Since last Anzac day when I posted about the Boer war and World War I members of the family both near and far I have come across some more. I have yet to put together those of WWII. If anyone has any further information about any of those listed below, or on my previous post about Anzac day and / or photos etc of them I would love to hear from you. It is 100 years since Gallipoli and a number of my extended family were there.
Andrew Johnstone, grandfather of John Joseph Johnstone and Andrew Johnstone constructed a very interesting will. I have now transcribed it, over six thousand words. His will names seven trustees, his daughter-in-law Sarah Johnstone, William David Wightman Henderson Esquire of Whitecroft ( a relative ), John Henderson Esquire, advocate, James Stewart son of William Stewart Esquire of Hillside, William Laidlaw Esquire of Allanton, Alexander Wilson of the Paisley Bank Paisley and Francis Wilson writer to the Signet. Possibly they are all related in some way to Andrew but equally possibly not.
Not only have I broken down this brick wall but it has been smashed! How can you go from not knowing much about a family to knowing so much? It is an amazing thing. I wrote about John Joseph Johnstone a little while ago and also about his medical connections and clergymen connections through his children. After the Canberra Congress and the talk I attended on finding your English military prior to WWI given by Paul Milner, I revisited John Joseph Johnstone and his militia connection. He joined the 4th Cumberland Rifle Volunteers when they were inaugurated in April 1860 as the Honorary Assistant Surgeon. They were also known as the ‘Belted Will’. I contacted Carlisle record office this week but they were surprised they didn’t have any information on the volunteers aside from three receipts for one gentleman, unrelated. I then had another look at newspapers on findmypast. I found two mentions for John Joseph in relation to the Talkin Tarn Regatta and wrestling in Brampton and who was in the crowd watching. The first mentioned in a row, his future son-in-law Thomas Forster, him self, and Miss Johnstone. I knew that his daughter Jessie married Thomas Forster. In the other article listed next to John Johnstone was Andrew Johnstone, Esq., from Gibsontown. Was this his brother? No relationships were mentioned in either article. Acting on the assumption that it may be his brother I investigated Andrew Johnstone of Gibsontown in Dumfriesshire, just south of Lockerbie where John Joseph was said to come from.
Do you know who these two women are?