (1858-1934) was born on Dec. 13, 1858 in Greene County. On Jan. 8, 1883, he wedded Martha Elvira Riggs (Nov. 25, 1865-1940), daughter of James and Susannah (Ernest) Riggs of Greene County. (Interestingly, John's brother Milton wed Martha's sister Susannah.) At least two sons were born to the couple, John Andrew Lively and Dr. Chauncey Clinton Lively. The Livelys were farmers who lived in Waynesburg.and in the early 1930s in Eighty Four, Washington County. John contracted organic heart disease and a heart valve lesion. When he developed pneumonia, at age 75, he died in Eighty Four on April 1, 1934. Susannah survived him by about six years and remained in Eighty Four. She was diagnosed with cancer of the left breast in 1939 and suffered for about a year. The angel of death carried her away on June 16, 1940 in Somerset Township, Washington County. Burial was in Washington Cemetery. Lena Lively, of Eighty Four, provided key details for the Pennsylvania death certificate.
Son Milton Alexander Lively (1860-1934) was born on July 28, 1860 in Greene County. Circa 1885, he entered into marriage with Susannah Jane Riggs (Sept. 19, 1854-1934), daughter of James and Susannah (Ernest) Riggs of Greene County. (Interestingly, Milton's brother John married Susannah's sister Martha.) They lived in West Virginia in 1917. By the early 1930s, they were in Grove City on the outskirts of Columbus, OH. Sadly, the couple died just two months apart. Suffering from chronic heart disease, senility and exhaustion, she passed first, on Feb. 25, 1934, at age 79. His death occurred on April 25, 1934, from the effects of brain inflammation ("encephalitis") and influenza. Charles E. Lively, of Mulford Road in Columbus, was the informant for both of their official Ohio death certificates. Interment was in Mt. Sterling, OH.
Son James Richard Lively (1866-1953) was born on Aug. 8, 1866 in Washington County. On Oct. 28, 1889, he was joined in wedlock with his first wife, Annie M. Aberegg (Feb. 20, 1872-1915). Sadly, Annie is said to have died in Ohio on May 4, 1915, although this is not confirmed. The widowed James lived West Virginia. His second marriage took place on Aug. 13, 1929, with Mary Elizabeth Sterling (Sept. 17, 1917-2003). James died in Wetzel County, WV on Oct. 10, 1953. Mary Elizabeth lived for another extraordinary 47 years after her husband's death. She passed n Oct. 20, 2003.
Daughter Nancy C. Lively (1869-1955) was born on March 13, 1869. When she was 31 years of age, on June 9, 1900, she married James William Hixenbaugh (Nov. 1869-1939), sonof Sampson and Christine (Donaldson) Hixenbaugh. The couple were farmers, and their home in 1917 was in Gale, PA. The family was plunged into anxiety and grief when James was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Unable to eat, and suffering from malnutrition, he died on Feb. 10, 1939 in West Finley, at the age of 69. On his death certificate, Nancy's maiden name was written "Lytle." Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Nancy endured as a widow for another 16 years. She passed into the everlasting in 1955.
~ Son Columbus Johnston ~
Son Columbus Johnston (1831-1915) was born on June 4, 1831 in Center Township, Greene County.
He spent a majority of his life in and around Center.
On March 5, 1855, when he was about 23 years of age, he wedded Emeline Bane (June 17, 1838-1895), a native of Washington County and the daughter of Nathan and Hannah (Carter) Bane. Their union endured for more than four decades.
Four children born to this marriage included Nathan Bane Johnston, Elizabeth L. "Lizzie" Rush, Dora May Johnston and Lewis B. Johnston. The family mourned at the death of son Lewis in infancy circa 1865.
Said the Waynesburg Republican, Columbus was "a man of upright character, known for his integrity, and had been engaged in farming and stockraising for many years, in which he was unusually successful. In politics he was a firm believer in the principles of the Republican party. He had been a member of the South Ten Mile Baptist church for over fifty years and led a devoted Christian life."
The couple resided in 1870-1890 near Rogersville, Greene County. That year, Columbus was profiled in the History of Greene County, authored by Samuel P. Bates. The short biography said that he had "made farming his business through life, and by strict honesty and industry has procured a nice home, consisting of 108 acres of land, where he and family reside."
Sadly, Emeline passed away just three days before Christmas 1895.
Columbus outlived his wife by two decades. After retiring, he and his unmarried daughter Dora relocated into the Greene County seat of Waynesburg in about 1911.
There, he died at home on Jan. 8, 1915, in the 84th year of his life. Reported the Republican, "He had been ill about four weeks, his death resulting from an attack of grippe." Burial was in Rogersville's Rosemont Cemetery, with the funeral services led by Rev. George C. Harper of the Waynesburg Baptist Church. Inscribed on the face of his grave marker were the words "Ever remembered."
Son Nathan Bane Johnston (1857-1941) was born two days before Christmas 1857 in Center Township, Greene County. In young adulthood he resided in nearby Rogersville and made a living as a farmer. On Sept. 7, 1889, when he was 31 years of age, he married 24-year-old Emily Anne Grimes (Nov. 30, 1864-1931) of Lippincott, Greene County and the daughter of Cephas and Mary Ann (Hoge) Grimes. Their wedding nuptials were held at the home of Emily's parents, presided over by Rev. A.J. Meek. They are known to have made a home in Khedive, Greene County in 1915 and continued their farming work. Emily was burdened with chronic heart valve disease and, at age 66, passed away on Oct. 12, 1931. Nathan outlived her by a decade. For the last five years of his life, he suffered from chronic kidney disease, and hardening of the arteries for the last two. Death swept him away in Jefferson Township at the age of 83 on May 7, 1941. They rest under a large stone in Rosemont Cemetery in Rogersville. Fred Phillips of Waynesburg signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Elizabeth L. "Lizzie" Johnston (1862-1961) was born three days after Christmas 1862 in Center Township, Greene County. At the age of 26, on Jan. 25, 1889, she entered into marriage with 25-year-old farmer Joseph Lindsey Rush (May 25, 1863-1922), son of Phillip and Catharine Rush of Rogersville. Rev. M. Tilton officiated the wedding, held at the residence of Lizzie's parents. Evidence suggests that they were the parents of Hobart Stanley Rush. Their home in 1915 was in Sycamore, Greene County. Joseph reputedly died in 1922. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. The widowed Lizzie lived for another nearly four decades, with her final years spent on South Morgan Street in Waynesburg. Toward the end, she was admitted as a resident of Curry Memorial Home. The spectre of death carried her away at age 98 on March 2, 1961. Thelma Phillips of Waynesburg was the informant for the death certificate.
Daughter Dora May Johnston (1869-1938) was born on Dec. 18, 1869 in Greene County. She was unmarried in 1915 and lived with her widowed father in Waynesburg. At his death, she was named executrix of the estate and received a large bulk of his assets. It was not until she was age 57 that she was joined in matrimony with widower Johnson Dennis Smith (Sept. 6, 1876-1939), son of George M. and Catharine (Brant) Smith of Pine Bank, Greene County. He and his first wife, Martha Morris ( ? - ? ) had borne eight children, among them Mrs. George McMillan, Paul E. Smith, Mary Smith, Maurice Smith, Sarah Smith, Jack Smith and two who died young. During his working career in Greene County, Johnson had been employed by Manufacturers Light and Heat Company. They relocated to Arizona and in 1929-1938 lived in Condron-Pastine near Tucson, Pima County. The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows Johnson employed by a gas company as a meter reader and collector and stepson Paul as a bank messenger. In 1936, Dora contracted cancer which spread to the stomach, liver and kidney. She surrendered to death at the age of 68 on June 27, 1938. Paul E. Smith of 209 East Jacinto Street signed the death certificate. The remains were returned to Waynesburg for burial. Johnson outlived her by only a little more than a year. On Sept. 4, 1939, he passed away in Tucson. His body was shipped to Waynesburg, where a requiem high mass was sung at St. Ann's Church, officiated by Rev. George P. Angel. Burial was in St. Ann's Cemetery, and his obituary appeared in the Greene County Democrat Messenger.
~ Daughter Caroline Johnston ~
Daughter Caroline Johnston (1833- ? ) was born in about 1833.
~ Son George W. Lafayette Johnston ~
Son George W. Lafayette Johnston (1834- ? ) was born in about 1834.
A bachelor at the age of 26, in 1860, he lived with his parents and provided laborer on their large Center Township farm.
Lafayette may well be the same man who joined the Union Army during the Civil War, mustering in on Sept. 24, 1862. He appears to have been assigned to the 44th Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry," Company F. He was transferred to a battalion on Sept. 9, 1864 and was discharged on June 6, 1865.
Lafayette entered into holy marriage with Maria Taylor (1836- ? ).
The couple's three known offspring were Thomas Francis Johnston, Margaret T. "Maggie" Johnston and Lafayette "Ellsworth" Johnston.
Early on, the Johnstons lived in Morris Township, Greene County. Circa 1870-1880, the family made a home on a farm in Center Township. The 1870 census-taker recorded the estimated value of Lafayette's farm as $8,700. Teenager Samuel J. Wilson lived under their roof in 1870.
In 1880, Lafayette was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime injuries. [Invalid App. #382.434 - Cert. #934.540]
Research is underway to determine if he died in November 1896 with an obituary appearing in the Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger on Nov. 20, 1896.
If so, the widowed Maria was awarded the Civil War pension for her support. [Widow App. #645.470 - Cert. #446.683].
Maria moved into the home of her son Ellsworth in Morris Township where she resided in 1900.
Son Thomas Francis Johnston (1863-1927) was born in 1863. He grew up as a farm laborer. He was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Emma Anderson ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced a family of three -- William T. Johnston, Arthur Johnston and Mrs. Oscar M. Leffey. The family rented a home in Amwell Township, Washington County, on the C.W. Redd farm near Pancake, PA. where Thomas earned a living as a teamster. They belonged to the Baptist church. At the age of about 63, death carried him away on May 18, 1927, discovered dead while in his wagon. A physician wrote that he was "found dead ... probably apoplexy." Funeral services were held in the family residence, led by Rev. H.J. DeBolt of the West Washington Methodist Episcopal Church. Interment of the remains was in Washington Cemetery. Arthur Johnston, of Washington, signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Margaret T. "Maggie" Johnston (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867. Her paper trail has gone cold.
Son Lafayette "Ellsworth" Johnston (1870-1950) -- also nicknamed "Lafe" -- was born on Nov. 26, 1870 in Sycamore, Greene County. On Jan. 15, 1898, he married Columbia Jane Cain (Jan. 2, 1878-1931), daughter of Enoch and Minerva (Farrell) Cain of Swarts, Greene County. Rev. J.D.W. Heazelton presided. Five known offspring in this family were Swart T. Johnston, Frank Johnston, Lewis Johnston, James Johnston and Annabelle Johnston. The United States Census of 1900 lists the family in Morris Township, Greene County, with Ellsworth's widowed mother in the household. The family appears to have remained in Morris for decades, on one or more farms near Nineveh. Ellsworth's work was as a township road supervisor. They belonged to the Nineveh Methodist Episcopal Church. Columbia was diagnosed with heart problems at the age of about 48. She endured the ailment for four years. The family was plunged into grief when she was felled by a stroke and died at the age of 52 on Aug. 8, 1931. Burial of the remains was in Oakmont Cemetery, Waynesburg. Said the Waynesburg Republican, "She had been in failing health for some time." Rev. John H. DeBolt, of the West Washington Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated the funeral service. The widowed Ellsworth made his home in Waynesburg. As his health failed, he moved to Slippery Rock, Lawrence County, where he spent the last five weeks of his life. After enduring hardening of the arteries followed by a heart attack, death cut him away at age 75 on Aug. 19, 1950. Burial was in Waynesburg.
~ Daughter Roseann Johnston ~
Daughter Roseann Johnston (1836- ? ) was born in about 1836.