It’s ANZAC day again and time to catch up on the all the extended family members who served their country that I’ve found in the past year. Previous ANZAC days posts can be found here, here and here. Some of these men and women I have quite a bit of information on and others very little. If you know more about them, have photos or anything else I’d love to hear from you.
While down at Mornington last weekend I decided to try and find the grave of my great grandmother Nellie Johnstone’s nephew and his wife who are buried there. They were Andrew Lindsay Johnstone, known as John and his wife Annie Muriel Hall, known as Ann. Andrew was the son of Andrew Johnstone and Nellie Lindsay.
I’ve been in Singapore for the week and couldn’t resist doing some research. John Sjovald Hoseason Cunyngham Brown was a grandson of John Joseph Johnstone. He was the youngest son of Arabella Halyburton Johnstone, John Joseph’s youngest child with his second wife Amelia Barnfather nee Halyburton. Sjovald (as he was apparently known) had a very interesting life most of which from 1930 onwards was spent in Asia.
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.
This was one of the family myths about Sarah Elizabeth Sims born in Bowden Village, Adelaide on 13 January 1843. She was the first of her family born in Adelaide but definitely not the first white child born there. Adelaide was founded in 1836 and Sarah’s parents Robert Harvey Sims and Mary Ann Hammond arrived there on board the Buckinghamshire on 11 March 1839 having left London, England on 11 December 1838. They traveled with their two children, Mary Ann and Harvey John, their son George John already dead. The family came from Dover in Kent. Initially I had only found Robert and Mary Ann with their children arriving in Adelaide. However after a trip to Adelaide and some research there I found that Robert’s entire surviving immediate family had followed them to Australia including his mother, Ann Harris, at the age of sixty-three!
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.