Along with all the medical connections there are a myriad of clergyman connections through the children of John Joseph Johnstone. His daughter Amelia Cox Johnstone married Hewley Smales Graham, a cloth manufacturer and the son of Rev Henry John Graham. Henry was the son of Hewley Graham, a solicitor in York. Hewley’s father was the Rev John Graham, M.A. of St Mary’s and St Saviour’s, York. He was from Cockermouth in Cumberland and said to have been educated at St Bee’s. His first sermon was preached at the church of Stockton on the Forest He was ordained deacon at the chapel in the palace at Bishopsthorpe in 1788, then Priest in 1790. He was the assistant curate at Hackness with Harwood Dale with in 1790, then the curate at Barwick in Elmet in 1796, then 1796 – 1797 the curate at North street, York, then from 1796 he was the rector at St Saviours and St Mary Bishophill the Elder. He was rector of St Saviours and St Mary Bishophill the Elder for fifty years. He was an avid supporter of church missionaries, he was one of the vice presidents of the York Association of the Church Missionary Society formed in 1814. Much of his work aside from ministerial was in teaching. His last work was arranging the restoration of his beloved church and had just sent out a circular for donations when he died. A black marble monument with a white marble tablet 5 foot high and 3 foot wide was erected in the church of St Mary Bishophill the Elder. It said ‘In memory of of the Reverend John Graham, who was 48 years Rector of this parish and of the parish of St Saviour’s. he died the 6th day of January, in the year of our Lord 1844, in the 79th year of his age. …’ The monument was erected by the offerings of his parishioners. It was also proposed that a similar monument be erected at St Saviours. As the church of St Mary Bishophill the Elder (or Senior) was demolished this monument may no longer stand.
John Joseph Johnstone was my 3 times great grandfather on my father’s side. He was my father’s grandmother’s grandfather. I should have stated that in my last blog. He was a surgeon but his children and their children married into families that were also involved in the medical field.