Biography of Johnston Brothers
Madison County, NY Biographies





Johnston Bros., p. o. Peterboro. This firm is composed of W. and B. Johnston. Barton Johnston was born in Smithfield, on the homestead, in 1844, a son of Alexander, son of Samuel Johnston, whose sketch appears in this work. Alexander was born February 18. 1803. He was a farmer and a Republican; he married Lois Matherson. born February 21, 1813, and he died August 21, 1850; his wife died August 31, 1885. They had eight children. Winchester Johnston was born March 1, 1840, and educated in the common schools and Peterboro academy. He is a farmer and he and his brother have 151 acres and a dairy of twenty cows. March 24, 1864, he married Nancy Davis, daughter of Daniel J. Davis of Peterboro. Barton Johnston was educated in Peterboro academy. Winchester is a Free Mason and attends and supports the M. E. church. Daniel J. Davis was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., August 25, 1815, a son of Daniel, and grandson of Jacob Davis, who lived and died in Herkimer county. Daniel Davis was born in Herkimer county and there lived and died. He was a farmer by occupation and a Democrat in politics. His wife was Catherine Ritter. daughter of Frederick Ritter, of Revolutionary fame. Daniel J. Davis came to Smithfield in 1847 and engaged in farming and dealing in real estate. He owns about 500 acres of land and now lives retired in Peterboro, where he has resided for twenty seven years. In 1840 he married Catherine Hart, born in Herkimer county, September 27, 1821, a daugter of George and Nancy (Adle) Hart. Daniel J. Davis and wife had five children: Mary C., Ezra, Nancy, Reuben S., and Daniel F.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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