John W Johnston, 18601917 (aged 56 years)

Name
John W /Johnston/
Given names
John W
Nickname
Johnny Red Robin
Surname
Johnston
Birth October 18, 1860 33 25
Birth of a sisterElizabeth R Johnston
August 15, 1862 (aged 1 year)
Birth of a brotherJoseph S Johnston
July 7, 1864 (aged 3 years)
Death of a brotherJoseph S Johnston
March 1865 (aged 4 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherThomas Johnston
April 2, 1867 (aged 6 years)
Burial of a maternal grandfatherThomas Johnston
April 1867 (aged 6 years)
Cemetery: Preemption Cemetery
Birth of a sisterSophîa Johnston
May 17, 1867 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a sisterRachel Ann Johnston
August 16, 1869 (aged 8 years)
Marriage of a siblingSamuel M JohnstonSarah F JohnstonView this family
December 14, 1871 (aged 11 years)
Note: Illinois State Archives, Marriages

Illinois State Archives, Marriages JOHNSTON, Samuel M JOHNSTON, Sarah F 12/14/1871 00C/0179/00007932 ROCK ISLAND

Birth of a sisterMary Jane Johnston
August 12, 1876 (aged 15 years)
Death of a sisterRachel Ann Johnston
July 12, 1879 (aged 18 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Johnston
March 11, 1880 (aged 19 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherSarah
October 26, 1880 (aged 20 years)
Death of a motherMary Jane Johnston
April 11, 1881 (aged 20 years)
Marriage of a parentRobert R JohnstonMargaret Little DoonanView this family
June 10, 1882 (aged 21 years)
Death of a brotherThomas J Johnston
May 5, 1883 (aged 22 years)
Marriage of a siblingJoseph S JohnstonSophîa JohnstonView this family
March 26, 1884 (aged 23 years)
Death of a sisterSarah F Johnston
April 18, 1884 (aged 23 years)
MarriageMary Ellen BlakelyView this family
December 6, 1885 (aged 25 years)
Marriage of a siblingThomas HicksElizabeth R JohnstonView this family
December 21, 1887 (aged 27 years)
Death of a sisterMary Jane Johnston
April 11, 1888 (aged 27 years)
Marriage of a siblingRobert J JohnstonCatherine Ann ArmstrongView this family
June 26, 1890 (aged 29 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Johnston
January 26, 1898 (aged 37 years)
Burial of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Johnston
January 1898 (aged 37 years)
Cemetery: Preemption Cemetery
Death of a fatherRobert R Johnston
April 9, 1903 (aged 42 years)
Citation details:

Obituary

Text:

JOHNSTON - Robert R Johnston died April 9, 1903, aged 76 years. He was born in county Fermanagh, Ireland, in the year 1827, and came to the United States in 1850, landing at New Orleans, La. In 1853 he was married to Mary Jane Johnston of Preemption, Ill, and settled in the town of Bowling where he resided till his death. Nine children were the result of this union which was broken by the death of the wife and mother in the spring of 1881. Of the large family, but four survive him, Robert J and John W, who are prosperous farmers residing on the old homesteads; Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Hicks of Montezuma, Iowa, and Sophia, widow of Joseph Johnston, who resides southwest of Reynolds. After amply providing for his children, Mr Johnston was again married in 1882 to Mrs Margaret Doonan, who also preceded her husband to the land beyond but one short year ago. Robert R Johnston was one of the pioneers of this country and has contributed his full share toward the upbuilding and civilization of the territory which he adopted as his home. Judged by the truest standards, he was a great man and of him it can truthfully be said that "none knew him but to love him." Perhaps the surest way to find out a man's real worth is to learn how he stands with his own family first and with the community second. From this view point, Robert R Johnston towered a giant in stature. It is not given to every man to prove his position so effectually, for not only do his children rise up to call him blessed, but also every one of his five surviving step children. In his own family he was a loving husband and a generous and forgiving father. A volume might be written and it would inadequately convey an idea of the magnanimity and loving kindness displayed by this husband and father toward his large family of children, stepchildren and grandchildren. To his relatives in need, he always extended the right hand of fellowship and there are many such who owe to him in a great measure such modest success as they have achieved in this world. As one of the latter, the writer has been peculiarly well placed to judge, and in penning this last tribute, I am overcome by the recollection of innumerable instances of his thoughtfulness and tenderness. To his neighbors and acquaintances - they are all his friends - he was the soul of honor and integrity. No man ever knew him to defraud anyone out of one cent in this world, nor did he by word or deed ever injure the most unworthy of his kind. Truly a grand old man has been called from this to the other shore. In a lifetime we are no liable to meet many of his like, but a few such sterling characters make life worth the living to the rest of mankind, and altho the sphere of their influence may be circumscribed, it is none the less potential and effective. Mr dear uncle is gone and to me his faults pale into insignificance when I contemplate how his virtues tower above them. J H J

The Reynolds Press, Reynolds, Illinois, April 17, 1903

Card of Thanks: We wish in this manner to extend our most heartfelt thanks to those friends and neighbors who gave us their help and sympathy during the illness and at the death of our beloved father, R. R. Johnson. The Children.

Burial of a fatherRobert R Johnston
April 12, 1903 (aged 42 years)
Marriage of a siblingJohn J GeorgeSophîa JohnstonView this family
January 1, 1906 (aged 45 years)
Death June 25, 1917 (aged 56 years)
Family with parents
father
JohnstonRobert-2139[1826-1903].JPG
18271903
Birth: September 1, 1827 33 35
Death: April 9, 1903Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
mother
JohnstonMaryJane-1466[1835-1881].JPG
18351881
Birth: about 1835 40 38County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: April 11, 1881Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Marriage
Marriage: April 29, 1853Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
11 months
elder sister
18541884
Birth: April 7, 1854 26 19Bowling Township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: April 18, 1884Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
3 years
elder brother
18571883
Birth: July 23, 1857 29 22Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: May 5, 1883Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
20 months
elder brother
JohnstonRobertJ-1955[1859-1935].JPG
18591935
Birth: March 12, 1859 31 24Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: March 29, 1935Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
20 months
himself
18601917
Birth: October 18, 1860 33 25Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: June 25, 1917Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America
22 months
younger sister
18621943
Birth: August 15, 1862 34 27Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: July 28, 1943Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa, United States of America
23 months
younger brother
18641865
Birth: July 7, 1864 36 29Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: March 1865Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
3 years
younger sister
18671945
Birth: May 17, 1867 39 32Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: February 22, 1945Derby, Lucas County, Iowa, United States of America
2 years
younger sister
18691879
Birth: August 16, 1869 41 34Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: July 12, 1879Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
7 years
younger sister
18761888
Birth: August 12, 1876 48 41Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: April 11, 1888Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Father’s family with Margaret Little Doonan
father
JohnstonRobert-2139[1826-1903].JPG
18271903
Birth: September 1, 1827 33 35
Death: April 9, 1903Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
step-mother
18301902
Birth: about 1830County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: March 14, 1902Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Marriage
Marriage: June 10, 1882Illinois, United States of America
Family with Mary Ellen Blakely
himself
18601917
Birth: October 18, 1860 33 25Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: June 25, 1917Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America
wife
18551928
Birth: October 13, 1855 44 32Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: December 8, 1928Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Marriage
Marriage: December 6, 1885Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America
John W Johnston + Mary Ellen Blakely
partner’s partner
18601917
Birth: October 18, 1860Bowling Township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: June 25, 1917Preemption township, Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America
wife
18551928
Birth: October 13, 1855 44 32Bowling township, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: December 8, 1928Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Marriage
Marriage: December 6, 1885Preemption township, Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America