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Johnson/Johnston brothers 1700's-1800's: Scotland>Ire>SC>NC/VA/PA>AL/KY, and beyond

Johnson/Johnston brothers 1700's-1800's: Scotland>Ire>SC>NC/VA/PA>AL/KY, and beyond

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 5:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
There is a mystery afoot, and you may have clues to help solve it.

* Did your male Johnson/Johnston ancestor(s) immigrate to America in the first half of the 1700’s from Ireland, possibly from County Tyrone?
* Was the landing site in America possibly Charleston, South Carolina?
* Were there several brothers who crossed the ocean together, but lost track of each other? Various settling places for these brothers include North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
* Did the brothers’ names include William, James, or Thomas? There may have been other brothers, too.
* Are there stories in your family that the brothers changed their name when they came to America, from Johnston to Johnson?
* Is there a story in your family that before they were Johnstons/Johnsons, the family name VERY long ago was McEon, McEwan, or some other similarly-sounding name?
* Are there stories in your family that you are descended from Vikings? Or at least Norway, Sweden, or some such location?
* Are there stories in your family that before they were in Ireland, they were actually from Scotland?

Does ANY of that sound familiar to you? How about these questions?

* Are you descended from the William Johnson of Ireland who married Marian Buie of Jura, Scotland?
* Are you related to Marian Buie of Jura, Scotland, and have information about her husband William Johnson?
* Are you descended from the William Johnson who left the 1786 will in Anson County, North Carolina?
* Are you descended from the William Johnson who was associated with the town of Sneedsboro/Sneedsborough, NC?
* Are you descended from a Hugh Johnson from North Carolina who fought in the Revolutionary War, then moved to Christian County, Kentucky, then for a short time in Missouri, and then went to Illinois?
* Are you descended from a Hugh Johnson born circa 1747 in Anson County, North Carolina, who married Elizabeth Thomas born in Newberry County, South Carolina?
* Are you descended from a John Johnson of North Carolina, who married Sarah McDuffie from Jura, Scotland? They went from Cumberland County, North Carolina, to Christian County, Kentucky, to Washington County, Illinois where John died in 1820.
* Are you descended from Christian County, Kentucky, Johnsons? Specifically, those who were there in the very early 1800’s?
* Are you descended from Rev Neill Johnson, b 7 Sep 1802 in North Carolina?
* Are you descended from James Ovelton Johnson, b 21 Nov 1883 in Georgia?
* Are you descended from William R Johnson, b circa 1781 in South Carolina?
* Are you a male surnamed Johnson/Johnston who has DNA haplotype Il*?

Do those questions ring a bell for you? Do you have any information, research, family lines or stories related to these people or questions? Would you be willing to share?

There exists a small, informal group of Johnson researchers who have found a common bond in some of their known family lines, and/or stories, and/or DNA. We are searching for other Johnson researchers who might have pieces to add to this puzzle, either through research or DNA or both. Although no website exists at the moment to centralize communication, the group’s surname page is at:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hjohnson/N...

Let’s work together!

Re: Johnson/Johnston brothers 1700's-1800's: Scotland>Ire>SC>NC/VA/PA>AL/KY, and beyond

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 7:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnston, Johnstone, Johnson
There are about 50 of us Johnston/es of Danish Viking descent here at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JohnstonsInPoldean

BUT, we are I2b1-Continental 2a

Good hunting,

Cliff. Johnston

Re: Johnson/Johnston brothers 1700's-1800's: Scotland>Ire>SC>NC/VA/PA>AL/KY, and beyond

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 9:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone
I hasten to add that we have perhaps a handful of I1 participants who are looking for a "home".

Cliff.

Re: Johnson/Johnston brothers 1700's-1800's: Scotland>Ire>SC>NC/VA/PA>AL/KY, and beyond

Posted: 17 Oct 2009 10:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnston Kee
I am also looking for Johnstons in Tyrone. My gg grandmother was Sarah Johnston who married William Kee. One of their daughters was Arabella Kee born 1843 Stewartstown Co Tyrone. Arabella 21 with her sister Sarah 17 arrived in Geelong Australia in 1864. (Sarah Kee stated on her marriage certificate in Australia that she was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1847 - query: why Scotland?)

Sarah Johnston had a sister Arabella born in ?Glenough Tyrone. Her birth place is taken from her second marriage certificate in Australia (I cannot locate a Glenough. Clonoe is in the vicinity of Stewartstown and may have sounded like Glenough with an accent) in 1834. Her father was a John Johnston.

I have not been able to find any record of a birth or christening of Sarah Johnston. IGI has a Sarah Johnston c 1823 Newtown Hamilton Armagh and a marriage in 1841 in the Diocese of Armagh Ulster Province to William Kee. IGI also has a death of Sarah Kee in the Registration District of Dungannon in 1907 age 89 born around 1818. My feeling is that they are not the same Sarah Johnston's but am not sure.

Griffiths has Johnston (and Johnsons) in Castle Farm Stewartstown. The Religious Census of Ireland for the Parish of Dungannon 1766 has a John Johnston (Protestant).

I have a copy of a photo of "Brackaville House" Co Tyrone 1902 of John and Hugh Johnston, brothers of Sarah Johnston. Griffiths has a John Kee at Brackaville. I have not been able to establish if they owned the property or maybe worked there.

Does anyone have any interest in any of the above information?

Can anyone advise what information is provided in the records of birth/christenings in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland? What details of the parents would it give? As Arabella Kee was born in 1843 before Civil Registration and gave her religion as Prebyterian on her shipping records, and was married in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Australia I feel I should be trying to locate a record of her birth in one of the Presbyterian Churches in Stewartstown. Does anyone have any advice for me?

My aim is try to establish a starting point for the Johnston/Kee families.

Thank you for any assistance that may be given to me.

Susan in Australia
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